Discover the historical, natural and cultural
heritage of the Alberta Heartland through the eyes of children
The Heartland of Alberta is edged by the ranches of the
south, the foothills of the west and the boreal forest of the north.
During the fur trade period, a north-south trading route bisected the
Heartland. The immigrant settlement boom in the area, made possible by the
arrival of the railway, occurred between 1885 and 1914. Most of the towns
and cities in the Heartland have continued to experience growth as people
migrate from across Canada and the world to work in the industrial
"heartland" of Alberta.