It took a tabulation error on the part of a Miss Universe Canada judge to remind those in Wild Rose Country the stock of talent and beauty the province is capable of.

Few people even murmured the name Riza Santos the day following the pageant. That all changed when Miss Universe Canada judges corrected a typo and crowned the Calgary beauty queen Miss Universe Canada 2013.

She's talented, graceful, beautiful... but she's not the only one.

Alberta has been pumping out steady streams of beauty, grace and talent.

So much so that many celebrities with household names - who some won't even recognize as Canadian, let alone as Albertan - do in fact hail from that province on the eastern edges of the Canadian Rockies.

Even in Alberta, when one mentions that the iconic 1960s female music powerhouse and empowerer of women Joni Mitchell was born in Fort Macleod, the Albertans on the other side of the conversation often balk in disbelief.

How about Tom Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame? No he wasn't born in East L.A. but in Edmonton.

Click through the gallery below for a full collection of the most talented, beautiful and surprising Albertans.

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  • Click through to see our list of most famous Albertans - some are given, others will surprise.

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., in 1979, and grew up in Kelowna, B.C.

  • Evangeline Lilly

    Lilly is best known for her role as Kate Austen in ABC's "Lost."

  • Tommy Chong

    Chong was born on May 24, 1938 in Edmonton, Alta. When he was young, his family moved to Calgary and Chong <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Chong" target="_blank">dropped out of Crescent Heights High School</a> when he was 16.

  • Tommy Chong

    Chong is well known for his marijuana-themed "Cheech & Chong" comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin. Two of the duo's albums were nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy Awards.

  • Tommy Chong

  • Elisha Cuthbert

    Cuthbert was born in Calgary, Alta., and spent time growing up in Quebec and Toronto.

  • Elisha Cuthbert

    Cuthbert is best known for her role as Kim Bauer on the Fox action-thriller series "24."

  • Paul Gross

    Gross was born in Calgary, Alta., on April 30, 1959. Gross studied acting at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

  • Paul Gross

    Gross is known for his lead role as Constable Benton Fraser in the television series "Due South" as well as his 2008 war film "Passchendaele", which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.

  • Tricia Helfer

    Helfer was born in rural Donalda, Alta., on April 11, 1974. She lived and worked on the family's grain farm before she was discovered at age 17 by a modeling agency scout while standing in line at a local movie theatre.

  • Tricia Helfer

    Helfer is best known for playing the humanoid Cylon Number Six in Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" television series as well as her work as a model. In 1992, she won Ford Models' Supermodel of the World Contest.

  • Nathan Fillion

    Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alta., on March 27, 1971. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta, and the University of Alberta.

  • Nathan Fillion

    Fllion is best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series "Castle."

  • Joni Mitchell

    Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alta.

  • Joni Mitchell

    Mitchell is one of Canada's most beloved folk singer-songwriters, known for many songs including "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock."

  • Chad Kroeger of Nickelback

    Kroeger was born Chad Robert Turton in Hanna, Alta., on November 15, 1974. Fellow Nickelback band members Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake are also from the small town.

  • Chad Kroeger

    Kroger is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback.

  • Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara

    Tegan and Sara Quin were born September 19, 1980 in Calgary, Alta.

  • Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

    Tegan and Sara Quin were born September 19, 1980 in Calgary, Alta.

  • Tegan and Sara

    The twin sisters both perform in the indie rock duo, Tegan and Sara. In March 2014 Tegan and Sara won three Juno Awards for Song of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Group of the Year.

  • Michael J. Fox

    Fox was born on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alta.

  • Michael J. Fox

    Fox's roles have included Marty McFly from the "Back to the Future" trilogy; Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties", and Mike Flaherty in "Spin City."

  • Jann Arden

    Arden was born in Calgary on March 27, 1962 and moved as a child to Springbank, Alta.

  • Jann Arden

    Some of Arden's greatest hits include "I Would Die For You", "Insensitive", and "Could I Be Your Girl."

  • Kurt Browning

    Browning was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alta, June 18, 1966.

  • Kurt Browning

    Browning was both Canadian figure skating champion and World Champion four times. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics.

  • k. d. lang

    Lang was born in Edmonton, Alta., November 2, 1961.

  • k. d. lang

    Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine."

  • Mark Messier

    Mark Messier lived in St. Albert, Alta., and played Tier II in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the St. Albert Saints.

  • Mark Messier

    Messier went on to play with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. He was named to the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada as part of its 2013 class

  • Jill Hennessy

    Hennessy was born in Edmonton, Alta., November 25, 1968.

  • Jill Hennessy

    Hennessy is know for her television roles on "Law & Order" and "Crossing Jordan" and in films such as "Robocop 3" and "Most Wanted."

  • Jarome Iginla

    Iginla was born in Edmonton, Alta., but grew up in St. Albert, Alta. He was a longtime player with the Calgary Flames, where he served as captain for nine years.

  • Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

    Hart was born in Calgary, Alta., July 2, 1957, into the Hart wrestling family.

  • Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

    Hart gained popularity throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), as Bret 'The Hitman' Hart.

  • Joe Clark

    Clark was born in High River, Alta., June 5, 1939.

  • Joe Clark

    Clark serves as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 4, 1979, to March 3, 1980.

  • Cory Monteith

    Monteith was born in Calgary, Alta., on May 11, 1982 and quickly rose to fame playing Finn Hudson on "Glee."

  • Cory Monteith

    On July 13, 2013, Monteith died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room.

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