The Prairies are Canada's breadbasket, three geometrically-shaped provinces which in addition to the wide-open expanses of flat prairie land also collectively include mountains, hills, lakes, shoreline, and metropolitan cities.
|| Alberta |
Rolling hills, lush prairie, graceful mountains, bustling cities, lovely economy, untapped natural beauty
|| Saskatchewan |
Rolling hills, beautiful water systems, gleaming parks, shiny cities
|| Manitoba |
History, heritage-full, farming, hydroelectricity, large lakes, beautiful wilderness areas, "watchable" wildlife and rolling hills, woodlands and many lakes in its western highlands.
- Edmonton (1,102,000) - Largest mall W of Asia and Canada's largest historic park are two of the big attractions. It also has a lush river valley which is the largest parkland area in North America and is dubbed Canada's festival city. Aside from that, it has a good science centre, cool history, nice architecture, the fastest growing international airport, and exquisite up and coming and already there urban neighbourhoods. It is the capital of Alberta.
- Calgary (1,139,000) - this city is a fast growing city with world class Calgary Stampede and one of the biggest international airports in Canada. It is a product of oil culture, meaning, without the big oil boom in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Calgary would have half the population. It has a lush river and is close to the mountains. It knows how to get out and doo activities.
- Saskatoon (250,000)
- Regina (210,185)
- Winnipeg (750,000) - the historic and cultural capital of the prairies. Those interested in architecture, art, museums, and culture would do well in Winnipeg. Also home to the largest French-speaking community outside of Quebec.
The Prairies are a spread over three Canadian provinces: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta.
The best way to travel in the Prairies is by car. The Prairies are served by Highway No 1 and 16 from west to east.
There are also buses and the VIA services in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton
Transit in the largest cities is good and it is not necessary to have a car, but in other places it is recommended.
In Saskatchewan, there tends to be more crime, in particular, Saskatoon SK does have many homeless beggars, etc.
In Manitoba, crime is fair, but still use caution. In Winnipeg, areas around Portage Avenue and Main St. should be avoided AT NIGHT.
In Alberta, crime is pretty o.k. Crime is dealt with pretty good, but some areas such as Victoria Park in Calgary and Whyte Avenue in Edmonton are prone to crime at nighttime.