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Calgary–Edmonton Corridor

Calgary–Edmonton Corridor
The corridor consists of Alberta's three most densely populated census divisions and two largest cities.
The corridor consists of Alberta's three most densely populated census divisions and two largest cities.
Coordinates: 52°N 114°W / 52°N 114°W / 52; -114
 • Total38,323.18 km2 (14,796.66 sq mi)
 • Total3,230,150
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
Area code(s)403, 780, 587, 825, 368
Highways1, 1A, 2, 2A, 8, 11, 11A, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 19, 22X, 28, 28A, 37, 39, 60, 100, 201, 216, 595
WaterwaysBow River, Elbow River, North Saskatchewan River, Red Deer River, Battle River, Blindman River, Medicine River, Rosebud River, Sturgeon River, Raven River, North Raven River, Sheep River, Little Bow River, Highwood River, Brazeau River

The Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is a geographical region of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is the most urbanized area in Alberta and is one of Canada's four most populated urban regions.[3] It consists of Statistics Canada Alberta census divisions No. 11, No. 8, and No. 6. Measured from north to south, the region covers a distance of approximately 400 km (250 mi). As of the designations in the Canada 2021 Census of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations (CAs) in Alberta, the corridor includes three of the province's four CMAs (Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer) and two CAs (Lacombe and Sylvan Lake), in addition to four other CAs already included in the Calgary and Edmonton CMAs.[4]

The corridor is bordered by Edmonton and the surrounding area to the north, Red Deer in the middle, and Calgary and the surrounding area to the south.[citation needed]


Alberta Highway 2, also known as the Queen Elizabeth II Highway or QE2, is the busiest highway in Alberta and forms the central spine of the corridor.

A Canadian Pacific Kansas City rail line, originally built by the Calgary and Edmonton Railway in 1891, roughly parallels the highway.[5] The line has been used exclusively by freight trains since 1985, when Via Rail discontinued its Calgary–South Edmonton train service.[6][7][8] There have been several proposal and studies for high-speed rail through the region.

The corridor has two of Canada's five busiest airports: Calgary International and Edmonton International. The number of daily flights between these two airports number into the dozens, making it one of Canada's busiest commuter flight routes.[9][10]


In the Canada 2001 Census, the population of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor was 2,149,586, representing 72.3% of Alberta's population.[11] In the Canada 2011 Census, the corridor's population had increased to 2,703,380 or 74.2% of the province's population. The population as of the Canada 2016 Census was 3,074,223.

The following presents the historic population growth of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor between 1996 and 2021 by its three census divisions.

Census division Area
Division No. 6 12,645.88 1,590,639 1,498,778 1,311,022 1,160,936 1,021,060 880,859
Division No. 8 9,909.31 213,470 209,395 189,243 175,337 153,049 133,592
Division No. 11 15,767.99 1,426,041 1,366,050 1,203,115 1,076,103 975,477 898,888
Calgary–Edmonton Corridor 38,323.18 3,230,150 3,074,223 2,703,380 2,412,376 2,149,586 1,913,339
Province of Alberta 640,081.87 4,262,635 4,067,175 3,645,257 3,290,350 2,974,807 2,696,826
Provincial proportion 6.0% 75.8% 75.6% 74.2% 73.3% 72.3% 70.9%


The Calgary–Edmonton Corridor is one of the fastest growing regions and wealthiest regions in Canada. A 2003 study by TD Bank Financial Group found the GDP per capita in the corridor is 10% above average compared to U.S. metropolitan areas and 40% above average compared to other Canadian cities. Much of this is because of large oil revenues due to the growing cost of oil since 2003.[15]

Census subdivisions

The following are lists of the census subdivisions within the Calgary Metropolitan Region and Edmonton Metropolitan Region portions of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region's eight summer villages are not listed.


See also


  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Focus on Geography Series, 2021 Census - Census division of Division No. 8, CDR (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. December 16, 2022. Retrieved July 3, 2023. [includes] Neighbouring census divisions... Division No. 11... Division No. 6
  3. ^ "2001 Census Analysis Series - A profile of the Canadian population: where we live" (PDF). Statistics Canada. pp. 2, 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2003. Retrieved August 17, 2011. From 1996 to 2001, the nation's population has continued to concentrate further in four broad urban regions: the extended Golden Horseshoe in southern Ontario; Montréal and its adjacent region; the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and southern Vancouver Island; and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. ... In 2001, 51% of Canada's population lived in these regions...
  4. ^ "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor: Population Change, 1996 – 2001 by 2001 Census Subdivision". Statistics Canada. 2002. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Network and facilities". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Western Trail". Via Rail. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Trains in Calgary". Tourism Calgary. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor". Forth Junction Project. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Passenger stats". EIA Corporate. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "YYC > Media > Facts & Figures > Passenger Statistics". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "Canada's major urban regions – The Calgary-Edmonton corridor". Statistics Canada. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  12. ^ "Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census - Census division of Division No. 8, CDR (Alberta)". February 8, 2017. [includes] Neighbouring census divisions... Division No. 11... Division No. 6
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. January 6, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  15. ^ "The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor" (PDF). TD Bank Financial Group. April 22, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
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