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|City of Airdrie|
|Region||Calgary Metropolitan Region|
|Municipal district||Rocky View County|
|• Village||September 10, 1909|
|• Town||May 1, 1974|
|• City||January 1, 1985|
|• Mayor||Peter Brown|
|• Governing body|
Airdrie City Council
|• Manager||Paul Schultz|
|• MP||Blake Richards (Banff—Airdrie – Cons)|
|• MLA||Angela Pitt (Airdrie – United Conservative Party)|
|• Land||84.39 km2 (32.58 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,098 m (3,602 ft)|
|• Density||878.1/km2 (2,274/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2019)||70,564|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation areas|
|Area codes||403, 587, 825, 368|
Airdrie (// AIR-dree) 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.
Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. Airdrie originated as a stopping point for steam trains next to Nose Creek. 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. The village of Airdrie was incorporated in 1909. The Nose Creek Valley Museum offers an overview of Airdrie's past and history.
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.
- Airdrie Meadows
- Big Springs
- Coopers Crossing
- East Lake Industrial
- Edmonton Trail
- King's Heights
- Old Town
- Prairie Springs
- Silver Creek
- Sun Ridge
- The Village
- Willow Brook
- Yankee Valley Crossing
|Source: Statistics Canada|
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie had a population of 74,100 living in 26,298 of its 27,037 total private dwellings, a change of 20.3% from its 2016 population of 61,581. With a land area of 84.39 km2 (32.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 878.1/km2 (2,274.2/sq mi) in 2021.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie had a population of 61,581 living in 21,661 of its 22,398 total private dwellings, a change of 42.3% from its 2011 population of 43,271. With a land area of 84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 728.2/km2 (1,885.9/sq mi) in 2016.
|Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)|
|Population group||Population||% of total population|
|Visible minority group
|Visible minority, n.i.e.||0||0%|
|Multiple visible minority||35||0.1%|
|Total visible minority population||885||3.1%|
|Multiple Aboriginal identity||10||0%|
|Total Aboriginal population||870||3%|
Arts and culture
Nose Creek Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights during the Christmas season, usually lasting for the whole month of December. 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.
- Nose Creek Park
Nose Creek Park is home to the first monument to Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal, which was inaugurated in October 2021.
- Nose Creek Valley Museum
- Bert Church Live Theatre
- Iron Horse Park
- Airdrie Festival of Lights
- Airdrie Pro Rodeo
- Airdrie Family Fall Fair
Airdrie is the home of several sporting franchises. Major teams include the Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. As well they have a Jr. B level hockey Team, the Airdrie Thunder, that competes in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, and Team Airdrie, a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League. They are also home to the CFR Chemical Bisons, a AAA Midget hockey team, playing out of the AMHL (Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League).
Airdrie is also the home of the Airdrie Irish () a SR MENS Semi Pro Alberta Football League. The Irish were formed in 2015 and play all home games at Airdrie's Genesis Place in summer months.
There is also a number of competitive junior and amateur sports with the largest being soccer, that call Airdrie home. Airdrie District Soccer Association (ADSA) has over 2000 children between the ages of 3 and 18 registered to its ever-growing program (www.airdriesoccer.com). With Airdrie being one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, it is also home to eight competitive adult soccer teams playing within the Calgary Soccer Associations competition.
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- A.E. Bowers Elementary School
- Bert Church High School
- C.W. Perry School
- Cooper's Crossing School
- Ecole Airdrie Middle School
- Ecole Edwards Elementary School
- George McDougall High School
- Heloise Lorimer School
- Heron's Crossing School
- Meadowbrook School
- Muriel Clayton Middle School
- Northcott Prairie School
- Nose Creek School
- R.J. Hawkey Elementary School
- Ralph McCall School
- RVS Community Learning Centre
- W.H. Croxford High School
- Windsong Heights School
Calgary Catholic School District operates four schools in Airdrie:
- St. Martin de Porres High School (8-12)
- Good Shepherd School (K-7)
- Our Lady Queen of Peace (K-9)
- St Veronica School (K-7)
Private schools in the city include Airdrie Koinonia Christian School.
Airdrie has one fully francophone school, operated by the FrancoSud school board: École Francophone d’Airdrie (K-12)
Due to its proximity to Calgary, Airdrie receives radio and television broadcasts from the city (see Media of Calgary). It at present has no local television broadcasters but has a radio station, Air 106.1 FM and an accompanying community internet portal, DiscoverAirdrie.com. The city has two local newspapers, the Airdrie City View and the Airdrie Echo. A community newsletter, Here's the Scoop, was also published weekly and delivered door to door as part of a larger flyer package throughout the city until July 2020, at which time it was purchased by Airdrie City View. A quarterly magazine, AirdrieLIFE, is also available.
Shopping and services
Airdrie offers a full slate of resident services, with any services not available in the city being easily obtained 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 and London Drugs. 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 neighbouring retail/business park development. In addition, north Calgary's numerous malls and retail areas are quickly accessible via Hwy. 2 and the extension of Calgary's Métis Trail into the Balzac/CrossIron Mills area.
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