Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada, located just north of Calgary within
the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. It is part of Calgary's Census
Metropolitan Area (1,060,300 in 2005) and a member community of the
Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP), which has a population of about 1.1
million. Due to its proximity to Calgary, Airdrie's population has been
exploding in recent years. As of 2006, Airdrie's population is 29,035, and
is thus Calgary's largest politically distinct suburb.
Airdrie was first established as a railway village in 1889 during the
construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie,
Scotland by William McKenzie, a contracting engineer for Calgary and
Edmonton Railway. Today, Airdrie is a scenic bedroom community and
industrial centre. Its primary body of water is Nose Creek, which is the
focal point of a number of city parks and green spaces including Nose
Creek Park. The park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights in the
Christmas season. Other annual festivals include the Canada Day Parade
and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Airdire's primary cultural venues include the
Nose Creek Valley Museum and the Bert Church Theatre.
Airdrie is situated on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Alberta's busiest
highway) which connects Calgary and Edmonton, thus making it a small
transportation hub. Airdrie is also served by the small Airdrie Airport that
does not provide regular scheduled flights. The closest major airport is
Calgary International Airport.
Airdrie is home to several sporting franchises. Major teams include the
Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky
Mountain Lacrosse League. The Airdrie Thunder, a Jr. B level hockey team that competes in the Heritage Junior B
Hockey League. Team Airdrie is a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League
Airdrie currently has a small airport for but not for domestic flights. Transportation to/from
Calgary International Airport is required.
City public transit
The city operates a small public transit system with modern buses and an extensive and
centralized route system throughout the city.
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Airlines Into Calgary
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