Why Alberta

A pioneering province with the Rocky Mountains, a thriving economy, and a welcoming environment.

Alberta is a province in Western Canada and is home to the majestic Rocky Mountains, one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

Natural Splendor

UAlberta students take advantage of Edmonton's close location to the Rocky Mountains and visit Jasper, Banff, and ski areas like Lake Louise during the weekend and other study breaks. Visiting the Rockies is a great way to explore the Canadian wilderness and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, and skiing. You'll see breathtaking scenery unlike anywhere else in the world, including Canadian wildlife, such as mountain goats, elk, caribou, and moose.

A Strong Economy

Alberta's economy is diverse and competitive, with an abundance of natural resources. The Alberta workforce is one of the most skilled in North America, and this province has one of the lowest unemployment rates. Travelling through Alberta, you'll discover breathtaking outdoor destinations along with modern, cosmopolitan cities. With one of Canada's strongest economies, Alberta offers one of the country's highest standards of living with a moderate cost of living and no provincial sales tax.

Did you know?

  • Alberta is known as Canada's "Energy Province," and the primary industries include oil, gas, agriculture, forestry, tourism, and telecommunications.

  • Alberta is home to five United Nations World Heritage Sites: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Wood Buffalo National Park, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

  • Alberta has one of the fastest-growing economies in North America.

  • Alberta receives more days of sunshine than any other province in Canada.

Travel Alberta (Tourism website)

Canadian Rockies