Though the first aboriginal settlements date back some 8 000 years, Alberta wasn’t explored until the mid 18th century and didn’t join confederation until September 1, 1905. Until then, parts of modern day Alberta belonged to the Northwest Territories and the District of Athabasca.

 

Together with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Alberta is one of the three prairie provinces; it is  the second largest agriculture producer and the largest cattle producer in Canada. Most known for its oil reserves which are the second largest in the world and 70% of Canada’s coal reserves. Thousands of tourist also come to Alberta each year to take advantage of the unique mix of  the prairies and high mountains.

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