Campgrounds are available in towns near to Airdrie.
Airdrie lies on the most direct route, via highway 2, between Alberta's two largest cities. The railway village of 1889, which sprang up during construction of the rail connection between Edmonton and Calgary, is now one of Canada's largest distinct suburbs with a 2007 population of 31,500, having more recently grown by almost 3,000.
The railroad contractor, William McKenzie, a Scot, named the centre after the Airdrie of his homeland. By coincidence, both towns of that name are situated on the route between two major cities and have comparable populations. Airdrie, Alberta is no longer just the outlying bedroom community of Calgary, even though it is still very close to that city and getting closer all the time. It is a scenic community and industrial centre, with a variety of attractions including golf courses and museums.
- Canada Day parade
- Airdrie Pro Rodeo, late June into early July
- Nose Creek Valley Museum
- Bert Church Theatre
- nearby Sundre Museum and World of Wildlife
- Airdrie Festival of Lights during the Christmas season