Home to 1.4 million people, Calgary is an exuberant city, rich with beautiful landscapes, picturesque skylines and urban vibrancy. Renowned for its warm western hospitality and community spirit, Calgary prides itself on being the Ultimate Host City. With an exploding culinary, arts and culture scene, and an impressive list of attractions and activities to suit every type of visitor, Calgary is a city that delivers a remarkable experience from arrival to departure.
12 Fun Facts About Calgary
- Calgary was ranked as the most livable city in North America in 2018 and 2019 and named the 4th most livable city in the world in 2018.
- For music lovers, there is Studio Bell - Home of the National Music Centre and for animal lovers, there is the Calgary Zoo, rated the third-best zoo in North America.
- Within the City, there are 20,000 acres of open space and parkland to explore, and over 525 miles of paved pathways ... so bring your sneakers for a picturesque run or walk along the Bow or Elbow rivers. Or rent an ebike or scooter to explore.
- Calgary’s Bow River is the 3rd best spot for trout fishing in the world.
- The Plus 15 or +15 is a skyway network in downtown Calgary. It is the world's most extensive pedestrian skywalk system, with a total length of 16 kilometres (10 miles) and 86 bridges connecting 130 buildings.
- Calgary is full of rich and wonderful diversity and culture being the third most diverse major city in Canada with more than 120 languages spoken.
- Calgary was the first city in North America to have a Muslim Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, whom I was lucky enough to work with, and who was also awarded World Mayor in 2014.
- In 2021, Calgary elected their first female mayor, Jyoti Gondek, an Indian Punjabi Sikh, who will be speaking at the Opening Ceremonies.
- As one of Canada’s largest airports, Calgary International Airport welcomes millions of visitors to Calgary each year.
- 200,000+ free pancakes are served during the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth' - the Calgary Stampede.
- Alberta does not have a provincial or state sales tax. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is only 5%.
- For those of you from Europe and United States, your currency is worth way more than the Canadian dollar – 33% more! So, your dollar stretches further! Google currency converter.
- An hour West to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park;
- East to Drumheller, the dinosaur capital of the world with the Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum and the Alberta badlands;
- South to Lethbridge to see the coulees and the Lethbridge Train Trestle Bridge - the longest, highest bridge of its kind in the world; or
- North to Edmonton, Alberta's capital city and home to the West Edmonton Mall – the largest mall in North America!
- To four UNESCO World Heritage sites: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Dinosaur Provincial Park.