Calgary's Serbian Community



  • The first Serbian family, Putnik, moved to Calgary between 1918 and 1920.
  • The first mass arrival of Serbs in Calgary began in the 1950s and early 1960s followed by immigration in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
  • March 6th 1960 is an important date for Serbs in Calgary. On that day a group of Serbian women established a community the Circle of Serbian Sisters, “Kolo srpskih sestara”, “St. Sava”.
  • November 14, 1971, a two-story one building at the address 2001 31st Avenue SW, Calgary, was bought for the future church at a price of $20,650.
  • On December 6, 1973, folklore group “Youth”, got the new name “Avala”
  • On December 6, 1973, Serbian football club “Olympia” was founded.
  • In 1985 a two-story one building at 2001 31st Avenue SW was demolished and a new Church with hall was built.
  • At the beginning of 1997, the establishment of the Sports Association, the part of which was football club “Ravna Gora”.
  • In April 1999, the sports club “Serbia” expanded the organization by adding the karate club “Sindjelic”.
  • On February 6, 2000, Fr. Obrad Filipovic was appointed to the parish in Calgary. Previous priests that served the parish were: Fr.Krsto Rikic (1995-1999), Fr. Zivorad Subotic (1990-1995), Fr. Vukic Atanackovic (1982-1990), Fr. Radisa Ninkovic (1980-1982) and Fr. Bogdan Zjalic (1970-1975).
  • New Serbian Orthodox Church “St. Simeon Mirotočivi” was consecrated on April 27, 2014. It is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Canada located in Dewinton, 16025-243 Ave E (Range Road 294), near Calgary.
  • The new heritage building was officially opened in October 2023.


Serbs (and Serbians) have migrated to Canada in various waves during the 20th century. Today there are five or more generations of Serbs in the country. The 2021 census recorded 93,360 people in Canada declaring themselves as “Serbian”.

The Serbian community in Alberta is over 10,000 people strong, with about 5,000 people living in Calgary and Edmonton respectively.

Serbian Canadians generally belong to the Serbian Orthodox Church and follow the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

Famous Serbs

Nikola Tesla

Was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the
design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He was born as the son of a priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Nikola
Tesla discovered alternating current and he researched the magnetic fields
and earth’s energy.
Famous Serbs

Mihajlo Pupin

A world-renowned scientist who won the Pulitzer Prize and significantly improved the telephone technology, arrived to the United States with only five cents in his pocket. He was among the founders of an organization that later grew into the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA. A moon crater was also named after him.

Famous Serbs

Radomir Putnik

A Serbian Field Marshal and Chief of General Staff in the Balkan Wars and World War I, died on 17. May 1917. He took part in all of the wars that Serbia waged from 1876 to 1917. Canadians gave the name Putnik to a mountain located near the province of Alberta, paying tribute to the Chief of the Supreme Command of the Serbian Army (Field marshal (Vojvoda), Radomir Putnik (1847-1917).

Famous Serbs

Dragoljub Draža Mihailović

Born April 27, 1893, Ivanjica, Serbia—died July 17, 1946, Belgrade, Serbia was an army officer and head of the royalist Yugoslav underground army, known as the Chetniks, during World War II. US President Harry Truman, posthumously awarded Mihailović the Legion of Merit for the rescue of American airmen by the Chetniks.

Famous Serbs

Mileva Marić Einstein

December 19, 1875, was a Serbian mathematician, Albert Einsteins first wife, one of the most genius people of 20th century. There are claims that she contributed to Einstein’s early works, but the degree of her participation in the findings is unknown and is the subject of numerous debates.

Famous Serbs

Novak Đoković

Is the first Serbian professional tennis player to be ranked No. 1 by the ATP and the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Novak Djoković, who became the Number 1 tennis player in the world in 2011, secured his place in the history of this sport after a series of 41 wins and three Grand Slam titles in one year.

Famous Serbs

Nikola Jokić

Is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets (NBA) who plays the center position. A four-time NBA All-Star, he has been named to the All-NBA Team on four occasions (including three first-team selections), and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. He represents the Serbian national team.


Host and Organizations

The church is a proud host of the annual Serbian Festival, a popular event, showcasing the rich history of our culture, delicious Serbian food, and traditional dances, representing a true celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism.

The growing Serbian community has various organizations that support and significantly contribute to the success of Serbian Festival: Circle of Serbian Sisters, Serbian School St. Sava, Cultural Society Frula, Soccer Academy of Serbia, Ravna Gora Serbian Heritage Society, Calgary Tesla Society, The U of C Serbian Club and humanitarian organizations “Krajina Society” and “Serbs for Serbs”.

In the front of the Church is located The  Serbian Scientists Memorial Park dedicated to 4 renowned Serbian scientists Nikola Tesla, Mihajlo Michael Pupin, Milutin Milankovic, and Mileva Maric Einstein.