Alberta Facts You Maybe Never Knew

10 August 2023
12 Facts About Alberta

  1. The hottest recorded temperature was 44°C (111.2°F) in Altawan, on August 3, 1984
  2. On January 11, 1911, a frigid low of ?61.1 °C (?78 °F) was reached in Fort Vermillion
  3. There is a natural geological formation in Alberta called the Badlands Guardian, which looks like a Native American head.
  4. In the 1940s, Britain had a plan to create an aircraft carrier made out of ice and actually built a prototype in Alberta.
  5. Alberta is home to the world’s largest beaver dam, which is visible from space.
  6. Alberta is also home to the world’s largest dinosaur, a 26-meter high fibreglass Tyrannosaurus rex in the town of Drumheller.
  7. Alberta is one of the only two landlocked provinces in Canada, along with Saskatchewan.
  8. Alberta is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.
  9. Alberta has more than 600 lakes and 245 rivers.
  10. Alberta has the largest population of wild horses in Canada, with about 1500 roaming free in the foothills.
  11. Alberta is reported to be the largest rat-free inhabited land area in the world.
  12. Alberta is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other province or territory in Canada.
12 MORE Facts About Alberta
  1. The Caesar Cocktail was created in 1969 by Walter Chell a  restaurant manager at Caesar’s Steakhouse! 
  2.  Ginger Beef is actually an Albertan invention! George Wong of Calgary is credited with the creation of everyone’s favourite, Ginger Beef, during his time working at the Silver Inn.
  3. THE BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CAN was engineered by Dennis Neufeldt in 1983.
  4.  Tommy Chong was born on May 24, 1938, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 
  5.  Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  6.  The Famous Five, initially known as The Alberta Five, were five prominent Canadian suffragists: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy, and Irene Parlby. They argued that women should be considered persons under the British North American Act.
  7.  The youngest person to ever head a government in Canada was from Alberta. Joe Clark was only 39 years old when he took the helm of the Progressive Conservatives.
  8.  Alberta has the highest median, after-tax income in Canada at $77,000!
  9.  The oldest national park in Canada is located in Alberta. Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada. It was established in the year 1885 as Canada’s first National Park. 
  10.  Alberta is also home to Wood Buffalo which is the country’s largest National Park! At 44,807 square kilometers it’s also the second largest National Park in the World!
  11.  The darkest town in Canada is located in Alberta
  12. Bon Accord, a small town in Alberta is the first Canadian community to receive IDA status. It is the eleventh Dark Sky Community in the world, and the very first location from the province of Alberta to be welcomed into the International Dark Sky Places Program.