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City of Calgary

Calgary – Heart of the New West - is a great place to visit, live, work and play. Calgary combines a thriving metropolis with Western roots and friendly small town hospitality.

Some quick facts about Calgary:

  • Population: 1,019,942
  • Location: in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers
  • Comparative size: largest city in Alberta, fifth largest city in Canada
  • Area: 726 square kilometres
  • Elevation: 1,128 metres above sea level
  • Number of major parks: 29
  • Major local daily newspapers – 2

General Information

Attractions in Calgary

  • Heritage Park is a historical village in the style of Calgary between 1880 and 1920.
  • The Glenbow Museum hosts among others a collection about western history and special exhibitions.
  • Calgary's Zoo is home to a large number of animal species from everywhere in the world.
  • Fort Calgary is the historical heart of the city.
  • Calgary Tower, one of the first towers of its kind, offers the best views of Calgary.

Attractions near Calgary

  • The famous Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is just an hour drive away from Calgary.
  • The Town of Banff in Banff National Park is a popular destination for sightseers.
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is a 90 minutes drive away from Calgary and hosts one of the largest collections of dinosaur artifacts in the world.
  • Alberta Attractions provides more information on the province's natural and cultural highlights.