Calgary, Alberta – “The Heart of the New West”
The City of Calgary is situated in the Western Canadian Province of Alberta, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with its centre located at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.
Originally named Fort Brisebois after a NWMP Officer Ephrem Brisebois, Calgary got its name a year later in 1876 from Colonel James Macleod who named the outpost after the Calgary area on the Island of Mull in Scotland. Learn more at the History of Calgary.
Calgary also has beautiful weather, with the most days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Learn more at Alberta has the Best Weather in Canada!
As a matter of fact, the city is a reasonable driving distance away from more than 5 world class ski resorts, lots of amazing lakes, the United States border and so much more.
More Fun Calgary Facts
Calgary, Alberta is…
Large: 848 square kilometres (327.4 square miles)
Diverse: About 25 per cent of Calgarians are foreign-born. Calgary is Diverse.
Accepting: There are close to 120 languages spoken in the city. Calgary is Multicultural.
Green: Calgary has over 7,500 hectares (75 square kilometres) of parkland and public green spaces, as well as the longest paved urban pathway system on the continent. It runs for more than 700 kilometres and is easily accessible from virtually anywhere in the city.
Experiencing another downtown development cycle with millions of square feet under development or to be announced in 2013
Home to high average wages and an abundance of job opportunities
Calgary Public Transit now carries more than 95 million passengers a year.
Fish Creek Provincial Park is Canada’s largest urban park, stretching 19 kilometres in length