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20 Reasons to Love Calgary

25 Reasons and Counting Why I Love Calgary!

I Love Calgary I Love YYC 25 Reasons to Love CalgaryAlso known as “The Heart of the New West”, Calgary is located in Alberta, Canada at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.

Because of our location we get nice warm Chinook winds during the winters and we always have a lot of sun, in fact we get more days of sunshine per year then any other Canadian city.

Calgary is amazing for so many reasons, over 20 of which are detailed below but this is by no means an exhaustive list. I encourage you to leave a comment with some of the reasons you love Calgary!

Not Only do I love my city, I love this province and my country too! We are lucky to be Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians!

More than 25 Reasons to Love Calgary, Alberta

1. Calgary is Canada’s number one economic performer and is home to a diverse array of industries, including the energy, finance, manufacturing, transportation, technology, film and creative industry sectors.

2. Calgary has no provincial sales tax and a very competitive income tax structure

New Downtown Calgary Skyscrape the Bow Tower3. Calgary was ranked as the best place in Canada to work by the Globe and Mail. Today’s Parent magazine ranked the city among the top five best cities for families and the Economist ranked Calgary tied for 5th as the best Cities to live in the world in its most recent liveability survey. The Toronto Board of Trade also named Calgary the 3rd most prosperous city of 24 cities in its most recent prosperity index.

4. Not to mention the Rocky Mountains and famous Banff national park are just a stone throw away (ok, maybe not a stone throw, but depending on where you are in the city the longest it could take is about 90 minutes.)

5. Calgary is one of only 3 places in the world that claim to be rat-free along with the Arctic and Antarctic

6. I can walk into any doctor or hospital 24 hours a day 365 days a year and receive immediate no fee treatment.

7. 500-or-so parks and reserves provide rewarding wildlife viewing opportunities and invigorating hiking and biking trails.

8. Youngest population in Canada with 41% between the ages of 20-44 and the average age of only 36!

I Love Calgary Alberta9. Calgary has one of the largest city land areas in North America.

10. Highest personal income per capita and more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in Canada!

11. 2nd highest concentration of head offices in Canada and highest concentration of head offices per capita!

12. Largest plus 15 network in North America

13. Alberta touts more golf courses than any other province.

14. It also boasts more than 600 lakes for water-sport lovers

15. Largest pathway system in North America with 600+ km of pathways

16. Canada has the worlds third largest oil reserves and 97% of that is in Alberta. Additionally Canada is the worlds only major oil reserve holder whose resource revenues fund a flourishing democracy, freedom and the liberty we enjoy.

Peace Bridge in Calgary17. Calgary has the highest percentage of homeownership in the country

18. Canada has the highest Quality of Life in the world,after Denmark, although we have way more land and way more resources!

19. Canada has the world’s highest tertiary education enrolment

20. Canada contains 9% of the world’s renewable water supply

21. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede!

22. Calgary boasts one of the highest volunteer participation rates in Canada

23. Calgary is one of the safest and healthiest big cities in the world

24. Our city is surrounded by an incredible agricultural ecosystem that produces some of the best products (beef, wheat, barley, etc.) and cultures from around the world, giving us an incredibly diverse dining experience.

I love Canada25.  YYC, Calgary’s airport is currently building the longest runway in Canada and the tallest control tower in the country. As one of Canada’s busiest airports this will only add to the east of travel, cargo and business to and from anywhere in the world!

26. Calgary has one of the most respected Police Services in North America, with citizen satisfaction ratings in the mid 90% range!

27. Calgary has a strong community bond which was clearly demonstrated during the flash floods in late June 2013.

What do you Love about Calgary?

Leave us a comment and share with us why you love Calgary, Alberta!Thanks for stopping in, we hope to have you back soon!


  1. No political b/s like in BC
    Learner’s License at 14(15?) and driving at 16
    Drinking age is 18 :)

  2. I agree with all of them… except no rats! I live in BC now and have 3 adorable pet rats.

    • Cody Battershill says:

      I never knew rats could be pets! what part of bc do you live in? do you miss Calgary at all?

  3. Brock Justinick says:

    We can start out every year honestly believing that THIS will be the year our city’s hockey team will win the Stanley Cup!

    Our city is surrounded by an incredible agricultural ecosystem that produces some of the best products (beef, wheat, barley, etc.) and cultures from around the world, giving us an incredibly diverse dining experience.

  4. Great article, there is no place on earth I would rather call home or raise my family. The community and spirit of this city are unmatched.

  5. Duncan Salloway says:

    Great articular I live now in High River I was born and raised in Calgary I still consider myself a Calgarian living in a bedroom community.

  6. Yvonne Windecker says:

    EVERYTHING! We have a rich and beautiful city that is incredibly diverse, and the mountains are visible and reachable every day! Oh, and the air is so sweet!

  7. Neil Hupping says:

    You forgot the biggest reason. The friendliness of the people living here. I’ve travelled all over the world and Calgary is easily one of the friendliest and hospitable cities around.

  8. Sylvie Rocheleau says:

    Wow…Reading this page ” 20 reasons to love Calgary ” and reading all your comments make me anxious to go live there. My husband started working there since last week and I will join him with my two sons probably on december. Thanks everyone! :)

  9. 26. Calgarians are nice and warm-hearted. I just love Calgary and Calgarians. It is lucky to live here.

  10. Fish Creek Park is the largest inner-city park in North America AND Nose Hill Park is supposedly on a “lay line” of which there are only 8 in the world. They run North to South and Stonehenge is on one of them!

  11. You have 2 awesome rivers going right in the middle of Downtown and you can always just walk to the park almost in every corner.

    Calgary is one of the best cities in the world. Period!!!

  12. We do not receive ‘immediate’ medical treatment 24/7 – we have access to waiting rooms, with minimum 5 hour wait times.

    • Cody Battershill says:

      Thank you for your comment Bea, I guess in my opinion regardless of how busy the hospital might be and if we have to wait for me the key is that we can get in and can get world class medical care without having to worry about how much it could cost or if we have coverage.

      I am thankful that if i call 911 an ambulance will arrive within minutes and amazing nurses and doctors will look after me, (even if i do have to wait a little bit to see them…)

  13. Jaclyn Fisher says:

    I agree with ALMOST everything….EXCEPT…Saskatoon is actually the youngest city in Canada!! :)

    • Cody Battershill says:

      Hey Jaclyn, thank you for your comment! Great minds think alike! As for Saskatoon, do you mean in terms of when the city was founded or population wise? I also love Sask!

    • Does anyone now any teachers out there.
      My son is moving to Calgary in August to start teaching with Calgary Board of Education.
      He is looking for some advice.

  14. Hello Cody, Wow! i read about your artice about Calgary, it has impacted me to have thoughts about moving there. 1 year ago My husband and I wanted to go to calgary, however when we heard about the weather over there we decided to not go. I live in Vaughan, Ontario, i’m trying to have a full time job for so long i vaughan and my husband and i are sick and tierd from low paying jobs. I have 3 kids ages 8-14 and i am a pharmacy assitant so i am writing that to help me and advise myself about moving to Calgary. i have been searching for more info about Calgary for soo long until i found your article which amazed me! i hope to hear more from you about house prices and where the best spot in calgary is the best to live in. Thank You

  15. I am thinking of moving to Calgary from Edmonton. Every time I come to Calgary it is like a breath of fresh air, to be honest I think Calgary is a much better city than Edmonton. I am going to be renting; can you let me know where the best areas are to rent an apartment. Thank you.

    • Cody Battershill says:

      Hi Ann, thank you for your comment. There are many wonderful areas of Calgary to live in. Please feel free to call me anytime and I would be happy to discuss with you further!

  16. Ros Peterson says:

    Great info Cody, but I find it hard to believe there are 600 lakes around here, maybe up north. We have world class fly fishing in the Bow River. World class equestrian facility in Spruce Meadows.

  17. Michelle says:

    I love Calgary it’s so safe to raise a family <3

  18. I am born and raised and love the list except for 21, I dont think the needless killing of animals should be an attraction to an otherwise beautiful and wonderful city!

  19. Grammar Nazi point- #11 does not require an apostrophe.

    Calgary has one of the highest regarded and respected police services in North America, with Citizen Satisfaction ratings usually in the mid-90% range!

  20. Larissa says:

    It says 20 reasons but gives us 25 aha

  21. I was born in Calgary in 1950 and saw it in its formative years. :My dad came to Calgary in 1911 and helped build the Centre Street Bridge, Palliser Hotel and the Bay, all with a team of horses he owned. He even saw the first Stampede. I have lived in other cities but always come back to Calgary. Calgary is by far the best place to live!!

  22. Emma Gallant says:

    Ca Thank you for such a nice information.
    I really enjoyed the jlouney, If Calgary is like you say, I defenitly will move to live there.

    Can you recomend me which part of Calgary is good to rent and appartment not to spencif but at the same time nice and closed to Farmers .

    Thanks. ca

  23. I’m moving to Calgary next week. I am a bit nervous. What makes me worried is the high cost of living. I wonder If I could get a job as soon as possible, find a cheap amd safe apartment (i am going to stay with a friend of mine for the mean time), and all some stuffs. But other than those, I am excited and looking forward to be in Calgary. :)

  24. My son is considering studying in Calgary at the University of Calgary. I know little about the accreditation or ranking of this university and would like some review on whether it is highly recommended.

  25. Christian Verge says:

    Indeed, I really love my city. And there is so much to share here, I especially love our culinary culture. New restaurants and food trucks just BOOMING here.

    And at least you know when you enter Calgary. Last time some of my friends and I went to find West Edmonton Mall – we took a highway to Edmonton, and drove RIGHT THROUGH IT without ever knowing we were anywhere near the city! XD

  26. joseph drilon says:

    the best place to live.. i wll go back where i belong.

  27. We have chinooks that bring warmth to some of the coldest days!

  28. Calgary has the most amazing people. Friendly, always there to help anyone who needs help. I have never been more proud of being a Calgarian than during the June floods. Thousands of volunteers stepped up to help get the city moving again.

  29. From a native Calgarian living here in Silicon Valley, CA:
    Love the article; it brings back many memories growing up and going to high school there. I just got tired of shoveling snow LOL. And now I’m a short drive to the beach.
    To me it was not only the atmosphere (big city, fantastic scenery, breathtaking mountains, clean streets, robust economy) … but the quality of people in Calgary. That’s what sets it apart from the rest. To every person down here in the USA that has ever visited Calgary … that’s the one comment I hear consistently – they love the city, and how they were treated by the people everywhere they went. Calgary represent!

  30. Alina Stanciu says:

    The University of Calgary is implementing a new nursing program much different then ever before, created by the nursing department, that is starting to peek some interest in other nursing schools throughout Canada. The nursing students that come out of the UofC comply with our nations Public Health Promotion Model, Social Justice, and much more! We also have some of the most research (from all sectors) coming out of our university in all of Canada! I’m super proud to be a UofC student :D

  31. Dennis Wilson says:

    i love watching the boom of the city my goal to see the city hit 2,000,000

  32. I’ve planned to land in Calgary in next May with my lovely wife. We are new immigrants from Iran and we have travelled many European countries but never we have been in North America.
    We studied about all cities and we surfed a lot in Internet. We found that Calgary can be our desired living land for raising family and business.
    We are so glad to be new Calgarian.

  33. Karen Parent says:

    This article was written before the floods which, as a native Calgarian, made me even more proud of the incredible people in this wonderful city. I have lived here for over 50 years and have seen Calgary grow up into an amazing metropolitan city with small town values and feel. I love you Calgary!

  34. Kathy Begg says:

    My husband and I are now “empty nesters”. He’s been offered a contract to work in Calgary for two (2) years and I will join him. My excitement gets overtaken by anxiety when I think about relocating from sunny Australia to the freezing temperatures of Calgary. However, I’m up for the adventure and just wondered if there were any other Aussies out there who can share their stories, please?

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