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Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow Riverand the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. In the 2011 census, the City of Calgary had a population of 1,096,833 and a metropolitan population of 1,214,839, making it the largest city in Alberta, and the third-largest municipality and fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada.

The Calgary area was inhabited by pre-Clovis people whose presence has been traced back at least 11,000 years. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area was inhabited by the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan and the Tsuu T’ina First Nations peoples, all of which were part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. In 1787, cartographer David Thompson spent the winter with a band of Peigan encamped along the Bow River. He was a Hudson’s Bay Company trader and the first recorded European to visit the area. John Glenn was the first documented European settler in the Calgary area, in 1873. The site became a post of the North-West Mounted Police(now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP). The NWMP detachment was assigned in 1875 to protect the western plains from U.S. whisky traders, and to protect the fur trade. Originally named Fort Brisebois, after NWMP officer Éphrem-A. Brisebois, it was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 by Colonel James Macleod. It was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Oil was first discovered in Alberta in 1902.  Calgary quickly found itself at the centre of the ensuing oil boom. Calgary’s economy was so closely tied to the oil industry that the city’s boom peaked with the average annual price of oil in 1981.

Calgary is recognized as a Canadian leader in the oil and gas industry as well as for being a leader in economic expansion. It’s high personal and family incomes, low unemployment and high GDP per capita have all benefited from increased sales and prices due to a resource boom and increasing economic diversification.

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