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People

About 3,742,800 people live in Alberta (Statistics Canada, January 1, 2011), 2.1% more than were here in October 2010. Canada's population only grew by 1.2% during the same time.

English is the most frequently spoken language, but it's common to hear languages from all parts of the world. That's because we attract and train highly skilled people to work here and live here. Most of us live in urban centres while enjoying an incredible natural landscape. We celebrate our arts and culture throughout the year, especially through the many festivals that bring us together and have made us world-renowned. We are as open and welcoming as we are hard-working.

Architecture

Since many settlers didn't make it out west to Alberta until the late 1800s or early 1900s, the architectural style of many buildings in Alberta is relatively new. Over the past decade, Alberta's economy has been very strong. As a result, many new buildings are going up to accommodate the influx of people.

Government buildings
Alberta Museums and Historic Sites

Archeology and paleontology

Alberta is a land with a rich record of the past going back hundreds of millions of years. There is even a dinosaur named after the province -the Albertosaurus.

Royal Tyrrell Museum
Dinosour Provincial Park
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Culture

Writing-On-Stone Alberta's population is made up of many ethnic backgrounds. Newcomers are encouraged to keep their traditions when they move here. Albertans are fortunate to be exposed to so many different foods, dances and cultures, as part of everyday life.

The province celebrates multiculturalism by celebrating the first Monday in August as Heritage Day, a statutory holiday.

Environment

Albertans treasure their outdoors. Whether it's taking a stroll through a river valley, hiking through the mountains, exploring the wind-shaped hoodoos, cross-country skiing through a field, or camping in the forest under the stars - Albertans have many places to enjoy. Albertans also enjoy the most days of sunshine in Canada.

Alberta has created the first provincial electronic recycling program in Canada. In addition, Alberta's tire recycling program is increasingly recognized as one of the best recycling programs in Canada and around the world. Alberta's air quality was rated as 98% of the time with no poor days.

Film

Alberta's natural beauty, low tax regime and skilled labour has made it an attractive location for several Hollywood movies. Some examples of movies filmed in Alberta include, September Dawn, The Assassination of Jesse James, Doctor Zhivago, Legends of theFall, Passchendaele, Brokeback Mountain, Shanghai Noon, and The Edge. Local-based film productions are also an important part of Alberta's cultural community.

Alberta Film

Research and Development

Alberta is a centre for research and development and routinely attracts top researchers and health specialists from across the county. Alberta centers of excellence include The National Institute of Nanotechnology , the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Alberta Bone and Joint Institute

Sports

Alberta is home to two National Hockey League teams (the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames) and two Canadian Football League teams (the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders).

Alberta has hosted many international sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games in 1978, the Universiade Games in 1983, the Winter Olympics in 1988, the World Games in Track and Field in 2001, the World Masters Games in 2005 and the Grand Prix for the last seven years.

Population

Over the past five years, Alberta's population has grown the fastest among the provinces. In 2006, Alberta's population growth of 3.0% also led the provinces.

Alberta had the highest number of interprovincial migrants in Canada over the past five years. From July 2005 to June 2006, a net of 57,105 migrants came to Alberta from other provinces. The only other province to experience positive net interprovincial migration during this time was British Columbia, at 3,779.

Demographic information - quarterly demographic statistics including population growth, births, deaths, international migrants and interprovincial migrants.