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 and Highway 567. Airdrie was first established as a railway village in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. Only railway buildings existed until 1901 when the first farmhouse and barn was built, followed by a post office and store in that same year. Airdrie was incorporated as a village in 1909, a town in 1974 and on January 1, 1985 it was officially declared a city.
Today, the City of Airdrie is a bedroom community and industrial centre. It is a vibrant, caring community rich in big
city amenities and small town atmosphere, with opportunities for everyone. Residents value a healthy, sustainable environment connecting people and places. They have developed a true sense of community and opportunity to be involved with programs, groups, organizations, associations, events and activities.
Airdrie has a young and dynamic demographic. The youthfulness of the population of 58,000 people is reflected in the strong community spirit and progressive approach to growing and developing the culture of the area. Friendly neighbourhoods, safe environment and caring nature attract many families.
Recreation, culture & events
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. The farmers’ market makes a great destination for browsing for fresh produce. In the winter, Airdrie holds the Airdrie Festival of Lights. Bert Church Theatre offers a full season of plays. Seniors can fill their schedule with fun and educational events at the Airdrie Over 50 Plus Club.
“I can’t tell you how many people have come to me and said, ‘This place is awesome. We love living here. We’re never moving.’ These are people who have never lived here before,” says Mayor Peter Brown, attributing their passion to the quality of life offered by this city, as well as its small-town feel.
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 fully equipped, staffed and prepared with Health Care Professionals at its many Public Health Services, Mental Health, Seniors Care Facility and Children’s Hospital, Walk in & Travel Clinics and Doctor’s Offices in addition to their Medical Specialists and Surgeons at their 4 other local hospitals.
Community Services, Community Development and Social Planning enhance the quality of life of Airdrie residents by facilitating community partnerships to provide opportunities that contribute to an economically strong, socially connected, culturally vibrant, and sustainable community. This is achieved through initiative and programs such as: