Crest: A mural crown signifying city status and loyalty, with the setting sun representing Calgary's position in western Canada.


  • Chief: A setting sun over the Rocky Mountains
  • Charges: A bull buffalo (the original inhabitant of the area) charging a maple leaf (representing Canada) that surmounts the Cross of St. George (representing the english settlers that founded the city).
  • Compartment: The mount consists of two red maple leaves (symbolizing Canada), a thistle (for Scotland), leek (for Wales), shamrocks (for Ireland) and a rose (for England).
  • Supporters: A horse and a steer, representing the ranching past.
  • Scroll: The city motto, "Onward" between the foundation year (1884) and the incorporation year (1894). The Union Jack and the Canadian Red Ensign are crossed under the scroll.

The landscape in the chief and the cross in the shield body are a reversal of the coat of arms of Alberta.

Along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, the Chinook provides a welcome respite from the long winter chill. The change can be very dramatic with temperatures rising from a brutal -30C to balmy +17C in a matter of a few hours. Chinooks are accompanied by warm dry winds gusting up to 70 mph.

The City of Calgary
The traditional "white cowboy hat" welcomes you.

Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated in southern Alberta on the banks of the Bow and Elbow rivers. She is the gateway to the flatland prairies to the east and the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west.

Calgary is connected to the World by a modern International Airport and is easily accessible by land and rail. The Trans Canada Highway connects Calgary to all of Canada and the No. 2 Highway leads directly to the United States.

Summer runs between May and September. Days are warm and evenings are cool. Temperatures can reach as high as +40C in July and August. Ironically, it has also been known to snow during these months.

Winters are cold with heavy snowfalls, particularly in the Rockies. Temperatures can drop as low as -40C in January. Also, ironically, the Chinooks can bring the temperature to +20C in the dead of winter.

Calgary boasts a strong economical base due to the high volume of oil and gas research and technology companies. Despite the influx of job seekers, Calgary's unemployment rate continues to fall. No other major Canadian city has consistently bettered this statistic.

Youth in Alberta tend to fare better in the job market than their counterparts in other Canadian cities.

Calgary Real Estate Board

Calgary's housing market is strong. New construction continues to climb steadily each year. Although there have been "booms", the cost of housing remains stable and still affordable for the young family.

Several government and private programs are in effect to ensure that low income families are assisted in their housing needs.

Calgary Board of Education
"Educating Tomorrow's Citizens Today"

The Calgary Board of Education is proud to offer a wide variety of programs for students of all ages. Programs are designed to enrich lives and promote quality learning by recognizing the many diverse ways of learning and the many interests and abilities that our students have today.

Public education is essential for a vibrant democracy. Our school system is owned by Calgarians and the Calgary Board of Education is accountable to the taxpayers for the students learning needs.

There are over 200 schools within the Calgary School District. In addition, there are Catholic schools, private schools, colleges and the University of Calgary.

A healthy community depends on a strong system of health care, education, research and services.

Over 59,000 patients visit the Alberta Children's Hospital every year. These children range in age from newborn to 18 years and travel from southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan.

The Alberta Children's Hospital is the only freestanding, exclusively pediatric facility and research centre between British Columbia and Winnipeg.

The Calgary Multicultural Centre promotes multicultural awareness and unity between different communities in Calgary by recognizing the values and strengths of Canada's cultural diversity.

Hockey - Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames will celebrate 25 years in Calgary during the 2005-06 season. Since arriving from Atlanta on May 21, 1980, Flames have become a part of the fabric of Calgary with on-ice success and an off-ice commitment to community.

The 2005-06 Calgary Flames enter their 26th NHL season and 22nd in the Pengrowth Saddledome performing in one of the best entertainment facilities in North America.

The Saddledome opened Saturday, Oct. 15, 1983 to a sold-out crowd as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Flames 4-3.

Football - Calgary Stampeders

There is nothing better than attending a STAMPS game with your friends or family. The intense on-field action, the nerve-wracking-down-to-the-wire-last-minutes of the game, the music, the boisterous fans, enjoying the outdoors at McMahon Stadium, the tailgate parties, it all adds up to a great time.

Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is undoubtedly Calgary's best-known visitor attraction drawing more than a million people each year. This event, held in July, features a large parade, world-class rodeo, chuck wagon races, stage show, fairgrounds, and exhibitions.