While Canada as a whole is one of the greatest countries in the world, if you have lived in Alberta you can agree that it is definitely the best province within it.\nI mean, there are even songs about how amazing it is! The reasons are endless, but we've come up with 25 of the best to showcase just how unbeatable our gorgeous slice of Canada is.\n@clairep_photosembedded via\n1. We don't have a provincial sales tax\nThat means our tax rate is only 5%, compared to other provinces like P.E.I. who's rate is 15%. AKA everything is cheaper here, and those loonies and toonies add up over time!\n@theforagingfairyembedded via\n2. Loooooong summer nights\nAt the peak of summer the sun doesn't set until nearly 10pm, which makes for long summer nights that you can make the most of with your friends.\n@edmontonoilersembedded via\n3. We have 2 NHL teams\nAlberta is home to both the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames, both of which have won the Stanley Cup in this lifetime...\n@calstampedersembedded via\n4. .. and two CFL teams\nThe Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos are both native to Alberta (obviously), and we're totally proud of it.\n@calgarystampedeembedded via\n5. The Calgary Stampede\nThere's a reason it's called the greatest outdoor show on earth. From rodeos to the Grandstand show to the Nashville North tent, the stampede is a STAPLE for anyone in Alberta and it's a definite bucket list item for anyone from anywhere else.\n@callisitaembedded via\n6. Low humidity\nUnlike Ontario where you walk outside in July and you feel like you're swimming because it's so humid out...\n@nar67embedded via\n7. Every winter sport is better here\nHaving such a long winter has its advantages for anyone who enjoys winter sports such as fat biking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating... we could go on all day.\n@sunshinevillageembedded via\n8. ...and winter sports are just an hour (or less) away\nFrom Banff Sunshine Village to Lake Louise Ski Resort, the Alberta Rockies give us some world-class ski resorts that are just a short drive from the major cities.\n@travelalbertaembedded via\n9. Alberta is considered the sunniest province in Canada\nWith some of the most open landscapes filled with plains, valleys, and foothills, we also have some of the biggest blue skies to view that gorgeous sun.\n@aleksander_photostockembedded via\n10. Banff\nOne of the most trademark cities of the entire country, people come from around the world just to visit Banff and its surrounding natural wonders.\n@passionpassportembedded via\n11. Jasper\nAnother iconic Canadian mountain town, Jasper is one of the most photographed spots in the world, and it's not hard to see why.\n@clairepibsembedded via\n12. The rest of the Rockies in general\nLiterally drive anywhere into the Albertan mountains and you will find yourself at some sort of breathtaking view.\n@jordanlloydsmithembedded via\n13. The drinking age is 18\nNeed I say more? In the great province of Alberta, you get to enjoy your first legal beverage a full year before most other provinces.\n@staceysliquorstopembedded via\n14. Privatized liquor retailing\nAKA you can buy booze from places other than government regulated stores (like Ontario's LCBO). Heck, you probably have a liquor store just down the street from you! 10x more convenient.\n@leopvill_28embedded via\n15. West Edmonton Mall\nAlberta is home to the largest shopping mall in North America, and it includes a water park, amusement park, hotels, an ice palace, and tons more.\n@aspencrossingembedded via\n16. Stunning sprawling prairies\nBeing able to see for miles is one thing, and getting gorgeous big blue skies on top of that is another. Good thing Alberta has both.\n@canadianfolksembedded via\n17. Various wildlife\nFrom bears to moose, and everything in between, Alberta has a diverse ecosystem which includes many unique animals that call this province home. We hear they think it's the best province too.\n@milkyway0707membedded via\n18. Columbia Icefields\nGlaciers aren't too common nowadays (#globalwarming), but Alberta's Columbia Icefields are still a major tourist destination. You can even try the crystal clear glacier water!\n@jodie_hamiltonembedded via\n19. Top notch education\nWith so many excellent universities, Alberta is a province that many outsiders flock to when pursuing a post-secondary education.\n@tourismcalgaryembedded via\n20. Dinosaur Provincial Park\nWhere else can you hunt for dinosaur fossils??? 58 dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums all around the world.\n@nenshiembedded via\n21. Diversity\nAlberta is an extremely diverse province, and Calgary is home to the first Muslim mayor of a large North American city (Naheed Nenshi)!\firstname.lastname@example.org via\n22. Our cities' roads are actually designed intelligently\nHighways that run through the city instead of just around it? Wow! Who would have thought! Toronto, time to get on our level.\n@prasertchanhomembedded via\n23. Calgary's Studio Bell\nHome of the National Music Centre, Studio Bell has exhibits on Canadian music history, hands-on instrument areas, and concerts.\n@lexipetrieembedded via\n24. Edmonton Ice Castles\nThis attraction takes "walking in a winter wonderland" to a whole new level, as it is a magical collection of ice tunnels, slides, caverns, mazes, and more.\n@cfmfvolunteersembedded via\n25. We have some of the friendliest people you've ever met\nWe wave when you let us into your lane on the roads, we know our pleases and thank yous, and if you need directions, you can literally ask anyone you see.