Moving to Calgary, Alberta - info about home neighbourhoods, realtors and movers



Condos in Auburn Bay, near the South Campus Health Centre (hospital)

WHY MOVE to Calgary?

This headquarters of Canada's oil & gas industry has built 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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Builder Listings

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

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More info on Anderson Fisher Construction Limited Calgary BuildersAnderson Fisher Construction Limited

Anderson Fisher Construction Limited is a fully-equipped, top-quality construction company specializing in residential, commercial and custom framing.

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More info on Sabal Homes Calgary BuildersSabal Homes

Sabal Homes has a rich history of innovation and modern architectural design. Building in Calgary since 1994, Sabal initially focused on building inner-city infill's and condos and then progressed to master planned suburban communities.

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More info on Rocky Point Custom Homes Calgary BuildersRocky Point Custom Homes

Rocky Point Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder in Calgary and area. From contemporary inner city custom homes to rustic ranch homes in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, Rocky Point will work with you to create your perfect dream home.

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More info on Cedarglen Homes for Calgary Townhouses Calgary BuildersCedarglen Homes for Calgary Townhouses

Cedarglen Living has dedicated several idea, development and plans for Calgary townhouse with the innovative idea for new house building industry with their several years experience.

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More info on White Rose Construction Services Ltd Calgary BuildersWhite Rose Construction Services Ltd

Providing a diverse range of Construction Project Management and Cost Management solutions to private and public sector clients across the property spectrum. Focus on overall planning, co-ordination and control from conception to completion.

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Realtors Listings

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More info on CIR Realty - KORE Real Estate Team Calgary RealtorsCIR Realty - KORE Real Estate Team

As a dynamic and innovative team, our mission is to deliver promised results to our clients by providing unparalleled customer service and leveraging the latest technologies.

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More info on Jesse Davies Team Calgary RealtorsJesse Davies Team

The Calgarian born and raised Jesse Davies is sure to sweep you off your feet for your next real estate need! Whether you need to buy or sell your home.

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More info on Benedict Devlin Real Estate Services Calgary RealtorsBenedict Devlin Real Estate Services

Informed decisions begin with understanding what's involved. You make better decisions when you have all the facts and some insight from non-partisan guidance.

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More info on singhomes 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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More info on WIllow Creek Realty Calgary RealtorsWIllow Creek Realty

Willow Creek Realty your realtors in southern Alberta for residential homes and rural properties for sale in Southern Alberta

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on The Very Best Mortgage Company 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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More info on Mortgage Select Ltd. o/a The Mortgage Centre 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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More info on Mortgage360 Calgary MortgagesMortgage360

Mortgage360, professional mortgage brokers in Calgary, specialises in providing seamless solutions to all your mortgage needs.

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More info on AB Foreclosure Stoppers Calgary MortgagesAB Foreclosure Stoppers

Alberta Foreclosure Stoppers is Alberta's premier foreclosure assistance company offering quick solutions to individuals and families currently in, or facing a foreclosure on their property.

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More info on Stacey Mass Calgary MortgagesStacey Mass

Hello my name is Stacey Mass. I became a mortgage associate in 1999. Prior to this I was an assistant to a home builder and noticed a great need for the RIGHT mortgage for people at the right time.

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Movers Listings

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More info on Heroes with Hearts Moving 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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More info on Matco Moving Solutions Calgary MoversMatco Moving Solutions

When Matco first opened its doors in 1966 in Norman Wells, a deep commitment to quality and superior customer service was at the heart of the company.

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More info on You Move Me Calgary 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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For more than 40 years Matco has been delivering quality and reliable moving services throughout Canada and around the world.

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Let Tippet Richardson store and manage your records efficiently and economically. Backed by over 90 Years of Experience, we provide a complete business records solution.

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Calgary
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Downtown / Eau Claire / Mewata (Calgary neighbourhoods)Downtown / Eau Claire / Mewata (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Ultimate in downtown convenience: you^re there! While there used to be little choice in the Downtown/Eau Claire neighbourhood. Close to the Kensington shopping district, Eau Claire Market, and LRT.

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Dalhousie, Edgemont (Calgary neighbourhoods)Dalhousie, Edgemont (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities lies west of Shaganappi Trail, north of Crowchild and east of Sarcee Trail. CLose to Nose Hill Park and great views of the mountains and city.

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Aspen Woods / Springbank Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)Aspen Woods / Springbank Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: The neighbourhoods of Aspen Woods and Springbank Hill lie between 17th Avenue and Richmond Rd, west of 69th Street. Once nothing but rural farmland, now rapidly becoming Calgary suburbs.

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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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Ranchlands, Crowchild Ranch, Hawkwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Ranchlands, Crowchild Ranch, Hawkwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These relatively new communities are west of Sarcee Trail, north of Crowchild, and southeast of Nose Hill Drive and Country Hills Boulevard

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