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Cities in the Spotlight: Calgary

Calgary is the home of one of the largest rodeos in North America.

Calgary is the home of one of the largest rodeos in North America.

Those considering packing their moving containers and traveling to Western Canada may want to consider the city of Calgary. Not only is this one of the largest cities in Alberta population wise, but there is also plenty to do.

Calgary has a population of nearly 1.1 million people, which makes it one of the largest cities in Canada. The city is served by the Calgary Transit system, which has both bus and rail service throughout the city. This can make getting around much easier, especially if you don't plan to drive while there.

Weather in Calgary is typically cool in the summer, but it can get very cold in the winter. The average summer high temperature is 74 degrees, while the average winter low temperature falls to 4 degrees, according to data from The Weather Channel. Snow is common, as is the case with many cities in Canada.

There are several colleges and universities in Calgary. This includes the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, St. Mary's University College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

City provides many cultural aspects and recreational activities
Calgary has representatives from the four major North American sports. The National Hockey League's Flames play in the Scotiabank Saddledome. There is also the Canadian Football League's Stampeders, as well as minor league hockey, soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.

The city is home to the Calgary Stampede, which takes place in July of every year. This includes a rodeo, parade, multiple exhibitions and a festival. It is one of the most popular attractions in Western Canada.

Festivals are common in Calgary, especially during the summertime. This includes many music, film and world culture events. Some of these include the Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and WordFest.

There are also many outdoor activities outside of Calgary that may be attractive. This includes water sports such as rafting, kayaking, fishing and canoeing. In the winter, many people prefer to take in the sights through skiing and snowmobiling.

Banff National Park is located slightly more than one hour west of Calgary, and it is the oldest national park in Canada. This may be a great place to take the family during the summer, as there are plenty of activities. Additionally, the park can provide some of the most scenic views of Western Canada.