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Calgary is a city, located in the south of the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated east of the Rocky Mountains in an area characterized by prairies and foothills. Calgary is surrounded by the municipal districts Rocky View County and Foothills No. 31. It has over one million inhabitants, and is the largest city in Alberta. Its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in Canada. The city is part of the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, which is 294 kilometres (182 miles) in length. The city is crossed by two major rivers: The Bow River and the Elbow River.
Calgary offers a strategic location and major industries, which supports its economic health. It was globally recognised as a top performing economy both in North America and in the world. The major industries are oil, gas, mining, and financial services. The largest oil and gas companies in the area include BP Canada, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, and Nexen. Some of the city’s largest employers are Nova Chemicals, Dow Chemical Canada, Shaw Communications, Calgary Zone of the Alberta Health Services, and The City of Calgary. There are both low- and high-rise options for office space in Calgary.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Sport fans have many possibilities for entertainment in Calgary. Major sport events are typically centred on hockey, football, and baseball. Other fun activities include salsa dancing, visiting the Calaway amusement park situated west of Calgary, as well as visiting the Calgary zoo. Performing arts lovers have numerous options as the theatre scene in Calgary is well developed. Visitors can enjoy the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame or attend the classical performances of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Opera. Being home to a culturally diverse population, Calgary offers a lot of dining options with cuisines from all over the world. There is Asian (particularly Vietnamese), Mediterranean, Mexican, and more. Examples include: Chianti – an Italian restaurant with free bread and inexpensive pastas, Nick’s Steakhouse – offering Alberta steaks and tasty pizzas. Japanese Village – Japanese meals, cooked in front of the customers.
Calgary has its own international airport. Calgary International Airport (YYC/CYYC) is 8 km (4 miles) from the city centre. The airport is serviced by domestic and international. There are several options to get from there to the city, taxi, private shuttles, and transit buses that will take you to the City Centre. Calgary is an hour drive from Banff, three hours from Edmonton and 320 kilometres (199 miles) from the US border. Reaching the city by bus offers several options: Greyhound, Red Arrow, and Executive Express. Inside the city, there is a well-developed transit system of light rail trains and buses. Walking in downtown Calgary is comparatively easy, as the area is compact. The city offers one of the greatest biking trail systems in North America.