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Capital of Alberta - Edmonton ( METROPOLITAN POPULATION  1.1 MILLION )

Area of Alberta - 661,185 sq. km (255,303 sq. miles); Alberta is the fourth largest province.
Coordinates - Between 49 and 60 degrees north latitude and between 110 and 120 degrees west longitude.
Width & Length - North to South - 1,223 km (764 mi.), East to West - 660km (412 mi.).
Terrain - Land accounts for 97% of the area with the remainder made up of numerous lakes, rivers and streams. The general geographical areas are prairies, parkland (mixed forests and plains), forests and mountain regions.
Highest Mountain in Alberta - Mt. Columbia 3,747 m (12,294 ft)
Lowest Point in Alberta - Where the Salt River enters the Northwest Territories in northeast Alberta 183m (600feet)

Climate - The province is characterized by low humidity and considerable contrasts between areas and seasons. Average temperatures range from 15C to 23C (60F to 73F) in July and -8C to -25C (18F to -13F) in January. Alberta receives more days of sunshine than any other province in Canada.

Population of Alberta - 3,700,000 (2010 population).  About 11% of Canada’s population resides in Alberta. (Population of Canada - 33,007,094)
 







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Alberta Resources/Industries - Alberta's major industries are energy, business and commercial services, transportation and utilities, finance and real estate, retail and wholesale trade, and manufacturing. Over the past decade, the economy has experienced rapid growth in such industries as petrochemicals, forest products, food processing, machinery, electronics and telecommunications, tourism, and business services. Tourism generates over $4 billion in revenues each year.
 


New Official Grass Emblem for Alberta


Alberta is celebrating the addition of a new provincial emblem - Rough Fescue grass.
The addition of this new emblem was coordinated by the Prairie Conservation Forum. The Forum consulted a range of Alberta scientists and resource managers to identify five candidate grasses for Albertans to vote on through a mail-in or online ballot. Rough fescue (Festuca scabrella) was the winner selected by Albertans, with the other choices being: blue grama grass, green needle grass, june grass, and western wheat grass.

Provincial Flower - Wild Rose, rosa acicularis. The wild rose was chosen in the Floral Emblem Act of 1930.
Provincial Flag - Under the Flag Act (passed at the 1968 Session of the Alberta Legislature) a blue flag, with the Coat of Arms of the Province in the centre, was appointed and declared as the Flag of Alberta.

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Provincial Coat of Arms - On May 30, 1907, a Royal Warrant assigned the Coat of Arms of the Province of Alberta. Topped by a red St. George's Cross on a white background, the Coat of Arms features blue in back of a range of snow covered mountains with green hills, a prairie and a field of wheat in front. On July 30, 1980, the arms had a Crest, Motto and Supporters added by Royal Warrant. The Crest has a Royal Crown on top of a beaver sitting on a helmet with a silver and red wreath.

 


Motto FORTIS ET LIBER (Strong and Free)
to be borne and used together with Arms of the Province upon seals, shields, banners, flags, or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms.
Supporters: Gold lion (symbol of power) and pronghorn antelope (symbol of natural riches). The compartment (base of the Coat of Arms) is a grassy mount with wild roses.
Alberta Tartan - The colours of the Alberta Tartan represent the green of its forests, the gold of its wheat fields, the blue of its clean skies and sparkling lakes, the pink of its wild rose, and the black of its coal and petroleum.

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Provincial Bird - Great Horned Owl, bubo virginianus
Provincial Mammal - Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep
Provincial Fish - Bull Trout, salvelinus confluentus
Provincial Tree - Lodgepole Pine, pinus contorta variety latifolia
Provincial Stone - Petrified Wood
Provincial Colours - Blue and Gold (deep yellow)

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Athabasca Falls     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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