Situated on either side of the Rockies, B.C. and Alberta have decidedly distinctive personalities. The current disagreement between the province’s premiers on how best to approach the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal is just one example of the differences.
The Canucks versus the Flames. Hippies versus cowboys. Fringe versus the Fringe Fest. Gregor versus Naheed.
So we figured why not map out a friendly showdown, compiled by our teams in both provinces. We present B.C. vs. Alberta: Who’s Better?
Feel free to jump into the sparring in the comments below.
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Best ski hills
Lake Louise’s vast terrain and Sunshine’s all-natural snow make appealing ski destinations in Alberta. But they’re really incomparable to B.C.’s Whistler, Fernie and Kicking Horse resorts. Plus every heli-ski operator is in B.C.
This is a tough one. The Vancouver Canucks have Fin, and Miga, Quatchi, Sumi and Mukmuk greeted visitors at the 2010 Olympics. However, Alberta is home to a strangely alliterative group of mascots: Harry the Horse (Calgary Stampede), Harvey the Hound (Calgary Flames), and Hidy and Howdy (1988 Olympics).
B.C. is home to countless quality festivals like the Sasquatch Music Festival, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and the Vancouver Pride Parade. But the province may be victim of having too many specialized events.
“GRANVILLE ISLAND WINTER ALE!!,” yells B.C.’s assistant news editor. She’s very adamant about this choice. However, the WRaspberry Ale made by Calgary’s Wild Rose Brewery and Alley Kat Amber made in Edmonton are pretty darn tasty. We’ll give this one to the province that counts dozens of craft breweries in the vibrant industry.
Alberta drivers don’t know how to merge properly and courteously. B.C. has ... Richmond, land of terrible parkers and oblivious lane changers.
Best retail shopping
B.C. is home to the only Canadian location of Top Shop as well as quaint independent store strolls like Gastown and Main Street in Vancouver. Alberta has some BIG draws including the West Edmonton Mall and the dizzying gigantic outdoors retailer Bass Pro Shops outside of Calgary. But there’s no PST in Alberta.
This most contentious category actually had one editor exclaiming: "Anyone else want to fight me on this? I DARE YOU." B.C. gets plenty of precipitation while Alberta takes the title for sunniest province, not to mention the warm Chinook winds in the winter. Sure, you don't have to shovel rain in B.C., but Albertans don't have to carry an umbrella everywhere they go.