Alberta is often called "Texas of the North" for our western ways, cowboys, oil reserves and booming economy.
And similar to the saying "Everything's Bigger in Texas," the same can be said of Alberta. The province is home to sprawling fields under prairie skies, the towering Canadian Rockies and rolling foothills. Its economic success has put Alberta on the map and people flock to the province to make a future for themselves.
But it's not just the salaries and mountains that are bigger in Alberta. There are scores of other things that Alberta is growing big, from malls, to roadside attractions, to national parks.
Check out the slideshow below for some of the quirky things you likely didn't know were bigger in Alberta.
Calgary currently has a series of interlocking bike and pedestrian pathways that cover more than 700 kilometres...and it system continues to grow! <a href="http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Planning-and-Operations/Pathways-Management/Pathway-maintenance-and-management.aspx" target="_blank">It's the largest network of its kind in North American</a>
Tallest Skyscraper (in the west)
The Bow, Calgary's tallest skyscraper, is also Canada's tallest building west of Toronto. It houses the headquarters for EnCana Corporation and Cenovus Energy and stands 58 storeys tall.
Calgary is home to the world's longest skylight found in the downtown CORE Shopping Mall.
Calgary home to the world's longest +15 network, the largest indoor walkway network of its kind. It stretches over 18 kilometres through the downtown core and connects most of the downtown's major buildings.
Largest Skateboard Park
Shaw Millennium Park is North America's largest free outdoor, 24 hour skatepark, located on the west side of downtown Calgary.
Massive Urban Park
Fish Creek Park, located in Calgary, is one of the largest urban parks in North America.
Largest National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km2.
The Most Dinosaur Skeletons
The Canadian Badlands Trail in Southern Alberta is home to two-billion-year-old rocks plus the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons in the world
Largest Historical Village
Heritage Park in Calgary is Canada's largest living historical village.
Largest Oil Reserves In Canada
And the third largest reserves in the world. This one actually makes us kind of unpopular in some circles. Moving right along...
World's Largest Easter Egg
Vegreville, Alberta is home to the world's largest Easter Egg. Not surprising as Alberta is home to Canada's largest Ukrainian population. Pass the borscht, please.
West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, is the largest mall in North America and was the world's largest until 2004.
Largest Ski Area
Lake Louise, Alberta is home to the largest ski area in Canada.
Largest Cow Herd
Alberta is home to the largest organic beef herd in Canada at 10,288 head.
Wood Buffalo National Park
One of the lesser known parks in the Parks Canada system, Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest national park in the country and is ranked one of the largest in the world.
World's Largest Perogy
The town of Glendon is home to the world's largest (fake) perogy. It stands at more than 30 ft. tall!
Largest Urban Parkland
Edmonton's river valley comprises over 20 major parks and attractions and forms the largest expanses of urban parkland in North America.
Largest Duck Statue
The world's largest mallard duck statue makes it home in Andrew, Alberta.
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