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Calgary is the largest city in Alberta with a population which is now well over 1 million residents. Some great resources regarding the history, economics and updates on the City of Calgary include:
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The city is divided into four quadrents, NW, NE, SW and SE.
Northwest (NW) Calgary is in general the region west of Center Street and north of the Bow River with the exception of several neighbourhoods south of the Bow River on the western edge of the city which are also considered to be the Northwest. NW Calgary generally aligns with Zone A of the Calgary MLS with the difference being Zone A includes all neighbourhoods west of the Deerfoot.
Northeast (NE) Calgary is the region east of Centre Street and North of Memorial Drive. NE Calgary generally aligns with Zone B of the Calgary MLS.
Southwest (SW) Calgary is, in general, the region south of the Bow River and west of Centre Street/Macleod Trail with the exception of several communities found south of the Bow River that are considered to be part of the Northwest. SW Calgary generally aligns with Zone C of the Calgary MLS.
Southeast (SE) Calgary is the area south of downtown and Memorial Drive and East of Macleod Trail. SE Calgary alisgn with Zone D of the Calgary MLS.
The Calgary Real Estate Board MLS Map is a great resource to find neighbourhood and community locations. Please note MLS Zones are not totally aligned with the quadrants. Not sure which community is right for you?
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Calgary is located at the transition zone between the Canadian Rockies foothills and the Canadian Prairies, and is relatively hilly as a result. Calgary's elevation is approximately 1,048 meters (3,440 ft) above sea level downtown. The city proper covers a land area of 726.5 km2 (as of 2006).
The city is large in physical area, consisting of an inner city surrounded by various communities of decreasing density. Unlike most cities with a sizable metropolitan area, most of Calgary's suburbs are incorporated into the city proper with the notable exceptions of Airdrie to the north, Cochrane to the northwest, Strathmore to the east, Springbank to the east and Okotoks a bit further south.
Calgary proper is immediately surrounded by the municipal districts of Rocky View No 44 , Rocky View County, to the north, west and east and Foothills No 31 to the south.
Calgary post-secondary education is exceptional. The University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, Bow Valley College and the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) are the public post secondary institutions available along with several private post secondary institutions.
The K-12 school system is available through the Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District Board, as well as francophone and several public charter schools. Calgary is also home to many private schools including Strathcona Tweedsmuir, Rundle College, Clear Water Academy, Webber Academy, Masters Academy and West Island College. Alberta Educations full list of private schools.
Calgary is considered a transportation hub for much of central and western Canada. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the third busiest in Canada. The vast road system in Calgary is maintained by the City of Calgary Transportation Department with public transit (including the CTrain) managed by Calgary Transit.
Alberta Motor Association - The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is proud to provide auto, travel, insurance, registries and more to over 890,000 members in Alberta and part of the Northwest Territories.
Canada by Rail - Alberta rail providers
Calgary is home to numerous professional sports teams, amateur and junior clubs as well as host to many recreational opportunities.
National Hockey League - Calgary Flames
Canadian Football League - Calgary Stampeders
National Lacrosse League - Calgary Roughnecks
Northern League (Baseball) - Calgary Vipers
Western Hockey League - Calgary Hitmen
Alberta Junior Hockey League - Calgary Canucks
Alberta Junior Hockey League - Calgary Royals
National Women's Hockey League - Calgary Oval X-Treme
Rugby Canada Super League - Calgary Mavericks
Speed Skaring Canada - Calgary Speed Skating Assocation
Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League - Calgary United FC
With winter sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park and the Olympic Oval as legacies from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Calgary continues to draw exceptional atheletes to the city.
Hike in the Rocky Mountains, visit local parks such as Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Hill Park, Bowness Park, Edworthy Park, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Confederation Park or Prince's Island Park on a sunny weekend. There is always something to keep you entertained in Calgary.
Calgary Stampede - the greatest outdoor show on earth and a source of exceptional recreation and entertainment.