Blogtrotting: Putting the "Calgary" In Calgarydaddy!

8:45 PM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

  When I came across cool blog called Blogtrotting, I was impressed with the neat blog idea!  ( You know the "why didn't I think of that" moment!) I was happy when Cara asked me to do a short blog post about my hometown....Calgary!



 I never thought about it before, but I am sure that many of the people who come to CalgaryDaddy.com wonder what the heck a "Calgary" is?  Is it the name of my son? Is it the name of a small Gaelic farm animal?  Nope.  Calgary is my hometown and by chance, it is also one of the best Cities in the World!






 Calgary is a dynamic, young ( founded in 1885) city of over 1,000,000 people!  We are the largest city in the Province of Alberta and the energy capital of Canada. ( Think Dallas, Houston or Denver...without the guns!)  Most of our economy is based on Oil and Gas, and because of this Calgary is home to the most millionaires per capita in Canada.  The population is one of the most educated in the country and the people of Calgary are quite young also, with an average age of under 40.  These factors make for an interesting population of young, middle class families.


  With Banff, Alberta less than 90 Minutes away, Calgary is a tourism hot spot in the Winter. Calgary is known around the world for their hospitality and this reputation must have started in 1988 when it hosted the Olympic Winter Games.  At the time, it was considered one of the most successful Olympics in history and its volunteer base became a model for future Olympic hosts.  Even with the worldwide exposure from the Olympics, Calgary is best known for the Calgary Stampede! 

  As a tribute to its Western Heritage,  The Calgary Stampede is held every July ( it started in 1912) and over 1,000,000 people visit the Stampede grounds to partake in the events. I would compare it to Mardi Gras Meets Las Vegas!!  The whole City shuts down for 10 days while everyone parties, attends stampede breakfasts and attends the rodeo and chuck wagon races. You stay up all night long, then head into "work" and do it all over again.   It is an amazing thing to see a suit and tie city turn into the "wild west" for nearly two weeks, with Cowboy hats and boots are worn with pride. 










Are these advertisements not awesome!



Sports....

Calgary is a hockey mad town!  We love the Calgary Flames ( who play in the Saddledome...I told you we loved our western heritage!) and all things hockey.  We also have a Canadian Football League team ( 3 downs instead of 4) called the Stampeders that play from June to November.  Calgary was also a huge wrestling town during the 1960's to 1980's, with Stampede Wrestling making Calgary home.  In fact, many people think that Bret "Hitman" Hart is the most famous Calgarian in the world.

  Calgary really is a wonderful, clean and friendly city that is one of the best places to live in the world. ( Did I already say that?..... )  I love this town and I am so proud when I travel and people tell me that they had a wonderful time visiting my hometown!

 Shane

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15 comments:

  1. 3LittleMonkeys said...

    Awesome post Shane! HAHA....Houston without the guns....so true! I am proud to be a Calgarian too! Now if only I was one of those millionaires.....

  2. SamiJoe said...

    YAY awesome post!!!!

  3. Sweetpz said...

    We flew to Calgary last summer for a wedding. the weather was great in June/July. One more thing you might've missed mentioning was the Calgary Zoo!!!! We took the kids there and they loved it!! Plus it was HUGE, so a good way to spend the day with your family.
    thanks for sharing!

    hugs
    juli

  4. CaraBee said...

    Great tour, Shane! I would never have guessed that Calgary was such a wild west town! I love those advertisements! Adding Calgary to my list of "must see" places!

    Thanks for being a part of BlogTrotting!!

  5. Heather said...

    What a neat fact about the Stampede! I thought stampedes were exclusive to the wild west in the US :)

    Thanks for the tour!

  6. Juliana said...

    This was awesome. I LOVE and miss traveling to Canada--it truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth...next to my Colorado that is:)

  7. mub said...

    I've only had a brief visit to Vancouver, which is barely in Canada at all... I'd love to go and visit more thoroughly someday!

  8. Carrie said...

    Visiting through Blogtrotting :)

    Sorry but I must give you a little "boooo hissss" since I am from Vancouver and well you know there will ALWAYS be a rivalry between the Lions and Stampeders and over course the Canucks and the Flames!

  9. mep said...

    I'd love to visit Calgary -- I have a friend from Calgary who has boasted about the Stampede for years! Mardi Gras meets Las Vegas sounds tempting indeed!

    That same friend was married in Banff, but I had just had a baby three weeks before and couldn't make it to the wedding. Sad for me!

    Great tour! I love your enthusiasm for your home and really dig the title of your post!

  10. Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

    I had no idea about the Stampede! Cowboy hats and boots are Way fun! Great post!

  11. Nikosmommy said...

    Great summary of our fine city!!

  12. Mom vs. the boys said...

    what a great tribute to Calgary! Good job!

  13. gramma2many said...

    Since I grew up on the West Coast, I have always wanted to go see the Stampede. I love everything Rodeo and I know I would enjoy the Stampede too.
    Great information on your beautiful city. I would consider moving there, were I ever willing to give up my US Citizenship, but I am to old:)

  14. Chris @ CleverFather said...

    Living in between Alberta's major cities I spend my fair share of time visiting both. I must say that Calgary is my favorite.

    Go Flames!

  15. Heidi said...

    Dude, you just made me want to visit. Awesome job there!!!

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