Every house has a panoramic view of the Rockies.
But the province is still clinging to a lack of sales tax.
And the vacancy rate just hit a 25-year high.
Similar economies, opposite fiscal realities.
The Whitecourt Esso Super Station nabbed this year's crown.
Gains in oil, employment and the GDP are all predicted for next year.
"It'll be a once-in-a-lifetime flavour."
Don't call it a comeback, however...