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Calgary, AB City Review

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An AreaVibes.ca contributor
September 17, 2010

Last August I visited Calgary with a group of friends, as some of them were interested to see 2009 World Water Ski Championship Festival at the Predator Bay Water Ski Club located in southern part of Calgary. We all started our journey from a small city called Black Diamond, situated in the province of Alberta. It took us almost an hour to reach Calgary excluding the gas filling and stoppage time near rest areas. Though, our main motive to visit the city was for the ski championship, I was very much eager to explore the stampede city of the world. We loved the beautiful sites of the Rocky Mountains along side this attractive and dynamic city located near the Bow River. Out trip was not a very long one though, but we covered most of the city's attraction during our seven days stay in Calgary.

We chose to stay in the Pointe Inn Calgary, as this hotel was only 20 minutes from Canada Olympic Park. We took a fully-furnished suite which was very much spacious and comfortable. Room also had room phones with voice mail facilities, temperature control units, air conditioning and various in-room movies. Though the hotel was not a luxurious one, the staffs were very friendly and services were excellent.

Site seeing in the Calgary area provides a very different experience; the wonderful sights and attractions of this city delights all age groups. Calgary as a modern city is characterized by the unique blend of cosmopolitan amenities and appealing western-inspired towns. I enjoyed our tour to Mt. Allen and the Rockies very much. Equivalent in its astonishing scenery to the city's urban area, the stony mountains of the Alberta Rockies give a magnificent picturesque view from any part of the city. We also visited, Bragg Creek the popular day-tripping destination for its amusing town center and enjoyable outdoor recreation. The ranching history depicted at the Cochrane Ranche historic site gives a surprising overview of the past; located in the mixed farming and ranching community of Cochrane, this town gives a unique experience to all with its family recreation centers, art galleries and varieties of activities near Ghost Lake. Several charming towns, beautiful villages and rural communities that lie beyond Calgary's borders signify the rich western culture and heritage. We also took a short trip to the Glenbow Museum, the most famous Calgary Tower and Eau Claire Market. My site seeing experience in the city was completely pleasurable.

If I recollect my experience of western adventure in Alberta's wilds, I get enthralled. Tourists get a multitude of activities such as a stay at a guest ranch, the trail rides and pack tripping, different carriage and farm tours, hunting trips and also fishing. The city has also several enlivening air activities for those adventure lovers. While my friends enjoyed skydiving and hang-gliding I experienced a breath taking view of the city from a flying parachute in paragliding. The nightlife of the city was not a very extra ordinary one, though the city is flanked by a chain of pubs, restaurants and bars.

I suggest the travels to never miss the adventure tours in this city and also the greatest Calgary stampede show. As a sportive person I enjoyed the activities and adventure trips than anything else; still my trip to Calgary was a memorable one.

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Calgary Demographics

Calgary Population
MetricCalgaryAlberta
Population 20061,130,0003,724,000
Population density2004.6
Land area (square km)5,318639,987
Median age of the population36.635.0
Population 15 years and over80.7%79.2%
Population change (2001 to 2006)6.3%25.2%
Calgary Marital Status
MetricCalgaryAlberta
Single34%33%
Married51%52%
Widowed4%5%
Divorced/Separated11%10%
Calgary Languages & Place of Residence
MetricCalgaryAlberta
English only78%81%
French only2%2%
Both English and French1%1%
Canadian-born population78%85%
Foreign-born population2115%
Non-permanent residents1%1%
Calgary Education
MetricCalgaryAlberta
Population 15 years and over in school full time11%11%
Age group 15-19 attending full time6%6%
Age group 20-24 attending full time3%3%
Population 15 years and over in school part time6%5%
Age group 15-19 attending part time1%1%
Age group 20-24 attending part time1%1%
Calgary Earnings & Household Income
MetricCalgaryAlberta
Average earnings, all persons (2010 est.)$49,749$44,014
Average earnings, worked full time (2010 est.)$66,583$59,576
Average household income (2010 est.)$99,254$95,545
Calgary Transportation
MetricCalgaryAlberta
Car, truck, van, as driver72%76%
Car, truck, van, as passenger7%7%
Public transit13%8%
Walked or bicycled7%8%
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