Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, and the third-largest municipality in Canada. Calgary’s metropolitan population is estimated at 1,560,600. The city is located in the south Grassland region of Alberta, approximately 50 miles east of the front ranges of the Rockies. Calgary and Phoenix signed a sister cities agreement in 1997.
Calgary’s nickname is “Cowtown,” because of its rich cattle ranching tradition, dating back nearly 150 years. Calgary is also rich in resources, especially oil. It was first discovered in Alberta in 1902, but it did not become a significant industry until 1947 when huge reserves were discovered. Today, the petroleum industry is at the center of Calgary’s economy, next to their outdoor tourism with world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. The city hosts a range of events throughout the year, including the famous Calgary Stampede. This 10-day annual event in July includes a rodeo, a country music concert series, and attracts more than 1 million attendees.
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Sister City relationship established February 5, 1997