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Welcome to Calgary

Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and one of most livable cities in the world. With a population of 1,239,220, Calgary is the third largest municipality in Canada. As a prairie city, Calgary enjoys plenty of sunshine and stunning mountain views. Situated just 80 kilometres east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary lies within the shadow of the largest mountain range in Canada.

Neighbourhood characteristics

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Lively

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Walkable

Nightlife

Foodie's Favourite

Multicultural

Family Friendly

Transit Friendly

Industry Hub

Bang For Your Buck

Tranquil

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

Mountain Views

Fun facts

  • Wind farms generate the electricity necessary to operate the C Train. It is the first wind-powered transit system, and it is free to use in the downtown core.

  • The city has a network of heated footbridges that allow residents to walk around the downtown area during the winter.

  • Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the Olympic games in 1988.

  • Nellie McClung, Canadian writer, suffragette, and activist, was a native of Calgary.

  • Locals only pay 5% on Goods and Services since there is no provincial sales tax.

  • During hockey season, the prevalence of Calgary Flames fans in the team’s red jerseys has earned downtown Calgary the nickname of the ‘Red Mile’.

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What to expect

With its high quality of life, this global city in the heart of the Prairies will surprise you.

What not to expect

Long summers.


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Calgary

Surrounded by natural beauty, Calgary is Western Canada’s cultural heart.

Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and one of most livable cities in the world. With a population of 1,239,220, Calgary is the third largest municipality in Canada. As a prairie city, Calgary enjoys plenty of sunshine and stunning mountain views. Situated just 80 kilometres east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary lies within the shadow of the largest mountain range in Canada.


The city has a high quality of life according to global rankings. Praise for its health care, education, culture, environment, infrastructure, and low crime rates are high compared to other major cities.


Located in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Calgary enjoys stunning mountain views. It also boasts the most hours of sunshine of any major Canadian city. From Bowness Park to the Canadian Rockies, national parks are a major attraction throughout the hot summers and snowy winters. Activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, skiing, and more continually attract tourists and locals alike.


Also known as “Cowtown,” Calgary has a distinct identity. Rooted in the proud agricultural tradition of the Canadian Prairies, Calgary celebrates its farming heritage at the annual Calgary Stampede. At this ten-day citywide celebration of Canadian agriculture and rural traditions, cowboy boots and hats are typical (some might say required!) attire during what locals refer to as “The Stamp”. This continually running festival has operated since 1916 and attracts millions of visitors each year for parades, rodeos, concerts, and exhibitions. The Calgary Stampede is so influential that the city is also sometimes called “The Stampede City”.

Calgary is one the wealthiest cities in the country. Its economy is driven by the oil and gas industries, as well as aerospace, financial services, technology, logistics, manufacturing, and tourism. Thanks to its booming oil economy, the downtown core has become home to corporate offices and cultural venues. Businesses have low taxes, and locals have some of the highest incomes in Canada. The city’s suburban developments have experienced significant growth because of Calgary’s strong economic activity.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

With its high quality of life, this global city in the heart of the Prairies will surprise you.

The city has a high quality of life according to global rankings. Praise for its health care, education, culture, environment, infrastructure, and low crime rates are high compared to other major cities.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

Long summers.

Like many Canadian cities, warm weather in Calgary typically lasts for only two months (July-August). However, warm ‘Chinook’ winds from the Pacific Coast often bring warmer temperatures throughout the fall and even into the winter.

THE MARKET:

Housing in Calgary is very affordable when compared to other major Canadian cities.

While housing costs in Calgary are more expensive than surrounding rural areas, when compared to other major Canadian cities like nearby Vancouver this city is extremely affordable. A large selection of both rental and permanent housing helps keep housing costs down in Calgary. 

UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

Breaking out their cowboy boots during the Stampede, an annual celebration of Canadian agriculture.

Rooted in the proud agricultural tradition of the Canadian Prairies, Calgary celebrates its farming heritage at the annual Calgary Stampede. At this ten-day citywide celebration of Canadian agriculture and rural traditions, cowboy boots and hats are typical (some might say required!) attire during what locals refer to as “The Stamp”.

THE LIFESTYLE:

With the most hours of sunshine of any major Canadian city, residents of Calgary find plenty of time to spend exploring their beloved national parks.

Located in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Calgary enjoys stunning mountain views. It also boasts the most hours of sunshine of any major Canadian city. From Bowness Park to the Canadian Rockies, national parks are a major attraction throughout the hot summers and snowy winters.

YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

Only paying 5% tax!

The province of Alberta has no provincial sales tax, so locals only pay a 5% Goods and Services tax. Due to this, Calgary is known as one of Canada's most business-friendly cities. It also boasts an excellent selection of shopping malls!

THE NEIGHBOURS:

Calgary’s strong economy attracts skilled workers in technology, finance, and more from around the globe.

Calgary is one the wealthiest cities in the country. Its economy is driven by the oil and gas industries, as well as aerospace, financial services, technology, logistics, manufacturing, and tourism. Calgary is also home to significant student population, and boasts the youngest average age of any major Canadian metropolitan area.

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Calgary Neighbourhoods

Calgary contains 0 districts and 39 neighbourhoods , each with their own unique character. Whether you prefer a trendy urban centre or a peaceful suburb, Homicity can help you find your dream home. Explore the various neighbourhoods in Calgary to find the one that’s perfect for you.

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