The City of Calgary

Calgary Alberta Canada

Located in southern Alberta, Calgary is a pretty city featuring a lengthy network of pathways and parks along the Elbow and Bow Rivers (which meet in Calgary), and the big, big sky of the prairies.

The City of Calgary has a distinctly western flavour and is probably best known for the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10 day extravaganza and celebration of all things western that draws spectators and participants from around the world. According to, "In 1912 the great Stampede was born from the vision of Guy Weadick. Guy was a famous working cowboy and vaudeville entertainer featured in the traveling wild-west shows that were popular world-wide in the early 1900's. He was a man with a dream of celebrating the romance and authentic culture of the old west."

Calgary was at the center of the oil boom in the early 1970's. The population increased by 272,000 in the eighteen years between 1971 and 1989 and another 345,000 in the next eighteen years. During the boom years, skyscrapers were rapidly constructed and the relatively low-rise downtown quickly became dense with tall buildings.

According to the Calgary Economic Development website, which was established to promote business growth, Calgary's key industries are:

As a cosmopolitan city with a population now of over 1 million, Calgary is a center for arts and culture and world class concerts and events. Attend such diverse performances as the Alberta Ballet or Marilyn Manson in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, or take a tour of the Glenbow Museum or the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Calgary offers many options for post-secondary education, most notably the world-class research university, the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University for theatre and arts.

Calgary has a thriving nightlife and there are hundreds of restaurants, pubs, night clubs and theatres from which to choose.

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is an easy drive from outdoor adventures like skiing, hiking, horseback riding and river rafting.

For links to local Calgary websites, including the City of Calgary and the Calgary Public Board of Education, please visit our Calgary Links page.

If a more rural lifestyle suits you, the city of Calgary also serves a large population living in outlying communities like Airdrie, Okotoks and Cochrane. You can live in the country and still enjoy the conveniences of a city nearby.

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