This is the first of an occasional series going through the 10 Provinces of Canada in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.
Location – Alberta is the second province in from the left on the map. It is bordered by British Columbia to the West and Saskatchewan to the East. Montana lies south of Alberta.
Origin of name – Alberta has been a province since 1905. You might have thought the province was named after Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband) but it was not. It was named after their daughter Princess Louise Alberta who was married to a former Canadian Governor General.
Nicknames – Wild Rose Country, The Princess Province
|Art Gallery of Alberta - quite a building|
Capital – Edmonton (but the largest city is Calgary)
Flower – Wild Rose
Tree – Lodgepole Pine
Bird – Great Horned Owl - distinctly Harry Potterish
Signature foods – Rosemary Grilled Steak
Sports – Lacrosse and Ice Hockey
Famous places to visit – Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mountains
Famous brand: The Calgary Stampede
Famous people from Alberta: Michael J Fox, Joni Mitchell and Ted Cruz