3 million. The capital Edmonton has 1 million people, and the
energy and business center of Calgary has 1 million people, with
1 million more throughout the province. Alberta’s population is
five times more than Alaska.
255,285 square miles (661,190 sq. km.) Less than half the size
Alberta is the energy capital of Canada, a major oil and gas
producer, which supplies Canadian domestic needs and accounts for
most of Canada’s oil and gas exports to the United States. Oil and
gas production has spawned a major petrochemical industry as well
as natural gas liquids production and other related industries.
Alberta is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of natural
gas and the 4th largest producer.
production averages 1.8 million barrels daily, compared to Alaska
production of about 1 million barrels per day. Although energy is
the backbone of the Alberta economy, the province is also a major
producer and exporter of telecommunications technology and equipment,
forest products, beef, wheat and industrial equipment and machinery.
Alberta also has a big tourism industry. Proposed Alaska and Canadian
arctic natural gas developments would likely send the gas to Alberta
and then on to the Lower 48.
there are no direct flights between Alaska and Alberta, Alaska/Horizon
Airlines provides service via Seattle. Delta has flights via Salt
Lake City. Other carriers that serve Alberta include Air Canada,
Canada 3000 and Canadian North.
the official start of the Alaska Highway is Dawson Creek, B.C.
(just west of the B.C.-Alberta border), Alberta offers one of
the major highway access routes to travelers heading up the Alaska
- There have
been some proposals to extend the railroads in Alaska and Canada
so they meet. The east-west Canadian Railroad passes through Edmonton
and Jaspar, Alberta, where a branch line goes into northern British
to develop Alaska North Slope natural gas and build a pipeline
from Alaska to Alberta have sparked a flurry of government visits
and high-level discussions in Alberta, other Canadian provinces
and in the United States to discuss energy issues. Alaska Gov.
Tony Knowles has visited Alberta, accompanied by Cabinet members.
He addressed the Arctic Gas Symposium in Calgary and met with
Western Canada regional leaders. Gov. Knowles is planning another
trip to Alberta for meetings with Premier Ralph Klein and signing
an Alaska-Alberta agreement on cooperation.
- Alaska legislative
delegations have visited Alberta, also focusing on natural gas
- A U.S. Consulate
located in Calgary covers Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and
the Northwest Territories. U.S. Consul General Roy Chavera recently
visited Alaska to focus on energy issues and the proposed natural
- Alberta has
a trade representative for the Pacific Northwest based in Portland,
Oregon, focusing chiefly on agriculture and food products but
also other economic sectors. The representative, Wes Sawatzky,
has visited Alaska.
- Alaska favors
an Alaska Highway route for a proposed natural gas pipeline to
deliver gas from Alaska to Alberta and on to the Lower 48. A separate
project could deliver Canadian arctic gas from the MacKenzie Delta,
NWT, to Alberta. Whatever route or routes are chosen, Alberta
stands to gain as the likely terminus, with some gas then going
on to U.S. points. Alaska officials have been lobbying in Canada
and the U.S. for the Alaska Highway route.
Business / Trade / Tourism
- Alaska and
Alberta companies are eyeing each other’s regions for business,
investment, and development opportunities created by the proposed
Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline. Alberta Energy Company has
recently expanded to become a partner with Alaska producers in
North Slope ventures, and a number of Alaska companies are finding
niches in Alberta, developing partnerships or establishing a presence.
- Alberta and
Alaska are partners, along with British Columbia and the Yukon
Territory, in Tourism North, a joint tourism marketing campaign
that promotes travel to the member regions. Alberta attracts a
portion of the highway travelers to Alaska.
& Intergovernmental Relations. Covers Alberta’s relations with
various countries, regions and states, including Alaska: http://www.iir.gov.ab.ca
Links to Alberta
Framework for International Strategies and Alberta business organizations: