Calgary is a city in the Southern part of the province of Alberta, situated close to the Rocky Mountains, with a population of 1.2 million people. The city is recognized as an economic leader within Canada. The economy of Calgary includes Energy (oil & gas), Financial Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Transportation, Logistics and Tourism. Calgary is increasingly becoming home to Canadian corporate head offices.
Calgary experiences a dry humid continental climate with cold dry but highly variable winters and moderately warm summers. The climate is influenced by the City's elevation and proximity to the Rocky Mountains. The winters can be cold, but warm dry Chinook winds routinely blow into the city giving a raise in temperature by up to 20*C in a few hours and last for days. The climate is extreme with average tempertures from 24*C in the summer to -3*C in the winter. Calgary has many sunny days, with over 332 days of sun per year. Most of Calgary's precipitation occurs from May to August, with June averaging the most rain.
Calgary was ranked 5th best place to live in the world 2012-2014 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Calgary was voted 1st nationally and 3rd in quality of life among all North American cities for 2014. Calgary is described as "cosmopolitan cool" and a "cultural hub" by world tourism companies.
Points of interest in Calgary are the Canadian Rocky Mountains (45 minute drive), Canada Olympic Park (hosted 1988 Olympic winter games), Calgary Stampede (second week of July), Calgary Tower, Heritage Park, Telus Spark Centre (Science), Calgary Zoo, Glenbow Museum and Calaway Park (amusement).