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Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and high plains, approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. 

Population: 1.419.800

Calgary was ranked the world's cleanest city by Mercer Quality of Living in a survey published in 2007 by Forbes magazine. Following its revival in the 1990s, Calgary has also become a centre for country music in Canada. As such, it is referred to by some as the "Nashville of the North." Calgary is also home to a thriving all-ages music scene of many genres, including metal, folk, pop, rock, punk, indie, blues, jazz, hip-hop, electronic and country.

Calgary's weather is quite unusual, is very dry most of the time. The rainy season is in June, July and May. The dryness does have one benefit, though: Calgary is quite sunny. The summer months have an average of 9 hours of bright sunshine each day, and average daily maximum temperatures of 22°C (72°F).

Calgary Transit provides public transportation services throughout the city with buses and light rail. 

Calgary's rail system, known as the C-Train was one of the first such systems in North America and consists of three lines (two routes) on 42.1 kilometres (26.2 mi) of track (mostly at grade with a dedicated right-of-way carrying 42% of the downtown working population). Light rail transit use within the downtown core is free. The bus system has over 160 routes and is operated by 800 vehicles.

One - way ticket (Local transport): 3.00 C$

Monthly pass: 95.00 C$

Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. 

Calgary holds many major annual festivals which include the Calgary Stampede, the Folk Music Festival, the Lilac Festival, One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts.

 As a relatively ethnically diverse city, Calgary also has a number of multicultural areas and assets. It has one of the largest Chinatowns in Canada, as well as a Little Italy in the Bridgeland neighbourhood. 

Here are some things you can do and places you can visit:

  • Calaway Park is an amusement park just to the west of Calgary.
  • Calgary Corn Maze is great for kids, with a puzzling maze, petting zoo and pumpkin patch.
  • The Calgary Tower is the city’s most recognizable landmark.
  • The Calgary Zoo is one of Canada’s finest.
  • Canada Olympic Park is a year-round sports and tourist attraction with ski runs, biking trails, a zip line and more.
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park is where Calgary got its start, and today offers visitors the chance to explore the city’s history.
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Calgary with a museum of Blackfoot First Nation culture.
  • Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living historical village.
  • Spruce Meadows is a world-class showjumping venue in southwest Calgary.
  • TELUS Spark, Calgary's new science centre, has exhibits and programs to ignite a sense of wonder and excitement.


Source: http://www.liveincalgary.com/lifestyle-and-recreation/attractions/family-fun

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