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Alberta's story

Alberta is uniquely blessed, with stunning natural scenery that runs from prairies and boreal forests to foothills and mountains, and an abundance of natural resources. These have helped Albertans create one of the most productive economies and highest standards of living in the world.

Today, the province is home to 3.65 million people. Its population is as diverse as its landscape, with people from all over the world making Alberta home. There is a spirit of entrepreneurship, industry and community at work throughout the province, resulting in thriving rural and urban communities and a diverse and innovative business environment, centred on energy, agriculture, forestry and tourism.

Albertans play as hard as they work, enjoying and being a part of the province's rich arts and cultural community and taking advantage of endless recreational opportunities found at the 600 lakes, 245 rivers and over 78,000 square kilometres of parks throughout Alberta.

Alberta facts

Population: 3,645,257 people live in Alberta (February 2012) — a 10.8% increase from the 2006 Census of Population. Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census

Capital city: Edmonton

Currency: Canadian dollar

Weather:Current weather in Alberta

Telephone area codes: 780 in the northern part of the province, 403 in the south, 587 across the province

Proclaimed a province: September 1, 1905

Time zone: Mountain Time (two hours behind Toronto or New York; one hour ahead of Vancouver, Seattle or Los Angeles; seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); and six hours behind GMT during Daylight Savings Time)

Moving to Alberta

If you're interested in making Alberta your new home or if you already live here and are planning to move somewhere else in the province, the links on the below page will take you to information on everything from housing and services to Alberta communities to changing your address.

Moving to and around Alberta

Alberta's official immigration website

Maps and travel

Map of Alberta

Services for Travellers