Monday, March 27, 2017

Calgary, Canada

City Information

Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, and the third-largest municipality in Canada.  In 2009, Calgary's metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248.  The city is located in the south Grassland region of Alberta, approximately 50 mi east of the front ranges of the Rockies.

Before the Calgary area was settled by Europeans, it was inhabited by Pre-Clovis people whose presence has been traced back at least 11,000 years.  In 1875 the site became a post of the North-West Mounted Police (now the RCMP), assigned to protect the western plains from U.S. whiskey traders, and to protect the fur trade.  It was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. When the Canadian Pacific Railway reached the area in 1883, a rail station was constructed, and Calgary began to grow into an important commercial and agricultural center.  Calgary was officially incorporated as a town in 1884, and in 1894, it was incorporated as "The City of Calgary". Already a transportation and distribution hub, Calgary quickly became the center of Canada's cattle marketing and meatpacking industries.  Free "homestead" land fueled the area’s growth between 1896 and 1914.

Oil was first discovered in Alberta in 1902, but it did not become a significant industry until 1947 when huge reserves of it were discovered.  Today, the petroleum industry is at the center of Calgary’s economy, and agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries contribute to the city's economic growth.  Calgary is a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with over 3.1 million people visiting the city annually.


Calgary, Canada

Calgary Flag

For City of Calgary web site click here.
For interactive map of Calgary click here.
For CBC Calgary News click here.
For Calgary Herald newspaper click here.
For Life in Calgary Magazine click here. 


Sister City relationship established February 5, 1997.

To become a member, sign up here.


Educational videos about the US and Canada relationship:


Music video about being Canadian:





Nearest Canadian Consulate:

The Consulate General of Canada, Los Angeles
550 South Hope Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2627
tel: (213) 346-2700
fax: (213) 620-8827
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or contact
Honorary Consul of Canada to Arizona, R. Glenn Williamson at

For the Canadian Consulate website click here


2013 Can-Am Cup
February 10, 2013

The Can-Am Cup Golf Tournament closed off the week of Canada Week events on Saturday, February 9, 2013.  Although it was a cold day for Arizona, thanks to the committee's and Youth Ambassador volunteers the players were able to enjoy the tournament.  The event raised money for the Calgary Committee's future activities.  To view photos from the event click here.


2013 Canada Week
February 3, 2013

The Great Canadian Picnic, openning event of week-long activities celebrating the friendship between Canadian and US citizens, was held Saturday in the South Mountain Park.  Both, the Mayor of Calgary and the Mayor of Phoenix, welcomed attendees during the openning ceremony to the five hour-long event.  The Calgary Committee represented the Phoenix Sister Cities, and promoted the organization and it's programs.  The Calgary booth, staffed by committee's volunteers, recieved additional help from our Youth Ambassaors, who used the highly attended event to fundraise for their summer exchange program.   More events are scheduled for this week with the Can-Am Cup Golf Tournament closing the week of events on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Calgary Committee and Youth Ambassadors at the PSC booth 


Mayor of Calgary visits Phoenix
February 1, 2013

The Calgary Committee welcomed Mayor Neheed Nenshi to Phoenix at a reception in his honor at the Phoenix University Club.  The Calgary Mayor came to mark the 15th anniversary of establishing the Sister Cities relationship between Calgary and Phoenix, and to support the Canada Week that runs from February 2nd to February 9th. 

 Committee and PSC staff with Mayor of Calgary


2013 Can-Am Cup Golf Tournament
February 9, 2013

The date and the golf course for the event have been selected by the committee.  The online registration for the event will commence in December.  For details visit our Golf Tournament page.

2012 Youth Ambassador Exchange Program

July 2012

Four high school students participated in a summer exchange program between Phoenix and Calgary. The two Youth Ambassadors from Phoenix traveled to Calgary, where they were hosted by their Calgary counterparts. After the conclusion of their visit they returned home. Then, the two Youth Ambassadors from Calgary came to Phoenix to be hosted here and participate, together with eight other sister cities' ambassadors, in the Sister Cities YAEP activites. The activities, among others, included a visit to the Phoenix City Hall, a trip to the Grand Canyon and Disneyland, community work, and pool parties. The 2012 YAEP concluded with a Thanksgiving Dinner and Recognition Night which featured a talent show in which all exchange students participated.
To learn more about Youth Ambassador Program click here.

Calgary Youth Ambassadors
2012 Youth Ambassadors from left to right: Sarah Campbell from Calgary, Cate Pharris and Cambrea Braudaway
from Phoenix, and Hannah Verhoeven from Calgary.

Camp Courage

June 9-19, 2012

2012 Camp Courage
2012 Campers in Phoenix and ready to depart to Camp Courage

Camp Courage is a camp put on by the Arizona Burn Foundation. Youth burn survivors from around Arizona are invited to attend the week-long Arizona Children's Burn Camp. Camp Courage is held at the Pine Summit campground in the Prescott National Forest each year. Lots of smiles are seen in the cool pines while campers are horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, performing skits, making crafts, and pushing their personal skills during the ropes course. Camp Courage attendance is encouraged for all of our young friends who have been hospitalized for their burn injuries (ages 6 – 15).

The Calgary Committee plays an active role in Camp Courage by helping the young burn survivors from Canada to travel to Arizona and attend the camp. The Committee also sponsors various activities to entertain the visitors while they are in Phoenix before and after the Camp Courage. The Calgary Committee conducts a search to find host families that take in the campers for the three to four nights they are in Phoenix.

2012 Camp Courage 2012 Camp Courage
2012 Campers visiting Air & Space Museum in Tucson, and enjoying Diamondbacks basseball game at Chase Field with their hosts

For information on the Arizona Burn Foundation visit their website at 

Video about Camp Courage:


Calgary Youth Ambassadors ready to travel to Canada
May 28, 2012

YAEP Graduation Ceremony
2012 Youth Ambassadors to Calgary, Cate Pharris and Cambrea Braudaway, graduated from the YAEP
program and are ready to travel to Calgary.


Calgary Youth Ambassadors selected
February 18, 2012

At the YAEP Announcement Party held on Friday, Feb. 17 at City Hall two 2012 Youth Ambassadors to Calgary were announced.  The Committee congratulates Cambrea Braudaway and Cate Pharris on their selection, and welcomes them and their parents as active members of the Committee.
For pictures from the party click here.

Calgary Committee helps Arizona Burn Foundation
December 18, 2011

Visit from Calgary
Calgary Committee officers Suzie Austin (left) and Slobodan Popovic (right) present $1,000 check to
Arizona Burn Foundation's program director Nan Edens (center). The money, raised jointly with parents
of Canadian burn survivors that attended Camp Courage in the past, will help other children to spend
a week at the camp near Prescott.


Global Business Centre's manager from City of Calgary visits Phoenix
October 24-26, 2011

Visit from Calgary
PSC staff and Calgary Committee members with Marek Drywa (third from the left).


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