South-central Alberta on the Bow River
Energy, finance, film & television, and technology
Approximately 1.4 million residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary
On a clear day, you can see where the prairies collide with the Rocky Mountains – staccato peaks thrusting into the sky above flat grassland. Here, situated along the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, the City of Calgary’s sprawling, glittering metropolis is punctuated by its distinctive skyline: the Saddledome football stadium, Calgary Tower, and Bow Tower among the downtown core’s skyscrapers.
Calgary is ranked the third most livable city in the world and takes the number one ranking in North America. It also receives the most sunshine annually of any Canadian city. It is also one of the world’s cleanest cities and one of the top-ranked cities for young people. With great amenities, an outstanding quality of life, a thriving local economy, and an exceptional lifestyle, Calgary is an excellent place to work and live.
Calgary is often called the economic hub of Alberta, with numerous industries contributing to the economy. In addition, Calgary has a comparatively lower cost of living and lower average housing costs than other major Canadian centres.
All of Calgary comes together for the world-famous Calgary Stampede with parties, stage performances, pancake breakfasts, a midway, and the rodeo itself to enjoy. Outside of Stampede week, Calgary keeps a full calendar of events and also offers shopping, dining, and the arts as well as professional hockey and football teams. Calgary has a multiethnic, multicultural flavour with something for everyone.
Calgary enjoys close proximity to the mountains’ majesty, with Banff National Park only 1.5 hours’ drive, and the alpine town of Canmore just an hour away. After hosting the 1988 Olympic Games, Calgary Olympic Park remains open to the public in all seasons for a wide variety of sports and activities, from mountain biking and downhill karting in summer to ski jumping and a bobsled track in winter.
Calgary has educational options for all ages and stages, including K-12 public, Catholic, Francophone, charter, and private schools. University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Alberta College of Art and Design, and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are among the 15 post-secondary institutions offering career training and adult learning options.