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Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada within the Calgary Region. It is located north of Calgary within the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2) and Highway 567.
The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.
Airdrie was first established as a railway village in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. Today, Airdrie is a scenic bedroom community and industrial centre.
Nose Creek, which runs through Airdrie, is the focal point of a number of city parks and green spaces including Nose Creek Park.
Recent annexation of land by Airdrie to the south, coupled with recent expansion of Calgary's city limits in July 2007, have placed the two cities' boundaries within only a few kilometres of each other.
Nose Creek Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights in the Christmas season. Other annual festivals include the Canada Day Parade and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Airdrie's primary cultural venues include the Nose Creek Valley Museum and the Bert Church Live Theatre.
Airdrie is home to several sporting franchises. Major teams include the Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The Airdrie Thunder, a Jr. B level hockey team that competes in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. Team Airdrie is a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League.
Airdrie is situated on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2), which links Calgary and Edmonton. Highway 567 provides access to Cochrane to the west and Irricana to the east.
Airdrie is served by the Airdrie Airport. The closest major airport is Calgary International Airport.
Airdrie launched the InterCity Express (ICE) in the fall of 2010, connecting Airdrie and Calgary transit hubs by a two-way express bus service. Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.
Rocky View Schools Division provides public education in Airdrie, and operates three high schools in the city:
Private schools in the city include Airdrie Koinonia Christian School.
Due to its proximity to Calgary, Airdrie receives radio and television broadcasts from the city. At present it has no local television broadcasters but has a radio station, Air 106.1 FM. The city has two local newspapers, the Airdrie City View and the Airdrie Echo. A community newsletter, Here's the Scoop, is also published weekly and delivered door to door as part of a larger flyer package throughout the city. A quarterly magazine, AirdrieLIFE, is also available, and a community internet portal, AirdrieOnLine. There is also a website for the city's economic development agency at AirdrieNow. Airdrie is also in the local delivery area of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun.
Airdrie offers a full slate of resident services, with any services not available in the city easily obtainable in nearby Calgary.
The city is served by a number of strip-mall developments, including Tower Lane Mall (a former enclosed shopping centre converted to a strip mall in the late 2000s) and Yankee Valley Crossing. On the city's south end, the Sierra Springs area is seeing the ongoing development of big-box retail, including a Walmart Supercentre. The city's north end includes Real Canadian Superstore and Canadian Tire locations and other major grocery chains such as Sobeys, Canada Safeway and Calgary Co-op are also located in the city.
Airdrie is located immediately north of the hamlet of Balzac, which is the location of the major regional shopping mall CrossIron Mills, which opened in 2009, and its neighboring retail/business park development. In addition, north Calgary's numerous malls and retail areas are quickly accessible via Hwy. 2 and the recent extension of Calgary's Metis Trail into the Balzac/CrossIron Mills area.
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Cochrane is a growing and vibrant bedroom community just minutes west of Calgary's city limits and a 40 Minute commute to Downtown Calgary. With a growing population comes a growing service sector with international retailers like Safeway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster just to name a few. But don't forget home grown favorites like Cochrane Coffee Traders, Guy's Cafe and World Famous McKay's Ice Cream.
With incredible proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park, Canmore and Kananaskis Country. Local amenities include the Cochrane Library,Cochrane Ranche, Swimming Pool, Hockey Rinks, Curling Rink, The Links of GlenEagles a 18 Hole Championship Golf Course and kilometers of walking and bike paths along the Bow River.
Cochrane is a town in the Canadian province of Alberta. The town is located 18 km west of the Calgary city limits along Highway 1A. With a population of 15,424 (2009), Cochrane is the second largest town in Alberta and one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. It is part of Calgary's Census Metropolitan Area (1,107,200 in 2006) and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The town is surrounded by Rocky View County.
Cochrane was established in 1881 as the Cochrane Ranche, after Matthew Cochrane, a local rancher. It became a village in 1903 and a town in 1971.
Cochrane is situated at the base of Big Hill in the Bow River Valley. It sits at an elevation of 1,186 meters (3,891 ft). The town is intersected by Highway 1A and Highway 22. Cochrane has a reputation for its western culture, which can easily be felt when one wanders the streets (particularly Main Street). The town is a popular destination for ice cream and coffee in its quaint western-oriented stores as well as for windsports, golfing, hiking and other adventure activities.
Cochrane is also a small industrial centre. Major industries include lumber, construction, retail, and agriculture (ranching). It is notable as being one of a very few communities in Canada with no business tax.
Cochrane is known for outdoor pursuits. It is a centre for paragliding/skydiving instruction, with the renowned Muller family operating a school at the top of the Big Hill.
The hill is also a popular training ground for cyclists from the area, who take advantage of its 7% grade and 3.5 km distance.
The population of the Town of Cochrane according to its 2009 municipal census is 15,424.
In 2006, Cochrane had a population of 13,760 living in 4,969 dwellings, a 14.3% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 30.03 km2 (11.6 sq mi) and a population density of 458.3 /km2 (1,187/sq mi).
Cochrane houses attractions such as Cochrane Ranche Historic Site and Bert Sheppard Stockmen's Foundation Library And Archives, located in the Cochrane Ranchehouse.
Cochrane is home to many annual events each year:
Cochrane Ranch provided the corral setting for the 1954 National Film Board of Canada documentary Corral, by Colin Low, whose father had worked as a foreman at the ranch. This film played theatrically across Canada and was named Best Documentary at the Venice Film Festival.
Cochrane has a town council consisting of an elected mayor and six councillors elected at-large. Councillors are elected by the eligible electors by voting for up to six candidates and the six receiving the largest number of votes being elected. The position of deputy mayor is rotated through the councillors over their term. Elections are held on the third Monday in October every third year.
The current town council (elected in October 2010) consists of Mayor Truper McBride and Councillors Ivan Brooker, Joann Churchill, Ivan Davies, Tara McFadden, Jeffery Toews, and Ross Watson.
Cochrane is located within the provincial electoral division of Banff-Cochrane. It has been represented in the Alberta Legislature by Progressive Conservative MLA Janis Tarchuk since the 1997 provincial election.
Cochrane is located along the southern most boundary of the federal electoral district of Wild Rose. Blake Richards is representing Cochrane in the House of Commons since 2008. He replaced long standing MP Myron Thompson, who was originally elected as a member of the Reform Party in 1993.
Cochrane is home to schools from both the public Rocky View School Division as well as the separate Calgary Catholic School District and the Francophone school system, the Greater Southern Alberta Catholic Francophone Region #4 (CSCFSA).
As of 2008, there are currently nine public and separate schools in operation within the town boundaries.
In November 2006 the Rocky View School Division accepted a proposal by the Cochrane Christ-Centred Education Society to set up a Protestant Christian education program in Cochrane. The Cochrane Christian Program opened its doors at Mitford Middle School in September 2007, offering kindergarten to grade 4. Approval for expansion to include grade 5 for the 2008ï¿½09 school year was given by the board of trustees in April 2008. Further expansion to higher-grade levels will depend on student enrolment numbers.
There are currently two trustees (one from each board) elected to represent Cochrane Schools at their respective boards. As of January 2008 these trustees are:
Serafino Scarpino: Calgary Catholic School District, Wards 1, 2 and Cochrane
The Greater Southern Alberta Catholic Francophone Region #4 has one trustee for the Region from Cochrane.
Cochrane is also home to the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, the flagship seminary of the Canadian Southern Baptist Convention, the Canadian branch of the largest US Protestant denomination.
"Picturesque Okotoks, which straddles the Sheep River, has tree-lined streets and wide boulevards, and a young population: 85 percent of its residents are under 45. Maybe that's because Okotoks is within commuting distance -- 34 kilometres -- of Calgary and provides a safe affordable environment in which to raise a family. And jobs -- in energy, technology, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism -- abound in the area which has an employment rate of 97.2 percent, compared to the national average of 89.7 percent.
It's hard to beat Okotoks for small-town friendliness and community pride. The youth are so committed to the beautiful Rocky Mountain environment that their local high school, Foothills Composite, has been designated one of Canada's "green" schools.
Since that article, however, Okotoks has grown to be virtually a self contained small city. With large shopping facilities archored for retailers such as Home Depot, Canadian Tire, numerous office developments and various new subdivisions, Okotoks real estate is almost par with Calgary for suburban homes. High end communities such as the lake community of Crystal Ridge, Air Range and others also offer very high quality homes in the $850,000 + range.
Prices for acreages in the outlying areas of Okotoks range from $600,000 for smaller acreages up to $1.5M+ for estate acreages in areas like Willowside and Rusty Spurs.
Norris Coulee a 320 acre estate acreage development to the east of Okotoks along Highway 552 is the Springbank of the south with virtually all acreages over $1.3M up to $3M. This community also has its own new school.
Generally prices of smaller acreages to the north of Okotoks are somewhat higher than those south of Okotoks, but lately with the expansion of Okotoks and its many amenities, and the Deerfoot Extension, properties to the south are catching up in value.
Okotoks has a strong reutation for schools with many to choose from. Listed below are some of the options:
Enjoy the new recreation centre, with ample programmes for all ages, including hockey arenas and swimming pools. For the golfer, enjoy the 3 established couses, Crystal Ridge, D'Arcy Ranch and River's Edge.
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Calgary Alberta stands at the point where the vast Canadian prairie meets the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary Alberta with young, glittering skyscrapers rise out of older suburban neighbourhoods and seem oddly superimposed on this breathtakingly diverse western landscape, as though dropped from the sky onto the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. Accordingly, the land is never far from the minds of the people of Calgary.