Our History

Over 75 years, Providence has grown and changed to meet the needs of Calgary families. From a population of less than 100,000 in 1943, to almost 1.4 million spread over 848 square kilometers in 2017, Calgary has kept the best of its western heritage, but become so much more. And Providence has done the same. From its roots as a foster home for abandoned children, Providence has kept pace with a growing population and the changing needs of the community.

Providence was four years old in 1947, when oil was discovered in our province. We were five years old when the Calgary Stampeders won their first Grey Cup, 21 when Peter’s Drive Inn opened, 24 when the Calgary Tower was built, and 45 when the Olympics came to town in 1988.