Information about Calgary

Calgary has a relatively low crime rate. The biggest City in Alberta. As a visitor to Calgary, you have a good chance of staying safe. All of Calgary is considered to be safe during daylight hours.

Calgary’s got 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. Every July, the Calgary Stampede transforms the City into a Wild West-inspired playground. It’s 10 days of infinite free pancakes.

Calgary has a prairie-steppe type climate. This means it usually enjoys sunny weather, even in winter, and most of its little rainfall comes in summer. Calgary enjoys a dry climate with little of the summer humidity that bothers many people in Ontario. Even in summer, Calgary's nights are rather cool.

Population in Calgary as of 2019 - 1,512,539


Some of the places you must experience:
     • HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE
     • CALGARY TOWER
     • CALGARY DOWNTOWN INTRO WALK TOUR
     • CALAWAY PARK
     • COUNTRY INN CROSSIRON MILLS SHOPPING
     • CALGARY ZOO
     • TELUS SPARK SCIENCE CENTRE

Calgary is basically a dry climate, but experiences a wide range of temperatures and climatic conditions. The outstanding features of the climate are the moderate rainfall and snowfall, dry air, moderately cold winter and warm “chinook winds”. The Chinook is a dry westerly wind from the Pacific that can raise temperatures as much as 10 degrees in a few hours, thus melting snow. The comparatively low humidity in both winter and summer moderates both cold and heat. Our summer have long days and can be hot and dry; however, afternoon thundershowers are common. Students should bring or be prepared to buy warm winter clothing for the months of November through March. Appropriate winter clothing includes warm winter boots, winter parka, sweater, hat, scarf and gloves. Student coming from warmer climates are advised to purchase winter clothing in Canada rather than in their home country.

The City of Calgary is one of Canada’s most liveable cities with all the advantages of a large city with few of the problems. The downtown core is composed of modern high-rise buildings and many international company headquarters. Calgarian are among the most highly educated in Canada ranking above the national average for the post-secondary education. The City offers an abundance of parks, and excellent variety of sporting facilities, good shopping, hotels and restaurants. Each July, the City celebrates its western heritage through the world-famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Residents of Calgary often cite the Rocky Mountains as the City’s most outstanding feature. The town of Banff (127 km west of Calgary) is the gateway to thousands of acres of national parklands, superb scenery and some of the best sightseeing, hiking, skiing, fishing and camping in the world.

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