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Division No. 6, Alberta, Canada, North America  51° 5' 0" North, 114° 5' 0" West

Calgary is situated at the meeting of two great rivers The Bow River and The Elbow River in the South of the province. About 80 km (50 miles) East of the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. In  2011  the City of Calgary had a population of 1,096,833 (Approx) and a Metropolitan population of 1,214,839 (Approx) which made it the largest City in Alberta, and the third largest municipality and fifth largest metro area in Canada.

The economy of Calgary is made up mainly of Oil and Gas, financial services, major film and television production and locations, transportation and logistics companies, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and of course the tourism sector. It has the second highest number of corporate head offices in Canada made up from the country's 800 largest corporations.

As well as owing its amazing growth to its status as the center of Canada’s oil industry. It still keeps a Western culture feel that earned it the nickname “Cowtown” at one time, mainly because of it's massive rodeo event in July each year "The Calgary Stampede", which started long ago as a farming festival in 1912.






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  • The downtown region of the city consists of five neighborhoods: Eau Claire (including the Festival District), the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core, Chinatown, and the Downtown East Village (also part of the Rivers District). The commercial core is itself divided into a number of districts including the Stephen Avenue Retail Core, the Entertainment District, the Arts District and the Government District. Distinct from downtown and south of 9th Avenue is Calgary's densest neighborhood, the Beltline. The area includes a number of communities such as Connaught, Victoria Crossing and a portion of the Rivers District. The Beltline is the focus of major planning and rejuvenation initiatives on the part of the municipal government to increase the density and liveliness of Calgary's centre.
  • Adjacent to, or directly radiating from the downtown are the first of the inner-city communities. These include Crescent Heights, Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill, Hillhurst/Sunnyside (including Kensington), Bridgeland, Renfrew, Mount Royal, Mission, Ramsay and Inglewood and Albert Park/Radisson Heights directly to the east. The inner city is, in turn, surrounded by relatively dense and established neighborhoods such as Rosedale and Mount Pleasant to the North; Bowness, Parkdale and Glendale to the West; Park Hill, South Calgary (including Marda Loop), Bankview, Altadore, and Killarney to the south; and Forest Lawn/International Avenue to the east. Lying beyond these, and usually separated from one another by highways, are suburban communities including Somerset, Country Hills, Sundance, and McKenzie Towne. In all, there are over 180 distinct neighborhoods within the city limits.
  • Several of Calgary's neighborhoods were initially separate towns that were annexed by the city as it grew. These include Bowness, Ogden, Montgomery, Forest Lawn, Midnapore, Rosedale and, most recently in 2007, Shepard.


  • As a consequence of Calgary's high elevation and aridity, summer evenings can be very cool. The average summer minimum temperature drops to 8°C (46°F). Calgary may experience summer daytime temperatures exceeding 29°C (84°F) anytime in June, July, & August, and occasionally as late as September or as early as May. With an average relative humidity of 55% in the winter and 45% in the summer, Calgary has a dry climate similar to other cities in the western Great Plains and Canadian Prairies. Unlike cities further east such as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa or even Winnipeg, humidity is rarely a factor during the Calgary summer.
  • The city is among the sunniest in Canada, with 2,400 hours of annual sunshine, on average. Calgary International Airport in the northeastern section of the city receives an average of 412.6 mm (16.24 in) of precipitation annually, with 320.6 mm (12.62 in) of that occurring in the form of rain, and 126.7 cm (49.9 in) as snow. Most of the precipitation occurs from May to August, with June averaging the most monthly rainfall. In June 2005, Calgary received 248 mm (9.76 in) of precipitation, making it the wettest month in the city's recorded history. Droughts are not uncommon and may occur at any time of the year, lasting sometimes for months or even several years. Precipitation decreases somewhat from west to east; consequently, groves of trees on the western outskirts largely give way to treeless grassland around the eastern city limit.
  • Located in southern Alberta, Calgary can endure several very cold spells in most winters (although they are punctuated by warm spells). Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 88 days each year in Calgary, compared with about 74 days in Toronto. However, snowfall (and temperatures) can vary considerably throughout the Calgary region – mostly due to the elevation changes, and proximity to the mountains. The Town of High River (south of Calgary) receives on average 14–15cm less snow a year than at the Calgary Airport in North-East Calgary (based on 1971–2000 Environment Canada averages), and less than the Toronto area. Temperatures tend to be slightly warmer in the southern areas of Calgary as well.
  • Northern lights over the City of Calgary experiences a dry humid continental climate with long, cold, dry, but highly variable winters and short, moderately warm summers. The climate is greatly influenced by the city's elevation and proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Calgary's winters can be uncomfortably cold; but warm, dry Chinook winds routinely blow into the city from over the mountains during the winter months, giving Calgarians a break from the cold. These winds have been known to raise the winter temperature by up to 15 °C (27 °F) in just a few hours, and may last several days. The chinooks are such a common feature of Calgary's winters that only one month (January 1950) has failed to witness a thaw over more than 100 years of weather observations. More than one half of all winter days see the daily maximum rise above 0 °C (32 °F).
  • Calgary is a city of extremes, and temperatures have ranged anywhere from a record low of 45 °C in 1893 to a record high of 36 °C (97 °F) in 1919. Temperatures fall below 30 °C° on about five days per year, though extreme cold spells usually do not last very long. According to Environment Canada, the average temperature in Calgary ranges from a January daily average 9 °C (16 °F) to a July daily average of 16 °C (61 °F).
  • Calgary averages more than 22 days a year with thunderstorms, with most all of them occurring in the summer months. Calgary lies on the edge of Alberta's hailstorm alley and is prone to damaging hailstorms every few years. A hailstorm that struck Calgary on September 7, 1991, was one of the most destructive natural disasters in Canadian history, with over $400 million dollars in damage. Being west of the dry line on most occasions, tornadoes are rare in the region.
  • General seasons (not well-defined in Calgary due to highly variable climate)
  • Winter: November through March
  • Spring: April through May
  • Summer: June through August
  • Autumn: September through October



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Stewart J. Lowe & Associates
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Calgary AB T3B 4Z1
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