Calgary city life
Calgary’s multicultural aspect makes it a unique tourist destination in Canada, with its many landmarks and attractions:
- Telus Spark
- Heritage Park Historical Village
- Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
- Devonian Gardens
- Calgary Zoo
- Olympic Plaza
- The Aero Space Museum
The city’s experience as a Winter Olympics host in 1988 has transformed sports in Calgary. It is an ideal destination for winter sports like luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey or snowboarding, as well as for amateur and professional fishing. Calgary has teams competing in the national leagues in Canadian football, ice hockey and lacrosse, as well as many semi-professional and amateur teams and leagues.
Calgary’s rich cultural diversity makes it an ideal destination for food enthusiasts, as the city has hundreds of traditional ethnic restaurants, as well as mixed cuisine and unconventional modern establishments which define Calgary cooking. Add to this the hundreds of bars and pubs which capture a specific part of Canadian and Calgary heritage.
The city organises many theme street festivals such as:
- Calgary Folk Music Festival
- FunnyFest Comedy Festival
- The Greek Festival
- Expo Latino
The largest and the most celebrated event in Calgary is the Calgary Stampede, a large rodeo, festival and exhibition, alongside concerts, parades, stage shows and races which honour the city’s cattle farming traditions.
International atmosphere in Calgary
Thanks to its rapid growth and transformation, Calgary is becoming one of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Canada. It is home to over 200 different ethnic groups and 30% of the total population is a ‘visible minority’. Besides English which is widely spoken, people in the communities speak Hindi, Urdu, French and Chinese. The city is world renowned for its inclusive atmosphere and tolerant attitude towards other cultures, races and faiths. The constant influx of international students has expanded the diversity of Calgary even further.
The weather in Calgary is very humid, with intense cold during winter and arid, mild summers. The average temperature for January is -7.1 °C (19.2 °F), while for July the average is 16.5 °C (61.7°F). Calgary usually experiences some snowfall every month, including summer, with an average annual snowfall of 128.8cm (50.71 inches).