Alberta, one of Canada’s four western provinces, is blessed with rugged mountain ranges, stunning award-winning national parks, spectacular lakes, meandering rivers, and ancient glaciers, all setting an impressive stage for its sparkling cities and adventures of all kinds. Well connected transportation links to major world centres makes getting here convenient, whether travelling from within Canada, or visiting from abroad.
Alberta also shows its Pride, year-round, with large celebrations in major centres like Calgary and Edmonton, but also in smaller urban areas and mountain resorts, such as Medicine Hat, Jasper, Lethbridge, and Banff.
Alberta’s largest city, dynamic Calgary has hosted a Winter Olympic Games, an annual world-famous rodeo festival, The Calgary Stampede, and is home to Canada’s oil industry, with a gleaming downtown core of numerous skyscrapers.
Calgary will celebrate its 27th Pride from August 24 to September 4, 2017, with expectations of more than 60,000 spectators for the Calgary Pride Parade, which showcases over 125 businesses, politicians and community groups.
Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton, is the northernmost major North American city, with a metro population of over 1.3 million residents. Known unofficially as Festival City, Edmonton boasts over 100 annual festivals, with even more on the books for Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017.
Edmonton Pride is a colourful part of the city’s annual festival calendar, proudly celebrating its 37th year with a ten day schedule, from June 9 - 18, 2017. Visit their web site, Facebook page, or Twitter to get all the details to help plan your visit.
One unique addition to any Edmonton itinerary is a visit to West Edmonton Mall. When first built, it was the largest mall in the world, and still today maintains its title as the largest mall in North America. An extensive list of attractions includes Galaxyland, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, World Waterpark, with the world’s largest indoor wave pool, Santa Maria, an exact replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, theatres, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping galore!
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