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Calgary

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta with a population of just under 1.15 million. It lies north of the Bow River and east of the Canadian Rockies and has a total area of 825.29 square kilometres. It was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic games in 1988.

Calgary Real Estate

The median listing price for housing in Calgary was C$445,114 in 2013, up 7.5 per cent from the previous year. Sales for single family homes have risen 8.6 per cent in the past year and condominium sales are over 14 per cent higher than in 2012.

Architecture

The Hotel Le Germain represents contemporary architectural styles in Calgary, with an aesthetic focus often found in popular metropolitan cities. Traditional architecture is also favored, such as the sandstone and brick Princeton. Condo developments, from large mega developments to “boutique niche” condominiums, are rising in popularity.

Climate

The Calgarian climate is dry humid continental with moderate summers and cold winters. Although its winters are prone to cold spells and have reached as low as the negative forties in the past, winter temperatures are known to rise by considerable amounts with the arrival of warm chinook winds from the south. These winds contribute to Calgary's highly variable climate. It experiences thunderstorms most summers and hailstorms every few years in the winter.

Demographics

The city has a total population of 1,149,552 as of the 2013 census. Its median age is 36.4 years. Of those surveyed, the ethnic population breakdown is 26.8 per cent Canadian, 26.22 per cent English, 19.72 per cent Scottish, 16.11 per cent German, 16.03 per cent Irish, 9.81 per cent French, 6.86 per cent Ukrainian, and 6.44 per cent Chinese.

Main Attractions

The attractions in Calgary range from historic to artistic to educational. The Aerospace Museum of Calgary, Glenbow Museum, and the military museums are popular visitation spots along with Fort Calgary and Heritage Park Historical Village. The city is also home to the Calgary Music Center and Calgary Zoo as well as the famous Canada Olympic Park.

Transportation

Calgary has an extensive public transit infrastructure, as well as ample access for pedestrians. Its light rail system, the C-Train, remains active across over fifty kilometres of track despite being one of the first light rail systems in North America. Bus routes cover the entirety of the city along with an extensive network of highways and freeways. Highways in Calgary are traditionally referred to as Trails, dating back to the historic tradition of developing highways out of old pioneer trails.

Economy

Calgary is a leading Canadian city in terms of its oil and gas industries. Its strong economy contributes to high personal incomes, low levels of unemployment, and a high GDP per capita thanks to an increase in natural resource industry. Its top employers are Nova Chemicals and other corporations such as Shell Canada, Dow Chemical Canada, and Canadian Pacific Railway. After the city of Toronto, Calgary has the highest amount of corporate head offices in Canada.