Calgary's location advantage
Calgary offers distinct location advantages for both business and life.
Business location advantages
Calgary's location, and its highly integrated transportation and logistics system, has earned international acclaim for its efficient distribution of goods from Calgary to destinations throughout Canada, the United States and the rest of the world. Calgary provides ready access to the United States - the world’s largest industrial and consumer market - by road, rail and air.
Two of North America's largest highways run through Calgary: The Canamex Highway and the TransCanada Highway. A 4,000 kilometre network of municipal streets and roads makes up the city of Calgary. The CANAMEX Highway is the cornerstone for efficient transportation of goods, services, people and information between Western Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It is a 6,000 kilometre (3,500 miles) trade corridor. By 2009, the Alberta government will have spent $1.4 billion to upgrade the CANAMEX corridor in the province. The TransCanada Highway is the world's longest national highway. It runs 7,700 kilometres (4,800 miles) east/west across the country from St. John's Newfoundland to Tofino, British Columbia.
People, products and services are moved throughout North America by Calgary's railways. Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Canadian National Railway (CN) are Canada's two major freight railways while passengers can ride aboard Rocky Mountaineer and Royal Canadian Pacific and experience the diverse beauty of Canada's west.
Calgary also provides access to the rapidly expanding markets in Asia by air and via the Port of Vancouver, and is also regarded by many European companies as a gateway to North America.
Lifestyle location advantages
Imagine being an hour's drive away from the spectacular Rocky Mountains. For Calgarians, this is a reality, along with easy access to Banff, Canmore and Jasper. Calgary is also a three-hour drive from the Coutts/Sweetgrass United States border crossing, the third-busiest border crossing in the western states and provinces.
Within the city limits, Calgary Transit has been moving Calgarians since 1909 - over 100 years of service. Today's transit fleet is made up of 225 regular buses, 575 low floor buses, 63 articulated buses, 102 community shuttle buses, and 160 light rail vehicles. Calgary's transit service has been responsible for many aspects of Calgary's growth and development.