Calgary Interesting Facts

Calgary’s nickname is Cowtown although it is a modern vibrant city with over 1 million people and few cows.

A Chinook in Calgary (a warm wind) can raise the temperature by as much as 15C and in a few hours you can go from parkas to shortsleeves.

Calgary became a city in 1894. It was originally called Fort Calgary.

The Calgary Stampede is considered the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” and is celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. The Stampede features the largest rodeo in the world, out-door concerts, lively stage shows, and exhibition.

Only in Calgary can you walk 18 kms (11 miles) throughout downtown, without having to step outside. Connecting over 100 buildings, the Plus 15, consists of a series of bridges 15 feet above the ground. It’s a great way to get around!

The Bow River is one of the top three trout streams in the world. Anglers come from all over the world in the hopes of landing brown trout longer than two feet. The Lower Bow River running through Calgary is reportedly host to 2500 fish per mile and the average size of fish caught is 17-22 inches.

Calgary is the place for sunshine in Canada. On average there is 2300 hours of sunshine per year.

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