Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A is for Alberta

This post was written by one of our boys. He is in the World Geography class at Cedar Ridge Academy International Private Therapeutic Boarding School

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A is for Alberta
Ah, Alberta, Canada. Such a nice place to live. There are so many fun and interesting things to do here.

In Alberta there are 3,645,257 people. The top four ethnic groups are people of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent.

Most residents live in the southern half of the province. They mostly live in Calgary and Alberta's capital, Edmonton. In fact, there are only two cities in the northern half of the province with a population of at least 10,000 people.

Even though there are many different types of people in Alberta, there is only one main religion. Most people in Alberta are Christians. The largest denominations are United, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran.

There are also other religions in Alberta including Hindus, Muslims, and Jewish people. Edmonton has the oldest mosque in North America. Most of the Jews in Alberta live in Calgary or Edmonton.

There are also many things to see and do in Alberta. Every year millions of people from all over the world come to Alberta.

Alberta has 21,000 square miles of National Parks. People come to see the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains. Other places to visit include the Bad Lands in the Red Deer River Valley, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and many others.

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Gorgeous landscape
Picture courtesy of: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com
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There are also a lot of recreational things to do. In the winter it is popular to go skiing in the Rocky Mountains and in the summer it is popular to go rock climbing. Other things to do are; swimming, white water rafting and riding horseback.

Alberta is involved with professional sports. They have two teams in the National Hockey League. They have the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. Since hockey is the most popular sport in Canada many people start playing at the age of five.

Most professional hockey players come from this region. Even though this is true, Edmonton has not won the Stanley cup since the 1989-1990 season, and Calgary has not won since the 1988-1989 season.

Alberta is a region in Canada above Montana with about 3.5 million people in it. It is very diverse in many ways. Hockey is a key thing in everyone’s life in Alberta.

Sources:

“Canada.” People and Places. Ed. Maureen Liebenson. Chicago: World Book Inc., 2000, 202-219.


Kershaw, Peter and Roderick Macleod. “Alberta.” World Book. Ed. Scott Fetzer. Chicago: World Book Inc., 2005, 312-331.

3 comments:

  1. Well I for one so want to come visit now! Thank you

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  2. I would LOVE to ride horses in those mountains! I didn't realize that most of the hockey players came from there. Very cool!

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  3. Alberta sounds like a very nice place to be! I have never been to Canada, but I hear very positive things about the country and the people. I come from Sweden, so I enjoyed reading some about icehockey as well. Thank you for this post!
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