Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta and the second-largest city in western Canada. It is presently the fastest growing of Canada’s major cities.
Calgary is a scenic city, with the Bow River running through it, the prairies to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. The city enjoys the warmest winters of Canada’s prairie cities. Calgary was ranked the #1 world’s cleanest city (2016 Mercer Global Financial list of world’s cleanest cities).
Calgary’s economy is closely tied to Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Calgary has the second-largest number of corporate headquarters in Canada after Toronto, and is listed as a “global city” by the Globalization and World Cities Network. Companies headquartered in Calgary include:
- BP Canada
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
- Canadian Pacific Railway
- Cenovus Energy
- Shaw Communications
- Shell Canada
Calgary began as a cattle ranching centre, and the city is still proud of its “cowboy culture.” The city’s most famous annual festival is the Calgary Stampede, a giant rodeo and exhibition, which attracts over one million visitors every year.
Calgary is also a major winter sports destination, with world-class facilities built for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Sports fans are passionately devoted to their favourite teams, including the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Places to Visit in Calgary:
- Calgary Tower, the tallest tower in western Canada
- Calgary Zoo
- Canada Olympic Park
- CORE Shopping Centre
- Fish Creek Provincial Park
- Glenbow Museum and Archives
- Heritage Park Historical Village
- Prince’s Island Park
Destinations Outside Calgary:
- Banff National Park, Canada’s most popular Rocky Mountain park
- Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, home to Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils
- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a museum of indigenous people’s culture
- Waterton Lakes National Park, the smallest of the three Rocky Mountain parks, bordering Montana’s Glacier Park
The city of Calgary is served by buses and light rapid transit (C-Train). Both University of Calgary campuses (the main campus in Calgary’s northwest and the downtown campus) are connected to the Calgary Light Rail Transit (LRT) system and to bus routes that travel across the city. Full-time students at the University of Calgary are eligible for the Calgary Transit System U-Pass valid on all Calgary trains and buses.Explore Calgary