Sky scraping towers sprout in downtown’s grid like a 3-D who’s who in energy, technology and innovation. Streetside, the city is softer and more in touch with nature. Bustling restaurants, patios, bakery cafes and coffee shops attest to the city’s livability. People here are active. And, with over 8000 hectares of green space they can play and eat as hard as they work year round.
Each season in Calgary brings its own burst of activities that fuel appetites for local fare. Alberta’s seven signature foods – beef, bison, canola, honey, Red Fife wheat, root vegetables and saskatoon berries – all thrive on farms and ranches within an hour of town. From spring shoots to winter roots these are the basis of the foods enjoyed with the seasons.
In spring, cycling along the Bow and Elbow Rivers, the fragrance of honeysuckle, caragana and wolf willow melds with wild roses. Spring’s bright greens are offset with these flowery hues of gold, grey and pink. In all quadrants of the city, parks abound. When spring flings itself on Calgary, locals of all cultures are keen to picnic.
A ride through any park is a tantalizing tour of the food diversity of the city’s population – Pakistani tandoor, Korean Beef Bulgogi, Ukrainian Kielbasa or Japanese sushi are easily found. Calgarians of all backgrounds make the most of the city’s picnic sites and the 1000 kilometers of cycling paths connecting them.
Though restaurants like River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park and Bow Valley Ranche in Fish Creek Provincial Park are fine dining bastions, they also cater to people’s love of the outdoors with al fresco picnic baskets to go. Seasons of Bowness Park offers casual food for those that have worked up an appetite paddling on its canals and wandering through its old growth spruce forests. As summer temperatures rise, people immerse in river life.
WHERE TO PLAY
Calgary is home to a large number of local farmers’ markets – from indoor, year-round markets, to outdoor seasonals, there’s always a great area market no matter the time of year! Find a market near you…
ABOUT THE CITY OF CALGARY
Calgary’s got small-town heart and big-city diversions. Between street festivals, nightlife and all the things to do outside, the work-hard, play-hard approach is in this city’s veins. Need proof? Every July, the Calgary Stampede transforms the city into a Wild West-inspired playground. It’s 10 days of infinite free pancakes.
- Day Trip: Pedal the city’s 800 kilometres of paved pathways. The path winds past public art and through protected parks and riverside retail neighbourhoods.
- Eat up: There are enough beer halls, cocktail bars, top-notch restaurants and casual dining options to keep you fed and watered without repeats for a long, long time.
- Explore: Do like the locals do: Make the city your home base for adventures in the Rockies and Badlands.
- a meeting place,
- a trading post, and
- a railway destination (among others).
Calgary is a place where people come to collaborate, to cooperate and to build together towards a better life.
We’re the third largest municipality in Canada, serving 1.3 million people.
Calgarians are, on average:
- young (average age of 37.6),
- diverse (34% visible minorities),
- and growing — we have thousands of new people arriving annually from across Canada and the world.
Calgary is one of the most liveable cities on the planet. We have an excellent quality of life, low taxes and terrific access to nature on our back doorstep.
Region: Calgary is Canada’s third largest municipality
Population: 1.3 million
Size: 825+ square kilometres
- Calgarians enjoy more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city – 333 days per year in fact!
- Calgary is home to more than 1.4 million people
- Our citizens are young: the median age of Calgarians is only 37.2 years
- Calgary is the third most diverse major city in Canada with more than 120 languages spoken in the city
- Calgary is 848 square kilometres in size, or 327 square miles
- Calgarians are community-minded; Albertans hold the 2nd highest national volunteer rate at 55 per cent
- Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo – April
- Sled Island – June
- Calgary Stampede – July
- Globalfest – August
- Chasing Summer – August
- Calgary International Film Festival – September
- Beakerhead – September