Living in Calgary
According to a survey published in 2007 by Forbes Magazine, Calgary was ranked the World’s Cleanest City by Mercer Quality Living. In addition to being a clean city with a high standard of living, we also have a relatively low crime rate when compared to other cities. Albertans are also known for being friendly and welcoming people.
The climate in Alberta allows residents to enjoy the benefits of warm summers and colder winters. Winter begins in December in Calgary, with spring coming at the end of March. Winters are cold and dry but fortunately we have regular Chinook winds that warm the city and give Calgarians temporary relief from the cold. The summer season is warm and dry and lasts from June until September.
Our varied climate and proximity to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and other natural environments, allow residents and visitors to enjoy many summer and winter outdoor activities. In the winter, there are world famous locations to ski and snowboard around Calgary. In the summer, the numerous national parks surrounding Calgary provide great opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the mountains. Camping, golfing, hiking, biking and mountain climbing are all popular activities. The nearby mountain resort towns of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper are destinations of choice throughout the year.
Things to do
Calgary also prides itself as being a culturally diverse and vibrant city, with numerous festivals and events offered year-round. Our city is most well known for the 10-day outdoor festival called the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede takes place in July and attracts tourists from around the world. This event contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta by promoting western heritage and values.
Transportation around Calgary is convenient and accessible. Calgary Transit provides public transportation throughout the city with buses and a light rail train system. Calgary also has more than 635 km of bicycle pathways throughout the city that allow for safe and easy transportation.
Alberta is the fourth largest province in Canada and is the province that receives the most hours of sunlight. Its capital is Edmonton which is located just south of the province’s centre. Alberta is home to dozens of rivers and lakes used for swimming, water skiing, fishing and other water sports. Overall, winters in the province are cold and dry and the summers are warm and comfortable.
To find out more about Alberta, visit www.travelalberta.com.