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7 Reasons to Love Living in Calgary

7 Reasons to Love Living in Calgary, Alberta

I Love Calgary AlbertaCalgary has definitely earned its spot as one of the best places to live in the world for five consecutive years in a row (2010-2014), according to the Economist Magazine’s Liveability Survey. It’s true; Calgary has lots to offer its residents and more than ever before as the city continues to grow at an astounding rate.

There are many quality characteristics Calgary has that set it apart from the rest, making it an easy choice for people to call it their home. Here are seven of those:

Economic Growth Increase CalgaryEconomically Strong

Calgary is one of Canada’s Economic Strengths. Over the past decade, the city has remained as one of the best, if not THE best performing urban centres in Canada and is expected to continue to do so for a while yet.

One of the main driving forces behind the strong economy is the large number of major corporations who have chosen to set up their office headquarters in Calgary. The city has the highest concentration of head offices per capita in Canada, which has given way to countless job opportunities in a wide diversity of industries.

Calgary also has the second lowest unemployment rate, sitting at 4.5% in February 2013. And with a predicted employment growth in Alberta’s oil sands from 75,000 to more than 900,000 jobs over the next 25 years, there will be lots of opportunity to go around. What’s not to love about that?!

Bow Tower in Downtown Calgary AlbertaHeart of the West

Calgary is becoming a major hub of tourism in Western Canada. Calgary saw the best Tourism Growth in Canada in 2012, where visitors spent a staggering $1.4 billion dollars on activities, events, restaurants, hotels, shops and more. As a matter of fact, in 2012 there were 12.8 million passengers who traveled to or from Calgary’s YYC international airport!

Calgary’s lovable location less than an hour from the Rocky Mountains makes it a hot spot not only for travelers, but for people looking to stay for the long-term as well. Having the ability to experience some of the best outdoor recreation around is hard to look past for those who love the mountains and what they have to offer.

Kananaskis Country CalgaryBeautiful National Parks

Calgary is in very close proximity to multiple Canadian National Parks where you will discover majestic scenery, beautiful wildlife and countless opportunities for some outdoor fun. It doesn’t take long to hit the slopes from the city limits of Calgary as there are more than five world-class ski resorts located less than 3 hours away.

In the summer; hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and fishing are but only a few of the outdoor activities in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Jasper National Park and Kananaskis Country, as well as countless other wildlife reserves and natural areas.

Calgary is the ultimate gateway to the Rocky Mountains and beyond where the spoils of a spectacular Western Canadian coast await.

Moving to CalgaryGreat Weather

Did you know that Calgary has the most days of sunshine per year out of all the major Canadian cities? A 30 year study done by Environment Canada shows that Calgary received on average 2405 hours of bright sunshine over 333 days. Now that’s a lot of sun!

Apart from tons of sunshine, Calgary’s is located in a prime spot for experiencing a weather phenomenon called Chinooks that have the ability to warm up a cold winter’s day by several degrees Celsius. Spring in the middle of winter? Yes please!

On the other hand, Calgary can get very cold, even down to minus 40 degrees Celsius if unlucky, but since humidity is low there isn’t much “sting” from the cold winter wind in comparison to other more humid places such as Toronto.

RiverWalk outfront of Princeton Luxury downtown Calgary condosUrban Meets Nature

Urban living meets nature seamlessly in the City of Calgary. Its network of river parks and pathways is one of its most acclaimed characteristics, spanning along the Bow and Elbow River embankments to the furthest reaches of the city.

Calgary is proud to boast the most extensive network of paved pathways found in an urban centre in North America with over 700km of paved pathways, and with over 42km of these pathways cleared during winter, they are great for year round use.

Let’s not forget about how many open green spaces, parks and interconnecting pathway areas we have here in Calgary. Calgary Parks take care of more than 7500 hectares of land at more than 3400 sites. This is an astounding number of green spaces to be found in an urban centre! Just another beneficial feature of the City of Calgary that makes it hard not to love living here!

New west LRT line in CalgaryInfrastructure

Just when you think it’s too cold to walk around downtown, think again! Ingenuity has given way to the +15 network in downtown Calgary, the largest indoor walkway system in the world! Hustle and bustle in downtown carries on fluently through the use of the +15’s that connect adjacent buildings. Stay warm in the winter and stay inside!

Calgary’s continued population growth has led government to build more key infrastructure needed in the city. The Stoney Trail ring road and the new West LRT are a few examples while LRT stations, parks and pathways are always well-kept and in some instances completely renovated, just like Prince’s Island Park and Bowness Park, where complete overhauls were done to improve the parks accessibility and features.

Consistent infrastructure improvements will only make Calgary more and more appealing to live in as the years pass, that’s for sure!

Calgary Chinese Cultural CentreCulturally Rich and Diverse

One of the best things about Calgary is how culturally rich and diverse its population is. It is the Cultural Capital of Canada, with approximately 25% of Calgarians being foreign born! These are the people that have brought their culture and traditions with them and can be accredited with the large diversity of delicious foods, fun cultural activities and events found in the city.

While foreign culture is in abundance, so is our own home grown western culture. Look at the Calgary Stampede for example, an annual event that celebrates and commemorates our western heritage. It is just one of many fun and exciting things to do every year in Calgary that contribute to an enjoyable living experience filled with tons of local fun and happiness. Yeeee-haw!

Why do you love living in Calgary? Please leave us a comment below and let us know! Here are 20 Reasons Why I Love Calgary!

Thanks for stopping in at Best Calgary Homes, hope to have you back soon for more Calgary and everything to do with! Until then, be sure to check out our Do What the Locals Do in Calgary for more great local activities and events!I Love Calgary


  1. Calgary is the MOST beautiful city in North America. So much life goes on here! Calgary has so many unique areas thru out the city. The shopping, The festivals, absolutely love the restaurants downtown. Reminds me so much of Europe. Calgarians LOVE to eat outside and socialize. Calgary Olympic Park, Jack Singer Hall are just two more fantastic places to mention. And lets not forget the beautiful flowers how they add to our beauty of our city!! LOVE, love, love our CITY!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. GREAT WEATHER???? I guess 6 out of 7 isn’t bad…

  3. John Brooks says:

    Nic, I don’t want to damper your enthusiasm, but I can see you haven’t traveled much.

    Calgary is not even close to a beautiful city. It has great features, like the mountains and river flowing through it, but not even close to Vancouver for beauty.

    I grew up in Vancouver and live in Calgary, so can speak for both, and Vancouver by far is more beautiful.

    Would I live in Vancouver again? Maybe, but Calgary has a lot of other things going for it, as in economically, traffic flow, spiritual things, and attitude.

    As for shopping, Montreal is by far better.

    • There is a huge difference between the look of Vancouver and Calgary, and I think different personalities find beauty in one or the other. I have also lived in both and I find Calgary a more beautiful city than Vancouver.

    • I just visited Vancouver and coming from Calgary it is diffiult to appreciate its beauty given the amount of crime and drug use. It is sad to walk down any street downtown and see several homeless people cracked out. The city is dirty there is garbage everywhere. They network of roads is so poorly designed you can’t drive anywhere without meeting traffic even when it isn’t rush hour. I’ve never seen so many wires hanging above streets and buildings either. Sure the landscape is beautiful but the city itself clearly has some major problems. I could never sleep peacefully in a city knowing there are thousands of people just outside my window with serious lifestyle issues. Calgary is clean and calmm and peaceful as far as cities go. Every neighborhood even down to the worst one is at least clean and for the most part its people are off the streets.

      • I lived in Toronto north end for 20+ years, 2 years in Vancouver west end, & now 2 months in north end of Calgary. All 3 cities have good & bad. Vancouver by far has the best weather with it never snowed more than once per year and average temp in winter months was plus 7. I wore a summer jacket for the winter and drove a convertible year round. Now same convertible and in late July fear to take it out with the hale storm that is said to have made over 100 million damage. We now have had 3 hale storms and not yet Sept. I have yet to see a winter here and heard not good. Why moved here, for same reason everyone else does, make $$$ and less taxes. Compared to living in Vancouver, Calgary is much cheaper for everything. Like paying 1.13 for gas instead of 1.51. For nightlife neither Calgary or Vancouver are as good as Toronto & finding most go vacation over into BC.
        Each city has gangs, just stay away from Calgary East, Vancouver East, & several spots in Toronto (Jane/Finch, Scarb upper, & Eastern). For sure many druggies in Vancouver and scary afterhours on Robson where the best shopping is. Also found out lax in laws to put away mental people causing problems in both Vancouver and little less in Calgary compared to Toronto.

        I’m still new to Calgary at only 2 months and looking good so far.

        • Forgot to mention traffic. If you hate traffic, you will love Alberta. I still can’t get used to under 30 mins to drive 30Km here, compared to over 1 hour in Toronto & 45 mins in Vancouver.

          Only problem is Calgary to Edmonton I thought was easy drive and not. 2 1/2 hours of flat land that puts you to sleep and that’s with speeding way over the speed limit of 110.

  4. Marli Klein Ibing says:

    Living in Calgary is wonderful. Calgary is a city that fascinates visitors. I am a tour guide and it is a privilege to tell the tourists about the cultural diversity, the varied gastronomy and especially the kindness of Calgarians. Most of them leave Calgary very impressed with such beauty, organization, modernity and cleanliness of the city. I love Calgary.

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