Anyone who thinks prairie scenery is dull has obviously never been to Alberta. As one travels west from the table-flat prairies of Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan, the landscape becomes more rolling. Alberta is dotted with tiny lakes in fields called sloughs (pronounced "sloo"). Rivers and streams carve interesting land formations into the soft soils. Perhaps most striking about the Alberta prairies is the spectacular skyscapes. Neighbouring Montana calls itself "Big Sky Country," but the name could apply equally to Alberta.

2002 Richard McGuire

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