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Central Alberta is a region located in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Central Alberta is the most densely populated rural area in the province. Agriculture and energy are important to the area's economy.

Geography

Central Alberta is bordered by the Canadian Rockies in the west, Southern Alberta and the Calgary Region to the south, Saskatchewan to the east and Northern Alberta to the north. It completely surrounds the Edmonton Capital Region and contains the central part of the heavily populated Calgary-Edmonton Corridor.

The North Saskatchewan River crosses the region from west to east. Other rivers traversing the area are Red Deer River, Battle River, Athabasca River, Pembina River, Brazeau River, Beaver River.

Tourist attractions in the region include: Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre in Leduc, Discovery Wildlife Park, Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lake Sanctuary in Red Deer, Nordegg Heritage Centre and Mine Site, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and Stephannson House Provincial Historic Site near Sylvan Lake.[1]

Major national, provincial, and municipal parks include Elk Island National Park, William A. Switzer Provincial Park, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, Big Knife Provincial Park, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, and Sylvan Lake Park.

A series of roadside attractions known as the Giants of the Prairies can be found in Central Alberta. Large mushrooms in Vilna, huge pumpkins in Smoky Lake, giant Perogy (Ukrainian dumpling) in Glendon, huge Kielbasa (Ukrainian garlic sausage) in Mundare, large Pysanka (Ukrainian easter egg) in Vegreville, a UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul and a giant mallard duck in Andrew.

Demographics

Central Alberta has a population of 240,368 (2004).[2]

Sector Labour force % of total
Agriculture 16,530 12.83%
Mining 9,690 7.52%
Manufacturing 8,610 6.68%
Construction 11,340 8.80%
Transportation and utilities 5,945 4.61%
Retail and wholesale 19,150 14.87%
Finance 4,830 3.75%
Business and community services 48,360 37.54%
Public administration 4,340 3.37%
Total 128,825 100.00%

Infrastructure

Transportation

Queen Elizabeth II Highway crosses the region from south to north, and the Yellowhead Highway from east to west. Other major highways include Highway 9, Highway 21, Veteran Memorial Highway, David Thomson Highway, Cowboy Trail, Grizzly Trail and Buffalo Trail. Poundmaker Trail runs through the north-east of the region.[3]

Health Regions

The following health regions are located in the region: Aspen Regional Health Authority, David Thompson Regional Health Authority and East Central Health.

Education

Post-secondary institutions in the region are Red Deer College, Olds College, Lakeland College, Burman University and the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty (Camrose).

Politics

On a provincial level, central Alberta is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta by MLA's elected in the ridings of Battle River-Wainwright, Drayton Valley-Calmar, Drumheller-Stettler, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Lacombe-Ponoka, Leduc-Beaumont-Devon, Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, Red Deer North, Red Deer South, Rocky Mountain House, Stony Plain, Vermilion-Lloydminster, West Yellowhead, Wetaskiwin-Camrose and Whitecourt-Ste. Anne.

Communities

The region spreads across several census divisions: 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 and parts of divisions 11, 12 and 13.

See also

References

  1. ^ Travel Alberta. "Attractions in Alberta". Archived from the original on 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
  2. ^ Alberta First. "Central Alberta statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  3. ^ Alberta Motor Association. "Central Alberta - Road report". Archived from the original on 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2007-01-11.

Coordinates: 52°N 113°W / 52°N 113°W / 52; -113 (Central Alberta)