We work hard at our Calgary office, but outside of business hours, we play hard as well. Many people may only associate Calgary with the annual Stampede, but this midwestern Canadian city has transformed into a cultural and economic hub in recent years.
A rapidly growing urban centre, Calgary was featured this past week on the Economic Intelligence Unit’s list of the world’s most liveable cities. While they have their own reasons for the ranking, below is our top ten list of the things we love most about Calgary:
Calgary is Canada’s number one economic performer and is home to a diverse array of industries, including the energy, finance, manufacturing, transportation, technology, film and creative industry sectors.
2. Proximity to the Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park are just a stones throw away (ok, maybe not a stone throw, but depending on where you are in the city the longest it could take is about 90 minutes).
3. Parks and pathways
Largest pathway system in North America with 700 plus kilometres km of pathways.
If you like golfing, you’ll be happy to know that Alberta touts more golf courses than any other province.
5. Calgary Stampede
Home to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede!
6. Public art
Calgary’s investment in public art over the past decade has transformed the city’s public spaces into eye-catching hubs of creativity.
Festials in Calgary have exploded in recent years, annual events such as Lilac Festival, ReggaeFest, Fringe Festival and Calgary Pride draw huge numbers each year.
8. Great restaurants
Calgary is home to some of the nation’s best chefs, whether you’re looking for a unique downtown bistro or a fine dining experience, Calgary’s restaurant has become more and more refined in recent years.
Calgary is an incredibly diverse city. You only need to visit International Avenue (17th Avenue SE) to see evidence of this in the unique ethnic grocery shops, clothing boutiqus and restaurants that line the strip.
10. Local talent
Calgary is home to world class talent including current top 40 hitmakers, Kiesza and Tegan & Sara.