Capital City: Edmonton
Alberta’s official flower is the Wild Rose, and the motto of the province is “Fortis et Libre” (“Strong and Free”), both of which reflect the independent attitude of many Albertans.
Alberta is the second westernmost province next to British Columbia. It has an area of over 600,000 square kilometres and is home to more than 3.38 million people. Alberta is bordered to the east by the province of Saskatchewan, to the west by the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia, to the north by the Northwest Territories and to the south by the state of Montana in the United States.
The province’s coat of arms is designed to convey the natural diversity of the province, with both the mountains and wheat fields given prominence. It also reflects the abundance of energy, forest and agricultural reserves that contribute to the province’s high level of growth and prosperity.
In addition to the major cities of Edmonton and Calgary, a popular destination for visitors to Alberta is Banff National Park – which was Canada’s first national park. Banff features a striking landscape of beautiful valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and river.