Calgary–Edmonton Corridor

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Calgary–Edmonton Corridor
Geographic Region
The corridor consists of Alberta's three most densely populated census divisions and three largest cities.
The corridor consists of Alberta's three most densely populated census divisions and three largest cities.
Nickname(s): CalEd Corridor
Coordinates: 52°N 114°W / 52°N 114°W / 52; -114Coordinates: 52°N 114°W / 52°N 114°W / 52; -114
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Area (2011)[1]
 • Total 38,323.18 km2 (14,796.66 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 3,074,223
 • Density 80.21/km2 (207.7/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Forward sortation areas T1S to T1V, T1X to T4S, T4X to T7A, T7X to T8R, T8T, T9A, T9E to T9G, T0C (part), T0E (part)
Area code(s) 403, 780, 587, 825
Highways 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 8, 11, 11A, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 22X, 28, 28A, 37, 100, 201, 216, 595
Waterways Bow River, Elbow River, North Saskatchewan River, Red Deer River, Battle River, Blindman River, Medicine River, Rosebud River, Sturgeon River, Raven River, North Raven River, Sheep River, Little Bow River, Highwood River, Brazeau River

The Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is a geographical region of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is the most urbanized area in Alberta and is one of Canada's four most urban regions.[3] It consists of Statistics Canada Alberta census divisions No. 11, No. 8, and No. 6. Measured from north to south, the region covers a distance of approximately 400 km (250 mi). It includes the entire census metropolitan areas of Calgary and Edmonton and the census agglomerations of Red Deer and Wetaskiwin.[4]


The Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Highway (Highway 2), the busiest highway in Alberta, is the central spine of the corridor. A Canadian Pacific rail line roughly parallels the QE2 and Highway 2A; it is only used by freight trains, and there is no passenger rail service between the two cities.

The corridor has two major international airports – Calgary International and Edmonton International. The airports are connected by 20 Air Canada and 10 WestJet flights a day, helping to make it one of Canada's busiest commuter flight routes.


In the Canada 2001 Census, the population of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor was 2,149,586, representing 72.3% of Alberta's population.[5] In the Canada 2011 Census, the corridor's population had increased to 2,703,380 or 74.2% of the province's population.

The following presents the historic population growth of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor between 1996 and 2011 by its three census divisions.

Census division Area
Division No. 6 12,645.88 1,311,022 1,160,936 1,021,060 880,859
Division No. 8 9,909.31 189,243 175,337 153,049 133,592
Division No. 11 15,767.99 1,203,115 1,076,103 975,477 898,888
Calgary–Edmonton Corridor 38,323.18 2,703,380 2,412,376 2,149,586 1,913,339
Province of Alberta 640,081.87 3,645,257 3,290,350 2,974,807 2,696,826
Provincial proportion 6.0% 74.2% 73.3% 72.3% 70.9%


The Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is one of the fastest growing regions in the country because of the surging wealth of oil during the early 21st century. A 2003 study by TD Bank Financial Group found GDP per capita in the corridor is 10% above average U.S. metropolitan areas and 40% above other Canadian cities. Much of this is because of large oil revenues.[8]

Census subdivisions[edit]

The following are lists of the census subdivisions within the Calgary Metropolitan Region and Edmonton Metropolitan Region portions of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region's eight summer villages are not listed.

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