About Calgary


Population: 1,309,200 (2012)

Location: Calgary is located in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, at the conjunction of the Elbow and Bow rivers. It encompases of 726 sq Km and is the 5th largest city in Canada.

Background:

Calgary was founded in 1875 as a fort for the fur trade. It quickly grew into a a centre for cattle ranching and agriculture. It has since expanded to become a city founded on oil and natural gas. Calgary is continuing to grow and has diversified its economy into many different secotors of the economy.

Attractions:

Calgary has many attractions to make it a very entertaining and fun city in which to live. Calgary has a large collection of bars, restaurants and shopping. It also has many public parks including a provincial reserve, Fish Creek Park, as well as bike paths and other recreational facilities. Calgary also has many cultural attarctions such as the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. Calgary also holds many festivals througout the year, The biggest of which is the Calgary Stampede in July.

Economy:

Calgary has grown into a strong and diversified economy. It has become the headquarters of many Oil and Gas companies and has diversified sucessfully into  the wireless telecomunications, geomatics and information technology sectors. It also has a high employment rate, and has one of the highest incomes in Canada. This strong economic growth has led to a large number of migrants from other provinces and other countries. This has given Calgary a strong and vibrant work force. Because of this Calgary has become an excllent city in which to live.

 (Sources: Facts about Calgary, Calgary Travel and Tourism, Promoting Calgary Inc-Economic Performance)

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Welcome to Alberta

 

Capital: Edmonton

Motto: (Strong and Free) Fortis et Liber

Flower: Wild Rose

Population, 2011: 3,645,257

 

The Land

 

Roughly half of the southwestern section of the province is dominated by mountains and foothills - striking reminders of the glaciers that, over millions of years, formed, moved and receded in the area. Peaks of the Rocky Mountains located in Alberta range from 2 130 to 3 747 metres in elevation.

 

Over one-half of the province of Alberta, or approximately 350 000 km2, is covered by forests. Of the total forest area, 216 000 km2 are classified as commercially productive forest land and contain both hardwood and softwood species.

  

Economy

 

Alberta has one of the world's most productive agricultural economies, producing about 25 percent of the value of Canada's annual output. Approximately 22 million hectares of cultivated and uncultivated land are used as pasture and forage for livestock. While wheat remains the primary crop, the production of new crops continues to expand as the industry diversifies. The province maintains the largest livestock population in Canada.

 

Long known as Canada's "energy province," Alberta has more than 65 percent of the country's reserves of conventional crude oil, over 80 percent of its natural gas, and most of its bitumen and oil-sands reserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003

 

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