Welcome to Calgary, the largest city in the province of Alberta and the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River, Calgary is a unique blend of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and the Canadian Prairies. It boasts a vibrant economy with a thriving energy sector, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism industry. In fact, Calgary is home to Canada’s second-largest number of corporate head offices. It’s no wonder that in 2022, Calgary was ranked as the third most livable city in the world, ranking first in Canada and in North America.
Calgary’s rich history dates back over 11,000 years to when the area was inhabited by pre-Clovis people. The city was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, United Kingdom, which originates from a compound of kald and gart, similar Old Norse words, meaning cold and garden. Alternatively, the name might be Gaelic Cala ghearraidh, meaning beach of the meadow (pasture), or Gaelic for either clear running water or bay farm. The Indigenous peoples of Southern Alberta refer to the Calgary area as elbow, in reference to the sharp bend made by the Bow River and the Elbow River. In some cases, the area was named after the reeds that grew along the riverbanks, reeds that had been used to fashion bows.
Calgary is a city that truly has something for everyone. Nature lovers can explore the stunning Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, which are just a short drive away. Culture seekers can visit the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, and the Heritage Park Historical Village. And for those looking for a bit of adventure, the Calgary Stampede, held annually in July, is one of the world’s largest outdoor rodeos and a must-see event.
Foodies will also find plenty to love in Calgary, with its diverse culinary scene. From classic Canadian dishes like poutine and maple syrup to international cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate. And of course, no visit to Calgary would be complete without trying Alberta beef, which is known for its exceptional quality and taste.
With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, Calgary is a city that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Come and discover all that this amazing city has to offer!