Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Business Signs

Calgary is a city located in the present-day Canadian Province of Alberta.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by peoples of the Blackfoot Confederacy (which includes Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, and Tsuu T’ina First Nations peoples).  However, in 1787 Hudson’s Bay Company trader and cartographer David Thompson was the first European to explore the region, camping along the Bow River.  John Glenn was the first European to settle in the Calgary area in 1873.  Quite quickly, in 1875, the area became a post for the North-West Mounted Police.  The settlement was named Fort Brisebois (after a NWMP officer), but the name was changed to Fort Calgary by Colonel James Macleod in 1876.  ‘Calgary’ was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, derived from Old Norse words meaning ‘cold’ and ‘garden.’

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by Statistics Canada, an agency for the Government of Canada, the city of Calgary, Alberta has a total population of 1,239,220 people.  This makes it the most populous city in Alberta, and the third largest city in all of Canada.  According to that same 2016 estimate, Calgary, Alberta’s metropolitan population is made up of 1,392,609 people, which makes it the fourth-largest metropolitan area in all of Canada.

Calgary, Alberta is recognized all over Canada as being that country’s leader in the oil and gas industries.  In fact, the oil and gas industries are the single largest contributor to the city’s GDP.  Calgary is home “to 87% of Canada’s oil and natural gas producers and 66% of its coal producers” including companies such as BP Canada, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Cenovus Energy, Encana, Imperial Oil, Suncor Energy, Shell Canada, Husky Energy, TransCanada, and Nexen.

Calgary, Alberta’s largest private sector employers, however, at least in 2006, were Shaw Communications (7,500 employees), Nova Chemicals (4,945), and Telus (4,517).  Other than the economy, however, Calgary, Alberta has a wide swathe of attractions available to tourists and its own residents alike.  These wonderful attractions include the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, which serves as the resident home of the Alberta Ballet Company, the Calgary Opera, the Kiwanis Music Festival, and the annual civic Remembrance Day ceremonies.  Elsewhere in Calgary, Alberta are several notable theatre companies, such as One Yellow Rabbit, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Theatre Junction GRAND.  Additionally, Calgary, Alberta also hosts the annual Calgary International Film Festival and International Festival of Animated Objects.

Calgary, Alberta is also home to three major sporting franchises.  This being Canada, the first is, inevitably, the hockey team.  NHL’s Calgary Flames play their home matches in the Scotiabank Saddledome.  They have one Stanley Cup to their names.  National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks also play their home fixtures in the Scotiabank Saddledome.  The Roughnecks have two championships to their name.  The most successful professional sporting franchise plying their trade in Calgary, Alberta would have to be the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, who play in McMahon Stadium.  Since their establishment in 1945, the Stampeders have won a grand total of Seven Grey Cups.

Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Calgary, Alberta area?  Have you considered starting up such a venture?  The resources listed below could help you – should you choose to take up the mantle of such an adventure:

Apply for a Business License in Calgary, Alberta:

Calgary, Alberta: Business 101:

Calgary Chamber of Commerce:

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Advertize your small business! Get in touch with one of our authorized member sign shops:

Bold Signs
9508 Horton Road S.W.
Calgary, AB T2V 2X4
(403) 263-2653

daVinci Signs
#4, 704 – 4 Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB  T1H 6X4
(403) 394-1277

KKP Calgary
105, 407 – 2nd Street SW
Calgary, AB T2V 2Y3
(403) 234-8992

Signs by Jan Inc.
5017 49 Ave
Olds, AB T4H 1E7
(403) 556-3164

Spy Design Inc
239 Don Seaman Way
Okotoks, AB T1S1B2
(403) 938-2678