Many studies have examined the general public’s flood risk perceptions; however, discussion continues around clarifying the variables that drive perceptions and management preferences. This thesis examines flood risk perceptions and management preferences of the general public within the City of Calgary in the aftermath of the 2013 Alberta flood. The findings reveal that short-term flood risk is influenced by direct experience with flooding, while long-term risk perceptions are not. Using perceptions of distance, direct experience was found to influence perceptions of distance, and by proxy, risk perceptions. Further, participants’ views towards climate change were found to be more influential in shaping risk perceptions than being evacuated due to the risk of flooding. In addition, it was found that response-efficacy and flood mitigation preferences were influenced by direct experience during the flood. These results are significant in understanding the role evacuation experience plays in risk perception formation and shaping mitigation preferences.