The City of Airdrie has developed a sister city relationship with the City of Gwacheon Korea since 1997. The sister city relationship started with the intent to provide opportunities for Airdrie residents to share cultural experiences, develop friendships and explore economic opportunities for local businesses with the City of Gwacheon.
Since 2012, the Rocky View School Division has been coordinating the Gwacheon Homestay Program for visiting Gwacheon students. If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting a visiting student please contact the International Education Department at the Rocky View School Division.
As our relationship grows and flourishes, so will Gwacheon Park. The stone anchoring the Korean arch and holding the plaque are made of sandstone, which is the foundation of our city and symbolizes the strength and endurance of our sisterhood. The butterfly symbol of the City of Gwacheon was used for the central flowerbeds, the flag poles and the sitting area. The sisterhood agreement has greatly enriched the communities of Gwacheon and Airdrie with continued friendship and understanding between our diverse cultures.
In 2007, six handcrafted totem poles were donated to the City of Airdrie by Gwacheon, Korea to commemorate the 10th year of sharing a sister city relationship. Airdrie residents are welcome to view the totem poles in Gwacheon Park in Airdrie year round.
The City of Airdrie also has a Twinning and Sister City policy. This policy allows members of Council the ability to manage future requests to be partnered with other communities.