Joie de vivre in Calgary

Author: Kristin Papillon

French was the first European language spoken in the province of Alberta. Today, approximately one in three students in Alberta are enrolled in a Francophone, French Immersion, or French as a second language program. 
As the Francophone population continues to grow in Calgary, so do the number of cultural events, French schools and restaurants in the city. Here are some of the amazing places and organizations that emphasize la belle vie in Calgary.


Conseil scolaire FrancoSud
There are eight Francophone schools in Calgary and an additional six in the surrounding areas. French culture is valued not only as a way for students to express themselves, but also as a way to be part of a vibrant and dynamic community.
Immersion, bilingual and French language schools 
Alberta’s top-ranked French immersion school, the Calgary French & International School cultivates cultural peace through UNESCO values and immersion beyond the classroom. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education offers 23 French immersion programs in Calgary, the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) offers 17 programs, and Lyçée Louis Pasteur teaches both the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. 


Alliance Française Calgary 
An integral part of promoting French Culture in Calgary, the Alliance Française Calgary has been a part of our city landscape since 1947 and offers a variety of learning opportunities and cultural events. 
Franco Festival Calgary
Taking place every year in August, this Francophone Multicultural festival promotes francophone culture through art and music.
Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres
Produced by the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Calgary chapter (ACFA Calgary) this annual winter event at Heritage Park offers a memorable cultural experience in French.


Calgary is a foodie city and the desire for French food continues to grow. Here are some local favourites: 
Celebrate La Chandeleur at  Suzette’s 
Try a taste of the South of France at Cassis Bistro.
Yann Haute Patisserie and Ollia have macarons for all occasions. 
Head to the historic Tivoli building for a taste of Fleur de Sel.

Calgary is the third most diverse city in Canada with more than 120 languages spoken and 200 cultural festivals annually. 

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