Alberta is a province in Canada's western prairies next to the Rocky Mountains. Its two major cities are Calgary, and Edmonton, the provincial capital. Edmonton is well known for West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in North America, formerly the largest in the world. Another world-class attraction is the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, housing the largest collection of dinosaur fossils under one roof in the world.
Alberta also contains significant natural scenery, including 5 of Canada's 17 UNESCO World heritage sites. These are Banff and Jasper National Parks, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. In the southeast, Alberta shares with Saskatchewan the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, a geographic region of importance both to aboriginal history and to the North-West Mounted Police. Alberta has no provincial sales tax.
Alberta is an important skiing destination for tourists. It has several world-class ski resorts. Canada Olympic Park, with its downhill ski and ski jumping facilities, is located in the city of Calgary.
Airdrie is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of around 70,000 and is municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Area. It is situated along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, located 30 minutes from downtown Calgary. The city of Airdrie is what is called a bedroom community outside of Calgary, and has attracted young families due to its thriving economic opportunities, excellent schools, innovative appeal and technologies, and proximity to the bigger city with a small town charm. Located 20 minutes from Calgary International Airport, and 1.5 hours from Edmonton, it is an idyllic location with the opportunity to have the best of city and rural life.
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