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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More info on Ravenswood by Qualico Communities Calgary BuildersRavenswood by Qualico Communities

Ravenswood is Located in Southeast Airdrie with an easy commute to Calgary and close access to downtown Airdrie's dining and shopping.

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More info on New West Custom and Luxury Homes 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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More info on Van Manna Homes 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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More info on Morrison Homes Calgary BuildersMorrison Homes

Morrison Homes is Calgary's leading home builder. Morrison builds in many communities, including Mahogany, Legacy, and Cranston. View our models and quick possession homes now.

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More info on The Montana 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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Realtors Listings

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More info on May Davidson, with Royal LePage Solutions Calgary RealtorsMay Davidson, with Royal LePage Solutions

I am working under the Royal Lepage banner Specializing in residential Real Estate. Buying and selling beautiful houses since 2005.

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More info on Dorothea Sautter: ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK Calgary RealtorsDorothea Sautter: ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK

Buying or selling a home is a big decision - you need an experienced professional to guide you through this process.

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More info on CIR REALTY - Stephen McDonald Calgary RealtorsCIR REALTY - Stephen McDonald

We offer a low pressure environment for buyers, and well above average results for home sales. Gain access to the MLS, and more.

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More info on Dawnell Werner, with RE/MAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS Calgary RealtorsDawnell Werner, with RE/MAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS

Looking for a better way to purchase and sell real Estate? Give me a call. My objective is to help you achieve your real estate goals in a manner in which you will have no reservation about referring others,to me.

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More info on The Fowler Team Calgary RealtorsThe Fowler Team

Helping Calgarians Buy & Sell Homes for Over 15 Years, Calgary Real Estate Agent Group The Fowler Team is Performance Driven and Determined.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on First and Second Mortgages Calgary MortgagesFirst and Second Mortgages

First & Second Mortgages is a specialist in mortgage financing. We lend money to people fast, based on the equity you have in your home or another property.

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More info on David Cooke with Dominion Lending Centres Westcor 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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More info on First and Second Mortgages - Calgary Calgary MortgagesFirst and Second Mortgages - Calgary

FIRST and SECOND MORTGAGES is a specialist in Mortgage Financing. We are a direct lender. We can help you to renew mortgage, refinance mortgage, purchase new home or secure a second mortgage.

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More info on DreamHouse Mortgage Calgary MortgagesDreamHouse Mortgage

DreamHouse Mortgage specialists are committed to make your dream home a reality!

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More info on Calgary Mortgage To Count On 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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Movers Listings

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More info on Minimove Calgary Calgary MoversMinimove Calgary

Small Move Specialists Since 1982.SAVE MONEY- Free Fuel-Free Insurance-NO Minimum Time Charges-Quarter Hour Billing-NO Hidden Charges-Price Match Any Competitive Offer

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More info on Tippet-Richardson Records Management Calgary MoversTippet-Richardson Records Management

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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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 Metropolitan Movers Calgary Calgary MoversMetropolitan Movers Calgary

Metropolitan Movers Calgary specializes in both residential and commercial moving, and offers a multiphase process that starts from the first conversation, and continues until all the goods have reached the destination.

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More info on Matco Moving Solutions		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
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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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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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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Collingwood, Charleswood, Brentwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Collingwood, Charleswood, Brentwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This community is bounded by the parklands along John Laurie Boulevard to the north, and Crowchild Trail and Shaganappi Trails to the west. Close to University, transit, and shopping.

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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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