Calgary: One of the cultural capitals of Canada
Calgary is a city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the combination of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie. Calgary's economy includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors. The Calgary Metropolitan Region is home to Canada's second-highest number of corporate head offices among the country's 800 largest corporations. Calgary experiences a humid continental climate within eastern parts of the city and a subarctic climate within western parts of the city due to an increase in elevation. The city has warm summers and cold, dry winters. According to Environment Canada, average daily temperatures in Calgary range from 16.5 °C (61.7 °F) in July to −6.8 °C (19.8 °F) in December.
Calgary was designated as one of the cultural capitals of Canada. Calgary's best-known event is the Calgary Stampede and is one of the largest festivals in Canada. It hosts a number of annual festivals and events. These include the Calgary International Film Festival, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, Funny Fest Calgary Comedy Festival, Sled Island music festival, Beaker head, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Greek festival, Carifest, Word fest, the Lilac Festival, Global Fest, Ota fest, the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, FallCon, the Calgary Fringe Festival, Summerstock, Expo Latino, Calgary Pride, Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, and many other cultural and ethnic festivals.
Tourist attractions in downtown include the Calgary Zoo, the Telus Spark, the Telus Convention Centre, the Chinatown district, the Glen bow Museum, the Calgary Tower, the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC), The Military Museums and Arts Commons, the Devonian Gardens is one of the largest urban indoor gardens in the world. Attractions on the west side of the city include the Heritage Park Historical Village, depicting life in pre-1914 Alberta and featuring working historic vehicles such as a steam train, paddle steamer and electric streetcar.
There are five public post-secondary institutions in Calgary, including two major universities: The University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.