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City Hopper: Calgary, Canada

August 13, 2013

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This month I will be traveling to Calgary, Canada so I thought I would tell you all a little about the city. Calgary is a city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Calgary is the largest city in Alberta. It is the third-largest municipality and the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Canada. (source: Wikipedia)

City of Calgary

City of Calgary

The economy in Calgary is mostly centered around the petroleum industry and agriculture. In 1988, Calgary became the first city in Canada to host the Olympic Winter Games.

Calgary was originally named Fort Brisebois but was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 by Colonel James Macleod who named it after Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Calgary was ranked the as the world’s cleanest city by Forbes Magazine in 2007; the world’s top eco-city in 2010 by Mercer; and it tied with Adelaide, Australia for fifth-best place to live in the world in a 2012 report by Economist Intelligence Unit. Throughout the city there is a network of pedestrian bridges from one building to another making it easy to walk around without going outside.

Calgary City Center with three-story pedestrian bridge. One of the many in this city.

Calgary City Center with three-story pedestrian bridge. One of the many in this city.

Now what can you do in Calgary? Well, first of all, nearby there are the mountain resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore where there is an abundance of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

The Nat Christie Center - Home of the Alberta Ballet

The Nat Christie Center – Home of the Alberta Ballet

In the city of Calgary itself you won’t have a hard time finding great restaurants and places to shop. There are also many cultural centers throughout the city where you can see a show, ballet, or even attend a concert. The Albert Ballet is the third largest dance company in Canada and has worked with such pop legends as Joni Mitchell, Elton John, and Sarah McLachlan.

The Glenbow Museum, Calgary

The Glenbow Museum, Calgary

There are also many concert halls and museums in the city of Calgary including the Glenbow Museum, the Chinese Cultural Center, The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the Military and Aerospace Museums.

If you would like to read about other Canadian places I’ve been to then click on the links below:

City Hopper: Victoria, B.C.

Regional Adventures: Vancouver Island

City Hopper: Vancouver, B.C.

World Travels: Canada

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