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The SNAME Arctic Section is based in Calgary

The City of Calgary is located in southern Alberta in the transitional area between the prairies and the foothills. The beautiful Rocky Mountains are only 80km west of the city. With a 2021 population of over 1.2 million people, Calgary is the third most populous city in Canada. The Calgary Metropolitan Region is home to Canada's second highest number of corporate head offices. Calgary is a dynamic and interesting city. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) makes it easy to get here from anywhere in the world. Check out travel Alberta, too!

Calgary experiences definite seasons with warm summers and freezing winters. Winter weather can dip to well below -20C (-4F), while summer temperatures can exceed 30C (86F). Average daytime temperatures in summer range from 10 to 25C (50-77F). Summer evenings tend to cool off, often down to 10C (50F). Even in August, be sure to have an extra layer or two along for evening warmth. No wonder Calgarians are known for their daily weather checks!

The city's site at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has been inhabited by people for at least the past 11,000 years. Calgary was founded in 1875, and generations later became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. The Calgary Stampede has been a popular attraction in July every year since 1912 (except 2020) . Calgary is home to a wide range of museums, arts companies and venues, festivals and other attractions.

Short (1.5-2 hour) drives from Calgary take you to beautiful and interesting areas, including Kananaskis Country, the Town of Canmore (with the Olympic Nordic Centre), the Town of Banff in Banff National Park, and the Town of Drumheller with its Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Dinosaur Provincial Park (to the east of Calgary, near Drumheller) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its hoodoos, badlands, and dinosaur fossils. West of Calgary, Banff National Park (established in 1885), is another of Alberta's UNESCO World Heritage Sites,  

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 City of Calgary    
Calgary's Central Library* The Peace Bridge* View of the Rockies from Calgary in early spring*
Kananaskis Waterfall Canmore Nordic Centre*
 Banff and Banff National Park  

Famous Banff Avenue, looking north to Cascade Mountain*

Lookout over Banff from the top of Tunnel Mountain

Castle Mountain near Banff

Bighorn sheep near Banff * Elk in Banff * Chipmunk *



Hoodoos in Drumheller *

Gorgosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell Museum*

Hoodoos - Dinosaur Provincial Park*

"World's Largest Dinosaur" - Tyrannosaurus rex, roadside attraction in Drumheller Rosebud Theatre - a quaint performing-arts venue northeast of Calgary ( Plains Prickly-pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)


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