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There are many big cities in Alberta that you can read about in pretty much any ranking online. While most blogs pay attention to them aiming to put you into crowded spaces and job shorts, our aim is to show you a different perspective of living - small cities. These towns can offer not only calm and peaceful life, but also great business development ideas and opportunities.

Small cities tend to have richer historical roots, growing and developing economies and lots of leisure activities. Most small cities in Alberta, like High River or Beaumont, are located within the driving distance from bigger cities which make them perfect options for peace lovers. Below we prepared a list of three cities that should make you interested in Alberta.

GRANDE PRAIRIE

This is one of the fastest growing cities in the northwest of Alberta as well as Canada in general. The average income listed in this city only four years ago was $126,877. If your aim is to find a small city for employment opportunities, the Grande Prairie must be on your list as it unemployment rate is as low as 2.4-percent.

The city's symbol - trumpeter swan - made is known and popular among tourists and vacation seekers because these birds amaze people of all ages! If you are a nature enthusiast, do not forget to visit Muskoseepi Park with 18 kilometers of trails for joggers, hikers, and bikers.

STONY PLAIN

This town is located close to Edmonton - one of the biggest Alberta's cities. Location makes it an ideal location for people working in the big city, but being in love with peace and quietness around. Being a fast-growing community, Stony Plain has almost reached the number of citizens required to get the status of city in Alberta.

This is an ideal place for people loving nature and active lifestyle because the town has three major parks (Shikaoi, Whispering Waters and Rotary), skate and BMX parks for youngsters, and a huge sports center full of a great variety of activities.

SYLVAN LAKE

The name of this town speaks for itself - it is located on the shore of the beautiful Sylvan Lake creating unforgettable experiences for water sports lovers and tourists in general. For recreational activities the town has also created Wild Rapids Waterslides that attract more and more people annually. The town is a perfect place for people who do not love heat because even in the summer its temperature is usually not higher than 15.7 °C (60.26 °F).

The town is also a fast growing one which makes it also eligible for a city status. Sylvan Lake is located very close to Red Deer creating a perfect opportunity to work in a bigger city while living in a picturesque shelter of the nature.