Alberta is a prairie province, and with over three million residents in 2011, is the most populous of them all. It is generally known for its mountains (much of the province includes the Rocky Mountains), open spaces and sunshine.
The climate in Alberta varies from the north to the south of the province, but generally has warm summers and cold winters. One unique thing about Alberta’s climate is its Chinooks – these warm, dry winds cause the temperature to rise in a very short time.
This beautiful province is also famous for its Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) which dance upon the evening sky and are especially bright during the long winter nights. There is nothing like watching curtains of green, pink and purple move about the night sky.
Alberta is home to many well known parks, like Banff National Park and Jasper National Park as well. The Drumheller park in Southern Alberta is also one of the few places in Canada where you can see unexcavated dinosaur bones, which are a sight unto themselves.
This is one of the richest provinces in Canada as many oil and gas companies have their production facilities here, making it an excellent place to invest, live and play.
Provincial non-renewable resources are the key contributors to the economic growth in Alberta. Global demand for Alberta’s exports remain high, as energy product demand continues to flourish. Unemployment rates remain low while wages continue to increase along with the cost of consumer goods.
Located in southern Alberta, Calgary is 300 kilometres south of the provincial capital of Edmonton, 670 kilometres west of Regina, Saskatchewan and 980 east of Vancouver, British Columbia. The city is situated at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and 80 kilometres of the Rocky Mountains.
Calgary is at an elevation of 1,048 metres, or 3,438 feet. According to the Statistics Canada National Census, Calgary covers an area of 726.50 square kilometres. Calgary is bound the north, east and west by the Municipal District of Rocky View and to the south by the Municipal District of Foothills and the Tsuu T’ina Native reserve.
Although most know Calgary as the home of the Calgary Stampede, this lovely city has many attractions to offer. Its bustling downtown is the site of various festivals, parties and concerts throughout the year, and is blessed with an abundance of great restaurants and shopping opportunities.
The Stampede take place yearly over a ten-day period in the beginning of July and attracts thousands of visitors to the Calgary area. The world famous exposition and rodeo first took place in 1912, and today is known as “ The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.
Calgary is a popular city for sporting events and is home to two professional sporting teams. National Hokey League games take place at the Pengrowth Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames, and the Calgary Stampeders, a Canadian football League team, play at McMahon Stadium located on the University of Calgary’s Campus. The stadiums also offer Calgary the opportunity to house large events of all kinds.
The Winter Olympics Games were held in Calgary in 1988 and has since left Calgary with popular sporting facilities. Particularly the Canada Olympic Park, which incorporates ski jumping, bobsleighing and night skiing and the Olympic Oval, a speed skating facility.
Calgary is an ideal location for business activities in Alberta’s resource driven economy. The Oil and Gas industry is the most prominent employer in Alberta and many company headquarters are located in the City of Calgary.
There’s a reason why Money Sense named Calgary as No. 1 in its “Best Places to Live in Canada for 2013”; business is booming and our economy shows it. From Downtown to Crescent Heights, and from Parkdale to Country Hills, there are a number of enticing places to live in Calgary.
You will enjoy all four seasons in Calgary; Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from -13°C to 23°C and is rarely below -25°C or above 28°C; This report describes the typical weather at the Calgary/Springbank Airport (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1999 to 2012. Although Calgary may be a touch cold at times, warm Chinook winds provide a welcome relief, and can increase the mercury by up to 20 degrees C at time.
Calgary is one of the places that you can enjoy the marvel of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. Look up on any clear night in the winter, and there is a good chance you will see the green (and sometimes yellow, pink or purple) lights dancing above.
Our beautiful home has 1.21 million residents (as per the 2011 census) and as such is the largest in Alberta. We have 221 public schools (elementary to secondary) and many secondary schools to choose from, including the University of Calgary and the National Alberta Institute of Technology.
Surrounding Area of Calgary
Southern Alberta has many attractive neighbourhoods that vary from a hop, skip and a jump from Calgary (Chestermere Lake and Airdrie) to Bragg Creek, which is 30 kilometres south. Each area has its own charm and allure, ensuring that anyone looking for a home in Southern Alberta can find exactly what they are looking for.
The lovely town of Okotoks is about 18 kilometres south of Calgary. It is the largest town in Alberta, with a 2011 population of 24,511. Major attractions to this bedroom community are its proximity to Calgary and its many sports teams (including three hockey, nine football and one baseball). It also boasts three golf courses, an outdoor skating arena and in 2010, a spray park was built. Okotoks is the perfect place to live for families and young couples alike.
Chestermere borders Calgary and is well known for its lake – in fact, the town was called Chestermere Lake until 1993. As of 2013, it is home to 15,762 residents. The lake itself is its biggest draw, with popular activities being waterskiing, wakeboarding and fishing. The lake is also home to the popular Calgary Yacht Club. This summer vacation spot turned year-round neighbourhood is enjoyable for those wishing a short commute to Calgary, but a laid-back resort feel.
Airdrie is just north of Calgary and is located on the Calgary to Edmonton Corridor. It has a population of almost 50,000, which enjoys many events and festivals during the year. One of the most popular events is the Airdrie Festival of Lights, which occurs during the Christmas season at Nose Creek Park. There is also a Fall Fair and a Pro Rodeo. Airdrie is close enough to Calgary to be convenient, but far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet.
Cochrane is only 18 kilometres west of Calgary, with 17,580 residents. It is well known for its Western culture, with many Main Street shops boasting Western décor. Common pursuits in this lovely town include wind sports, golfing and hiking, and it is home to the Cochrane Ranch, which was once the star in the 1594 documentary, Corral. If you love the Western culture, Cochrane is definitely the home for you!
Bragg Creek is 30 kilometres south of Calgary and is designated a hamlet, with 595 people living there as of 2011. It has spectacular mountain scenery, and is a popular place for shopping and restaurants. Many Calgary residents travel to Bragg Creek for day trips and vacations. This hamlet is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, as it holds the Bragg Creek Provincial Park and the Bragg Creek Ice Cave. Many hiking and equestrian trails are available here, as well as camping.