About the Palliser Region

The Palliser region is an area in the southeast corner of the province of Alberta, Canada. The region is home to over 118,000 (2015) people, spread across 49,528 square kilometers, and is made up of 22 rural municipalities, hamlets, villages, towns, and cities. The city of Medicine Hat, with a population of 63,018 (2015), is the area’s largest urban center.

These communities are welcoming and inclusive, with many cultural groups represented throughout the area. For example, the City of Brooks is truly multicultural: more than 100 languages are spoken in this fast-growing community of just over 14,100 (2015) people, earning it the nickname “The city of 100 hellos.”

The region’s economy is based on agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, defence and aerospace, and tourism. Employment in the region is currently increasing at more than double the Canadian average.

Natural features include the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, the Canadian Badlands, and Dinosaur Provincial Park, to name a few. See our Tourism and Recreation (hyperlink) section for more exciting things to do in the region.

The region benefits from a comfortable, semi-arid climate, with generally dry, hot summers and cold, sunny winters interspersed with warm Chinook winds. We receive more than 2,512 hours of sunshine per year on average, making us the sunniest area in Canada.

For more local information, visit our Community Profiles and Photo and Video Gallery.