It started as a one-time, two day party. The rest is Stampede history.

Every July, Calgary sees a massive influx of people clad in cowboy hats and boots, oversized belt buckles, and, yes, bolo ties. They’re here for the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day shindig that typically draws more than one million people to the Stampede grounds in Victoria Park. In fact, the event temporarily transforms the entire […]

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Happy 106th City Hall!

Calgary’s old City Hall is currently undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The 106-year-old storied sandstone building is shrouded behind scaffolding and a protective enclosure, covered with an image of the original City Hall. That building was officially opened June 26, 1911 by Sir Robert Borden, the leader of the federal opposition party, who became prime minister […]

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Few Alberta towns were actually dry during prohibition, much to the dismay of the “Drys”.

Contrary to legend, prohibition was not dropped on an unsuspecting public by fuddy-duddy women who had recently been given the vote. The campaign for a "Dry Alberta" was led by women and men as a response to the rampant public drunkenness and domestic abuse of the time. Women’s groups like the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union moved to ban […]

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From garbage dump to Historic Resource: Discover the history of some Calgary icons as they celebrate their 50th

They may be popular now, but some of Calgary’s iconic Centennial attractions had less than glamorous beginnings. No matter how they got their start, they join the ranks of thousands of buildings and monuments across the nation that were created in 1967 to mark the 100th anniversary of Confederation. Confederation Park: Garbage Dump No More Once […]

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Alberta women gained the right to vote in provincial elections 101 years ago

More than 100 years ago—on April 19, 1916—Alberta women got the right to vote. We weren’t the first province to grant women the vote; that belongs to Manitoba, just three months earlier. Women in Québec were not able to vote until 1940. Women’s suffrage in Canada was a decades-long struggle for equality and justice to […]

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