Airdrie, Alberta

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Airdrie
City
City of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie (2007)
Aerial view of Airdrie (2007)
Flag of Airdrie
Flag
Official logo of Airdrie
City boundaries
City boundaries
Airdrie is located in Alberta
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Alberta
Airdrie is located in Canada
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Canada
Airdrie is located in Rocky View County
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Rocky View County
Coordinates: 51°17′30″N 114°00′52″W / 51.29167°N 114.01444°W / 51.29167; -114.01444Coordinates: 51°17′30″N 114°00′52″W / 51.29167°N 114.01444°W / 51.29167; -114.01444
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCalgary Metropolitan Region
Municipal districtRocky View County
Founded1899
Incorporated[1] 
 • Village September 10, 1909
 • TownMay 1, 1974
 • CityJanuary 1, 1985
Government
 • MayorPeter Brown
 • Governing body
Airdrie City Council
  • Darrell Belyk
  • Ron Chapman
  • Kelly Hegg
  • Alfred Jones
  • Candice Kolson
  • Tina Petrow
 • ManagerPaul Schultz
 • MPBlake Richards (Banff—AirdrieCons)
 • MLAAngela Pitt (AirdrieUnited Conservative Party)
Area
 (2016)[3]
 • Land84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi)
Elevation1,098 m (3,602 ft)
Population
 (2016)[3]
 • Total61,581
 • Density728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2019)
70,564[5]
Demonym(s)Airdrite; Airdronian[6]
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
Area codes403, 587
Highways2
WebsiteOfficial website

Airdrie (/ˈɛərdri/) 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 municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.

History[edit]

Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. [7] Airdrie originated as a stopping point for steam trains next to Nose Creek. [8]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.[9] The village of Airdrie was incorporated in 1909.[10] The Nose Creek Valley Museum offers an overview of Airdrie's past and history.

Geography[edit]

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.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants.[11] As of the 2012 census, the City of Airdrie recognized the following neighbourhoods, not including rural and annexation land.[12]

Demographics[edit]

Federal census
population history
YearPop.±%
1911164—    
1916156−4.9%
1921160+2.6%
1926191+19.4%
1931198+3.7%
1936214+8.1%
1941191−10.7%
1946198+3.7%
1951267+34.8%
1956327+22.5%
1961524+60.2%
1966778+48.5%
19711,089+40.0%
19761,408+29.3%
19818,414+497.6%
198610,390+23.5%
199112,456+19.9%
199615,946+28.0%
200120,382+27.8%
200628,927+41.9%
201142,564+47.1%
201661,581+44.7%
Source: Statistics Canada
[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]
[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][3]

The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2019 municipal census is 70,564,[5] a change of 3.6% from its 2018 municipal census population of 68,091.[34]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie recorded 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.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the City of Airdrie had a population of 42,564 living in 15,024 of its 15,638 total dwellings, a change of 47.1% from its 2006 population of 28,927. With a land area of 33.1 km2 (12.8 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,285.9/km2 (3,330.5/sq mi) in 2011.[33] The 2011 census also indicated that Airdrie was ranked as the municipality with the eighth-highest population growth between 2006 and 2011.[35] Following its 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Airdrie's 2011 population by an additional 707 people to 43,271.[36]

Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)
Population group Population % of total population
White 27,040 93.9%
Visible minority group
Source:[37]
South Asian 190 0.7%
Chinese 230 0.8%
Black 95 0.3%
Filipino 230 0.8%
Latin American 50 0.2%
Arab 10 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
West Asian 40 0.1%
Korean 40 0.1%
Japanese 60 0.2%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 0 0%
Multiple visible minority 35 0.1%
Total visible minority population 885 3.1%
Aboriginal group
Source:[38]
First Nations 280 1%
Métis 555 1.9%
Inuit 15 0.1%
Aboriginal, n.i.e. 10 0%
Multiple Aboriginal identity 10 0%
Total Aboriginal population 870 3%
Total population 28,795 100%

Religion[edit]

Religion (2011)[39] Population Percent
Christian 26,275 62.1%
No religion 15,030 35.5%
Islam 315 0.7%
Sikh 205 0.5%
Buddhist 140 0.3%
Hindu 60 0.1%
Other 245 0.6%

Arts and culture[edit]

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.

Attractions[edit]

  • Nose Creek Park
  • Nose Creek Valley Museum[40]
  • Bert Church Live Theatre[41]
  • Iron Horse Park[42]
  • Airdrie Festival of Lights[43]
  • Airdrie Pro Rodeo[44]
  • Airdrie Family Fall Fair[45]

Sports[edit]

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 ([3]) 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).[46] 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.[47]


Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

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, with the closest major airport being the 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.[48] Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.

Education[edit]

Rocky View Schools provides public education in Airdrie, and operates 18 [49] schools in the city:

  • 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:

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)

Media[edit]

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.[50] A quarterly magazine, AirdrieLIFE, is also available.

Shopping and services[edit]

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.

Sister cities[edit]

Country City Date
 South Korea Gwacheon[51] 1997
 Scotland Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland[52]


See also[edit]

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