Airdrie was first established as a railway village in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland. 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 Edmonton, thus making it a small transportation hub. Airdrie is also served by the small Airdrie Airport that does not provide regular scheduled flights. The closest major airport is Calgary International Airport.
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.
Of all of Caglary’s satellite communities, it can be argued that the City of Airdrie is the most conveniently located.
Five or ten minutes north of Calgary’s city limits on Deerfoot Trail, Airdrie residents are mere minutes away from a host of amenities, including CrossIron Mills and Costco.
Airdrie has grown into a get-home-stay-home city – long gone are the days of packing the family into the car to make the weekly trip to Calgary for supplies.
Big-box retailers abound, as do a wide variety of services of every kind imaginable and, being the business-friendly city it is, Airdrie offers a variety of employment opportunities.
Airdrie is also development friendly, understanding well-planned communities with a variety of housing styles will appeal to a diverse range of families and without the restrictive land uses of Calgary, Airdrie offers more affordable housing.
Many people have discovered what a great place Airdrie is to live – to population grew by 6% in 2011, reaching 45,711.
For more information, visit the City of Airdrie website at: http://www.airdrie.ca/