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5 Great Things About Alberta!

5 Great Things About Alberta!

When deciding to move to Canada, everyone makes a destination selection based on a few factors. Will it be somewhere close to family and friends? A city you've visited already and liked? It all depends on the plans you have in this beautiful maple leaf country.

Before I moved to Canada, I didn't know much about Canadian provinces. What I did know is that I love mountains and that Alberta has some of the most incredible hiking trails in the whole country. So I decided to move to Calgary, and the Rockies weren’t the only reason why I chose and fell in love with Alberta.

1. Education
I came to Canada as an international student. Through the research I did before I arrived, I found that Alberta has arguably the best education among all of the provinces. Alberta is home to many great universities, including the University of Calgary, which has been ranked as one of the world’s best universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

2. Weather
I know it might seem strange, but when it comes to the weather in Alberta, most people who live here would say to predict the unpredictable. It’s true! From snow in the summer to mid-winter Chinooks, you never know what to expect from the weather when living in Alberta. In past years Alberta has held the top spot and has continued to hold its place as having the number one most comfortable climate in Canada. My favourite aspect of Alberta weather is the amount of sunshine we receive every year. It is sunny almost all-year around!

3. Nature
Alberta has some of Canada's most impressive scenery. You feel good just being outside, and the more you explore, the stronger the feeling. There are so many places to visit in Alberta! Will it be the Canadian Rockies to the west, rolling prairies to the south, or beautiful forests? So many of the places are breathtaking, but here are my Top 3:

Banff National Park
Located 130 kilometres west of Calgary, Canada’s first national park is the most visited tourist attraction in the province of Alberta and one of the most impressive parks in Canada. Banff National Park is famous for its surreally coloured lakes, majestic mountains, and endless outdoor adventures, from hiking to snowboarding.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Far in the southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton Lakes is one of the of the most unique mountain parks on the planet, and one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I absolutely love the hiking trails. They’re breathtaking and you never get bored of them. The town of Waterton is very small and authentic, and it has lots of cute coffee shops and unique locally owned restaurants. Waterton Lake is also windsurfer’s paradise, and a place to escape the crowds.

Icefields Parkway
Last but not least. Running straight through the heart of the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper, , the Icefields Parkway is a thrilling 232 km route full of fantastic views of and scenic stops for mountains, glaciers, lakes and wildlife. Driving the Icefeilds Parkway is a journey through natural history and captivating landscapes, and attractions include the Glacier Skywalk and hiking trails.

4. People
People in Alberta are very friendly. I‘ve traveled a lot, and I have to say that people in Alberta are very polite and kind. They’re always happy and willing to help, are open to meeting new people, and they always smile. They like interacting with each other on the train or bus and will always talk to you, even if you’re a stranger.

5. Diversity
No matter where you come from, you’ll immediately feel at home in Alberta. Canada is one of the world’s most multicultural countries and  Fort McMurray is one of Canada’s most diverse cities. Newcomers settle very comfortably here, so you can quickly become part of the rich cultural framework of Alberta.

There are so many reasons why Alberta is one of the best places to live in Canada and why I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of moving to Canada. It's a place of opportunities, exceptional beauty and a great standard of living. It's a place to call home!

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