Life in Calgary, Alberta



Nicknames

Cow Town, Stampede City, Heart of The New West,

The 403, C-Town

Population (2016)

City: 1,239,220

Metro Area: 1,392,609

Area (2016)


City Area: 848 km sq

Metro Area: 5,110 km sq

Current Mayor

Naheed Nenshi

Current City Council

Ward Sutherland, Joe Magliocca, Jyoti Gondek, Sean Chu, George Chahal, Jeff Davison, Druh Farrell, Evan Woolley, Gian-Carlo Carra, Ray Jones, Jeromy Farkas, Shane Keating, Diane Colley-Urquhart, Peter Demong


About Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is located in the grassland region of southern Alberta where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the prairie lands and the Elbow River converges with the Bow River. With a metro population of over 1.2 million people, Calgary is the largest city in Alberta – larger than the provincial capital of Edmonton – and the third largest municipality in Canada. The city of Calgary covers an area of over 848 square kilometres (327 square miles) while the Calgary Region includes a metro area of over 5,110 square kilometres (1,973 square miles), making Calgary the densest urban area in Alberta.

15 municipalities currently make up the Calgary Regional Partnership, including the cities of Calgary and Airdrie; the surrounding county of Rocky View and the Municipal District Foothills; and the towns of Banff, Black Diamond, Canmore, Chestermere, Cochrane, Crossfield, High River, Irricana, Nanton, Okotoks, Strathmore, and Turner Valley. Though four of the towns (Banff, Canmore, Nanton and Strathmore) are outside the Calgary Region's boundaries, they work with the Calgary Region municipalities to plan and grow the greater region.

The city of Calgary is the urban heart of southern Alberta, and is recognized as a tourism, agriculture and petroleum hub within the area. It is the southern anchor of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, and home to most of the region's residents.

Calgary Neighbourhoods


Downtown Calgary, Photo by John Brosz


The community of New Brighton in Southeast Calgary

Sunalta in Southwest Calgary


The city of Calgary is divided into four distinct quadrants, and all of its street address are appended with the appropriate quadrant information (NW, NE, SE or SW). Streets run north-south and avenues run east-west, with Centre Avenue separating the north from the south and Centre Street separating the east from the west. Streets and avenues are numbered starting at Centre and Centre, with those closest to the core having the smallest numbers.

At the core of Calgary is the City Centre or Downtown area, which contains the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core, and the Downtown East Village. The Commercial Core is subdivided into several individual districts, including the Stephen Avenue retail core, the Entertainment District, and Calgary's Government district. The nearby residential and mixed use neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Eau Claire and Beltline are also considered part of the Calgary City Centre area. Beltline is the densest urban neighbourhood within Calgary and the focus of major rejuvenation initiatives. It includes the communities of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Park, and East Victoria Park, neighbourhoods that contain well known Calgary areas such as Midtown, the Design District, 4th Street, Uptown, the Warehouse District, and the Rivers District.

Radiating from Calgary's City Centre are the inner city communities, including Sunnyside, Crescent Heights, Inglewood, Briar Hill, Renfrew, Bridgeland, Mount Royal, Mission, Montgomery, Ramsay, and Radisson Heights. This area has a high percentage of multi-family housing and smaller, older style single family homes, but also includes the high-end Upper Mount Royal area that contains some of Calgary's most expensive real estate and a mix of historic and new architecture.

Surrounding the inner city are the mature, established neighbourhoods of Calgary, including Mount Pleasant and Rosedale to the north; Killarney, Bankview and Altadore to the south; Glendale, Parkdale and Bowness to the west; and Forest Lawn to the east. These mid to high density communities offer a mix of housing options from single family homes and duplexes to townhouses, condominiums, and walk-up apartments.

Beyond those areas are the Calgary suburban communities and subdivisions where single family detached homes make up the largest percentage of the available real estate. Suburban communities in the outskirts of Calgary include Coventry Hills, McKenzie Towne, Somerset, Country Hills, Hamptons, Taradale, and Royal Oak.

Learn More About Calgary

Calgary Information

Get better acquainted with the city of Calgary: visit the city website, read about the city's history, and learn more about Calgary's city council, services, transportation and events.

Calgary City Website Calgary City Council Board of Education Chamber of Commerce
History of Calgary Calgary Police Service Communities of Calgary Economic Development
Local Events Calgary Public Library Calgary Transit Catholic School Board
       


Visitor Information

 

Shopping

Is this your first time in Calgary and southern Alberta? Check out these sites before you visit us!

  Calgary has a variety of shopping options, from large malls to unique boutiques along 17th Avenue.

About Alberta Traveling in Canada      17th Ave Chinook Centre
Calgary Tourism Sightseeing & Tours   Southcentre Mall Market Mall
Immigration Information International Airport   Core Shopping Sunridge Mall
         


Sports Teams

 

Post Secondary

Calgarians have a reputation for being dedicated sports fans, and here are some of the teams they cheer for.

  Calgary has a wide range of post secondary options for students interested in continuing their education.

Calgary Flames (NHL) Calgary Stampeders (CFL)      University of Calgary Mount Royal University
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Calgary Roughnecks (NLL)   SAIT Polytechnic Bow Valley College
Calgary Vipers Spruce Meadows   College of Art & Design Ambrose University College
         

Calgary Parks & River Valley

Nose Hill Park in Northwest Calgary, Photo by John Johnston

Prince's Island Park in Downtown Calgary

The city of Calgary is home to over 5,000 urban park sites of varying sizes, including river valley parks bordering sections of both the Elbow River and the Bow River. A network of over 70 kilometres of pathways connect Calgary's neighbourhoods and greenspaces, and is recognized as one of the most extensive multi-use trail systems in North America. These parks and pathways are enjoyed year round by Calgarians for outdoor activities such as picnics, cycling, running, hiking, tobogganing and cross-country skiing.

Fish Creek Provincial Park can be found winding its way through the southern parts of Calgary. As one of the largest urban parks in North America, it spans 19 kilometres from east to west and is three times the size of Stanley Park in Vancouver. Here Calgarians have access to on-site camping facilities, stables, and a lake for swimming.

Northwest Calgary is home to Nose Hill Park, one of the largest natural environment parks in Canada and the second largest parkland area in Calgary. Covering 11 square kilometres, this greenspace has been preserved as a unique grassland ecosystem native to southern Alberta, and is home to almost 200 wildlife species in addition to its endangered plant systems. The park is surrounded by 12 residential communities and is a popular place for Calgary hikers during every season.

The immensely popular Calgary Zoo is located just east of Calgary's Downtown on St. George's Island and is a popular destination for residents and tourists alike. As the second largest zoo in Canada, the Calgary Zoo features 8 unique areas, 290 different species, and has over 1,000 animals.

Prince's Island in downtown Calgary provides downtown residents with picnic and playground areas, and hosts more festivals and events than any other park in Calgary. The Calgary Music Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, Canada Day and Heritage Day are just a few of the annual events that draw enthusiastic crowds to Prince's Island Park.

Calgary Parks & Recreation

Local Attractions

These are some of Calgary's most well known attractions, including iconic buildings, notable parks, popular public gathering areas, and recreational spots.

Calgary Tower Calgary Zoo Fort Calgary Glenbow Museum
Canada Olympic Park Devonian Gardens Heritage Historical Village Military Museum
Calaway Park Telus World of Science Lougheed House Spaceport
       



Outdoor Parks

Calgary has over 70 kilometres of multi-use trails and 5,000 urban parks ranging from small community parks and school playgrounds to a large Provincial parks and protected natural areas.

Parks & Trail Map Fish Creek Provincial Park Bowness Park West Nose Creek
Off Leash Areas Nose Hill Park Edworthy Park Central Memorial Park
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Prince's Island Park Weaselhead Flats Reader Rock Garden
       
Shops in Inglewood, Photo by Brian Chow


Calgary Stampede, Photo by Mike Ridewood

Calgary Culture

The city of Calgary is divided into four distinct quadrants, and all of its street address are appended with the appropriate quadrant information (NW, NE, SE or SW). Streets run north-south and avenues run east-west, with Centre Avenue separating the north from the south and Centre Street separating the east from the west. Streets and avenues are numbered starting at Centre and Centre, with those closest to the core having the smallest numbers.

At the core of Calgary is the City Centre or Downtown area, which contains the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core, and the Downtown East Village. The Commercial Core is subdivided into several individual districts, including the Stephen Avenue retail core, the Entertainment District, and Calgary's Government district. The nearby residential and mixed use neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Eau Claire and Beltline are also considered part of the Calgary City Centre area. Beltline is the densest urban neighbourhood within Calgary and the focus of major rejuvenation initiatives. It includes the communities of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Park, and East Victoria Park, neighbourhoods that contain well known Calgary areas such as Midtown, the Design District, 4th Street, Uptown, the Warehouse District, and the Rivers District.

Radiating from Calgary's City Centre are the inner city communities, including Sunnyside, Crescent Heights, Inglewood, Briar Hill, Renfrew, Bridgeland, Mount Royal, Mission, Montgomery, Ramsay, and Radisson Heights. This area has a high percentage of multi-family housing and smaller, older style single family homes, but also includes the high-end Upper Mount Royal area that contains some of Calgary's most expensive real estate and a mix of historic and new architecture.

Surrounding the inner city are the mature, established neighbourhoods of Calgary, including Mount Pleasant and Rosedale to the north; Killarney, Bankview and Altadore to the south; Glendale, Parkdale and Bowness to the west; and Forest Lawn to the east. These mid to high density communities offer a mix of housing options from single family homes and duplexes to townhouses, condominiums, and walk-up apartments.

Beyond those areas are the Calgary suburban communities and subdivisions where single family detached homes make up the largest percentage of the available real estate. Suburban communities in the outskirts of Calgary include Coventry Hills, McKenzie Towne, Somerset, Country Hills, Hamptons, Taradale, and Royal Oak.

Calgary Culture & Events

Theatres & Venues

From theatre and opera to live local music and classic symphonies, Calgary has some truly fantastic live venues and world-recognized theatre companies.

Performing Arts Centre Philharmonic Orchestra One Yellow Rabbit Calgary Saddledome
Alberta Ballet Theatre Calgary The Shakespeare Company Jubilee Auditorium
The Calgary Opera Alberta Theatre Projects Vertigo Theatre Telus Convention Centre
       


Museums & Galleries

 

Local News Media

Calgary values its rich, diverse heritage and culture, and takes pride in is preservation and presentation.

  Keep up to date on what's happening in Calgary on a day to day basis with local TV, radio and newspapers.

Contemporary Calgary Military Museums      CBC Calgary Citytv Calgary
Glenbow Museum National Music Centre   Calgary Herald Calgary Sun
Archive Society of Alberta Chinese Cultural Centre   660 News Radio Alberta Views
         


Events & Festivals

Calgary's most well known festival is the Calgary Stampede, but there are dozens more great events happening year round that make Calgary a great place to live and play. Calgary has a festival for every season!

Calgary Stampede Calgary Folk Music Festival Canada Day Celebration Expo Latino
International Film Fest Festival of Animated Objects FunnyFest Comedy Festival Calgary Fringe Festival
Spoken Word Festival GlobalFest Chinatown Street Festival  
       
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