Alberta was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Princess Louise was the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The total population of Alberta is approximately 4 million as of July 2014. Alberta is located in western Canada, next to westernmost British Columbia, the coastal province on the Pacific. Alberta’s border to the west, with B.C., is mostly formed by the Rocky Mountains. To the north, Alberta borders the Northwest Territories, to the east the province of Saskatchewan, and to the south the American state of Montana.
Alberta is the fourth largest province in Canada. It is similar in size to Texas, three times the size of Great Britain or equal to the combined areas of France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The province has a diversity of natural terrain—parklands, grasslands, primordial badlands, vast tracts of wildlands, boreal forests and plains, ancient glaciers, thousands of lakes and rivers, and mountain ranges that run the length of North and South America. More than 12 per cent of Alberta’s total land area is protected in 500 provincial parks, five national parks, and three national wildlife areas.
Five of Canada’s 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Alberta, including Jasper National Park, 370 km from Edmonton, the Provincial Capital. Alberta is home to a pair of the world’s most magnificent skiing areas, in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains. Much of northern Alberta is boreal forests, which offer great cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing.
Types of Farms Available
We offer agri-mix, apiary, beef, crops, dairy, horticulture, poultry and ranch placements. Many of our crop placements are 1000 ha (2500 acres) or more.
Canada’s Rocky Mountains occupy the most western edge of Alberta. The Rockies can be enjoyed year round and are home to 3 National Parks: Jasper, Banff and Waterton Lakes.
In the southeastern part of Alberta is a lunar-like landscape known as the Canadian Badlands. This is home to some of the world’s richest deposits of prehistoric fossils and dinosaur finds.
Alberta is home to the Canadian Rockies. In winter the mountains are alive with activities including skiing and snowboarding. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are increasingly popular along with dog sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing and igloo building!
Fishing, hunting, horseback riding, climbing, kayaking, bird watching and golfing are some of the most popular activities in Alberta.