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Facts about Calgary for Kids


Calgary is a city in the province of AlbertaCanada. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 50 mi east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.

  • The economy of Calgary includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors.
  • The Calgary CMA is home to the second-highest number of corporate head offices in Canadaamong the country’s 800 largest corporations.
  • Already a transportation and distribution hub, Calgary quickly became the centre of Canada’s cattle marketing and meatpacking industries.
  • Agriculture and ranching became key components of the local economy, shaping the future of Calgary for years to come.
  • While the oil and gas industry comprise an important part of the economy, the city has invested a great deal into other areas such as tourism and high-tech manufacturing.
  • 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 Calgary census metropolitan area (CMA) is the fifth-largest CMA in Canada and largest in Alberta.
  • In Canada, Calgary has the second-highest concentration of head offices in Canada (behind Toronto), the most head offices per capita, and the highest head office revenue per capita.
  • EnCana’s new 58-floor corporate headquarters, the Bow, became the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.
  • WestJet is headquartered close to the Calgary International Airport, and Enerjet has its headquarters on the airport grounds.
  • A 240,000 sq ft central library is under construction in Calgary East Village, and is expected to be completed in 2018.
  • Some of the mainstays include the Mount Royal Choirs from the Mount Royal University Conservatory, the Calgary Boys’ Choir, the Calgary Girls Choir, the Youth Singers of Calgary, the Cantaré Children’s Choir, and Spiritus Chamber Choir. Other major city attractions include Canada Olympic Park, which features Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and Spruce Meadows.
  • The publicly funded Athabasca University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and the University of Lethbridge also have campuses in Calgary.