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Calgary Local Information

Information on local government, activities, restaurants, nightlife.

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Give yourselves a pat on the back, Calgary, after making The Economist's 2014 list of most livable places in the world.

Most livable cities in the world

The Stampede City ranked No. 5 according to the publication, tied with Adelaide, Australia, while Melbourne, Australia was named as the top city. In coming up with its findings.

The Economist factored in 30 criteria across five main areas: safety, health care, education, the environment and infrastructure for 140 different cities around the globe. Interestingly, two other Canadian cities cracked the top 10 as well: Vancouver (No. 3) and Toronto (No. 4).

Calgary scored 96.6 points, while Toronto had 97.2, with Vancovuer coming in oh so slightly ahead at 97.3. The highest possible score is 100.

For the metrics of the ranking, each

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Calgary UFO sitings & reports

Seeing a UFO is known as a 'close encounter of the first kind' and when it comes to these unexplained sightings, the city of Calgary seems to be a popular spot for out-of-space tourists.

A new report by Winnipeg-based UFOlogy, said Calgary is among the cities in Canada with the highest number of UFO sightings over the past 25 years. The Stampede City has had 431 reports over the past quarter century, with Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver experiencing the most incidents of unexplained occurrences.

If the surrounding Calgary areas are included - such as Airdrie, Okotoks, Balzac, and Chestermere - there have been 472 sightings. Officials with UFOlogy are quick to point out the data in the report does not mean UFOs are real - only that there have been

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While many people come to Calgary to take in the action and fun of the Calgary Stampede, if you're staying in town for a while, there are a host of fun attractions in and around the city.

Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Drive SW)

Heritage Park is a 127-acre western-themed park that is one of Calgary's major tourist attractions. There is 100 years of history there and those who go can shop, eat and explore the more than 180 historical exhibits and service structures. Kids will enjoy the carousel and other small rides.

Fort Calgary (750 - 9 Avenue SE)

Founded where the Elbow and Bow Rivers join, Fort Calgary was built in 1875 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This fort became the foundation for what is now modern day Calgary. The site is set on 40

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Calgary Stampede concerts 2014

Every year the Calgary Stampede delivers a stellar lineup of  big-name artists and this year's list of Stampede concerts is certainly no exception. Shania Twain will be at the 'Dome on July 9 and 10, making her only Canadian live concert appearances this year. Other great concerts include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Canadian rockers Monster Truck, who will be on the Coca Cola stage July 8.

Scotiabank Saddledome Concerts

July 9 & 10 - Shania Twain

July 11 - Paul Brandt

July 12 - Keith Urban

July 13 - Reba McEntire

Nashville North Concerts

July 4 - BlackJack Billy

July 5 - Deric Ruttan

July 6 - Gord Bamford

July 7 - Brett Kissel

July 8 - George Fox

July 8 - Charlie Major

July 9 - The Road Hammers

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Best bars and clubs during calgary stampede

The Calgary Stampede officially gets underway this year on July 4, and when it does, the city goes from hard-working oil and gas town to boot-stomping party central - big time! If you're looking for a fun place to have a few drinks and get into the Stampede spirit, here is our list of the best Stampede Bars in Calgary (in no particular order).

Ranchmans (9615 Macleod Trail SW)

Easily recognized as Calgary's most iconic country bar, Ranchmans definitely kicks it up a few notches during the Stampede. They open up a massive party tent with two patios and the drinks flow. This bar is a favourite with rodeo participants and the chuckwagon crews. Ranchmans has live music every night for the 10 days of Stampede.

Cowboys (421 12 Ave SE)

Cowboys - "The

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2014 Calgary Stampede Breakfasts, Caravan Committee

The Calgary Stampede caravan committee is a group of behind-the-scenes enthusiastic volunteers who put on many of the Calgary Stampede Breakfasts the city is so well known for. Stampede Breakfasts have been a major part of the Stampede celebrations for the past 85 years. So with this year's Stampede running July 4-13, 2014, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at where and when people can get their free pancake breakfasts. In addition to the food, there is always good entertainment at the Caravan breakfasts as well. And they are on come rain or shine. Unless noted, all breakfasts are open from 9 am - 11 am.

July 3: CBC Building (1745 Westmount Blvd. N.W.), 7-9 am.

July 4: Allstream (303-9 Ave. S.E.), 8-10:30 am, first 2,000 people.

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Better to be underrated than overrated, right? Well it looks like Calgary's doing alright after CNN International named the Stampede City one of its 10 most underrated cities in the world.

Calgary real estate

CNN has got Calgary nestled in there alongside world-class cities like Queens, NY., Bergen, Norway, and Lisbon, Portugal. We can't help but agree with the good folks at CNN: Calgary, with its western heritage, is definitely an underrated city.

Where else in the world does a city host a 10-day party complete with 10-gallon cowboy hats, rodeos, chuckwagons and plenty of cold beer to wash it all down? And don't forget the pancake breakfasts! Yes, the Calgary Stampede is one reason the Stampede City is on CNN's list.

Calgary is the gateway to the Rockies and some of

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The Concord luxury condos Calgary

Get ready, Calgary for what will become the city's most luxurious condominium complex. A Vancouver real estate developer (Concord Pacific) has let the public check out plans for the upscale Eau Claire development that will be called The Concord.

The luxury 14-floor, 350,000 square foot complex at 6 St. SW and 1 Ave. SW, right on the Bow River near the Peace Bridge, will have 185 units in total, with the bottom-level entry price coming in at a cool $1 million. A penthouse suite will sell for about $13 million. A limited number of 2-bedroom, $700,000 premium suites will be available. The smallest suite will be 1,050 square feet, while a penthouse unit will boast a very roomy 6,000 square feet.

When it comes to high-end additions and finishings, a

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With spring finally showing up and the hot weather just around the corner, there are plenty of great things to do in and around Calgary this summer. Here is a list of 8 fun places to see and must-do's (in no particular order).

Icefield Parkway in Alberta

The Icefields Parkway

Take some extra time to enjoy the majestic drive from Lake Louise to Jasper and experience once of the most scenic roadways in all of Canada. You can expect to view lots of wildlife, giant glaciers and amazingly blue lakes. It's definitely worth the drive!

Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show

When it comes to entertainment value, it's hard to beat the famous Calgary Stampede Grandstand show. This year the annual party runs from July 4-13 and a ticket to the Grandstand show also gets you the thrills and

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Easter is just around the corner and what better way to spend it then by enjoying these great family activities Calgary has to offer:

Western Cup - Thursday April 17- Sunday April 20

The Western Cup is the longest running annual LGBT multi sport event in North America, this event attracts over 500 athletes that compete in four events such as bowling, dodgeball, curling and volleyball. For more information, visit their website. www.westerncup.com.

Easter Extravaganza - Calgary Zoo - April 18 & 19

The Easter Extravaganza is held at the Calgary Zoo, with activities such as coockie decorating, live entertainment, treats and fun crafts. FREE admission. Visit their website for more information: www.calgaryzoo.com

Easter fun at Calgary Farmers

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