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Calgary, Alberta has small-town heart and big-city diversions. Between street festivals, nightlife and all the things to do outside, the work-hard, play-hard approach is in this city's veins.
Calgary has long been known as an energy city. Alberta is Canada's largest oil and gas producer and is hope to vast oil sands deposits. Calgary is the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada with head offices of every major company in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors located in the city.
- The Calgary Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.51 million as of 2019, which makes it Alberta’s Largest City
- Canada is both the fifth-largest producer of crude oil and the fifth-largest producer of natural gas in the world – with Alberta home to about three-quarters of the country’s production. Alberta’s oil sands are the third-largest crude oil reserves in the world.
- Calgary energy companies have been leaders in advancing technology in areas from hydraulic fracturing to thermal oil sands production to pipeline integrity. In today’s energy sector, clean energy technology is a major driving force in the industry. Striving to compete in a lower carbon economy globally, the industry is investing heavily to incorporate clean technology solutions in oil and gas while also developing renewable energy sources.
- With a history as an energy-focused city, Calgary is home to a highly skilled workforce experienced in the energy industry. Calgary’s seven post-secondary institutions offer programming tailored to the industry, feeding a workforce that has the second highest level of educational attainment in Canada.
Points of Interest
- Fort Calgary - The confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has been a historical and cultural gathering place from the first Indigenous people thousands of years ago to the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police in 1875. Find more information here.
- Stephen Avenue - Stephen Avenue features a year-round pedestrian experience featuring shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues. Find more information here.
- Devonian Gardens - Step into a garden of tropical plants and natural light. Experience the 10,000 shrubs, 1.5 million pounds of soil and 550 trees. This "urban oasis" is Calgary's only indoor public park. Find more information here.
- Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre - Spanning over 450 years of music history and innovation, National Music Centre's collection is comprised of more than 2,000 pieces, as well as four Canadian Music Halls of Fame, that help tell the stories of music in Canada. Find more information here.
No. 4 in Liveability
The latest Global Livability Rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which rates lifestyle challenges in cities worldwide, declared Calgary the 4th most liveable city on the planet.
No. 6 in Peacefulness
Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks countries around the world according to their peacefulness. Canada placed 6th in the 2018 GPI rankings.
Top Ten in Safety
Building on the Global Peace Index’s ranking of peacefulness, the organization SafeAround compiles data to rank the world’s countries by safety. Canada is currently ranked 7th safest in the world.
Top 50 Cities with the Most Diverse Food Scenes in the World
Bott and Co. 2018
Awards and Honours
5th Largest Oil and Gas Producer in the World
Investing News 2018
3rd in Top 10 Large North American Cities of the Future for Business Friendliness
FDI Magazine 2017/18
2nd of Major Cities in Canada for Healthy Lifestyle and Life Satisfaction and Grade “A” Overall
Coty Health Monitor, Conference Board of Canada, 2016
Most Beautiful Countries in the World
Condé Nast Traveller 2017
Top Cleanest Cities in the World
Best Places to Visit, Top Travel Destination
Travel + Leisure 2018
3rd Best Country to Live In
Best Countries Report, 2019
20th of 52 Places to Travel in 2019
New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019