Alberta Views (also AlbertaViews) is a magazine published 10 times annually in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that covers political, social and cultural issues in the province of Alberta. Its monthly print run (2016) is 15,000 copies; its monthly readership (2016) is 76,000. Alberta Views was named Canadian Magazine of the Year at the 2009 National Magazine Awards. John Ralston Saul has called Alberta Views “the new model for what a magazine can be in Canada.” Ezra Levant has called it "an artsy liberal magazine."
Alberta Views was first published in January 1998. It was initially a quarterly; since 2006, the magazine has been published 10 issues a year. The founding publisher is Jackie Flanagan, a Calgary college educator, novelist and philanthropist. In a speech at the 2009 NMAs, Flanagan said she founded Alberta Views to counter provincial stereotypes. "Many eastern media turned to Ted Byfield when they wanted to hear the views of Albertans. And as a third-generation Albertan, I was concerned because he did not reflect the opinions of any Albertan I knew. And if Alberta Views has done anything to correct the false image that my province has in the rest of the country, I am very grateful."
Alberta Views originally used the tagline “The Magazine about Alberta for Albertans," and, later, “Leading the Political, Cultural and Social Debate” and “A Forum for Dialogue.” The magazine's tagline in 2016 is "New Perspectives for Engaged Citizens." Alberta Views does not endorse a political party.
The magazine publishes three long-form (3,000+ word) stories every issue as well as original short fiction and essays. Alberta Views' departments include columns by Governor General's Award and Giller Prize-nominated author Fred Stenson ("Wit") and former Banff National Park superintendent Kevin Van Tighem ("This Land"), book reviews, arts listings, a ministerial profile ("Meet the Minister"), community profiles and "Eye on Alberta," a mix of news stories, blog posts, speeches and poems from across the province and country.
Past contributors to Alberta Views have included journalists, magazine writers, essayists, artists, academics and politicians. They include:
In addition to being named Canadian Magazine of the Year (2008) at the National Magazine Awards, Alberta Views has won numerous individual NMAs, Alberta Magazine Awards and Western Magazine Awards including Best Magazine (2005), an Utne magazine Independent Press award for local/regional coverage (2007) and the 2004 Alberta Mental Health Board award.