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Welcome to Calgary ...

The pronunciation of Calgary: KAL-guh-ree<1>

When the people of Calgary refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Calgarian<2>

From the 2006 Statistics Canada (StatCan) census, Calgary had a population of 988,079 people.<3>

The city of Calgary was established in 1875 and was incorporated as a city January 1, 1894.

Calgary is 3,560 feet [1,085 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Calgary is about ¾ mile [or ~1 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Calgary lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: MST- Heure Normale des Rocheuses (HNR), MDT- Heure Avancée des Rocheuses (HAR).

Area codes for Calgary: (403) & (587)<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2006 StatCan census, Calgary had a population of 988,079 people.

The population of Calgary represents 30.03% of the total population of Alberta (which had 3,290,350 people at that time), making it Alberta's most populous community.

With a 2006 count of 988,079 people, the population of Calgary increased 12.41% from the 2001 StatCan census (with a count of 879,003 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Calgary.

Communities near Calgary ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Calgary and not the distance if you drove.<6>.

Community   2006
Abbeydale   [Map]   ---   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Airdrie   [Map]   28,927   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Chestermere   [Map]   9,564   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Cochrane   [Map]   13,491   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Heritage Woods   [Map]   ---   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
High Point Estates   [Map]   ---   E   12 miles [19.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Calgary.

Communities Also Named Calgary ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Calgary - it's located in Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Calgary.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Calgary. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Calgary:

Websites for Calgary ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Calgary ...

Looking for more information about Calgary? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Calgary, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Calgary.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Calgary. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Province of Alberta:

Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Calgary refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Calgary may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Unless noted otherwise, the population counts we use should be considered estimates. Our population values for Calgary were taken from various sources and although they can be traced back to Statistics Canada (StatCan), they should not be considered official.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Calgary - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Area code (587) is an overlay for area code (403).

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Calgary. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Calgary) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Calgary. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Calgary

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Calgary. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.0638, Longitude: -114.0684     [Map].

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