Airdrie (//) 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.
|City of Airdrie|
Aerial view of Airdrie
Location within Rocky View County
|Coordinates: 51°17′30″N 114°00′52″W|
|• Village||September 10, 1909|
|• Town||May 1, 1974|
|• City||January 1, 1985|
|• Mayor||Peter Brown|
|• Governing body|
|• Manager||Paul Schultz|
|• MP||Blake Richards (Banff—Airdrie – Cons)|
|• MLA||Angela Pitt (Airdrie – United Conservative Party)|
|• Land||84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,098 m (3,602 ft)|
|• Density||728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2019)||70,564|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation areas|
T4A - T4B
|Area code(s)||403, 587|
Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. 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. Today, Airdrie is a bedroom community and industrial centre.
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.
|Source: Statistics Canada|
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.
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. The 2011 census also indicated that Airdrie was ranked as the municipality with the eighth-highest population growth between 2006 and 2011. Following its 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Airdrie's 2011 population by an additional 707 people to 43,271.
|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.
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).
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.
Airdrie launched the InterCity Express (ICE) in the fall of 2010, connecting Airdrie and Calgary transit hubs by a two-way express bus service. Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.
Rocky View Schools provides public education in Airdrie, and operates four high schools in the city:
- Bert Church High School
- W.H. Croxford High School
- George McDougall High School
- Rocky View Learning Connections
Calgary Catholic School District operates three schools in Airdrie:
- St. Martin de Porres High School
- Good Shepherd School (K-8)
- Our Lady Queen of Peace (K-8)
Private schools in the city include Airdrie Koinonia Christian School.
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, is also published weekly and delivered door to door as part of a larger flyer package throughout the city. 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.
|Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland|
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