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Alberta

Alberta
NameAlberta
FullnameProvince of Alberta
EntityAdjectiveProvincial
FlagFlag of Alberta.svg
CoatOfArmsAlberta coat of arms.svg
Label Mapno
Motto 
("Strong and free")
OfficialLangEnglish (see below)
DemonymAlbertan
Flower Wild rose
TreeLodgepole Pine
BirdGreat Horned Owl
CapitalEdmonton
LargestCityCalgary
LargestMetroCalgary Region
PremierAlison Redford
PremierPartyPC
ViceroyDon Ethell
ViceroyTypeLieutenant-Governor
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
PostalAbbreviationAB
PostalCodePrefixT
AreaRank6th
TotalArea Km2661848
LandArea Km2642317
WaterArea Km219531
PercentWater2.95
PopulationRank4th
Population3,724,832 (est.)
PopulationYear2010
DensityRank6th
Density Km25.38
GDP Year2009
GDP TotalC$178.225 billion
GDP Rank3rd
GDP Per CapitaC$49,563
GDP Per Capita Rank3rd
AdmittanceOrder11th
AdmittanceDateSeptember 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories)
TimeZoneUTC-7
HouseSeats28
SenateSeats6
ISOCodeCA-AB
Websitewww.alberta.ca

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Alberta c-enælˈbɜrtə is a province of Canada. It had an estimated population of 3.7 million in 2010 making it the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. Alberta and its neighbour, Saskatchewan, were established as provinces on September 1, 1905.

Alberta is located in western Canada, bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the U.S. state of Montana to the south. Alberta is one of three Canadian provinces and territories to border only a single U.S. state and is also one of only two provinces that are landlocked.

Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, is located near the geographic centre of the province and is the primary supply and service hub for Canada's oil sands and other northern resource industries. Approximately 300 km south of the capital is Calgary, Alberta's largest city and a major distribution and transportation hub. According to recent population estimates, these two census metropolitan areas have now both exceeded 1 million people. Census agglomerations in the province include Lethbridge, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Wood Buffalo (includes Fort McMurray), Lloydminster, Brooks, Okotoks, Camrose, Canmore, Cold Lake, and Wetaskiwin. Notable tourist destinations in the province include Canmore, Sylvan Lake, Drumheller, Banff, and Jasper.

Alberta is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848 1939), the fourth daughter of Victoria, the Queen of Canada until 1901, and Albert, Prince Consort. Princess Louise was the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the Village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta were also named in honour of Princess Louise.

The current Premier of the province is Alison Redford.


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