Gateway to The Rockies
Welcome to Calgary, the host city for the virtual XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress. A beautiful city dramatically situated between the prairies and the foothills of the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
Deeply rooted in both western and Indigenous cultural heritage, the Calgary area is home to six Indigenous communities, The Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), the Iyarhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda), the Tsuut’ina, the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3, the Inuit, and urban Indigenous people. The traditional name of Calgary is ‘Elbow’; “Moh’kins’tsis” in Blackfoot; Wicispa Oyade in Stoney Nakoda; Guts’ists in Tsuut’ina, and Otuskwanee in Michif/Metis. We acknowledge all Indigenous urban Calgarians, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, who have made Calgary their home.
With its vibrant culture, Calgary is a chic metropolis known for its western hospitality, sports culture, lively festivals including the world-famous Calgary Stampede, classic and quirky arts scene, and innovative chef-driven culinary experiences. This young and spirited city with a population of 1,581,000 is full of contagious energy.
A visit to Calgary isn’t complete without a trip to the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains, just an hour’s drive from the city, bursting with picturesque hikes and charming mountain towns including Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise. Surrounded by incomparable natural beauty, Calgary is a place where you can explore the magic of the Canadian Rockies or the mystery of the badlands by day and be back in time for dinner.
Calgary is known worldwide as a Western city with rural roots and a jumping-off point for mountain adventure. But there’s a lot more going on in the city than most would imagine. With community spirit at its core, Calgary is a young, energetic, and diverse city full of shareable experiences.
It’s a place on the fringe — familiar, but largely undiscovered. From its bustling downtown to character-filled neighbourhoods, along winding rivers and inside every welcoming venue, Calgary is full of secrets, surprises, and stories — and Calgarians are eager to share those experiences with the world.
When it’s time to travel again, we hope to have you as a guest of our wonderful city!