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 BuildersWest Ridge Fine Homes

Calgary Custom Homes | Calgary Show Homes | Show Homes for Sale | Calgary Home Builders | WestRidge Fine Homes is the best choice for home builders and show homes in Calgary, Chestermere, and surrounding areas. No two designs are the same.

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Calgary BuildersBuilding ArchiTexture Ltd

See our Website. Philosophy: “All homeowners should have the opportunity to live in an environment designed specifically in response to their property location, personal tastes and needs”.

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Calgary BuildersThe Montana

The Montana is a short walk from 17th Ave SW, Mission & Calgary's downtown core, which gives you access to all of your needs.

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Calgary BuildersProplusWindows

You need windows or doors replacement? We can offer you best quality vinyl package windows! You dreamt of a leisure space to spend happy hours with family? We will be glad to build a deck or a sunroom of your choice!

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Calgary BuildersVan Manna Homes

Van Manna Homes is one of Calgary’s finest custom home builders with core values, work ethic and passion, along with a philosophy that beauty is all in the details.

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Realtors Listings

Here are some of the Calgary realtors with knowledge of suitable homes available in the neighbourhood you want, listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary RealtorsJoe Samson

We Don't just sell real estate - …We do more than that!

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Calgary RealtorsSam Askar, Real Estate Associate

I strive to provide the most professional, ethical and informed real estate services in the Industry. My most important assets are honesty and integrity, whereby my clients become my friends.

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Calgary RealtorsJesse van Mastrigt, MaxWell Westview Realty

Our professional team will maximize your savings and keep the equity you've built in your home when you buy and sell with us! We offer over 25 marketing options, including a professional home staging consultation and virtual tour. 813-5945

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Calgary RealtorsLionel "The" Sale

Local realtor in Calgary specializing in new home buyers, sellers, or anyone looking for a place to call home

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Calgary RealtorsWill Vo Real Estate

Will Vo is a professional real estate agent with RE/MAX. He helps Calgarians buy and sell home with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field.

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Mortgage Listings

Here are some of the Calgary mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary MortgagesMMG Mortgages

MMG specializes in all things Mortgage! We believe that honesty and integrity is the most important part of our business.

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Calgary Mortgages'MORTGAGE ARCHITECTS - MORTGAGE PETE - www.mortgagePETE.ca

- quick pre-approvals/approvals for real estate purchases - mortgage renewals - refinances - equity take-outs - second mortgages # FREE mortgage consultations & credit advice, even after hours! Convenient, full service over phone fax & internet

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Calgary MortgagesVerico Canada First Mortgage

"Helping you save TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY in all your home financing needs - Call or email today, we'd love to hear from you!"

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Calgary MortgagesMortgage Select Ltd. o/a The Mortgage Centre

Mortgage Select Ltd. provides Mortgage Brokers in Calgary, Calgary and Mortgage Experts the best Mortgage Rates in Canada. They offer clients competitive mortgage rates and focused customer service based on their needs.

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Calgary MortgagesDavid Cooke with Dominion Lending Centres Westcor

As a licensed mortgage professional with Dominion Lending Centres Westcor, I have access to multiple lenders, including big banks, credit unions and trust companies.

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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 MoversFurniture Relocators

Calgary Movers "Furniture Relocators" is a local, family owned and operated Calgary moving company. We know the importance of taking care of your family's valuable items.

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Calgary MoversA Plus Movers

A clean, flexible Calgary moving company for home owners, tennants and businesses.

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Calgary MoversHeroes with Hearts Moving

fully equiped with floor-runner rugs, pads, dollies, straps and the knowledge and experience that makes the difference.

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Calgary MoversMatco Moving Solutions

For more than 40 years Matco has been delivering quality and reliable moving services throughout Canada and around the world.

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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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Varsity, Varsity Acres, Varsity Estates (Caglaryneighbourhoods)Varsity, Varsity Acres, Varsity Estates (Caglaryneighbourhoods)

AB: This area is on the hills overlooking the Bow River Valley northwest of the University of Calgary

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Signal Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)Signal Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Signal Hill is south of Broadcast Hill, west of Sarcee Trail and btween 17th Avenue and Richmond Road. The hill honors the four army battalions, that trained there during the First World War

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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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South Calgary (Calgary neighbourhoods)South Calgary (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities lie on the relatively flat hilltop, between 14th Street and Crowchild Trail. South Calgary and Altadore are single family homes,

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Cougar Ridge  (Caglary neighbourhoods)Cougar Ridge (Caglary neighbourhoods)

AB: Cougar Ridge is found between the Old Banff Coach Road and Canada Olympic Park. Crestmont is located west of Stoney Trail, across the Trans-Canada from Valley Ridge.

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