Calgary – The Sunniest City in Canada
Calgary is a city in Alberta located at the foothills of the eastern front of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. With a population of 1.2 million, it is one of the largest urban areas in Canada. This growing metropolitan city is a business hub and home to a thriving scientific community, arts and culture scene, theatre companies, and numerous ethnic restaurants. Economist Intelligence Unit recently rated Calgary as the 5th best place to live in the world, while Forbes Magazine ranked it as the cleanest city in the world.
University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s premier institutions of higher learning and research. Being found in 1966, it is also one of the youngest universities in Canada. The university has 14 faculties and 85 research centers and institutes. Approximately 25,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students are enrolled at the University of Calgary.
Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
The University of Calgary, and we as a lab, are affiliated with Alberta Children’s Hospital through their research institute. The hospital was built in 2006 and it is located in proximity of the University of Calgary. It is the largest hospital in the prairie provinces. There are 34 clinics within the hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI) is its affiliated institute (150 researchers).
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park and a true natural gem. Turquoise-colored glacial lakes nestled between mountain peaks are just an hour drive from Calgary. Described as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Banff is visited and explored year round. Cougars, bears, elk, wolverines, lynx, and wolves are some of the inhabitants of the park.
The Rocky Mountains surrounding Calgary are well known as some of the best places in the world for winter sports. These mountains, with numerous slopes and lifts, were the hosts of the Winter Olympics in 1988. Some slopes are located just a 20 minute drive from the University of Calgary campus.