The skyscrapers of downtown Calgary seem out of place rising unexpectedly from the shallow Bow River Valley. They contrast sharply with the dry, flat prairie stretching off to the east and south, and are dwarfed by the jagged ramparts of the Rocky Mountains looming to the west. Pinched between the slopes of one of the world's most rugged mountain ranges and the soft, fertile waves of the grasslands, Calgary is a city constantly on the move, rarely pausing to catch its collective breath before the next boom sweeps it off its feet.
The city sprawls from the foothills of the Rockies in the northwest to the rolling hills and farm country of the southeast. It is divided into four quadrants intersecting...
Interesting Facts About Calgary:
2. 2. Interesting fact: Calgary recently elected Naheed Nenshi as mayor. He is the first Muslim mayor in North America.
3. 3. Fun fact: The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games Torch Relay lasted 88 days and spanned over 18,000 kilometers, making it one of the longest relays ever.
4. 4. At 58 stories, The Bow will be the tallest office tower in Canada outside of Toronto, when completed.
5. 5. Random fact: Downtown Calgary's Plus-15 system is North America's largest indoor network of walk-ways.
6. 6. Interesting fact: the Trans-Canada Pipeline, completed in 1958, was the longest pipeline in the world for more than two decades. It nearly bankrupted the federal government but it helped make Calgary a petroleum hub.
7. 7. The Calgary Flames moved from Atlanta to Calgary in 1979, winning the Stanley Cup in 1989.
8. 8. Founded by Guy Weadick, the first Calgary Exhibition and Stampede was in 1912. It has become one of the richest rodeos in the world and attracts over 1.2 million visitors per year.
9. 9. Calgary's population has increased nearly 35% since hosting the Winter Olympics in 1988 and crossed the 1 million mark in 2007.
1010. Random fact: Deerfoot Trail is named after the legendary long-distance runner, Api-kai-ees, aka Deerfoot, who couriered messages on foot between forts in southern Alberta.
1111. Weird fact: Calgary's urban sprawl covers a geographical footprint the same size as New York City but with only about 10% of the population.
1212. Calgary is the hometown of Canada's current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, whose riding is Calgary SW.
as Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Quick Facts
Elevation: 3556 feet
Average Winter Temperature: 19 degrees F Average Summer Temperature: 62 degrees F
Electricity: 110 volts, 50 cycles, AC
Time Zone: GMT-7
Country Dialing Code: 1 Area Code(s): 403, 587
Calgary is located at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The city is located 151 miles north of the U.S./Canadian Border, 246 miles east of Jasper, and 176 miles south of Edmonton.
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