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14 Interesting Facts About Calgary

  1. Calgary’s nickname is Cowtown although it is a modern vibrant city with over 1 million people and few cows.
  2. Calgary became a city in 1894. It was originally called Fort Calgary. 
  3. The Calgary Stampede is considered the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” and is celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. The Stampede features the largest rodeo in the world, out-door concerts, lively stage show, and exhibition.
    Calgary Stampede: Getting to know Calgary, Alberta
  4. Calgary is ranked #5 Most Livable City in the World in 2011 by Economist Intelligence Unit
  5. Calgary’s current mayor, Naheed Nenshi, is the 36th mayor of Calgary, he’s young (born in 1972), he’s the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city and he’s very passionate.
  6. Calgary sits at 1048 meters (3,438 feet) above sea level.
  7. The wind in Calgary is often called a Chinook. It’s a hot, dry wind that comes from the west over the Rocky Mountains. The wind can raise the temperature in the winter so much that you can be shoveling snow in the morning and soaking up the sun in a t-shirt by the afternoon.
  8. Calgary is a very dry city, with an average annual precipitation of 41 cm (16 inches).
  9. The coldest temperature recorded in Calgary was a bone chilling -45 C (-49F) in 1893. Calgary’s warmest day ever recorded was a scorching 36.1 C (97F) in 1919.
  10. Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary is Canada’s second largest urban park behind St. John's Pippy Park. People enjoy walking and biking on the parks 80 km (49.7 miles) of trails.

    Biking in Fish Creek Park, Calgary, Alberta
  11. Only in Calgary can you walk 18 kms (11 miles) throughout downtown, without having to step outside. Connecting over 100 buildings, the Plus 15, consists of a series of bridges 15 feet above the ground. It’s a great way to get around!
  12. The newest pedestrian bridge in Calgary is the Peace Bridge. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the bridge is unique, red and made of 850-metric-tonne steel.

    Walking and biking on Calgary's Peace Bridge
  13. The Bow is Calgary’s tallest office tower and 8th tallest building in Canada (number 1 through 7 are all in Toronto).
  14. Calgary Economic Development lists 123 companies headquartered in Calgary including Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., Husky Energy Inc., Enbridge Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc., Canada Safeway Ltd., Shaw Communications Inc., Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., and WestJet Airlines. Only Toronto has more head offices than Calgary.