"Let’s spread the love. Love for our city. And love for each other. It’s time to fall in #LoveYYC.
#LoveYYC is about us coming together to remind ourselves (and each other!) how remarkable it is to be Calgarian. To live in a city where we are woven together by connection, compassion and an unwavering spirit. Where we choose optimism over defeat and celebrate our communities with warm smiles and even warmer hearts." - Tourism Calgary
On November 4th from 11AM to 4PM, come and join us at HQ for a culture tour. Get to know us a little better and find out where the magic happens!
I'm originally from Vancouver, BC and never really felt connected to the city I had lived in for 18 years. There is a completely different vibe in Calgary and it really feels like my city. The community events, the restaurant scene, my job and the new people I meet everyday really connect me to YYC and the amazing things it has to offer.
I love YYC because every time I travel away from home, whether it be within Canada or across the world, I really do love and look forward to coming home. I love that each quadrant of the city has it's own identity, passion and independence. However, no matter where I go in YYC I can always find a familiar face!
I love where Calgary is located and how that gives us access to so many different things. If it's rafting down one of the rivers in the summer months, driving through the seemingly endless prairies, or being only a short ride away from some of the best skiing in the world! I have lived and travelled to other beautiful cities but have and always will know Calgary is truly home to me.
I love how we are a big city with small town hospitality. Every time I travel to different cities I am constantly reminded of how friendly Calgarians are. It’s in our nature to smile, strike conversations, and compliment complete strangers, and I love that! We have the best of both worlds, the shopping, food, nightlife, and events of a large city, but the values, culture, and connected community of a small town.
What I love about Calgary is the diversity and energy within. In the morning you can go for a walk down the river, by afternoon grab a bite at some of the coolest restaurants that vary from ethnicity and vibe, and in the evening chill out with some tea at cafes or enjoy the variety of nightlife's have to offer! Driving around parts of the city you get a glimpse of the mountains and that has really always made this place feel like home to me.
Calgary is just part of me, it's woven in to all of my childhood memories. They all have the look and feel and smell and sound of Calgary as the backdrop. The sound by the way is "Hello Calgary" (the Channels 2&7 theme song), and the smell is that unique combination of mini-doughnuts/wet-pavement/horse manure that you smell every afternoon at the Stampede after the daily surprise downpour on the midway!
I love YYC because we hold the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for 10 days every year. Rain or shine. Hell or high water! We come together as a community in times of strife and hardship. We have one another's backs even if we don't know each other. We are a city built on camaraderie, kindness and generosity.
The bars and music scene, so many local acts to see downtown on any given night. The outdoor rinks in the winter, they're free! There are usually a few perfect days to be skating outside. The parks, there's so many different spaces in the city.
I love how much of an outdoor city we are, regardless of the season. We are so lucky to have so many parks like Fish Creek, Edworthy, Bowness, Princes Island and Nose Hill, our abundance of bike and river pathways and our green spaces. I feel very connected to the city commuting around on my bike, being able to ride along the Bow river pathways or use the bike paths downtown. I also love winter time in Calgary because there is pretty much an outdoor hockey rink in every community in the city!
As a self-proclaimed YYC Cheerleader, there are so many things I love about this city! From the close proximity to the mountains, to the amazing food and cocktail scene, and the copious amounts of sunshine we get, there isn't much not to love. Not to mention all the amazing people in Calgary and the openness for collaboration. I couldn't be more grateful to live in such an amazing city.
I love the thriving music and arts scene. On any given night of the week, there are multiple events being held around the city that showcase the talent of both local and international artists. The varying scope of attractions is also something to celebrate, as shows of any genre can be found with relative ease. As a huge music fan myself, I love being able to watch the progression of local artists from playing small basement shows to paid venue gigs.
The amount of diversity in cultures and willingness to accept each. I love how open minded everyone is! As a more artistic person I also love and appreciate the amount of art whether it be music, performing arts, dance, painting, photography, fashion, etc. we have it all and it’s amazing!
From the very first time I visited Calgary I felt a great sense of community. It’s a big city with a small town feel. People still say hello when they pass you on the street, it’s one of the friendliest places I’ve ever lived.
Five years ago, I moved from Salmon Arm, BC to Calgary. Falling in love with Calgary took me a long time, but somewhere along the way, suddenly Calgary felt like home. I fell in love with the constant sun, the rivers meandering through the city, and the close proximity to the mountains.
As a born and raised Calgarian, I have always loved being a part of this city! Calgary is a place where its citizens come together to celebrate the love and diversity of their community and neighbours, where we aren't afraid to bundle up and walk over for a Slurpee in -30 degree weather, and where we will always make sure to pass on a friendly smile or hello! In my mind, there is no better place to call home!