Calgary - Cultural Capital of Canada

Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and is situated in a beautiful land of prairie and foothills along the stunning ranges of Canadian Rockies. Featuring a stunning natural beauty, building efficacies that mark the rich cultural heritage of the land, a thriving business center and loads of entertainment and tourist attractions, Calgary portrays a sinful history and a lifestyle that is much talked about in news now. There are numerous landmarks that no longer exist, a cultural heritage that has an errant history. Calgary is no more the popular Cowtown. Discover important truths about Calgarian history and lifestyle that is much more than being a Cowtown.

Passing through the huge deserted field, you will discover tresses of the splendid Calgary General Hospital, which once stood proudly at the heart of the city serving millions of patients in and around the city. However, it was decades ago, and in front of Ralph Klein that the city witnessed the demolition of its hospital. After this incident, many Calgarians vacated the place with the thought of never coming back to a city that blew up its own hospitals. So, in true sense, can anyone say that Calgary is a Cowtown, a peaceful abode for millions of people and warm hospitality?

However, this is not the end. The city was thriving in all phases, with its population roaring high past one million. The oil and gas business took the city into a surge, introducing more contemporary and modern lifestyle, leaving behind the rigid Cowtown iconography. It became a city in its true sense, and not that rustic rural valley along the Canadian Rockies. Calgary adopted a new mantra; a mantra to look ‘onward.’ And this was in stake of no past at all. The city moved forward at a fast pace, much faster than the prairie storm, but left behind, or rather demolished all past that were a mark of rich cultural history.

 Since 2001, Calgary is rapidly growing in its population, faster than any other country. In addition to this, thousands of young job aspirants poured in like legions in the city, transforming Calgary as a collection of shacks and tents. Postwar years, Calgary utilized the abundant oil and gas resources of Canadian West, and slowly but steadily emerged as a big city to a posh metropolis. However, London, Paris, Chicago, Toronto, or Berlin is still not its peer. The true peers are Singapore, Dubai, Dallas and Phoenix, but with an advantage of being situated in land of order, peace and good government amidst the chaos and over-planning of automotive age.

However, what is more delightful about the city is a mix of youth. It helps the city to achieve broader optimism, limitless exuberance, and a quest for risks. And it has also led to a more petulant and reckless behavior among people. The so called stereotypical Calgary city, the land of oilmen and rustic cattle ranchers, expansive sprawls and big trucks have transformed into a more youthful nature in modern days. Moving towards development is good for any city, but not at the cost of cultural history and heritage.          

Calgary was chosen along side the Niagara region to be the cultural capital of Canada, According to Canadian Heritage, the Cultural Capital of Canada designation is “awarded for merit, on the basis of a candidate community's achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture.” Being designated a Cultural Capital of Canada puts Calgary on the map for its contributions to culture, which is important as there is growing evidence that Calgary’s arts and culture sector is a significant player in the future success of Calgary and Alberta.

Bravo Calgary!


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Listing information last updated on June 25th, 2017 at 4:15am MDT.