2021-12-03T17:36:27-05:00December 6th, 2021|

A taste of home for Chinese newcomers in Calgary

As exciting as it is to move to a new country, it’s normal to sometimes miss your country and family back home. One of the best things about living in Canada is that it is a cultural melting pot and makes it easy to stay connected to your heritage and traditions. Staying close to your cultural roots can help ease your transition into life in Canada. 

Calgary is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, with a diverse range of ethnicities and cultures. If you’re a newcomer from China living in Calgary, you’ll be able to take part in familiar experiences that allow you to connect with your community and enjoy a taste of home in your new surroundings. We asked Chinese newcomers living in the city to list their favourite places to eat, shop, and enjoy other cultural activities, so you can find the things you miss and the day-to-day support you need in your new home.

In this article:

Chinese restaurants in Calgary 

Chinese food is very popular in Canada, even among people from other ethnicities. You’ll find lots of places to eat your local cuisine in Calgary. Here are the top recommendations from Chinese newcomers:

Chinese grocery stores 

  • T&T Supermarket, multiple locations in Calgary
  • Lambda Oriental Foods Supermarket

The newcomers we spoke with assured us that you’ll be able to find everything you need at T&T. In fact, not only will you find the right grocery items, the design and environment will make you feel like you’re shopping in China.

Chinese shopping and cultural events 

Chinatown is a great place to check out on the weekend or during cultural holidays like the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. If you’re looking to buy Chinese books, accessories, jewellery, clothing or gifts, Dragon City Mall located in Chinatown has some authentic stores. 

The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre also hosts cultural events year-round and has a mandate to “serve the Chinese community of Calgary.” 

Places to worship across Calgary 

As a newcomer from China, you’ll find several options for places to worship for your faith in Calgary. Some popular ones are:


  • Calgary Buddhist Temple 
  • Jam Tse Cho Ling Buddhist Temple 


  • Calgary Chinese Baptist Church 
  • Calgary Chinese Pentecostal Church 

Find daily support in Calgary  

As you start settling down in Calgary, you may need more structured, daily support to adjust and adapt to your new life. You can find cultural support, skill-building workshops, employment resources, and other important aspects of getting settled in the places listed below: 

The Arrive mobile app is your essential companion to prepare for your life in Canada. Whether you’re planning your move or have recently landed in Canada, you’ll get the information and resources you need, when you need them, all in one place.



About Arrive

Arrive is powered by RBC Ventures Inc, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. In collaboration with RBC, Arrive is dedicated to helping newcomers achieve their life, career, and financial goals in Canada. An important part of establishing your financial life in Canada is finding the right partner to invest in your financial success. RBC is the largest bank in Canada* and here to be your partner in all of your financial needs. RBC supports Arrive, and with a 150-year commitment to newcomer success in Canada, RBC goes the extra mile in support and funding to ensure that the Arrive newcomer platform is FREE to all. Working with RBC, Arrive can help you get your financial life in Canada started – right now. Learn about your banking options in Canada and be prepared. Click here to book an appointment with an advisor.

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