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About Calgary

Calgary is the most friendly, vibrant city in Western Canada. Located in a scenic valley where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, Calgary's outdoor playground is truly breathtaking. Within an hour's drive, you can enjoy hiking, skiing and mountain biking in the majestic Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Valley or Banff National Park. As Canada's energy capital, and Western Canada's business capital, Calgary is now home to the second largest concentration of corporate offices in the nation. While Calgary's economy has been primarily shaped by the resource sector, its aggressive diversification efforts have resulted in the growth and development of the technology, tourism, manufacturing and service sectors. Due to its central location, Calgary has developed into a major distribution hub for goods and services throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Calgarians are well known for their warm hospitality and western spirit. Although the city has experienced rapid growth over the past few years, Calgarians continue to cherish and protect the fundamental values that established their great city over one hundred years ago.

  • Calgarians value their environment. Calgarians love their big blue sky, wide open space, bike paths, river walks and proximity to the mountains.
  • Calgarians value their enviable quality of life. Calgarians are extremely committed to ensuring Calgary remains a safe, compassionate place.
  • Calgarians are passionate about living here. Calgarians have a strong sense of civic pride and volunteerism. They truly love promoting their city.
  • Calgarians love to celebrate. Whether it's the world famous Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Spruce Meadows, World Petroleum Congress, Calgarians love to welcome international visitors to their community.
  • Calgarians are optimistic about the future. Calgarians believe they can, and will make a difference. Their can-do, progressive, entrepreneurial attitude is contagious. As a result, Calgary is extremely well positioned to be a global player in the 21st century.

Calgary Quick Facts

  • Calgary is dubbed the fastest growing city in Canada.
  • Calgary is known as the country's oil capital.
  • Calgary is the second-largest center of corporate headquarters in Canada.
  • Calgary is sometimes called the Heart of the New West.
  • Calgary has approximately one million citizens.
  • Calgary is embedded between the West's Rocky Mountains and rich prairies on the East.
  • Calgary is in the southern part of the province of Alberta.
  • Calgary is 220 km from the American border.
  • Calgary is the highest city in Canada, with an elevation of 1,139 m above sea level.
  • Calgary is traversed by 2 beautiful rivers: The Bow River and the Elbow River.
  • Calgary is home to 445 schools (K-12) and three post-secondary schools: Mount Royal College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Calgary.
  • Calgarians are the most educated population in the country, with 69% having a post-secondary education.
  • Calgary hosts tourists and major world events like the Calgary Stampede and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games!
  • Calgary Transit was founded in 1909. Today transit's fleet is made up of 300 regular buses, 404 low floor buses, 94 community shuttle buses, and 116 light rail vehicles.