Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY BE Moving 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 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 BuildersStepper Homes

For the team at Stepper Homes in Calgary, a house just isn't a home until you've customized it to reflect who you are and what you enjoy most. We've been building homes in Calgary and area for over 60 years. Visit one of our showhomes today!

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Calgary BuildersKurmak Builders

As a multiple award-winning company, again and again our testimonials speak highly of our commitment to communication, cost, schedule, quality & service. When you hire us, you've entrusted us with one of the most valued possessions you have.

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Calgary BuildersAlair Homes Calgary

Alair Homes is an entirely new brand of contracting company. Our philosophy is very simple; we want to get on the same side of the fence as our clients.

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Calgary BuildersReunion Community Information

Check out Reunion, Airdrie's leading new community, and find the best in contemporary household existing in a small town known for its comfortable, helpful environment.

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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 RealtorsJustin Havre - CIR Realty

Justin is a member of the Calgary Real Estate Board's Million Dollar Club, and was the #1 producer for CIR Realty in 2009. Visit his site to find current market stats, free advice for buyers and sellers, and to search real estate listings in Calgary.

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Calgary RealtorsGizella Davis with Royal Le Page Foothills

Gizella Davis has been serving Calgary families for over 34 years. Gizella provides a high level of service to suit your needs as a customer. Attention to detail makes her the best in the industry!

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Calgary RealtorsJoe Samson

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

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Calgary RealtorsCIR 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 RealtorsAragon Homes

We at Aragon Homes specializes in the liquidation of real estate and hold a large portfolio of properties in Calgary, Airdrie and Okotoks. Our professionals have over 2 decades of experience in real estate, development and financing.

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Mortgage Listings

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Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgage To Count On

Calgary mortgage broker servicing all of Alberta with the best rates and products. Located in a family-friendly Marda Loop location with free street parking. Available evenings and weekends. No cost service - you deserve a better rate!

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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 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 MortgagesVerico Canada First Mortgage

Calgary Mortgage Brokers Dan and Stacy Mass of Verico Canada First Mortgage are not only dedicated to setting up your mortgage that fits your lifestyle.

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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

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

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Calgary MoversCalgary Piano Movers

Our professional piano movers will safely move your piano no matter the size or weight. We vow to provide you with the highest quality of service for all your needs. We also move Gun Safes and Lab Equipment. Call us today at (403) 805-3427.

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Calgary MoversNext Level Calgary Movers

Next Level Calgary Movers is a premier moving company because of our high quality moving service.

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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 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 MoversNext Level Calgary Movers

Next Level Calgary Movers is a premier moving company because of our high quality moving service. Our moving company also has a full range of moving services such local, long distance, interstate, business and office moving.

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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Glengarry, Killarney, Westgate, Wildwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Glengarry, Killarney, Westgate, Wildwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Between Crowchild Trail and Sarcee Trail, with ready access to the West LRT, and close to the Shagannappi park natural area.

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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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Lake Chestermere (Calgary  neighbourhoods)Lake Chestermere (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Lake Chestermere, 15 kilometres east of Calgary^s downtown, was for many years a summer village and is now a city of 20,000

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Montgomery, Bowness (Calgary neighbourhoods)Montgomery, Bowness (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Straddling the Bow River floodplain and Bowness Road, west of Shaganappi Trail. Close to the Trans-Canada Highway, Bowness park and recreational trails

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