The terrain of Alberta is mostly that of the great Canadian prairies. It's where farms on gently rolling hills yield vast crops of canola, wheat and beef. It's where lots of oil is pumped from the ground -- part of the rich dinosaur heritage of the region.
This past summer I spent several days driving around the central part of the province, between the major cities of Calgary and Edmonton, exploring small towns and destinations I'd not yet seen. Here's a sampler of what that's like: