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Posted on on July 5th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (


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From top left: Scotiabank Saddledome and Downtown Calgary,    SAIT Polytechnic,   Calgary Stampede,   Canada Olympic Park,    Lougheed House,    Stephen Avenue,    Calgary Zoo


Coat of arms
Nickname(s):   C-Town,   Cowtown,  Heart of The New West,   The Stampede City
Motto: Onward
Calgary is located in Alberta

Location of Calgary in Alberta

Coordinates: 51°03?N 114°04?WCoordinates51°03?N 114°04?W
Established 1875
Incorporated [1]
– Town
November 7, 1884
– City January 1, 1894
• City 825.29 km2 (318.65 sq mi)
• Urban 704.51 km2 (272.01 sq mi)
• Metro 5,107.55 km2(1,972.04 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• City 1,096,833   (3rd)
• Density 1,329.0/km2 (3,442/sq mi)
• Urban 1,095,404
• Urban density 1,554.8/km2 (4,027/sq mi)
• Metro 1,214,839 (5th)
• Metro density 237.9/km2 (616/sq mi)
Postal code span T1Y to T3R
Area code(s) 403587

Calgary play /?kæl??ri/ is a city in the province of AlbertaCanada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city is located in the grassland and parkland natural regions of Alberta.

As of 2011, the City of Calgary had a population of 1,096,833[2] and a metropolitan population of 1,214,839, making it the largest city in Alberta, and the third-largest municipality and fifth-largest metropolitan area in Canada.[4]

Located 294 km (183 mi) south of EdmontonStatistics Canada defines area between these cities as the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.”[5]

Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centred on the petroleum industry and agriculture.

In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games.

2012 Calgary Stampede Centennial Celebration

By Terence Leung

Only in Calgary will you find the sights of sheep shearing, thundering chuckwagons racing, and roller coasters all happily co-existing just south of an equally bustling downtown skyline.

For the last 100 years every July, Calgarians and out-of-town visitors have continuously kept the turnstiles spinning at the gates. From July 6th to 15th, this year’s Calgary Stampede is shaping up to be one for the ages as the city gears up to celebrate a century of founder Guy Weadick’s vision of the greatest outdoor show on Earth.

Don’t miss out on these new events and attractions planned for the Stampede’s 100 year celebration:

Light up the City, presented by TransAlta: What’s better than a fireworks show at night? Five of them at the same time. On six nights, fireworks will be launched from each quadrant of the city plus the Stampede grounds and is being billed as the largest fireworks show ever displayed in Canada.

2012 TransAlta Grandstand Show, featuring Paul Brandt: Join Calgary’s own country crooner Paul Brandt for this year’s special Grandstand show. . Every night there will be song, dance, and spectacle in the form of a three-storey birthday cake that will launch fireworks into the sky.

ENMAX Corral Show – TAILS: As part of your Stampede admission, stop by the Corral theatre and watch the story of three horses in a spiritual journey of kinship between humans and horses.

The Midway: Don’t miss this year’s new ride offerings which include a 900 ft zipline and the first Stampede-branded Outlaw Roller Coaster. Just follow the blended screams of terror and joy emerging from grown men and women.

Bell Centennial Plaza: Located in the heart of the Stampede Grounds, this new stage will host musicians, illusionists and acrobats throughout each day.

Music: This year’s Coca Cola Stage will feature performances form acts such as Our Lady Peace, Big Sugar and Carly Rae Jepsen that are free with admission to the grounds. TheScotiabank Saddledome features The Beach Boys on July 11, Garth Brooks on July 12, Johnny Reid on July 13, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on July 13, and Brad Paisley on July 14.

There’s no rest for the weary during these 10 days as the party also extends into the city with celebrations planned offsite:

Stampede Breakfasts: Join the volunteer-run Stampede Caravan throughout the ten days for a breakfast to start your day.

To find free flapjacks and meaty goodness, go to Also check out the Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for breakfasts and other events.

Marching to the Stampede: It’s possible the best way to kick off a ten-day party is with the parade on July 6th. Leading the charge through downtown Calgary this year will be musician Ian Tyson. The parade begins 9 a.m. but getting there earlier will be key to finding a spot to actually watch the parade instead of people’s backsides. A small amount of advance seating is available.

Party Tents: Across the city during the Stampede you can find tents constructed to accommodate more party-goers at bars and pubs such as RanchmansCowboys and theWildhorse Saloon.

More music: Keep your ears open for more artists playing outside the Stampede Grounds. Legendary rap artist Snoop Dogg will be performing at the Cowboys Stampede Tent on July 15. Fort Calgary will be hosting The Oxford Stomp featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, Theory of a Deadman and Big Wreck on July 13. Additionally, Fort Calgary will also hold the Stampede Roundup featuring 54-40, The Tragically Hip and Matthew Good.

The Legendary Prairie Oyster Bonanza: Amongst Bottlescrew Bill’s largest Calgary selection of beers is their 19th annual Testicle Festival serving up the oval-shaped nether-regions of calves in dishes such as fritters or the more aptly-named bacon-wrapped “tendergroin.” Ballsy indeed.

The First Calgary Stampede: For history buffs and folks looking for something a little quieter, the Glenbow Museum is exhibiting the works of Charlie Russell who exhibited at the first  in 1912. Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to see the works from the original exhibition that have been culled from public and private collections around the North America.

For information about the Calgary Stampede, events and attractions, or go

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