Alberta’s size gives it a unique geography – stretching from British Columbia to Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories to Montana the provinces is touched by numerous landscapes. The Rocky Mountains run down the southwestern edge of the province and are home to massive ice fields that supply water to a large portion of Canada while the remainder of the province is covered by a mixture of forest, grassland, and the sparse badlands where many dinosaur fossils have been found. There are 600 lakes and 245 rivers in Alberta with seven major river basins that make the province home to a wide variety of watersports.
Alberta has four distinct seasons, from mild summers to snowy winters and is ranked number one by Environment Canada for having the most comfortable overall weather in Canada.
With more than 2,300 hours of sunshine each year, daylight stretches well into the late evening during the summer months. In summer, daytime highs average in the mid 20s with highs in the 30s. January and February see temperatures drop to an average of -15, however it can reach -40 for short periods of time. Winter in Alberta is a great time to experience new and exciting activities. The cooler temperatures allow for a variety of outdoor activities including skating, downhill skiing and snowboarding, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, hockey and many other adventures.
Our small towns thrive amidst beautiful scenery and offer many advantages such as a more relaxed pace of life, family-friendly activities and wide open spaces to explore. Fresh air, green space and plenty of peace and quiet do wonders for your health and happiness. Rural communities in Alberta vary in size from a few hundred people up to 15,000 residents. These communities offer many of the services of the larger centers, without any of the wait times.
For more information on life in Alberta, visit AlbertaCanada.com