Living in Calgary

Calgary is close to the world-famous Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park. It is home to over a million people and is the fourth largest city in Canada.

Calgary offers visitors activities all year. Enjoy the beautiful views while hiking, biking, or skiing. Or check out the cultural and artistic scene.

The city hosts many events, including the annual Calgary Stampede in July. Bow Valley College is in the heart of the city's busy core. You'll find great restaurants, shopping centres, and many artistic and cultural attractions. Minutes away is the Bow River. It has beautiful views from the park and a never-ending pathway system you can walk, jog or bike along.

Calgary is a great place to do business and start your career. Many Canadian and international head offices are here. The city's economy is expected to create 244,000 new jobs over the next decade.

It shows one of the highest average wages of any other city in Canada. We've had the lowest average unemployment rate of major Canadian cities for the last 10 years. As a result, Bow Valley College students have found employment soon after graduation.

This city has an outstanding record of public safety. It's ranked as one of the top cities in the world to live.

About our weather

Calgary offers an opportunity to enjoy and experience all four seasons. The winters are cold. The summers are hot. Because of the dry climate, there are lots of sunny days and very few rainy ones. Additionally, the warm Chinook winds give us breaks from the cold during winter months.

Housing

Bow Valley College does not offer on or off-campus housing. But we can help you find out what your options are. Use this list to find about homestay, rentals, and student housing at SAIT.

Please note that Bow Valley College is not affiliated with any of these companies. We cannot guarantee the quality of service or accommodation.

Homestay and student residence
  • Canada Homestay International: Allows international students to live in a Canadian home as a member of the family.
  • Corcana Education Inc.: One of our authorized agent representatives. Their services include placing students in homestay families. Email for details.
  • SAIT residence: Bow Valley College students are eligible to live in SAIT residence.
Rental options
These websites will give you information on the rights of renters and landlords:

Popular attractions in Calgary

Calgary Tower: Go 626 feet to the top of the tower for stunning, 360-degree views of the city and Rockies.

Glenbow Museum: One of western Canada’s largest museums. The exhibits focus the heritage and history of the Canadian west.

Calgary Zoo: Animals and birds from Canada and around the world.

Stephen Avenue Walk: A national historic district. Over 1000 shops and some of Calgary’s best restaurants and pubs are here.

Calgary Stampede: Every July, the old west comes alive with this citywide celebration. There are chuckwagon races, rodeos, rides and grandstand shows.

Eau Claire: Home to the bustling Eau Claire Market and one of the city’s best-loved parks, Prince’s Island.

Popular attractions around Calgary

Banff: Banff National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Winter sports and lots of summer activities make it popular for tourists all year. See wildlife, mountains and lakes. Furthermore, the town of Banff has great shopping and restaurants.

Lake Louise: What makes Lake Louise one of Canada’s most famous destinations? The beautiful blue-green, glacial water of Moraine Lake.

Jasper: Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's also one of North America's largest natural areas at 11,228 square kilometres. Visitors can see glaciers, canyons, waterfalls and wildlife. The clear lakes, forest and mountains surround the friendly town of Jasper.

Learn more about Calgary and Alberta

Contact us

Learner Success Services

345 - 6 Avenue SE
South Campus, First Floor
403-410-1440
learnersuccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 

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