We all live in Calgary and we enjoy all the amenities, opportunities and beauty of Calgary. We sometimes forget that only 150 years ago there was no city, no farms, and no strong economy in Calgary. Calgary has a long history starting 11 000 years ago, where the pre Clovis people settled in Calgary. Overtime, people from the Blackfoot Confederacy settled in the area. The first known European to come to the Calgary area was David Thompson in 1787.
In 1875 the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) set up their fort in Calgary, followed by the CP railway in 1883. In 1884 Calgary was incorporated as a town. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Calgary was known to be a ranching and meatpacking hub as well as a transportation hub. Up until 1947 Alberta was not an oil province but instead a farming and ranching province. From 1947 to 1973 Calgary became an oil city, and after the 1973 oil embargo Calgary experienced an oil boom; the population of Calgary skyrocketed from 403 000 in 1973 to 675 000 in 1989. In 1981 the C-Train started running, connecting Calgary. In 1988 Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics, garnering significant international attention.
From then onwards, Calgary became a tourist hub bringing in 3.1 million tourists every year for the mountain parks and Calgary Stampede, which started in 1912. Calgary has grown over the years and many people came to Calgary during the mid-2000s, as the city was experiencing a boom. Now, Calgary has a population of 1.3 million and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada.
Calgary has come a long way since the 1800s and we have many opportunities in Calgary from educational opportunities such as studying at the University of Calgary or SAIT. There are also more employment opportunities in Calgary than most other places in Canada. Calgary has moved from being the so-called “sandstone city” to the oil city it is today, but it has always been Cow Town. We are all lucky to be living in Calgary, one of the best cities in the world.
– Saad K.