Regarding to its features, Calgary is well-known as a destination for
winter sports and ecotourism with a number of Major Mountain resorts near the
city and metropolitan area. Calgary's economy is largely centred on the petroleum
industry, with agriculture, tourism, and the high-tech industries contributing
to the city's rapid economic growth. Calgary now has the second highest concentration
of head offices in Canada. Calgary also holds many major annual festivals,
including the Calgary Stampede, the Folk Music Festival, the Summerstock Festival,
the Lilac Festival, and the second largest Caribbean festival in the country
(Carifest). Calgary was the first Canadian city to host The Olympic Winter
About its weather, Calgary's winters are really cold. However, Environment Canada still ranks the city as having the 3rd most temperate climate in the country (of major cities) after Victoria and Vancouver. This is due in large part to the dry Chinook winds that routinely blow into the city from the Pacific Ocean during the winter months. These winds have been known to raise the winter temperature by up to 20°C and may last several days. The Chinooks are such a common feature of Calgary's winters that only one month (January 1950) has failed to witness a thaw over more than 100 years of weather observations.
Calgary's urban scene has changed considerably since the city has grown. It is also starting to become recognized as one of Canada's most diverse cities. Today, Calgary is a modern cosmopolitan city that still retains much of its traditional culture of hotel saloons, hockey and western music.
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