en.infoglobe.cz » Canada, Calgary: A Center of an Oil Province

Canada, Calgary: A Center of an Oil Province

Published: 19.4.2013
Calgary is a city people known mostly for its team the Calgary Flames. The city is located in the western part of Canada, in the province of Alberta.


European settlement began only in the second half of the 19th century and when a railroad was built there the city began to grow fast. But a real rapid growth came in the beginning of the 20th century when oil had been discovered in Alberta. The city had seen a wave of new settlers and today there live around one million people in Calgary.

Naturally, the oil industry is the largest share of Calgarian and Albertian economy. However, a stress on the oil industry decreased after an economic crisis in the 1980s. Calgary began to diversify both culturally and economically. The city invested more money into tourist and hi-tech industries.


There is a busy social life in Calgary. There are many theatres and every three years there is the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition and for the first place there is a prize of Petro Canada Centre100 Canadian dollars. Also there are many art galleries, the Art Gallery of Calgary is probably the best one and it displays modern art. The motto of the gallery is to make of art an everyday part of life of inhabitants as well as visitors.

Except galleries there are also various festivals in Calgary. Among the most popular is the Calgary Folk Music Festival; , FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival that is regularly held every summer; Greek Festival where the Greek culture, music, dance and cuisine are celebrated. Culture in the city is enriched also by many museums. The very largest museum is Calgary Islandthe Glenbow Museum specializing in historical art focused on early North America, the history of Alberta or minerals.

There are many tourist attractions in the city such as the Telus World of Science, that is basically a museum that displays many interactive exhibitions, multimedia presentations and educational courses. The Calgary Zoo that is located in the center of the city. Thre are more than 290 species. The Heritage Park Historical Village is an open-air museum, the largest in Canada. Visitors can see there a steam engine, blacksmith’s workshop, bakery, hotel several historical Calgary Towershops or restaurants. Last but not least there are horse-drawn wagons and a small village of Native Americans.

Skyscrapers create characteristic look of the center of the city, especially the Calgary Tower. It is almost a 200 observatory tower built to celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967. There is a restaurant on the top spinning around the tower. Visitors can thus a true 360° panorama.

Calgary is a city ranking among the top world’s city regarding the quality of life. From a hundred of evaluated cities it reached the 25th place whilePrague placed as the 72nd and Bratislava as the 99th.

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: Qyd, CszmurloCszmurlo 2, Arch26 , Oddbodz

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

Canada, Ottawa – Visit in the Capital II
Published: 10.7.2015
Last time we learned about some of Ottawa’s architectonic sights. Of course, the best thing is to see Ottawa on your own. Today, we continue in our wanders in the city and certainly you will learn something interesting.

Canada, Ottawa – In the Capital
Published: 3.7.2015
Ottawa is a pretty big city. You can do there a lot of things. Today we look at some landmarks like museums, galleries or so.

Canada, Edmonton – Gateway to the North
Published: 26.6.2015
Our journey across the second largest country in the world takes us to the capital of Alberta province today.

Canada, Vancouver - not just Mecca to art of food
Published: 19.6.2015
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.

Canada, Toronto – Royal Sight II
Published: 12.6.2015
Last week we concluded our story about Toronto with a short mention of Ontario Science Center. It would be pity to don’t spend more time at this great institution.

Canada - Jagged Garibaldi Provincial Park
Published: 8.6.2015
The Sea to Sky freeway running between Squamish and Whistler (BC) offers you wonderful vistas. Don’t, however, let it to decoy away from the turn to Garibaldi Lake. It would be simply a sin to not to see Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Canada, Toronto – Royal Spectacle I
Published: 5.6.2015
We have already spent some time with Canada on our travellers’ website. Mostly, however, we have taken you to its nature. Today we go to the city. As the name of the article suggest, our destination for today is Toronto.

Canada: Whistler - Mountain Village II.
Published: 3.5.2015
South hills of Whistler village we have came to known already. But what can we find in the north? Around the village there are many bike trails called Valley Trails. The area is quiet, only the road no 99 (Pemberton - Vancouver) runs across it.

Canada: Whistler – Mountain Village I
Published: 27.4.2015
Mountain village of Whistler is to be found in western Canada (BC). It is built to the middle of forest surrounded by high mountains. This place used to be possessed by other creatures – black bears. Righteously so they peak into the village. Simply put: Whistler is the land of bears.

Canada: Wells Gray Provincial Park – Hilly Area
Published: 26.1.2015
Should you plan to do some hikes in Canada to see thick forests and green hills, and experience some adrenalin, or meet local residents – moose, bear, and there are many of them. They say you meet here more bears than people. You have to see Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Colombia.

Canada: Jasper NP - Trail below Mount Edith Cavell
Published: 19.1.2015
Another great place of Jasper NP is about 29 km southwards off the town of Jasper. You will get there by following an ascending road going through dense forest. There are many turns and a parking lot at the end in 1762 m. There starts the Trail below Mount Edith Cavell.

Canada: Wedgemount Lake – Bluish Lake
Published: 12.1.2015
When we asked at tourist information center, Whistler, where to hike in the area, the recommendations of the lady at the reception were same as the recommendations we got from our friends. They knew the area around Whistler very well. The weather got much better after two days. Therefore we decided for the most difficult trip in the area – to Wedgemount Lake located high in the mountains.

Canada – Banff National Park – A Park in Rocky Mountains
Published: 9.11.2014
Every tourist heading to Rocky Mountains, Canada certainly visits Banff National Park that has a center in the town of the same name.

Canada, Toronto and Niagara Falls – A City of Skyscrapers and Natural Phenomenna
Published: 1.2.2021
Toronto is one of the most sought-after Canadian cities in the Czech Republic, as it is located in the eastern part of the country, and is therefore a few hours closer to us than cities in the west. From the Czech Republic you can get to Toronto by direct flight from Prague. You will probably arrive at Toronto International Pearson Airport, which is a larger airport and serves most flights to and from Europe. There is another smaller Toronto Island airport in Toronto, but it is used more for domestic flights and flights to nearby cities in the USA.

Related Photogallery

Canada - Intact Nature
Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:wednesday 7. 12. 2022
wednesday 7.12.
1 °C
thursday 8.12.
0 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.