The Canadian Prairie

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.

Alberta prairie and big sky

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? ( – that’s a surprise too.  We export on average  20 million tonnes, or about 21% of the world market. (, primarily to China, Japan, Iran, South Korea and … US? (  Apparently they export more than we do and then import from us … go figure.

hay bales on Alberta prairie

The prairies are pretty flat … no trees, only the odd rock to break the never-ending flow of the landscape.

flat lands of Alberta Prairie

But not entirely flat …

hills on the Alberta prairie

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. 

big sky over Alberta prairie landscape

Alberta and Saskatchewan are the only landlocked provinces.

Alberta prairie

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.

Alberta prairie farm land

All photos taken in Alberta.

Jake’s Sunday Post is: plains
Related image: Prairie Landscape

15 thoughts on “The Canadian Prairie

  1. Ah, those grand rolling plains – so beautiful I thought with their never-ending horizons and constant movement from the wind. I was blown away, travelling through them all those years ago (without a camera) and am so glad to see your beautiful pictures (if only of Alberta!). Great selection Lynne 🙂


        1. ;( yes, with a third still up in Thunder Bay on Lake Superior. The closest is 1 3/4 hrs away so that’s pretty good. I’m lucky though, I still get to see the kids often.


  2. I visited Saskatchewan and Alberta in 2004 as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities teacher program. We were studying the work of Wallace Stegner, who lived as a child in a tiny town call Eastend. We studied the history and literature of the Great Plans in Fargo at the college and then went on the road in Canada for about two weeks.. While there, we had some really magnificent near encounters with a tornado or two, ate and slept at some very old hotels and learned about the Blackfoot triibes and the 49th parallel. These photos take me back instantly. Thank you. (


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