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Calgary is a city located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city anchors the south end of what Statistics Canada defines as the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor”.
The city had a population of 1,239,220 in 2016, making it Alberta’s largest city and Canada’s third-largest municipality by population. Also in 2016, Calgary had a metropolitan population of 1,392,609, making it the fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. The economy of Calgary includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors. The Calgary CMA is home to the second-highest number of corporate head offices in Canada among the country’s 800 largest corporations. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games.
Calgary has been consistently ranked among the world’s cleanest cities. In 2010, Reader’s Digest named Calgary the best city in Canada to live in. In 2017 Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it one of Canada’s most attractive cities to visit. Also that year it was ranked as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Maclean’s magazine and as one of the Best Places to Work in Canada by Canadian Business magazine.
Calgary is a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing facilities in North America. The city is home to Canada Olympic Park, an athletic facility built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, which serves as a training ground for several national teams as well as a recreation facility for local residents. The nearby Kananaskis Country provides excellent opportunities for hiking, camping, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, and more.
The arts and culture scene in Calgary is vibrant and diverse. The city is home to many museums and art galleries, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. The Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo and exhibition, is one of the city’s most popular events. Other popular festivals and events include the Folk Music Festival, the Jazz Festival, and the Lilac Festival.
Whether you’re looking for excitement or relaxation, you’ll find it in Calgary. Come experience all that this vibrant city has to offer!
The Attractions in Calgary
Calgary is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The city has a low cost of living, a high standard of living, and a strong economy. There are plenty of job opportunities in Calgary, as well as excellent schools and amenities.
Calgary is an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts with its world-class skiing and snowboarding facilities at Canada Olympic Park. The nearby Kananaskis Country offers great opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing. In the summer, Calgary’s many parks and trails are perfect for biking, walking, and picnicking.
Calgary is home to a number of excellent attractions that are sure to please visitors of all ages. Here are just a few of the many great things to see and do in Calgary:
– The Calgary Zoo is one of the largest zoos in Canada, and is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world.
– The Telus Science Centre is a hands-on museum that’s perfect for curious kids (and adults!).
– The Calgary Tower offers stunning views of the cityscape from its observation deck.
– The Glenbow Museum houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts from First Nations cultures.
– Heritage Park is a living history museum that lets visitors experience what life was like in early Calgary.
Whether you’re visiting for a short while or making Calgary your home, there’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city. Welcome!