About Calgary

  • Calgary is located in the province of Alberta in Canada
  • The city leads in Canada for technology start-up companies and Internet connection with over 187,000 km of installed fibre optics
  • Canada’s best selling cocktail, the Bloody Caesar, was invented in Calgary
  • Calgary is located at 1,139 metres (3,740 feet) above sea level
  • Calgary is Western Canada’s transportation and distribution hub
  • Calgary is home to over 135 corporate head offices, the highest per capita in Canada
  • Calgary has the youngest, best educated workforce in Canada - 60% of Calgarians have post secondary education
  • There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta
  • Calgary has over 8,000 hectares of park land within the city limits and the beautiful Canadian Rockies are just an hour away
  • The Globe and Mail recently ranked the Calgary Folk Music Festival among the Seven Musical Wonders of the World
  • Ginger Beef was created in Calgary in 1974 by a chef at the Silver Inn
  • Every year, over 1 million people visit the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede. It’s held for 10 days, and is the largest outdoor event in the world
  • Currency used in Calgary is the Canadian dollar
  • Canadian appliances operate on 110 volts (60Hz), which is identical to the US voltage
  • Canada is a bilingual country (English and French) but English is the predominant language spoken in Calgary. However, Calgary is very diverse and there are a whopping 120 languages spoken in the city.
  • Calgary is in the Mountain Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings from March through November
  • Due to its grassland, the city is still referred to as cow town
  • Calgary is the cleanest city in the world….Cow Town or not, it seems that the cowboys cleanup real well after all.
  • The average age in Calgary is 35.7 years. Like in all youthful cities, you can expect partying, sports, romance and a sizzling entertainment scene
  • You have a great cause that you want to have volunteers work on? Well Calgary has more volunteers per capita than any other city in the world
  • The warm wind of Calgary (Chinook) can raise the temperatures from a low of 5 degree centigrade to highs of 15 degrees in a matter of hours