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CALGARY IN BRIEF

Calgary combines a thriving metropolis with Western roots and friendly small town hospitality. Stroll through downtown Calgary and you’ll see skyscrapers named after big oil and energy companies like Husky, Petro-Canada, and the new EnCana. As oil-rich Houston is to the U.S., Calgary is to Canada, not only in its concentration of energy companies, but also its rugged western image that includes the annual Stampede, probably the world’s greatest rodeo, which attracts over a million visitors each summer. With its copious influx of oil money, Calgary has become quite a cultural center; the city now has about 40 live theater companies.

Planning a trip to Calgary? Read about Calgary first – how to get to Calgary, what paperwork may be necessary, if you're visiting from out of country, and find core amenities around town such as banks, ATMs, car rentals and more.

Did you know?
  • Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and high plains, approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city is located in the Parkland region of Alberta. Calgary is the fourth largest civic municipality, by population, in Canada.
  • Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. Since hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics, the city has also been home to a number of major winter sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park (luge, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and some summer sports) and the Olympic Oval (speed skating and hockey). These facilities serve as the primary training venues for a number of competitive athletes.
  • Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, the Calgary area was inhabited by Pre-Clovis people whose presence has been traced back at least 11,000 years.
  • Calgary's urban scene has changed considerably since the beginning of the city's rapid growth. It is also starting to become recognized as one of Canada's most diverse cities.
  • Following its revival in the 1990s, Calgary has also become a centre for country music in Canada. As such, it is referred to by some as the "Nashville of the North." Calgary is also home to a thriving all-ages music scene of many genres, including metal, folk, pop, rock, punk, indie, blues, jazz, hip-hop, electronic, and country
  • Leslie Feist, Tegan and Sara, and Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy - vocals) all hail from Calgary.
FACTS ABOUT CALGARY
(as of April 2008, 2009 Census available in July 2009)

  • Population: 1,042,892
  • Location: in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers
  • Area: 745 square kilometres
  • Elevation: 1,128 metres above sea level
  • Last municipal election: Oct. 15, 2007
  • Next municipal election: Oct. 18, 2010
  • Number of recycling depots: 51
  • Number of major parks: 29
  • Total number of regional parks: 40
  • Total area of parks/open spaces: 7,500 hectares
  • Number of library locations: 17
  • Number of kindergarten-Grade 12 schools: 456
  • Major local daily newspapers – 2
  • Local radio stations – 25
  • Local television stations – 6

    CALGARY'S FLOWER

    In 1991, The City adopted the Red Pasque Flower (Anemone pulsatilla 'Rubra') as its official floral emblem. This flower is a fitting symbol for Calgary as it closely resembles the Prairie Crocus, growing wild in the Calgary area. Unlike the Prairie Crocus, the Red Pasque Flower has been hybridized and can be grown by local gardeners.

    CALGARY – HEART OF THE NEW WEST

    Calgary – Heart of the New West is a brand used to promote Calgary to the world. The image is a stylized cowboy hat bringing to mind mountains, Chinook winds, and the Saddledome. The positioning line "Heart of the New West links Calgary's past, present and future in a powerful way, while speaking to Calgary's energy and spirit.

    Calgary's Coat of Arms

    Calgary's official Coat of Arms was created through a local contest and adopted in 1902. The upper third of the crest shows the setting sun above a mural crown (symbol of loyalty) and the Rocky Mountains. The lower two-thirds bear the red cross of St. George and the Canadian maple leaf inset by a bull buffalo, all supported by a horse and steer. Below the shield are the Canadian maple leaf, the leek of Wales, the shamrock of Ireland, the rose of England and the thistle of Scotland.

    On the scroll is Calgary's motto "Onward," with the dates of incorporation as a town (1884) and as a city (1894). Under the scroll are the Union Jack and the Red Ensign.

    From 1902 to 1984, the official crest existed only in black and white. In 1984, an Alderman asked The City to develop the crest in full colour, using the original design approved in 1902.












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