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Welcome to Alberta


Tourism in Alberta is centred on its famous Rocky Mountain region, which flanks it on its western border with British Columbia and offers a host of alpine attractions. The northern area is a sparsely inhabited wilderness of forests, lakes and rivers; the provincial capital, Edmonton, is in the central area, while in the east, on the border with Saskatchewan, the atmosphere takes on a Wild West feel in the Badlands and prairies.

Even in the cities and towns, visitors to Alberta can be sure that nature is never far away. Albertans love the outdoors and urban environments are interspersed with plenty of lush river parks and greenbelts. In fact the capital, Edmonton, has more parkland per capita than any other North American city. An important aspect of Alberta's heritage is its aboriginal culture. Home to 43 First Nations, this heritage has been preserved in 14 reserves and educational attractions ranging from the world's largest teepee to native interpretive trails and exquisite handmade crafts.

The natural beauty of this Canadian province is world-renowned, so it is no surprise to discover that it is home to five of Canada's 14 World Heritage Sites: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Banff-Jasper National Parks, Wood Buffalo National Park and Dinosaur Provincial Park. Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada's largest national park and the second largest in the world.

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Summer runs between May and September, days are warm and evenings are cool. Winters are cold with heavy snowfalls, particularly in the Rockies.

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

GMT -7 (GMT -6 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
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