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City of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Flag of Airdrie
Official logo of Airdrie
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City boundaries
Airdrie is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Airdrie is located in Canada
Location in Canada
Airdrie is located in Rocky View County
Location in Rocky View County
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Calgary Metropolitan Region
Municipal district Rocky View County
Founded 1899
 • Village  September 10, 1909
 • Town May 1, 1974
 • City January 1, 1985
 • Land 84.39 km2 (32.58 sq mi)
1,098 m (3,602 ft)
 • Total 74,100
 • Density 878.1/km2 (2,274/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2019)
Demonyms Airdrite; Airdronian
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
T4A - T4B
Area codes 403, 587, 825, 368
Highways 2

Airdrie ( AIR-dree) 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 municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.

As of the 2021 Canadian census Airdrie has a population of 74,100, making it the 5th largest city in Alberta.


Airdrie was first established as a railway siding 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. 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. As of the 2012 census, the City of Airdrie recognized the following neighbourhoods, not including rural and annexation land.

  • Airdrie Meadows
  • Bayside/Bayspring
  • Big Springs
  • Canals
  • Coopers Crossing
  • Downtown
  • East Lake Industrial
  • Edgewater
  • Edmonton Trail


Federal census
population history
Year Pop. ±%
1911 164 —    
1916 156 −4.9%
1921 160 +2.6%
1926 191 +19.4%
1931 198 +3.7%
1936 214 +8.1%
1941 191 −10.7%
1946 198 +3.7%
1951 267 +34.8%
1956 327 +22.5%
1961 524 +60.2%
1966 778 +48.5%
1971 1,089 +40.0%
1976 1,408 +29.3%
1981 8,414 +497.6%
1986 10,390 +23.5%
1991 12,456 +19.9%
1996 15,946 +28.0%
2001 20,382 +27.8%
2006 28,927 +41.9%
2011 42,564 +47.1%
2016 61,581 +44.7%
2021 74,100 +20.3%
Source: Statistics Canada

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie had a population of 74,100 living in 26,298 of its 27,037 total private dwellings, a change of 20.3% from its 2016 population of 61,581. With a land area of 84.39 km2 (32.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 878.1/km2 (2,274/sq mi) in 2021.

The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2019 municipal census is 70,564, a change of 3.6% from its 2018 municipal census population of 68,091.

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie recorded a population of 61,581 living in 21,661 of its 22,398 total private dwellings, a change of 42.3% from its 2011 population of 43,271. With a land area of 84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 728.2/km2 (1,886/sq mi) in 2016.

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 230 0.8%
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%


Religion (2011) Population Percent
Christian 26,275 62.1%
No religion 15,030 35.5%
Islam 315 0.7%
Sikh 205 0.5%
Buddhist 140 0.3%
Hindu 60 0.1%
Other 245 0.6%

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
  • Bert Church Live Theatre
  • Iron Horse Park
  • Airdrie Festival of Lights
  • Airdrie Pro Rodeo
  • Airdrie Family Fall Fair

Sister cities

Country City Date
 South Korea Gwacheon 1997


Airdrie is the home of several sporting franchises. Major teams include the Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. As well they have a Jr. B level hockey Team, the Airdrie Thunder, that competes in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, and Team Airdrie, a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League. They are also home to the CFR Chemical Bisons, a AAA Midget hockey team, playing out of the AMHL (Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League).

Airdrie is also the home of the Airdrie Irish ([1]) a SR MENS Semi Pro Alberta Football League. The Irish were formed in 2015 and play all home games at Airdrie's Genesis Place in summer months.

There is also a number of competitive junior and amateur sports with the largest being soccer, that call Airdrie home. Airdrie District Soccer Association (ADSA) has over 2000 children between the ages of 3 and 18 registered to its ever-growing program ( With Airdrie being one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, it is also home to eight competitive adult soccer teams playing within the Calgary Soccer Associations competition.


Rocky View Schools provides public education in Airdrie, and operates 18 schools in the city:

  • A.E. Bowers Elementary School
  • Bert Church High School
  • C.W. Perry School
  • Cooper's Crossing School
  • Ecole Airdrie Middle School
  • Ecole Edwards Elementary School
  • George McDougall High School
  • Heloise Lorimer School
  • Heron's Crossing School
  • Meadowbrook School
  • Muriel Clayton Middle School
  • Northcott Prairie School
  • Nose Creek School
  • R.J. Hawkey Elementary School
  • Ralph McCall School
  • RVS Community Learning Centre
  • W.H. Croxford High School
  • Windsong Heights School

Calgary Catholic School District operates four schools in Airdrie:

  • St. Martin de Porres High School (8-12)
  • Good Shepherd School (K-7)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (K-7)
  • St Veronica School (K-7)

Private schools in the city include Airdrie Koinonia Christian School.

Airdrie has one fully francophone school, operated by the FrancoSud school board: École Francophone d’Airdrie (K-12)



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, with the closest major airport being the 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. Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.

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