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Calgary Local Information

Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city anchors the south end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".

The city had a population of 1,239,220 in 2016, making it Alberta's largest city and Canada's third-largest municipality. Also in 2016, Calgary had a metropolitan population of 1,392,609, making it the fourth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada.

The economy of Calgary includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors. The Calgary CMA is home to the second-highest number of corporate head offices in Canada among the country's 800 largest corporations. As a result of its strong performing economy, especially during periods of oil boom, Calgary holds many economic distinctions particularly in categories related to personal wealth. In 2015, Calgary had the highest number of millionaires per capita of any major city in Canada.

In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games. Calgary has been consistently recognized for its high quality of life. Economist Intelligence Unit analysts have ranked Calgary as the 5th most livable city in the world in 2017 for the 8th consecutive year.

Universities in Calgary

The publicly funded University of Calgary (U of C) is Calgary's largest degree-granting facility with an enrolment of 28,464 students in 2011. Mount Royal University, with 13,000 students, grants degrees in a number of fields. SAIT Polytechnic, with over 14,000 students, provides polytechnic and apprentice education, granting certificates, diplomas and applied degrees. Athabasca University provides distance education programs.

Other publicly funded institutions based in Calgary include the Alberta College of Art and Design, Ambrose University College (associated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene), Bow Valley College, Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, St. Mary's University and the U of C. The publicly funded Athabasca University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and the University of Lethbridge also have campuses in Calgary.

Several independent private institutions are located in the city. This includes Reeves College, MaKami College, Robertson College, Columbia College, and CDI College. DeVry Institute of Technology announced the closure of its Calgary campus operations on June 30, 2013.

Calgary Transportation

*  C-Train is Calgary's light-rail public transit system. Much of Calgary's street network is on a grid where roads are numbered with avenues running east–west and streets running north–south. Calgary Transit provides public transportation services throughout the city with buses and light rail  (C-Train). Calgary C-Train system consists of four lines (two routes).

*  Calgary's +15 skyway network is one of the world's most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems.  In the 1960s, Calgary started to develop a series of pedestrian bridges, connecting many downtown buildings. To connect many of the downtown office buildings, the city also boasts the world's most extensive skyway network (elevated indoor pedestrian bridges), officially called the +15. The name derives from the fact that the bridges are usually 15 ft (4.6 m) above ground.

* Calgary International Airport (YYC), in the city's northeast, is a transportation hub for much of central and western Canada. There are some straight bus lines from Calgary airport to Downtown Calgary and Banff National Park.

* Calgary also located on the two main hightways Trans-Canada Highway from East to West and Deerfoot Trail (highways 2) from South to North.

Things to do in downtown Calgary  

1.       Calgary Tower
www.calgarytower.com

2.       Glenbow Museum
www.glenbow.org

3.       Fort Calgary
www.fortcalgary.com

4.       Studio Bell (National Music Centre)
www.studiobell.ca

5.       The CORE Shopping
www.coreshopping.ca

6.       Stephen Avenue Walk
www.calgarydowntown.com/saw.html

7.       Olympic Plaza
www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Downtown-parks/Olympic-Plaza.aspx

8.       Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
www.culturalcentre.ca

9.       Prince’s Island Park
www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Downtown-parks/Princes-Island-Park.aspx

10.   Peace Bridge

11.   Calgary Zoo (not actually in downtown, but a short train trip away)
By May 2018 the zoo will be very busy with the arrival of the Giant Pandas
www.calgaryzoo.com

Near By Attractions

  1. Banff National Park and Lake Louise

  2. Jasper National Park

  3. Columbia Icefield

  4. Drumheller and Badland (Dinosaur Valley)

 

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