Edmonton vs. Calgary Канада


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В этом году день Канады, который ежегодно празднуется в 1-й день июля, выпал на пятницу. Было решено провести этот выходной в Калгари. Многие из вас наверняка слышали об этом городе, и в первую очередь из-за зимней олимпиады, которая проходила там в 1988 году.
Находится он в районе 300 км. на юг от Эдмонтона. Причем что интересно, он больше Эдмонтона и по площади и по количеству населения, но именно Эдмонтон, а не Калгари является столицей провинции. Почему? — я не знаю. Скорее всего, он был просто позже построен, когда столица уже была определенна.
Мы с семьей уже несколько раз туда ездили и немножко город знаем. В первый раз были у родственников, а во второй раз посещели зоопарк. Надо сказать, зоопарк отличный! Большой, с просторными вольерами и интересными животными.
А в этот раз, мы решили посмотреть центр города, его сердце — даунтаун. Именно этим, большинство канадских городов отличаются друг от друга. В даунтауне, расположенны в основном высотные дома, офисы, бизнес-центры и магазины. А все остальное, это «одноэтажная америка». Жилые кварталы везде одинаковы.
Одна из главных достопримечательностей Калгариевского центра, является обзорная башня. Наверно, это самый посещаемый туристами объект, и мы тоже не стали исключением. Первым делом, направились туда.
Вход платный и довольно дорог, но подняться нужно обязательно.

Edmonton vs. Calgary Канада

Another way to compare Calgary and Edmonton is by saying Calgary is the «sporty» city and Edmonton is the «artsy» city.

Calgary has the world class sporting and outdoor opportunities. Olympic level facilities abound in Calgary including a bobsled track, ski jump and probably the best speed skating oval in the world. Calgary also has a world class trail system in the city. The Rocky Mountains are an hour away and have world class sporting opportunities as well. Sometimes it seems everyone in Calgary is into a sport of some type. Unfortunately the cultural, arts and entertainment scene punch below their weight for a city its size. There is always money for sports facilities in Calgary but not so for cultural opportunities.

Edmonton is the opposite. Edmonton has the big concerts (many don’t even bother with Calgary) the better restaurants, the better shopping with trendier clothing, the museums, better entertainment district, more music venues, more art galleries. Since Edmonton is further from the mountains it doesn’t have the outdoor opportunities that Calgary has. As well, it never had an Olympics so many of those facilities do not exist.

Calgary is your white bread, white collar suburban city populated by folks primarily from small town Canada. Think middle class white small town hick with a great education, both in a positive and negative way. Think a lifestyle like a cold weather Dallas, or a Houston without the great food, shopping or multiculturalism. Calgary is the most conservative of Canada’s cities as well. The people here bring their small town interests and prejudices with them and that include a certain skepticism about the arts and fashion. The major industry in this one industry town is oil and gas, that most conservative of industries, both in mores and in politics. This is an early to bed/early to rise town where counterculture is frowned upon.

Edmonton is the blue collar industrial/engineering centre. Think rough around the edges but smart, skilled and very competent. Also has its hick tendencies but embraces it more and doesn’t claim to be anything else, in a good way. It has the big university, the government sector, the big research labs (private and public), the hospitals and a more diversified economy. It is the business end of the oil industry in Canada but also has major employers like video game makers Bioware. Edmonton is much more liberal than Calgary and it shows. There is a much greater appreciation of the arts in Edmonton and it seems as if everyone in Edmonton has an artistic outlet. Edmonton is also the cheaper city to live in.

Both cities also have their commonalities, such as both cities are very clean, wealthy, industrious and are very child oriented. Both cities have very polite prairie folks who can get on your nerves at times with their «Ned Flanders» habits and tendencies but its all good at heart. Both also have the «rig rocket» chromed out pick up truck culture and an appreciation for hard work and country music. All I am mentioning here is that both cities have their charms and negatives, they just arrive to them from opposite directions for the most part.

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Alberta (province): Calgary vs Edmonton — Where to choose?

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Edmonton-more grounded, settled. A little more industrial. Lots of old fashioned western can-do grit/pride there.

Calgary-‘flashier’, a little more streamlined/modern feeling. More of a high tech feel.

Calgary feels like it sprawls more to me, whereas Edmonton feels more compact.

Edmonton feels less cosmopolitan to me but has more of a sense of permanency.

The land around Calgary feels like it is becoming even more prairie-like—open wide skies. less treed, more gentle hills.

Both cities have brutal winters. However, I do remember frequent lovely chinooks in Calgary. Check out the Muttart C.

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Edmonton vs. Calgary

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2 days (August 10, 11)before flying home from Calgary apt.
Where would be a better place to spend time with kids (ages 11, 8, 2) — Edmonton or Calgary?


Obviously you don’t know the huge rivalry between these 2 cities — just seeing your heading made me think «oh there’s a fight about to happen!».

I think that both cities have a lot to offer in terms of entertainment for kids. In Calgary you could spend time at Heritage Park or the Calgary Zoo. In Edmonton you could easily spend a day at West Edmonton Mall either in the waterpark or the amusement rides (or both). I don’t have kids, so those are just the obvious suggestions, I’m sure someone else can contribute more. Have fun!

Dig out a map, because that may affectyour plans.

Because the Rocky Mountains go up on an angle, it is a long way from jasper to Edmonton; further than many people think before they get the map.

The greatest thing for kids, if you can find it, is a small town rodeo, and these are more likely to be found near Calgary.

And if they like dinosaurs, think about a day trip from Calgary to Drumheller, where there’s a great dinosaur museum.

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I’ve lived in both cities, and while I prefered Edmonton for its intellectual life, Calgary’s the winner for two days with kids.

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Soyour route matters. If you are in Edmonton because it makes sense, the West Edmonton Mall has a great indoor playground (like, a beach, eh?) that the kids will love.

There’s an old fort, a decnet museum they’ll like and an art gallery they may or may not like.

Calgary is more likely on your route, and it has just as much for kids, including Heritage park,which is a reconstructed old west city, Canada-style. .

I went on a family Vancouver to Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Calgary and Edmonton when I was 13 and when my sister was 10. We did a circular route — from Vancouver (where we live), to Banff/Lake Louise for about 3 days, Calgary overnight (spending the first day in Drumheller — about an hour away), and spending the second day in Heritage Park (which I really enjoyed). We then drove from Calgary to Edmonton to visit relatives where we spent 2 days at the West Edmonton Mall (which is a big attraction when you’re 13!). After Edmonton we spent 2 days in Jasper, one of them horseback riding. The following day we drove home.

Calgary is obviously closer to Banff, and it’s definitely worth going beyond Calgary to Drumheller, the «Dinosaur Capital of the World» so they claim. The Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology is apparently ranked one of the best in the world for its type, and the badlands are amazing. This, as Brian also mentioned, is a lot closer to the Rockies than Edmonton. At the same time, within the West Ed Mall, there’s an amusement park (with rollercoasters and rides), a submarine ride, mini golf, an ice arena, a huge wave pool for swimming, dolphin shows, a pirate ship, and I’m sure tons more.

I don’t want to get into the time issue on this one. But, I do want to weigh in on the side of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller.
It is a lot more than just a dinosaur museum; it offers a great introduction to the development of life on this planet. Alberta is uniquely situated because it has ancient rocks in Waterton and the surrounding area that are so old that they bear no fossilized bones. When those formations were deposited, life with skeletons had not yet come into existence. In the eastern area of the province, the badlands of soft Cretaceous period formations erode rapidly and expose dinosaur bones by the thousands. And even more exquisite, is the Burgess Shale. Technically this formation is just over the line in BC, but the museum has a little on the unusual and rare creatures fossilized in the Burgess Shale.

Although somewhat restricted in scope, the museum sells a great book entitled «The Land Before Us» with the double meaning intentional, I think. It describes the development of life in Alberta over geologic time. The description of geology in Alberta applies to much of the northern plains as well. There is also a CD that you can acquire that takes you on a virtual tour of the musuem. Fabulous stuff, particularly if you cannot get there.

Edmonton vs. Calgary: A hockey rivalry, but also more than that

Edmonton, armed with the NHL’s next prodigy and a plan to transform downtown, is fully wrapping its civic >by Jason Markusoff

Back when life consisted of nothing more than work and “the Oil,” Darren Bakke shelled out thousands of dollars to fly to Raleigh, N.C., to catch two games of his Edmonton Oilers skating tantalizingly close to Stanley Cup glory in 2006. Marriage and family have since become the restaurant manager’s new life ingredients. He would tape games if kids’ bedtimes interfered, but, by last season, the Oil’s perennial stumbles became a drag. “I wouldn’t even PVR the game anymore, because I knew I couldn’t bother to watch.”


He was PVRing on April 18, a night those darned Calgary Flames were resting in their playoff round against the Vancouver Canucks, while the Oilers—who were supposed to be better, again—had fallen out of contention the previous November. Bakke was recording the NHL draft lottery. Despite low odds, the Oilers won the jackpot this year: Connor McDavid, the teenage phenom who had logged the most GCPMs (Gretzky comparisons per minute) since Sidney Crosby. Bakke remembers his phone suddenly exploding in text messages: “Nobody was really saying what had happened. It was just a lot of ‘oh my gods.’ ”

Questions and debates still rage about how this season will unfold, the 10th since Edmonton’s last postseason, the 25th since its last Stanley Cup parade. Is the blue line strong enough? The goaltending? And this guy who skates so fast, ads peel off the boards—do they call him McJesus, or simply Jesus?

The fog of questions has lifted over the new downtown arena, under construction after years of wrangling over the heavily city-subsidized, $480-million project. Mostly gone are worries the team will be dreadful in this final season for Rexall Place, which has produced more of Lord Stanley’s banners than any existing arena. And the soaring prices for most sections in the new Rogers Place for 2020-17, a 60 per cent jump in some cases: an easier sell if it’s a Connor McDavid & Co. premium.

“If it was a cellar-dweller team, you’d be a little hard-pressed to dole out that money,” Bakke says. But this is a city that puts up with crappy winters with crappier hockey. Three other first-overall picks this decade lifted hopes of a renaissance again and again, but every April was for golfing. “It’s like watching your friend make the same big mistakes over and over. It was just frustrating to watch,” says fan Ben Steele, an engineer. To him, and fellow watchers like Bakke, bringing in fresh management may prove as much a turning point in 2015 as McDavid.

Perhaps no Canadian city wraps its identity in pro hockey as much as Edmonton. Edmonton publicly struggled for years about removing the ’80s-era “City of Champions” wording from city entrance signs, then over what slogan should replace it. (Conclusion, for now: nothing.)

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Three hours’ drive south of the Alberta capital, minimal hubbub—a few short news stories—greeted the removal in late September of Calgary’s “Heart of the New West” signs in favour of “Be Part of the Energy.” The signs are a Flames-ish red, but that’s as close as the hockey-as-identity politics come in Cowtown.

The traditional spats between Alberta’s major metropolises have faded, and it’s now mostly shrugged off as a “hockey rivalry.” But that one is an asymmetrical conflict: In Edmonton, the game simply means more. It has a Wayne Gretzky Drive and a Mark Messier Trail, while Calgary never felt the need to consecrate the names Lanny McDonald or Jarome Iginla.

Kent Wilson, a lifelong Calgary fan and hockey blogger, observed both cities’ fanaticism as director of the Oilers Nation and Flames Nation fan sites. It’s more “rabid” on the Edmonton page—a larger fan base dedicated to the team and culture, he says. “All sports fans are fanatical to one degree or another, but there’s a different tenor to it. It seems to be more central in their lives,” Wilson says. “It isn’t to say the Flames fans lack that, but it’s at a different level in Calgary.” Reasons likely go further than the fact that one city won the Cup five times, the other only once. There are also the 1988 Olympics and Stampede to give Calgary its sports nostalgia and iconography.

The Rocky Mountains are also closer to Calgary, meaning hockey’s not the only wintertime distraction. But the city whose team went through the highest highs has also been forged through the deeper valleys: In the 1990s, a community ownership group had to rescue the Oilers from following the Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets south of the border. Edmonton is more blue-collar, but those refinery and oilfield workers share arena rows with provincial government and university staff. Calgary’s economic identity is more singular: One city is dominated by the Oilers from October to April, while the other is oilpatch all year round.

One hardcore Oilers fan who’s lived in Calgary for four years suggested to Maclean’s: Just as Calgary’s mood can be nudged up or down by crude prices, Edmonton’s is influenced by the Oilers’ win-loss record. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, when he hears this, says that was maybe true until five or 10 years ago. The civic mood is “absolutely amplified” when the team is winning, but it’s surged even during this prolonged on-ice blight, the mayor says. A more diverse economy isn’t struggling from the oil-price plunge as much as elsewhere in Alberta, the cultural scene is flourishing, and LRT and a condo boom had helped to give Edmonton’s centre signs of life before the arena project. McDavid is “the cherry on top, really,” Iveson says. “There is no doubt things are all trending in the right direction for the team and for the city. To the extent it’s not always wise to link the fortunes of your city to the fortunes of the sports team, in this case, the narrative works for everybody,” he says.

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The arena deal was inked back when Iveson was a city councillor and Stephen Mandel was mayor. Both were big believers that moving the Oilers and major concerts downtown would be a vital boost to the core, but Iveson was slower to back the funding deal, for which the owners pay about a quarter through rent payments and cash, another quarter through ticket surcharges, and the rest through city sources, mostly from new downtown tax proceeds.

Resistance has waned as the building has risen, and cranes are on three hectares of adjacent development, in what owners have branded Ice District. The first phase should be worth $2 billion, says Bob Black of the Edmonton Arena Corp. “We always believed, as did the city of Edmonton, that the arena done right could be a catalyst, and now we’re seeing the realization of that in a very obvious way,” he says. “Our downtown is on fire.”

Much literature on the economic benefits of subsidized pro-sport palaces says no, dear lord, no. But Edmonton’s gamble seems to be working, in a downtown that only added one new office highrise in the last 25 years.

In the meantime, Calgary’s core has swelled by more than a dozen office skyscrapers, and four more are under way. Developers plan more growth on nearly every edge of the core—and it’s at the most underused edge, the city-owned West Village expanse of car dealerships and the contaminated old creosote plant site, where Flames CEO Ken King has proposed replacing the aging Saddledome with a new arena. He’s proposed an $890-million twin behemoth: an arena plus combination stadium/fieldhouse for his organization’s Stampeders football team and amateur athletes, who have lobbied the city for a quality complex. In King’s plan, released in August, the city contributes $200 million for the fieldhouse, and the rest resembles the Edmonton deal: ticket levy, future city taxes in the area, and team owners who would front $200 million.

Rent would be negotiated, King told Maclean’s, and it’s unclear how much the environmental cleanup costs or who pays. “We did not say, ‘Us, too, give us what Edmonton got,’ ” he says, “which isn’t to confuse my other comment: If we were offered that deal, we would take it.”


Edmonton’s project took six years from proposal to excavation; King hopes for a quicker process. The arena-stadium plan emerged years after talks fizzled to replace the Saddledome nearby it, on or around Stampede grounds. King knows he can’t offer the same downtown renaissance argument in a city whose core needs no sports stimulus: he can merely pitch progress on downtown’s fringe. “One’s revitalization. One’s connection and completion,” he says.

Political support won’t come easy. Mayor Naheed Nenshi is no eager partner: He has said he’s skeptical of public funds for a project with unclear public benefit. Evan Woolley, a downtown councillor, wonders how good a fit it is if there’s an easy financing solution to clean up the site. “Why would we put a sportsplex over really prime residential real estate?”

Wilson, the former sports-blogs director, noticed more arena-deal skepticism among Flames fans than Oilers fans, who were sold on giving the Wayne Gretzky statue pride of place downtown. Edmonton’s arena saga occurred while the team perennially slumped; the “CalgaryNext” pitch came after a surprise push into the second playoff round. There’s an expectation the Flames will return to postseason play, especially after key additions, like defenceman Dougie Hamilton. Although Edmonton drafted the biggest addition of them all, sportswriters and many fans alike don’t expect McDavid’s team in the playoffs in Year 1. Sidney Crosby’s Penguins didn’t make it until his sophomore year, but Pittsburgh has since been part of the league’s elite—which diehards hope Edmonton can rejoin after the move downtown.

Ben Steele, sick of the old arena’s “dirty subway station,” is ready to shell out more money to walk a brighter arena concourse next year, with a team emerging as competitors. This season, though, he’s bet $100 on the Oilers—that they’ll miss the playoffs. “I would never bet against my own team,” he says. “But I can justify it in this case, because, if I lose the bet, we make the playoffs. I’m happy either way.”

Moving to Alberta, Canada from Australia, need advice on Edmonton vs Calgary.

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Hey guys, so girlfriend and I are moving to Alberta very very soon. I have heard that Alberta is quite conservative and that it can be a bit redneckish sometimes, but anyway, just wondering out of the two cities which is the most progressive? My gf is transgender so we kind of want to be in a more liberal area, I have heard Edmonton is more liberal and easier to get around as well, plus I’ve read theres lots of festivals which is what I like a lot.

Calgary I heard is more conservative and traffic is much worse, but the location in regards to Banff is very appealing, though after the novelty wears off I don’t know how often we would even go to Banff.

So can anyone give me advice on which city is more liberal and the pros and cons of either city? the only reason we are going to Alberta is my GF’s work offered her a job in Canada and the only cities they operate in are Calgary and Edmonton. We are leaning towards Edmonton at this moment from everything we’ve read online.

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As far as actual cities go, Calgary is a little nicer. Edmonton does have more festivals and a little more culture as a result, but with a trade-off of a more sprawling, less attractive city.

I consider both a step down from where I lived before (Victoria) but they’re still fine places to live as long as you can hack the cold.

And in that regard, Calgary has much more unpredictable weather.


Neither seems as conservative as I expected, but you’ll still run across people lining up to fellate Brian Jean and giggle over Trudeau jokes.

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I have lived in Calgary almost all my life. Edmonton has a more superficially dumpy look. However, the food, arts and culture have been more consistently developed. People in Edmonton are really chill in my experience.

Calgary is a bit more “nouveau riche” crowd. It is the more developed city and is a lot prettier on the exterior. The cultural scene needs to be developed more, but the city has made obvious strides in recent years to do so. The good people in Calgary can be a little harder to find as it is very conservative at its core, but like anywhere you just need to involve yourself in activities that will attract like minded people.

I’m of course really biased, but as a whole I think Calgary still has the edge here as it is just a lot more pleasant and it feels safer overall. It’s also more expensive though, so be prepared for that! If you have any more specific questions just ask.

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I was born and raised in Edmonton, but I can only tell you what my experience was like up until the 90s. Once I graduated from university I lived and worked in Asia for many years, then relocated back to Ontario in Canada.

Edmonton is a pretty unpretentious city. I grew up as a visible minority there, Asian, so yes, the Canadian mid-west being more conservative I did experience some racism and prejudice growing up, but it was never out and out violent, but yeah, snide comments and the occasional slur here and there.

However, Edmonton does have its fair share of festivals. The Fringe is great, so is the folk music festival and the many other events, and there’s a decent—but not amazing—nightlife in the city. Edmonton’s not so conservative and uptight that gay bars don’t exist, for example, and I think the presence of the University of Alberta tends to ensure that new generations get a welcome dose of liberal thinking.

If you’re coming from Oz though, you probably will be totally unprepared for the winters. I’ve seen snow in August in Edmonton, and if you or your girlfriend have even a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder, those long, cold winter nights may be rough.

Still, I would say for a certain type of person, Edmonton’s not a bad city. It was comparatively safe when I was growing up there, though I’ve heard that Asian gang problems flared up for a while. Despite being the capital of the province, it definitely feels a bit more like a working class city, and is one of the «Gateway cities to the North» in that regard. The «cowboy pride» thing is definitely more of a Calgary thing than an Edmonton thing, though even Edmonton celebrates a bit of that annually with its «Klondike Days» schtick. But you can have a decent, fulfilling life there, with a lot to do throughout the year. Just don’t expect it to be as urbane and sophisticated as cities like Montreal or Toronto.

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Calgary is infinitely better than Edmonton.

Canadian rednecks aren’t as bad as American ones, and they won’t be in major cities anyway.

I’ve spent more time in Calgary and all in all, it seems like a rather progressive city. I don’t imagine a transgendered individual would have a very hard time in most major Canadian cities, including the Albertan ones.

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As someone who’s lived in Calgary and visited Edmonton a lot, Edmonton is straight up rubbish. Don’t move there for any reason. Its much colder than Calgary, the city looks like a dump, and honestly it’s not a place I’d recommend living in. As far as Alberta being super conservative, its changed over the years. I’d say it’s far more centrist. Finally the «rednecks» in Alberta are rather tame when compared to the ones I’m the states.

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Either city is fine with regards to tolerance of LGBT people, not perfect of course but fairly progressive overall. The current Alberta government is very progressive on LGBT issues, but if the conservative party wins the next election they will certainly be worse. Not US-level bad, but something to be aware of.

Both cities are fine places to live, I’d say the biggest factor is how much being close to the mountains means to you. If it sounds nice, definitely move to Calgary. Edmonton is a more laid-back city, whereas Calgary is more corporate and career-oriented. If you do move to Edmonton, definitely live somewhere near the river valley. Most of Edmonton has a deserved reputation as an ugly-ass city, but around the river valley is really pretty nice.

What industry is your girlfriend in?

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I’m from the main part of Canada, but I’ve been leaving in Edmonton for the past 9 years. It isn’t as bad as those losers in Calgary try to make it seem. Calgary is a pretty weird city, which I had the misfortune of going down there just this past May (we thought one of their Cineplex’s was the only place in the province that was showing Colossal. Apparently there’s something called Empire Theatres in downtown Edmonton that was showing it too, and we only found out once we got to Calgary). Let me tell you, the place feels very boxed in. Their downtown is a horrendous mess of one way streets, and near countless stop lights.

To kill some time between when our movie started and when we got there (also the movie theatre was inside this incredibly unusual mall downtown), we decided to go check out their main university campus. Absolutley pathetic. As someone who would constantly go with their mother to the University of Windsor campus (while she was working on her masters), I think the UofW has more going for it than the UofC. As for progressiveness, Edmonton’s previous mayor was a member of the LGBTQ community. Alberta is one of the more conservative provinces in the country, but at least in the major urban areas very few would accept anyone being openly homophobic and/or transphobic.

Edmonton no longer has a near downtown airport, which means that the city no longer has a height restriction, which means we’re getting skyscrapers that would eclipse those of Calgary. One is already being constructed, and another is in the planning stages. Also, the hockey team here doesn’t suck anymore, and they are leagues better than the Flames. But if you’ve got no favourites coming in, you might want to take a look at our national team, the Montreal Canadiens.

Edmonton is where you want to be (well in comparison to Calgary of course, because otherwise, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Victoria, LaSalle, are all better options).

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We are planning a 10-12 day trip to the Canadian Rockies in July 2011. We love hiking, canoeing, etc, but usually like to end all our vacations in a city/cultural spot. Should we spend it in Edmonton or Calgary? Both are more or less the same distance from Jasper, our last stop in the Rockies, so distance isn’t a big deal for us. Things we look for: good dining, shopping, performing arts, and even amusement parks.

You do realize that there is a strong Calgary-Edmonton rivalry that goes back for more than a century, right?

Here are the pros and cons, as I see them:

Driving from Jasper to Edmonton: 4 hours, not scenic.

Driving from Jasper to Calgary: 5 1/2 hours via Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93 between Jasper and Lake Louise), which is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Lots of great dining in Calgary, including Rouge, which was named to the S. Pellegrino list of the world’s 100 best restaurants in April 2010: cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2010/04/26/calga…

(The only other Canadian restaurant to make the list is in London, Ontario.)

Amusement parks — Edmonton has the GalaxyQuest amusement park, inside the West Edmonton Mall ( www.wem.ca ), while Calgary has Calaway Park ( www.calawaypark.com ), which is west of the city and has nice views of the mountains from the top of the ferris wheel. Neither amusement park is large by North American standards, but they’re not tiny either.

Both Calgary and Edmonton have performing arts centres; in Edmonton, it’s the Winspear Centre ( www.winspearcentre.com ), while in Calgary, it’s the Epcor Centre ( www.epcorcentre.org ).

Also in July, Calgary hosts the Calgary Stampede (July 8-17), a major festival of our Western heritage. If you’re going to be here then, you should definitely see the Stampede. Here’s a brief introduction:

Edmonton vs. Calgary Канада

Another way to compare Calgary and Edmonton is by saying Calgary is the «sporty» city and Edmonton is the «artsy» city.

Calgary has the world class sporting and outdoor opportunities. Olympic level facilities abound in Calgary including a bobsled track, ski jump and probably the best speed skating oval in the world. Calgary also has a world class trail system in the city. The Rocky Mountains are an hour away and have world class sporting opportunities as well. Sometimes it seems everyone in Calgary is into a sport of some type. Unfortunately the cultural, arts and entertainment scene punch below their weight for a city its size. There is always money for sports facilities in Calgary but not so for cultural opportunities.

Edmonton is the opposite. Edmonton has the big concerts (many don’t even bother with Calgary) the better restaurants, the better shopping with trendier clothing, the museums, better entertainment district, more music venues, more art galleries. Since Edmonton is further from the mountains it doesn’t have the outdoor opportunities that Calgary has. As well, it never had an Olympics so many of those facilities do not exist.

Calgary is your white bread, white collar suburban city populated by folks primarily from small town Canada. Think middle class white small town hick with a great education, both in a positive and negative way. Think a lifestyle like a cold weather Dallas, or a Houston without the great food, shopping or multiculturalism. Calgary is the most conservative of Canada’s cities as well. The people here bring their small town interests and prejudices with them and that include a certain skepticism about the arts and fashion. The major industry in this one industry town is oil and gas, that most conservative of industries, both in mores and in politics. This is an early to bed/early to rise town where counterculture is frowned upon.

Edmonton is the blue collar industrial/engineering centre. Think rough around the edges but smart, skilled and very competent. Also has its hick tendencies but embraces it more and doesn’t claim to be anything else, in a good way. It has the big university, the government sector, the big research labs (private and public), the hospitals and a more diversified economy. It is the business end of the oil industry in Canada but also has major employers like video game makers Bioware. Edmonton is much more liberal than Calgary and it shows. There is a much greater appreciation of the arts in Edmonton and it seems as if everyone in Edmonton has an artistic outlet. Edmonton is also the cheaper city to live in.

Both cities also have their commonalities, such as both cities are very clean, wealthy, industrious and are very child oriented. Both cities have very polite prairie folks who can get on your nerves at times with their «Ned Flanders» habits and tendencies but its all good at heart. Both also have the «rig rocket» chromed out pick up truck culture and an appreciation for hard work and country music. All I am mentioning here is that both cities have their charms and negatives, they just arrive to them from opposite directions for the most part.

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