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Calgary Travel Guide

Calgary Travel Guide



Calgary was named by Col. James Macleod of the North West Mounted Police ("the Mounties") after Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull on the Scottish west coast. It was a port for poor refugees heading for North America. "Calgary" means "clear running water" in Gaelic, though Calgary Bay was originally called Cala-ghearridh, which translates in Gaelic to "bay-side pasture." The spelling evolved over centuries to become "Calligourie," then "Calligory" and eventually "Calgary".

The major industries in Calgary reflect that of the whole province. Oil & gas is the top job-creating industry, followed by agriculture and tourism.

Calgary is nestled beside the Rocky Mountain foothills, where they meet the prairies. The city is at 5103' north latitude, 11405' west longitude. We are in Mountain standard time, two hours earlier than Toronto and New York, and 8 hours earlier than western Europe.

Calgary has over 800,000 people and is the sixth largest city in Canada, and the largest between Vancouver and Toronto. Calgary has grown by about 150,000 people since the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary also happens to be Canada's second-biggest head office city, second only to Toronto. Alberta, which joined Canada as a province in 1905 is the most westerly of Canada's three prairie provinces. Alberta has 2.5 million residents. The province has an area of 661,185 square kilometres (264,474 square miles) which is about the same area as Texas, or twice the size of Japan.

Calgary Travel Guide
Calgary city
Calgary Travel Guide
Calgary city


Calgary Travel Guide
Calgary city
Calgary Travel Guide
Calgary city





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