The internet is a wide-open place, full of information – both of the useful and unusual variety. For example, did you know that the medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft” or that a duel between three people is actually called a truel?

Thanks to social media and, of course, Google, we’re a wealth of fun facts and sharing is caring so here are a few facts about Calgary you may not have known before!


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  • The Calgary Stampede really is the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, featuring one of the world’s largest outdoor rodeos
  • Fish Creek Park is the second-largest urban park in all of Canada
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Calgary was a bone-chilling -45 °C
  • Cow-town is the home of the Caesar! Walter Chell invented the cocktail in 1969 to celebrate the opening night of an Italian Restaurant
  • Ginger Beef was also invented right here, by chef George Wong at Calgary’s Silver Inn
  • The median age in Calgary is a sprightly 38 years, making it a very young city
  • 33.3% of Calgary’s population have immigrated here, meaning people are willing to move here from all over the world!
  • According to, Calgary is Canada’s sunniest city, with 333 average sunshine days per year

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  • At the time, Calgary’s two-week-long 1988 Winter Olympics were the longest to be held, ever.
  • The Chinook winds can raise the temperature by as much as 20 degrees in a matter of hours
  • Calgary’s +15 system is the world’s largest indoor pedestrian skywalk network
  • The Calgary Flames were adopted! YYC’s home team was actually known as the Atlanta Flames until 1980 when the franchise, which struggled to draw fans, was sold and relocated to Alberta
  • The term “LOL” was apparently coined by a Calgarian
  • Calgary first crossed the 1 million people mark in 2007

Interesting, right? We’re thinking of taking our new fountain of Calgary facts to the big leagues. Curiocity takes Jeopardy? Curiocity takes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? What do guys think? Stranger things have certainly happened!

Enjoy and happy sharing.