Learn English in Calgary, a cosmopolitan city with a traditional past, surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes.
Calgary is the largest city in the beautiful state of Alberta, located in a hilly urban area to the east of Canada’s famous Rocky Mountains. Formerly known as the “Wild West of Canada”, many of the traditions from the 19th century cattle breeding and cowboy era can still be recognized when visiting Calgary today, including numerous ranches, farms and western saloons. Calgary is also home to one of the largest open-air rodeo exhibitions; “The Calgary Stampede”, which takes place in July of every year. Here you can uncover the world and lifestyle of the pioneers of the Wild West by watching rodeos and visiting exhibitions. Calgary additionally hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year and in 1988, it was the first Canadian city to hold the Olympic Winter Games.
Even though it has a traditional heritage, Calgary is one of the most important business centers in Canada. The oil boom of the 20th century created significant growth in this part of Canada. Offices and skyscrapers dominate the skyline and along Stephen Avenue, the city’s most popular shopping street, you will find many shops, exclusive restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs.
Located in such close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Calgary and its surrounds offer a wide variety of recreational activities to be enjoyed. Within Calgary, popular sites include the city zoo, a visit to the 190 meter high television tower, or a stroll in the well maintained Devonian Botanic Garden. The gardens are one of the world’s largest sheltered parks, with a wide variety of plants, sculptures and waterfalls. A visit to the Calgary Heritage Park Historical Village, on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir is a must do to reveal insight into the fascinating history of Western Canada during the 19th and 20th century. The combination of its traditional past and contemporary cosmopolitan atmosphere make Calgary a unique destination to take an English course.