Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta. It is located on the Bow River, in a region where the prairies meet the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The official website is www.calgary.ca. Calgary has a population of nearly 1.2 million. English is the official language of Alberta, although French is also widely spoken.

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algary is a modern city that has also retained much of its western tradition, mixing hotel saloons and western bars with contemporary night clubs and restaurants. The downtown area offers a mix of cultural and shopping venues, public squares, skyscrapers and parks.

The city’s cultural scene is home to nearly 20 theatres, several artist-run and commercial galleries, concert halls and music festivals. Calgary has two professional sports teams: the Calgary Flames (hockey) and The Calgary Stampeders (Canadian football).

Calgary is known for its high quality-of-life, stable political environment and booming economy, which reflects the province’s well-developed oil and gas industry. The city’s economic prosperity has made it the fastest growing region in the country. Many of the major oil and gas companies have their head offices in Calgary