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Calgary, Alberta, is an exciting destination for newcomers to Canada, relocators, returning-to-hometowners, and pretty much anyone in between.
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Whether you’re looking for a new adventure or quiet urban sprawl, read on to find out why we think Calgary stands tall amongst other major Canadian cities.
In good company
As Alberta’s largest city, Calgary boasts a population of around 1.3 million and continues to expand as a diverse and unique hotspot. The city welcomed over 80,000 immigrants between 2016 and 2021, making it a great place to indulge in cultures of the world through the local community.
The greatest outdoor show on earth
It might not be your first rodeo, but it will be the biggest. Expect to see the city turn full country for ten days each July as it hosts the Calgary Stampede—the world’s largest outdoor rodeo with a peppering of carnival rides and games, music’s biggest acts, cocktails at 7 am, and more free pancakes than you can eat.
Hello, sunshine! Whether you love or hate winter, an aversion to cold weather can be off-put with two things: access to unmatched vitamin D and warm chinook winds that press pause on seemingly endless cold stretches. As one of the sunniest places in Canada, you can expect to see the sun in Calgary 333 days of the year.
Access to adventure
Calgary is your launchpad if you’re looking for world-class ski and snowboard resorts, breathtaking views, and spectacular trails. Fuel up for a scenic drive through the foothills and find yourself in Banff National Park in under 90 minutes. Enjoy a dip in the Hot Springs and then rub shoulders with fellow travelers at the local favorite, The Dancing Sasquatch nightclub.
Highly ranked institutions and plenty of options make education in Calgary a significant draw for international students and locals alike. In 8th position, the University of Calgary ranks in Canada’s Top 10 Universities with a multitude of programs. As Calgary transitions from booming oil and gas sectors to the tech hub of the west, the Southern Institute of Technology (SAIT) continues to rise as one of Canada’s top research colleges.
Compared to other major Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver, the housing market in Calgary is much more affordable. In 2023, the average home price is around $500,000 in Calgary, while in Toronto, that same home can go for over $1 million. Another bonus? No sales tax. With 5% GST and zero PST, Alberta has a major tax advantage over most provinces.
What better way to spend an evening than catching a hockey game and enjoying a cold one (notoriously called dome foam) at the Saddledome? Hockey season brings Calgarians together like nothing else. If the Flames make it to the playoffs, you won’t want to miss visiting 17th Ave downtown as it transforms into a Red Mile of excited fans. If hockey isn’t your cup of tea, check out the Stampeders for football and the Roughnecks for Lacrosse.
More in store
With an ever-growing population and resulting booms in innovation, entertainment, and community, reading about it only begins to scratch the surface of what this wild-west prairie landscape offers. Get out there and see for yourself!
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