To Canadians, the Prairies means Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – 138,997 sq miles … to give scale, England is 50,346 square miles. The population of the three provinces is 5,886,906 … the population of England is 53,013,000.
Primary industries include agriculture (wheat, barley, oats) and cattle and sheep ranching – sheep ranching, that surprised me. Canada is the world’s third largest exporter of wheat (behind the US and … France? (businessinsider.com) – that’s a surprise too. We export on average 20 million tonnes, or about 21% of the world market. (wiki.answers.com), primarily to China, Japan, Iran, South Korea and … US? (businessinsider.com). Apparently they export more than we do and then import from us … go figure.
The prairies are pretty flat … no trees, only the odd rock to break the never-ending flow of the landscape.
But not entirely flat …
Alberta has one of the greatest dinosaur graveyards in the world. The museum at Drumheller has 130,000 specimens, with more than 35 complete skeletons on exhibit.
Alberta and Saskatchewan are the only landlocked provinces.
Alberta is a province of contrasts, side by each – the highest point is 12,293 ft at the summit of Mount Columbia in the Rocky Mountains along the southwest border, while its lowest point is at 499 ft on the Slave River.
All photos taken in Alberta.