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About Calgary, Alberta

Amidst its towering tributes to the oil and gas industry, Calgary is bustling with museums, theatres, art galleries, fine restaurants and superlative shops. Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, the city prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage — especially evident during the 10 day Calgary Stampede every July.

For a taste of our western culture and heritage, visit the nearby towns and villages of Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Black Diamond and Longview – you’ll recognize the scenery from the dozens of major feature films made here, particularly Brokeback Mountain.

For more information, visit Tourism Calgary and Alberta's Kananaskis Country. clck here:
Population: 1,065,455 (April 2009 civic census)
Land Area: 7,465 sq. km
Nicknames: Stampede City, Gateway to the Rockies
Main industries: Calgary is known as a hub for national and international business including oil and gas, information technology, telecommunications, agriculture and financial services industries.

Year it became a city: 1894. Calgary was originally a fort created by the North-West Mounted Police at the junction of the Bow and Elbow rivers back in 1875.

Provincial sales tax: None.
Climate: Calgary receives more sunshine than any major Canadian city: 2,400 hours a year.

Parkland: Calgary has 7,500 hectares of urban parks and open spaces within city limits. It also has one of the most extensive urban pathway networks in the country with more than 600 km of walking and bicycle paths.

A few things Calgary has given the world:
Ginger beef
The Caesar cocktail
North American polo
The Java computer programming language
Explore Calgary - Backgrounder

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