Alberta, home to over four million Canadians, is one of Canada’s four western provinces. The rugged mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies provide a stunning backdrop for award-winning national parks, spectacular lakes, freshwater rivers, ancient glaciers, and vast desert badlands. Sparkling modern cities are starting points for amazing adventures of all kinds. State-of-the-art transportation systems that link to major world centres make getting here convenient, whether travelling from within Canada, or visiting from abroad.
The LGBTQ2+ community is open and visible in Alberta, with large celebrations in major centres like Calgary and Edmonton, but also in smaller urban areas and mountain resorts, such Jasper, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Banff, all of which have recently installed rainbow crosswalks in celebration of Pride. Openly gay Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault was elected in 2015, and in 2016 given a new role as special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on LGBTQ2+ issues.
Calgary, Alberta’s largest city, has played host to a Winter Olympics, and is world-famous for its annual rodeo festival, The Calgary Stampede. Canada’s oil industry calls Calgary home, and a growing high tech sector is contributing to the downtown core of striking modern skyscrapers.
Calgary Pride will begin celebrations for its 28th year in late August, 2018, with expectations of more than 65,000 spectators and 5,000 participants for the Calgary Pride Parade, showcasing over 175 businesses, politicians and community groups. Calgary’s Pride Festival outgrew its former location in recent years, and now takes place in Prince’s Island Park in the heart of downtown.
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