With a population of 42,564, Airdrie is the second largest city – after Calgary itself – in the region.
It’s located on the heavily-travelled Queen Elizabeth II Highway, the major transportation link between Calgary and Edmonton, and is less than 15 minutes from the Calgary International Airport. Many local business and employment opportunities are created in Airdrie by the over 50,000 vehicles that pass by every day.
Like other towns in the region, Airdrie has its own municipal government and excellent local services and facilities. It’s an increasingly popular choice for commuters who appreciate the fast and easy access via the QEII to any area in Calgary.
Airdrie’s story begins with American sheep rancher Addison McPherson – a settler in the area who ran the mail by stagecoach on the Calgary to Edmonton Trail.
In 1890, along with a number of business partners, McPherson formed the Calgary and Edmonton Railway Company, and shortly after a rail line was built between the two cities. The future site of Airdrie was an ideal stopping point for the trains to take on water to run the steam engines.
Settlements soon started to pop up around the station, and railway workers became Airdrie’s first residents. In 1909, after the arrival of many more settlers and homesteaders, the village of Airdrie was established.
There are several events and festivals in Airdrie every year, the most popular being the Airdrie Festival of Lights that happens every Christmas season. There is also a Canada Day Parade and the annual Airdrie Pro Rodeo in the summer months.
The Bert Church Live Theatre is the community’s primary venue for music, theatre and dance, and also has seasonal arts classes.
Nose Creek is a focal point for a number of Airdrie’s green spaces, including the popular Nose Creek Park. Right downtown, the area has a skate park, amphitheatre, picnic tables and nature trails.
In terms of indoor recreation, the new Genesis Place has five pools, fitness programs and classes, and state-of-the-art cardio and strengthening facilities.
Airdrie is also home to a world-class 400 metre BMX track with paved corners and night lights.
Airdrie’s education system serves more than 7,000 students, with schools at all levels in public, private and Catholic systems.
Airdrie Transit has three bus routes that operate Monday to Friday. For commuters to and from Calgary, First Student Canada has a shuttle service running on weekdays.
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