Profile & Cool Places in Alberta (Rural) | Earth’sFace 🇨🇦

ALBERTA

/al-BER-duh/ * /al-BER-tuh/

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Canadian Provinces and Territories, map of Alberta province highlighted in red
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Name origin

for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, a daughter of British Queen Victoria

Population

<4,371,000

Main languages

Predominantly English (c. 92%)

Capital

*Edmonton

Biggest City

Calgary

Location

Western Canada

Borders the United States to the south

Biogeography

Nearctic Realm

Part of Canada’s boreal forests and taiga, prairies, western mountains and forests (especially the Rockies), aspen parklands, and some dry steppe and highlands (especially around the badlands). Has part of large Lake Athabasca.


Places in Alberta Gallery

rock formation on a morning in the plains of Alberta
Bobbijogrunewald
canola fields in Alberta, Canada
Darren Kirby
Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes
Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes – Diana Robinson
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mountain and lake setting in Waterton Lakes region, Alberta
Jan Mosimann
hoodoos in the badlands of Drumheller, Canada
Hoodoos in Drumheller – Robert Montgomery
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dinosaur skeleton at the Royal Tyrell Museum, place in Alberta
Royal Tyrell Museum – Wilson Hui
Kakwa Falls in the Kakwa Wildlands provincial park, Alberta
Kakwa Falls – Ken Sawich
Maligne Canyon from inside looking up, Canada
Maligne Canyon – Keith Roper
Maligne Canyon during winter with frozen cascades, place in Alberta
Si Longworth Photography
Valley of the Ten Peaks, Jasper National Park
Valley of the Ten Peaks – Matt Thomason
a forested valley covered in snow in Jasper National Park, Alberta
WherezJeff
mountain peak covered in forest, Canadian Rockies
WherezJeff
a lake surrounded by forest and mountains in Alberta
Jasper National Park – Bernd Thaller
green trees near lake under blue sky during daytime, setting in Alberta, Canada
sterlinglanier Lanier
serene lake and mountain backdrop in Banff National Park
Mahesh Gupta
waterfall in Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta
Johnston Canyon – Janani Ramanath
frozen falls in a snowy setting of the Canadian Rockies
John Bakator
large cave and rock formation in winter Alberta, Johnston Canyon
David Kovalenko
two jack lake and mountain backdrop in the evening in Banff National Park
Two Jack Lake – Geoff Pinkney
Minnewanka lake and snowy mountains in Alberta, Canada
Minnewanka Lake – Natalie Toombs
Bow Lake in Banff, western Canada
Bow Lake – Bernd Thaller
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Peyto Lake and forested mountains in sunny setting of Alberta
Peyto Lake – Pascal Bernardon
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
Moraine Lake – Jacky Huang
bridge over a curving river and plains setting in Lethbridge, city in Alberta
town of Lethbridge – Ryan Reynolds
historical mural art in the city of Medicine Hat, western Canada
city of Medicine Hat – Kevin Dooley
large teepee structure in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Janusz Sobolewski
falls and canyon in Willmore Wilderness Park
Willmore Wilderness Park – Richard Bukowski
columbia icefield and glaciers in western Alberta province
Columbia Icefield – Gary Campbell-Hall
cascading waterfalls along the icefields parkway in Alberta
Delaney Boyd
road on the icefields parkway leading to a massive snowy mountain in the distance, Canada
Icefields Parkway – Floris Siegers
mountains and blue skies in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – JD Hascup
lake and mountains under a blue and purple evening sky in Kananaskis Country, place in Alberta
Kananaskis Country – JD Hascup
mountains and forest landscap in kananaskis country, a region of the Canadian rockies
Gaylon Yancy
highway under towering white mountain landscape near Canmore, Alberta
Canmore – Thiago Terleski
a wood bison walking in the snow near elk island, Alberta
Justin Hu
elk island seen from the shores at sundown, place in western Canada
Elk Island – Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau

**A Special Thanks: this post was made possible by the amazing and generous Creative Commons and Free Stock photographers out there. Thank you for making your work and the amazing places you capture accessible to the rest of the world!

What makes Saskatchewan unique? – 10 Cool Features 🇨🇦

double rainbows over Lake Diefenbaker, rural Saskatchewan
Lake Diefenbaker – Olivia Kulbida

Heading out to the middle of the prairie, this is Saskatchewan’s time. A Canadian province known for flat open terrain and farming, this place definitely has a lot more specialties than milk and bread. Read a quick profile and then enjoy about 10 cool things that make Saskatchewan a unique place.

SASKATCHEWAN: Quick Profile

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road map of Saskatchewan
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Cities: Regina is the capital; Saskatoon is the biggest city

Location: the middle of the three Prairie provinces in the interior of central Canada, far from any oceans; it borders the U.S. to the south

Read more: about Canada; about Manitoba

Climate: mostly humid continental (humid hot summers and snowy cold winters) with Subarctic climate in the north and some semi-arid steppe (dry plains) features in the southwest; the weather usually comes in extremes with particularly warm summers and intensely cold winters throughout; weather can be very windy with tornadoes and storms being fairly common, although Saskatchewan gets more sunlight than any other province

Environment: mostly prairies and plains in the south with some highlands; mostly boreal forests and taiga to the north with over 100 thousand lakes, Lake Athabasca is the largest; some tundra in the far north and some large areas of sand dunes

Name: it was once a part of Britain’s North West Territories; named after the Saskatchewan River, from the Cree language meaning “swift flowing river”

1. Because of Grasslands National Park

landscape of Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
Cypress Hills – Erik Lizee / Eriklizee

What is it?:

Grasslands is a national park in southern Saskatchewan near the U.S. border. It preserves lots of prairies and rolling Great Plains landscapes, as well as the range critters.

Places and features:

Wildlife and hiking; Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, with some highlands and collections of dinosaur fossils

2. Because of Moose Jaw

mac the moose statue in Moose Jaw, Canada
Mac the Moose – Lisa

What is that?:

While not a literal Moose Jaw, this place is a small city in rural Saskatchewan. Despite its size, it has a nicely infused natural landscape and some unique experiences throughout.

Places and features:

Tunnels of Moose Jaw, tunnel tours that explore parts of the city’s underground past such as prohibition and Chinese immigration; Wakamow Valley, urban park; the Western Development Museum, exploring how the West was won; Mac the Moose, a giant moose statue; Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, a luxurious spa with a big geothermal pool

Discover: Tunnels of Moose Jaw tours; Temple Gardens

3. Because of Regina

prince edward building in Regina, Canada
Prince Edward Building – Grahampurse

What is it?:

Well, Regina (Reh-jai-na) is the capital and one of the main cultural hubs in the whole province. The city hosts several events and festivals along with some beautiful urban scenery. It may not be the most populous city in Saskatchewan, but it doesn’t miss by much

wascana lake and park in the wascana centre, near central city Regina
Wascana Lake – Tintaggon

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Places and features:

Saskatchewan Legislative Building; RCMP Heritage Centre, dedicated to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with festivals and service ceremonies; the Government House; MacKenzie Art Gallery; Royal Saskatchewan Museum; Saskatchewan Science Centre; Wascana Centre, a huge urban lake with an even bigger park surrounding the city center and provincial buildings; Hotel Saskatchewan, offers historic interactions with a step back into the prohibition era; Victoria Park

4. Because of Saskatoon

Bessborough Hotel & South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon
Bessborough Hotel & South Saskatchewan River – Kyla Duhamel

What is it?:

You know! Saskatoon is the biggest city, or most populous I should say, in the province. Similar to Regina, it offers lots of cultural and culinary attractions mixed in with a beautiful natural landscape.

Places and features:

Forestry Farm Park & Zoo; Remai Modern, a cooly-designed modern art gallery; Western Development Museum, the largest of these in Saskatchewan; Ukrainian Museum of Canada, documenting Ukrainian heritage in the nation and one of the biggest ethnic minorities of Canada; South Saskatchewan River, a scenic river that runs through town, it shelters riverside green spaces like Rotary Park and Kiwanis Memorial Park; the Delta Bessborough Hotel

5. Because of the Trans-Canada Highway

yellow flowers cultivating in the qu'appelle valley, southeast Saskatchewan
Qu’Appelle Valley – Kjfmartin

What is it?:

This is basically what it sounds like. Within Saskatchewan, the Trans-Canada Highway takes drivers across pretty sweeping landscapes and through some interesting towns and provincial parks.

Places and features:

Qu’Appelle Valley, a stunning valley area with lakes and places like Echo Valley Provincial Park and Fort Qu’Appelle; Moose Mountain Provincial Park, several other towns and parks along the way

6. Because of its Unique Lakes

jackfish lake pier, Saskatchewan
Jackfish Lake – Kyla Duhamel

What are they?:

Saskatchewan, like much of Canada, is known for its many, many lakes. With so many of them, this province still has some that stand out from the rest.

Places and features:

Little Manitou Lake, a lake with a high salt concentration that allows for floating, it also hosts a resort and spa nearby; Lake Diefenbaker, an artificial lake or reservoir with interesting rock formations, cliffs, and a long shoreline; Jackfish Lake, with nearby Cochin Lighthouse (in the middle of the prairies!)

7. Because of Historic Towns & Forts

tipis in Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon
Wanuskewin Heritage Park – Travis Wiens

What are these?:

Historic towns and sites like forts are important places where the past can be preserved. Saskatchewan has a lot of these places that share its extensive history.

Places and features:

Maple Creek, home to a frontier-themed B&B called Ghostown Blues and Fort Walsh, a historic mounted police fort; Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a cultural historic center near Saskatoon documenting over 6,000 years of First Nations heritage; Batoche, a stronghold town during the Métis rebellion, now a museum; Fort Carlton, a Hudson’s Bay fur trade post; the Battlefords, Battleford and North Battleford were important towns for the mounted police during territory days, home to Fort Battleford and, you guessed it, another Western Development Museum

8. Because of Sand Dunes

athabasca sand dunes near lake athabasca, canada
Athabasca Sand Dunes – Snappy Goat

What are those?:

Outsiders might not know that Saskatchewan is home to the largest sand dunes in the world that far north. Some are in the southern region, but the biggest dunes are a drive up.

Places and features:

Great Sand Hills, Canada’s second-largest; Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, Canada’s largest dunes along the shores of mighty Lake Athabasca

9. Because of its Northern Wilderness

Sunset on the Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park Saskatchewan, Canada
Waskesiu Lake, Prince Albert National Park – Viktor Birkus

What is that?:

To the north of this province is a vast area of wilderness. This ranges from dense boreal forests to scattered taiga, from the many lakes to tundra and even sand dunes, as we just saw before.

Places and features:

Clearwater River Provincial Park, with waterfalls, rivers, and rapids; Prince Albert National Park, with controversial conservationist Grey Owl’s Beaver Lodge; Reindeer Lake; Lake Athabasca; Hunt Falls, powerful waterfalls up north

10. Because of its Culture

Saskatchewan is a curious one of the Prairie provinces. It’s smack dab in the middle of them, with its plains and open spaces giving it the feel of a giant field or farm. Sure, the plains played a huge role in the settlement of the region from First Nations down to Eastern European farmers, though English and Anglo-Canadian ID is dominant. And it’s notable how important the mounted police culture has been in this place.

The indigenous presence is comparatively big in Saskatchewan’s largest cities. Their cultures are preserved in elaborate galleries, historic sites, and even universities dedicated to them. Beyond that, these cultural centers help to preserve so well the building blocks of the province’s society. They make it clear where the modern place has come from.

Spikes in temperature and the harsh climate have molded its diverse residents into toughness and resistance. Previously a province that suffered hard economical times, Saskatchewan has been turning business around and making things more interesting for all. Whether passing through on the open highway or stopping to slide on some dunes, this grain basket of Canada has a lot of flavor for any taste!

**Thank you all for coming! I hope you enjoyed learning more about Saskatchewan. Tell us what you like about this place, and shout out if you’re from SK. Feel free to look at other posts on Cult-Surf or related posts in the Earth’s Face section. Take care and be awesome! Peace.