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Airdrie, Alberta


Airdrie, Alberta

City of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Flag of Airdrie
Official logo of Airdrie
Airdrie is located in Alberta
Location of Airdrie in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division 6
Incorporated [1]
 - Village 

September 10, 1909
 - Town May 1, 1974
 - City January 1, 1985
 • Mayor Peter Brown
 • Governing body
 • Manager Paul Schultz
 • MP Blake Richards (Wild RoseCons)
 • MLA Angela Pitt (Airdrie – (Wildrose Party)
Area (2011)[3]
 • City 33.10 km2 (12.78 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 1,098 m (3,602 ft)
Population (2011)[3][5]
 • City 42,564
 • Density 1,286.0/km2 (3,331/sq mi)
 • Urban 42,564
 • Municipal census (2015) 58,690[6]
Demonym(s) Airdrite; Airdronian[7]
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T4A, T4B
Area code(s) 403
Highways Queen Elizabeth II Highway
Website Official website

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.

The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Neighbourhoods 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • Religion 3.1
  • Arts and culture 4
  • Attractions 5
  • Sports 6
  • Infrastructure 7
    • Transportation 7.1
  • Education 8
  • Media 9
  • Shopping and services 10
  • Sister cities 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Airdrie was first established as a railway village 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.[8] 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.


Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants.[9] As of the 2012 census, the City of Airdrie recognized the following neighbourhoods, not including rural and annexation land.[10]


Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)
Population group Population % of total population
White 27,040 93.9%
Visible minority group
South Asian 190 0.7%
Chinese 230 0.8%
Black 95 0.3%
Filipino 125 0.4%
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
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%

The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2015 municipal census is 58,690,[33] a 6.9% change from its 2014 municipal census population of 54,891.[34]

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 47.1% change 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.[3] 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]

According to the Canada 2006 Census[37]

* Population: 28,927
* Land area: 33.1 km2 (12.8 sq mi)
* Population density: 1,150 people/km² (2,264/sq mi)
* National population rank (Out of 5,008): Ranked 142
* Median age: 32.6 (males: 32.2, females: 32.9)
* Total private dwellings: 13,375
* Dwellings occupied by permanent residents: 13,080
* Median after-tax household income: $69,762

The 2006 census also indicated that Airdrie was ranked as the municipality with the fourth-highest population growth among municipalities in Canada with a population of 5,000 and over between 2001 and 2006.[38]


According to 2001 Statistics Canada Census,[39] the religious breakdown of Airdrie's residents was as follows:

  • Protestant: 46.3%
  • Catholic: 22.7%
  • Other Christian: 3.9%
  • Other Non-Christian: 1.58%
  • Muslim: .018%
  • No religion: 24.2%

Arts and culture

Nose Creek Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights in the Christmas season. 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 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]


Airdrie is home to several sporting franchises. Major teams include the Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The Airdrie Thunder, a Jr. B level hockey team that competes in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. Team Airdrie is a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League.



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. The closest major airport is 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.[46] Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.


Rocky View Schools provides public education in Airdrie, and operates three high schools in the city:

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. 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, and community internet portals, ," and "" . There is also a new website for the city's economic development agency at AirdrieNow. Airdrie is also in the local delivery area of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun.

Shopping and services

Airdrie offers a full slate of resident services, with any services not available in the city easily obtainable in 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. 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 neighboring 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

Country City Date
 South Korea Gwacheon[47] 1997

See also


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  39. ^  
  40. ^ Nose Creek Valley Museum
  41. ^ Bert Church Live Theatre
  42. ^ Iron Horse Park
  43. ^ Airdrie Festival of Lights
  44. ^ Airdrie Pro Rodeo
  45. ^ Airdrie Family Fall Fair
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  47. ^ "Airdrie's Sister City Gwacheon, Korea". City of Airdrie. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

External links

  • Official website
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