Moving to Calgary? 11 Interesting Facts
Are you thinking of moving to Calgary? From April of 2010 to April 2011, close to 20,000 people decided yes on moving to Calgary.
If you are thinking of doing the same, there are definitely some interesting things to know about our city.
You will find that upon arriving here, some of this knowledge will come quickly, while some of it will be learned in time.
Either way, it doesn’t hurt to read about a few things before moving to Calgary becomes a reality for you!
Some Interesting Calgary Facts
Hopefully you aren’t too bewildered by the numbered street system. Up until the year 1904, Calgary actually used a street naming system instead of numbers. Even today there are some who hope Calgary will revert to the old street naming system, and are even pressing for political action to make it happen. Today, there are some Calgary communities who use both systems.
If you hear someone in Calgary talk about “The Red Mile”, they are referring to a part of 17th Avenue SW that became a point of celebration for Calgary Flames fans during their 2003-2004 Stanley Cup Final run.
Calgary definitely has its fare share of strange laws (dating back to earlier times of course and very rarely if ever enforced) including:
- Fines for standing on a public bench or table
- Fines for spitting on the ground
- Anyone released from jail is allowed to use a horse, handgun and bullets as a means to prevent themselves from being molested when leaving the city. (Hopefully no one will commit a crime looking for a free horse and gun upon their release; this doesn’t happen anymore…) So strange.
- Snowball throwing is strictly forbidden without the go ahead given by the city mayor himself.
The Winter Olympics made its first Canadian debut during 1988 in the city of Calgary. Unfortunately no medals were awarded to the Canadian athletes. Also, this was the year the Jamaican bobsled team featured in the Disney production “Cool Runnings” rose to fame and accomplished the unthinkable.
The University of Calgary offers a course to teach you how to build a proper igloo! The survival course also includes how to build other survival shelters from natural resources other than ice and snow.
In 2004, biodiesel fuel was explored as an alternative fuel source for the Calgary Fire Department.
Calgary has over 660 kilometres of paved pathways for recreation and leisure! Wow!
Calgary has approximately 82,000 street lights.
Calgary is said to be the Canadian beef capital.
Over 120 different languages are spoken in Calgary.
Forbes.com says Calgary is the cleanest city on Earth!
Are You Moving to Calgary?
Not to worry! With proper insight and the right Calgary real estate agent, moving to Calgary should be made as smooth as possible.
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