Airdrie is a city of neighbours, entrepreneurs and visionaries. We have experienced exponential growth over the past decade, bringing with it new residents, new businesses and new ideas. What hasn’t changed is our strong sense of community, welcoming nature and desire to chase opportunities.
Airdrie stands out as a vibrant, caring community rich in big city amenities and small-town atmosphere, with opportunities for everyone. We value a healthy, sustainable environment connecting people and places.
Whether you perceive it as a ‘small town feel’ or ‘small city attitude’, Airdrie is filled with rustic charm and authentic appeal, farm fresh experiences, innovative technologies, urban design, neighbourly sentiment and family-focused events that draws visitors in.
The City of Airdrie is located 10 minutes north of Calgary along the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor (Queen Elizabeth II Highway) – the busiest highway in Alberta and one of the fastest growing and wealthiest regions in Canada. Just a quick 15-minute drive from the Calgary International Airport, we offer a wide range of accommodations, dining establishments, attractions, and experiences with both a small town feel and big city amenities.
Airdrie is a family-oriented community, known for attracting residents from across Canada. Nearby mountain vistas, safe and friendly neighbourhoods, and quick access to Calgary’s world-class amenities, keep residents here.
Airdrie continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, with its population doubling in the last decade. This equates to an average annual growth rate of 5.16 per cent, and 6.8 new residents per day. Airdrie’s current population is just over 70,000.
Airdrie is known for its youthful vitality – 74% of residents are under the age of 50. Airdrie residents are younger than the provincial average (average age of 33 versus 38 provincially) and more affluent ($65,213 average income versus $59,961). As a growing, family-oriented community, we’re home to many children and preschoolers.
In 1909, Airdrie was incorporated as a village with a population of 250 people. The area was named after a village northeast of Glasgow, Scotland. The name “Airdrie” means “The King’s Height.” William McKenzie, a contracting engineer for the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named the village in 1889. A unique feature of Airdrie is that its elevation makes it the highest city in Canada.
Airdrie celebrated its centennial in 2009. Pioneer spirit shaped Airdrie’s story as settlers to the area relied on their own resourcefulness and hard work to create not just a place to live, but a community in which to watch their children grow.
We encourage you to celebrate our past by visiting the Nose Creek Valley Museum, travelling along our parks and pathways to explore the beauty of our city, learning more about our public art and the history behind each piece, and reading about the historical information that transformed a village of 250 people in 1909 into a thriving city with more than 70,000 people who call Airdrie home.
The Internet ❤ Airdrie!
- June 2018 Expedia names Airdrie the second friendliest city in Canada
- Nov 2018 Expedia names Airdrie one of the coziest cities in Canada
- Feb 2019 Amazon names Airdrie the 12th most romantic city in Canada
Airdrie is a city to celebrate innovation. Airdrie is home to Canada’s largest municipal rooftop solar installation, featuring over a 1.55-megawatt (MW) system consisting of 3,800 panels and supporting infrastructure is now providing renewable energy to Airdrie’s Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
Airdrie’s Urban Agriculture Program has moved the city towards more health-conscious and sustainable community values. In 2018, the City piloted an urban beekeeping program, the inaugural year on public lands, and the second year moving onto private land.
Airdrie is officially recognized as a Bee City for the work done to support healthy pollinator populations by preserving and promoting pollinator habitats. Airdrie is the 23rd city in Canada and the 2nd in Alberta to become part of the pollinator movement.
Airdrie’s hasn’t entirely gone to the bee’s. As of April 2021, Council approved a backyard hen pilot into a permanent program for Airdrie residents for a maximum of four (4) hens on a on single family lot.
Airdrie Transit provides safe, accessible, and reliable public transit services within the city and regionally to CrossIron Mills mall and various destinations in the City of Calgary (including the LRT).
Parks and Pathways
Airdrie has approximately 1,700 acres of maintained parkland and 130 kilometres of paved pathways, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy living a healthy and active lifestyle. Airdrie also offers many cultural, outdoor recreation and natural features within parks’ spaces.
130 kilometres of linked walk/bike trails throughout the city make active transport a way of life. The Nose Creek open-space corridor, surrounded by naturalized areas, is a major amenity for the city of Airdrie.
Airdrie’s family recreation centre! The facility features an aquatics area with competitive, leisure and tot pools, dive tank, hot tub, steam room, and water slide. Genesis Place is also home to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a child care facility, gymnasium and indoor soccer fields, the Kids Connection Preschool, twin NHL sized ice surfaces, and an outdoor athletic field with a 400 metre running track. A variety of registered and drop-in classes are offered throughout the year ranging from swimming, dance and fitness to name a few – there is something for all ages.
Chinook Winds Regional Park
Chinook Winds Regional Park offers over 55 acres of park land and an abundance of activities for kids and adults alike. This park has five ball diamonds, three playgrounds, a multi-use court, a skate park and a spray park.
Landmarks for Your Selfies
Airdrie has a number of must-selfie stops! Find a listing here.
- Airdrie Water Tower
- Centennial Sphere
- Totem Poles in Nose Creek Regional Park
- Miller Mural
- The Cowboy and the Rooster
- Iron Horse Miniature Railway Park
Airdrie offers a variety of arts, culture and heritage activities and events throughout the year, including:
- Airdrie Children’s Festival (May)
- Airdrie Farmers Market (June to October)
- Airdrie Pro Rodeo (June)
- AirdrieFEST (September)
- Airdrie Festival of Lights (December)
Nose Creek Amphitheatre
The amphitheatre is an iconic Airdrie landmark located in the heart of the city at Nose Creek Regional Park. It is used for a variety of events including weddings and musical performances. Recently, the park was adorned with a permanent pride sidewalk, leading from the concession are down to the seating bowl. It showcases Airdrie’s support for the LGBTQ community, and Airdrie as a safe and welcoming community.
Bert Church LIVE Theatre (BCLT)
BCLT is Airdrie’s artistic hub, offering a range of professional productions from family shows to live music and theatre. BCLT is a 377-seat facility with professional grade sound and lighting which provides audiences the opportunity to experience world renowned performances in an intimate setting. In addition to its regular season programming that runs from September to May, BCLT also hosts fine arts classes and camps for youth throughout the year.
Airdrie Public Library (APL)
APL is a dynamic, award-winning library that offers programs and services for citizens of all ages. From Babytime to Senior Coffee and Conversation to a Lego Club to virtual reality in the Makerspace, APL supports creativity and life-long learning with over 1,500 free programs and events each year.
The City has committed to building a new library in the Downtown.