Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta with a population of about 1.097 million (2011 estimate).

The city occupies 825 square km in the southern part of the province at the convergence of the Bow River and Elbow River. The front ranges of the Canadian Rockies are situated roughly 80 km to the west. The city boasts the world’s biggest network of footbridge-connected buildings.

City of Calgary Website
Calgary Demographics

Calgary History

Human habitation of Calgary likely dates to 9,000 B.C. and the Blackfoot natives. The first appearance of Europeans in the area occurred in the late 18th century. By the mid-19th century a reputation of lawlessness prompted Canada’s Prime Minister to establish a police post in 1875.

World Travel Guide: History of Calgary
Photos from Calgary’s Past

Calgary Weather

The climate of Calgary is classified as “humid continental.” Winter is quite cold, with average daily low temperatures of -13°C to -15°C in December and January. Occasional Chinook winds over the Canadian Rockies provide welcome warming spells. In the summer months, daily high temperatures range from 20°C to 23°C. Overall, Calgary enjoys lots of sunshine, with most of its annual precipitation coming as rain from May through September.

Climate of Calgary
Weather Forecast for Calgary

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Cost of living in Calgary

According to Numbeo, in comparison to New York City, the cost of living in Calgary (exclusive of rent) is about 25 percent less; rent itself is only about a third as much in comparison to New York City. Numbeo also estimates that consumer prices in Calgary about 6.5 percent higher than in Toronto, while rent in Calgary is about 15 percent lower than rent in Toronto.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Calgary
Cost Comparison: Calgary vs. Toronto

Real Estate

When you decide to live in Calgary, you have a choice of about 200 different neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality. The city’s average home price (January 2017) is $484K, relatively affordable in comparison to average prices in Vancouver ($1.2 million) and Toronto ($770K).

Calgary Neighbourhoods Map
Homes for Sale in Calgary
Apartments for Rent in Calgary

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Hospitals

The provincial authority for health is Alberta Health Services, headquartered in Edmonton, which oversees the operation of 400 medical facilities throughout Alberta. In Alberta, the hospitals are Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus, and Alberta Children’s Campus.

Alberta Health Services Website
Family Doctors in Calgary

Transportation

The primary motor routes to Calgary are the Trans-Canada Highway and the QE2 Highway. Calgary Transit provides public transportation via bus and rail anywhere in the city. Rocky Mountaineer and Royal Canadian Pacific railways operate luxury train transportation for sightseeing and touring the scenic areas around Calgary. Air travelers come and go via Calgary International Airport (YYC) with shuttle service to local hotels.

Getting Around Calgary
Calgary International Airport
Royal Canadian Pacific

Schools

The Calgary Board of Education oversees the operation of over 235 schools in the city, serving about 120,000 students. In addition, Calgary is home to six charter schools and several accredited private schools. Among the dozen institutions for higher learning is the University of Calgary, with an undergraduate enrollment of 24,000 and graduate enrollment of 6,000, and Mount Royal University, with enrollment of 12,000.

Calgary Board of Education
Find a School Search Tool
Calgary Charter Schools

Enjoy The City

Hotels

You have hundreds of choices for lodging in Calgary. For a budget stay, consider the Econo Lodge in South Calgary, a two-star hotel with free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and indoor pool. If you’re an air traveler, the Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary is a popular three-star hotel north of the airport. If you are looking for upscale amenities, consider Le Germain Hotel with restaurant and spa. Located across from Calgary Tower, it’s a short walk from the Arts Commons or from Calgary Zoo.

Hotel Finder
Calgary Hotels and Accommodations
Calgary B&Bs

Restaurants

Calgary is a wonderful place for appetites of all kinds. One of the more respected gauges of quality, OpenTable, elected nine Calgary restaurants as among the 100 best in Canada for 2016. The list is eclectic, and includes anew Table (a la carte seasonal fare), Tango Bistro (casual late-night fine dining with piano bar), and Ox & Angela Restaurant, serving tapas style as many dishes as possible before you for everyone at your table.

Culture Trip: Must-Try Restaurants
Ten Tried and True Restaurants in Calgary

Things To Do

While you’re in the city, visit Fort Calgary, the historic beginning of the city founded as a post in 1875 by the Northwest Mounted Police. It’s an entertaining and enjoyable way to spend a day. If you’re in Calgary during the winter, you can have all kinds of outdoor fun—skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, skating—or thrilling tours of the sights in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. If the weather isn’t cooperating with your outdoor plans, you can spend a day at the Calgary Zoo, the city’s top tourist attraction and most visited zoo in Canada.

Calgary Shopping Centres
Insider’s Guide to Exploring Calgary
Calgary Zoo

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