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Airdrie is a city in Albertamarker, Canadamarker, located just north of Calgarymarker within the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. The City of Airdrie is part of Calgary's Census Metropolitan Area and a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). Due to its proximity to Calgary, Airdrie's population has been exploding in recent years. The city's boundaries are completely within the rural Rocky View Countymarker.

The Canada 2006 Census reported Airdrie to have a population of 28,927. As of the 2009 civic census, Airdrie's population was 38,091.

Airdrie was first established as a railway village in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdriemarker, Scotlandmarker. Today, Airdrie is a scenic bedroom community and industrial centre. Its primary body of water is Nose Creek, which is the focal point of a number of city parks and green spaces including Nose Creek Park. The 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.

Airdrie is situated on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Alberta's busiest highway) which connects Calgary and Edmontonmarker, thus making it a small transportation hub. Airdrie is also served by the small Airdrie Airportmarker that does not provide regular scheduled flights. The closest major airport is Calgary International Airportmarker.

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.

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.

Attractions

  • Nose Creek Valley Museum
  • Bert Church Live Theatre
  • Iron Horse Park
  • Airdrie Festival of Lights
  • Airdrie Pro Rodeo


Demographics

According to the Canada 2006 Census

* Population: 28,927
* Land area:
* Population density:
* 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


Footnotes:
According to 2006 Statistics Canada Census:

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


Media

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, The Range 106.1 FM. The city has two local newspapers, the Airdrie Echo and the Airdrie City View. 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 a Community Internet Portal, [AirdrieOnLine]. There is also a new website for The City of Airdrie's Economic Development at [AirdrieNow]. Airdrie is also in the local delivery area of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun.

Neighbourhoods

Until a few years ago, Highway 2 more-or-less bisected the city evenly, but with the majority of new development occurring to the west side of the city, the split is now 2/3 west, 1/3 east. Airdrie addresses are divided into quadrants, with the majority of the city's established communities located in the southeast and northeast quadrants.

According to the City of Airdrie's official 2007-2008 city map, the communities of Airdrie are:

Northwest

  • Williamstown (under construction)
  • Reunion (under construction)
  • Silver Creek
  • Fairways
  • Woodside
  • Willow Brook
  • Sunridge
  • Stonegate


Northeast

  • Gateway Industrial Park (under construction)
  • Jensen
  • The Village
  • Downtown (portion)
  • East Lake Industrial Park
  • Highland Industrial Park


Southwest

  • Sagewood
  • Canals (under construction)
  • Bayside (under construction)
  • Mackenzie Pointe (under construction)
  • Luxstone (under construction)
  • Prairie Springs (under construction)
  • Coopers Crossing (under construction)
  • Morningside (almost complete)
  • Hillcrest (opening 2011)
  • Windsong (under construction)


Southeast

  • Downtown (portion)
  • Airdrie Meadows
  • Edgewater
  • Waterstone
  • Summerhill
  • Ridgegate
  • Sierra Springs (commercial park; under construction)
  • Big Springs
  • Thorburn
  • Marquis Place
  • Maple Way
  • Meadowbrook
  • Kingsview Industrial Park (under construction)
  • King's Heights
  • Ravenswood (under construction)


Roads and transportation

Airdrie's main access road is the Queen Elizabeth II Highway which for many years bisected the city (recent development has made the western half of the city significantly larger in area than the eastern side). The highway is a major north/south trade corridor providing direct access to Calgary to the south and to Red Deermarker, Edmontonmarker and other major centres to the north. The city is also connected to other local towns and hamlets via several secondary highways that pass through the city.

In January 2008, Airdrie, as a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership, is scheduled to begin discussions with fellow CRP members regarding the establishment of a rail-transit system connecting Airdrie with downtown Calgary.

Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.

Sister cities

Country City County/District/Region/State Date
Gwacheonmarker South Koreamarker 1997


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