The city of Airdrie, just north Calgary's airport on Highway 2 (now officially called the "Queen Elizabeth II Highway"), has a population 28,927 (2006). The city's boundaries are completely within the rural Municipal District of Rocky View, No. 44. Beacuae of Airdrie's growth southwards and Calgary's expansion northwards, the boundaries of the two communities are only a few kilometres apart.
Airdrie was founded during 1889 the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, and named for Airdrie, Scotland. Airdrie is a bedroom community for Calgary, a place to shop for (or fill up) cars on the highway north, and industrial centre.
Highway 2 divides the community into two parts, though now 2/3 of the city is on the west side of the highway, 1/3 is on the east side. Airdrie addresses are divided into quadrants (like Calgary), with the more established communities located in he southeast and northeast quadrants.
Airdrie lies on a west-facing slope with a view to the foothills and Canadian Rockies. With the const5uction of the Calgary Ring Road's northwest's segment, Airdrie residents can get to the mountains in under an hour, bypassing Calgary traffic. Scenic Nose Creek, flowing south toward Calgary is the focal point of Nose Creek Park. And a number of other city parks and green spaces.
Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit,and there is a commuter bus that provides rush hour transportation into downtown Calgary. There is early discussion of a commuter rail link between Airdrie and Calgary.
Airdrie has an excellent education system with about 7,000 students. Airdrie also has a great public library located in Tower Lane Mall.
There are 7 public elementary & middle schools, 3 public high school, private school, a Catholic elementary school , a Catholic high school, a French immersion school, and a private Christian school.
The public schools are run by the Rocky View Schools headquartered in Airdrie. The separate schools are part of the Calgary Catholic School Division #1, headquartered in Calgary.
Airdrie has a main street with a wide variety of stores & services, including the Tower Lane Mall. There is a new Cross Iron Mills megamall (and horse racing track) being developed between Airdrie and Calgary, south of #566 /Township Rd 262
For amateur athletes there are a number of fine facilities. Genesis Place has six pools &a water slide, gymnasiums and a fitness centre.
Our regional recreation complex is equipped with twin ice surfaces and a gymnastics club. There is a golf course within city limits, and there are miles of recreational pathways around the community.
Airdrie is home to several competitive sports team including the Knights of Airdrie (men's lacrosse), Airdrie Thunder, ( Jr. B hockey) , and Team Airdrie (Jr. C hockey).
Bert Church Theatre offers a live performing arts productions ,and other events and festivals in Airdrie include the Canada Day Parade, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, and the Airdrie Festival of Lights.
Airdrie offers a variety of homes in single-family, multi-family townhouses and condos.
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