I've lived in Calgary for almost 20 years now. Since then I've amassed a great love [and understanding] of our city.
As a newer resident, perhaps like yourself, what better way to get to know the city with a series of 5 questions that can commonly come up in conversation. Let's dive in:
Why is Calgary called YYC?
How cold does Calgary get?
Winter in Calgary can be long and exhausting! Luckily we have chinooks [a warm dry wind which blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains during end of winter] and a lot of sunny days. With 333 average days of sunshine, Calgary is actually the sunniest major city in Canada. [Yay - more fun facts!] The really cold days can run to -30 and even into the -40s with the wind chill. To our friends south of the border that haven't really experienced winter or know weather based on fahrenheit, ummm it's pretty darn frigid.
What is the tallest building in Calgary?
Drum roll please! Brookfield place: tower one at 247 meters. In a close second is the Bow at 238 meters and third, recently completed [and architectural delight] Telus sky at 225 meters. The Calgary tower was once the pinnacle for a while - we all remember the old school pictures in the 70s and 80s of the red tower poking out of the downtown, seemingly alone. In comparison to these others, it sits at 158 meters, a shocking difference of 89 meters [292 feet] against Brookfield Place. Wow, out with the old and in with the new.