Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY Move to Calgary?

This headquarters of Canada's oil & gas industry has vuilt up a stunningly modern downtown skyline, despite rapid growth in recent decades the city has relatively short rush hours, and everbody enjoys ready access to the Rocky Mountains (for summer and winter fun), only an hour's drive away.
Calgary's downtown, seen through the iconic Peace Bridge

Calgary is a vibrant city of 1,100,000 (2007), located within breathtaking sight of the Canadian Rockies. The city's population has doubled over the past 20 years, when it hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics. Calgary has a compact and very modern downtown core with tall, mirrored skyscrapers on the edge of the always-blue Bow River. Calgary is Canada's second-biggest head office city, second only to Toronto. The city is headquarters to the oil & gas industry (through the production & refining is generally closer to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, to the north), and is a key centre for logistics, agriculture and southern Alberta tourism.

The city is a magnet for those who love outdoors, with Nose Hill Park in the north, Fish Creek Provincial park, in the city's south end, and the parklands along the banks of the Bow and Elbow rivers. There are several hundred kilometres of recreational pathways around and through the city. And of course, its only an hour drive to the scenic wonders of Banff and the Rocky Mountains!



View of Banff from Tunnel Mountain

The city's weather generally features wide-open blue skies, but the temperatures can be quite unpredictable. Calgary can get July weather in January, courtesy of the famous Chinook winds, which not only warm temperatures by 20C in a few hours, but literally sucks the snow off the ground. Of course, being so close to the mountains, Calgary can get the occassional snowfall in any month, including July. By the way, the area's ski season usually goes from mid-November until the Victoria Day Weekend.

Calgary History

Following the last ice age, which ended 10,000 years ago, which brought humans from Asia into the Americas, the area was settled by the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina), and Stoney bands.

The lands were first explored by fur traders working for the Hudson's Bay Company and were first settled in the 1870s. Fort Brisbois was built in 1875 by the NorthWest Mounted Police (which became the RCMP) to protect the western plains from American whiskey traders. The fort was renamed Fort Calgary about the time that Treaty No. 7 was signed, where the First Nations ceded southern Alberta to the Canadian Government in return for government protection and reserves: Blackfoot near Gliechen, Blood Indians near Cardston, Peigan near Pincher Creek, Sarcee near Calgary, and the Stony near Morley.

Downtown seen behind restored Fort Calgary

Early Calgary grew around what is now Inglewood, and when the CPR built the trans-continental railroad, they located Calgary's station and railroad hotel west of the Fort and the Elbow River, setting the location for its current downtown. The city became a major commercial centre for this part of the prairies and in 1894, The City of Calgary was incorporated, and in 1904, the City abandoned most street names and converted to numbered streets. The city boomed and many old sandstone buildings along the eastern end of Stephen (8th) Avenue Walk and along Atlantic (9th) Avenue SE date back to this era when Calgary grew to 85,000 residents.

Wonderland scupture in frontof The Bow office tower

Calgary has actually had three oil booms: the first around World War I, when oil was found south of town in Pincher Creek and natural gas near Medicine Hat, the second following the 1949 Leduc strike (near Edmonton) which caused an investment boom in the city's stock exchange, and lastly following the 1974 Arab Oil Boycott, which spurred madcap exploration in Western Canada, while causing disruption in other economic sectors and other regions of Canada. The "oilpatch" headquartered in Calgary grew rapidly and the city's population grew from 325,000 in 1974 to 650,000 by the early 1980s. Any surviving pre-1974 building is considered a candidate for being declared a heritage structure.

The most recent boom ended in 1981 with the "National Energy Program" (NEP) legislation created by Finance Minister Jean Chretien (who went on to be Canada's Prime Minister), unfairly sucking over $100 billion in oil industry profits from the West. The recession the NEP caused Alberta to diversify the economy into forestry, technology, and tourism. Calgary's new glass-towered downtown gave it the pride to apply for and host the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Today (2009), Calgary's population is over the 1,100,000 level, with slow and steady growth gaining residents form all other parts of Canada.

Moving To Calgary

The city has grown exponentially over the past 30 years. Those who move here in the early 1980s remember grain eleveators and only a few homes south of Fish Creek Provincial Park, no homes west of Canada Olympic Park (then called "Paskapoo") and homes just beginning to creek up around and north of Nose Hill Park, and few homes in the Southeast below the Ogden Railyards. Each of theose areas now supports populations of over 50,000, towns in their own right, with retail, workplace, and mass-transit infrastructure. Calgary offers a range of housing from Inner City living to suburbs miles away from the urban rush, from high-density high rise condos to surburban spawl.

Calgary has a number of "bedroom communities" nearby, attracting residents wishing urban comforts of Calgary while getting a small town quality of life. To the east are Lake Chestermere and Strathmore, to the Soouth are Okotoks and High River, to the West are Bragg Creek and Cochrane, and to the north is Airdrie.

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Calgary Realtors, Home Builders, Mortgages & Movers

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Builder Listings

Here are some of the Calgary Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary BuildersCopperfield Community Information

Copperfield Community is the place to live with in Calgary. They got lifestyle amenities that you deserved in a community. Visit our show homes and discover why Copperfield is right for you.

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Calgary BuildersNew West Custom and Luxury Homes

When you select New West to build your custom or luxury estate home, or renovation project, you step into a relationship based on our principles. There's no second guessing or uncertainty, we make sure everything is done exactly as you wish.

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Calgary BuildersCIR REALTY - Jessica Taburada

Jessica Taburada,REALTOR®, Certified Condominium Specialist (CCS), President's Platinum Award, Commitment-Integrity-Result. Specializes in helping clients, especially First Time Home Buyers, in BUYING or SELLING Residential Houses and Condos.

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Calgary BuildersCornerstone Homes

Cornerstone Homes is a calgary-based custom home builder specializing in acreages and estates.

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Calgary BuildersCopper Brook Homes

Copper Brook Homes. Calgary’s premiere custom home builder. Specializing in kitchen renovations, custom cabinets and home additions. Come visit our 11,000 square foot custom cabinet making facility in Calgary.

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Realtors Listings

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Calgary RealtorsChris Marshall, RE/MAX House of Real Estate

Your source for Calgary Real Estate. Excellence. Dedication. Integrity. Experience.

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Calgary Realtorssinghomes

At Singhomes our realtor services make buying or selling houses in the Calgary, Alberta real estate market the best and most enjoyable investment process conceivable.

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Calgary RealtorsCedarglen Realty Services - o/a Waller Real Estate Group

30+ Years as a Calgary Real Estate Professional. I have the knowledge and expertise to protect you while making your largest investment. Remarkable Reputation and Remarkable Results.

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Calgary RealtorsDevang Joshi Real Estate Team - RE/MAX Real Estate (Mountain View)

I am Devang Joshi, a professional, experienced and licensed Realtor® helping friends, families, home owners, buyers and investors to generate wealth in real estate. Helping families for selling and buying real estate at its best value.

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Calgary RealtorsDavid Tsegai Realtor with Reliance Real Estate

Reliance Real Estate Associates have been serving home buyers and sellers in Calgary and area for the last seven years.

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Mortgage Listings

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Calgary MortgagesThe Very Best Mortgage Company

Whether it's financing for your first home, investment property or the home of your dreams why not trust in the mortgage professionals working for you, NOT the lenders. At The Very Best Mortgage Company we stand behind our commitment to you 100%.

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Calgary MortgagesAmanda O'Connor Calgary, Alberta Mortgage Broker

Amanda O'Connor Calgary Alberta Mortgage Broker: we help first-time home buyers get their first mortgage. We also specialize in refinancing and lender transfers. We can help solve your mortgage and financing problems!

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Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgages by Tim

I'm a Mortgage Broker in Calgary, Alberta, offering outstanding service on mortgages for first-time buyers, self employed and more...Getting a mortgage for your home in Calgary is about so much more than just finding the lowest mortgage rate.

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Calgary MortgagesLarry Arnason, Mortgage Broker - Axiom

Committed to making sure our clients get the lowest mortgage rates and the best personalized service. We work with hundreds of lenders in Canada to provide brokerage services for all income and credit levels – let us show you what we can do.

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Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgages

We are a full service mortgage broker service. We shop the wholesale mortgage market for you without damaging your credit score. For fast, efficient, service with professional advice call 403-836-1201

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Movers Listings

Here are some of the Calgary moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary MoversQuality Move Management

QMM one of Calgary's top moving companies, With more than Fifteen years expertise QMM happen to be pros in Cross border moving.

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Calgary MoversTotal Service Moving / TSM Moving

Why Choose Us Voted #1 Moving CompanyConsumers' Choice AwardProfessional and Experienced Movers Residential and Commercial Services Anywhere in Canada and USA

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Calgary MoversThe Delta Movers

The Delta Movers (TDM) has been supplying exceptional moving services for residential and business needs throughout Canada for over 10 years. Throughout this time, The Delta Movers has earned a reputation for their professionalism and the quality.

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Calgary MoversPak-N-Stor

Calgary Storage delivered to you. We deliver our Calgary storage units to your home or business. We deliver. You Pack. We Store. Pak-N-Stor is Calgary self-storage made easy.

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Calgary MoversYou Move Me Calgary

You Move Me Alberta Central strives to make moving almost fun. We're your favourite movers in Calgary who do way more than pick up your boxes.

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Calgary

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Bragg Creek  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Bragg Creek (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This rustic little village is nestled between the edge the foothills and the T^suu T^ina Nation (Sarcee) Indian reserve, and is about 40 kilometres west of Calgary

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Parkdale, Point McKay, St Andrew Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)Parkdale, Point McKay, St Andrew Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These riverside communities lie between 16th Avenue NW (the Trans-Canada Highway) and the Bow River, west of Crowchild Trail

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Kensington, Sunnyside, Hillhurst (Calgary neighbourhoods)Kensington, Sunnyside, Hillhurst (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Just across the river from downtown, between Centre Street and Crowchild Trail. Centered around the Louise Bridge |and Kensington shopping district with variety of smaller homes, infills, low-rise apartments and recently-built townhouse condos

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West Springs (Calgary neighbourhoods)West Springs (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: The West Springs area is nestled in a bend in the Old Banff Coach Road, and north of Bow Trail. It lies immediately west of the television antenna at Broadcast Hill

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 Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Connaught, Mission, Erlton (Calgary neighbourhood) Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Connaught, Mission, Erlton (Calgary neighbourhood)

AB: South of Downtown Calgary neighbourhoods descriptions and maps of recreation, schools, shopping, etc

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