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 Savard Properties, Inc. Calgary BuildersSavard Properties, Inc.

Savard Properties,Inc. is a family-run real estate landlord company focused on delivering quality residential units at an affordable cost. Being 60+ units strong, we run things with professionally. Yet, we add the personal touch.

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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 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 Evanston by Qualico Communities Calgary BuildersEvanston by Qualico Communities

Evanston is a community designed for open spaces, open doors and open hearts and that's something everyone can agree on. From move-up homes to grand estates, a Calgary community is just right for you.

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More info on Triumph Roofing Inc Calgary BuildersTriumph Roofing Inc

Triumph Roofing Inc offers building solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings with a wide range of architectural metal products and roofing services.

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More info on Gizella  Davis  with Royal Le Page Foothills 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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More info on Waller Real Estate Group Calgary RealtorsWaller Real Estate Group

30 Years as a Calgary REALTOR®. Get my years of market knowledge and expertise working for you. Find out the odds of your home selling in today's market. Get honest advice whether Selling or Buying a home from a top Real Estate Professional.

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More info on Sarina Homes Calgary RealtorsSarina Homes

Sarina Homes, we are a Certified Built Green Calgary home builder. We build most energy efficient townhouses, New Condos, Townhouses and Townhomes developments in Calgary. Call us at 403-768-2088.

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More info on Cedarglen Realty Services - o/a Waller Real Estate Group 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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More info on Will Vo Real Estate 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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More info on Calgary Mortgages 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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More info on Verico Canada First Mortgage 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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More info on The Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta Calgary MortgagesThe Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta

The Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta is a Calgary mortgage broker that specializes in investment real estate but offers many other mortgage products!

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More info on Pete Chapman Calgary REALTOR & Mortgage Associate Calgary MortgagesPete Chapman Calgary REALTOR & Mortgage Associate

Dual licensed Calgary REALTOR & Mortgage Associate and creator of the web-based property valuation tool MyPropertyInfo I am able to offer a rare end-to-end, personalized service. Born and raised Calgarian with 11+ years of experience.

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More info on Amanda O'Connor Calgary, Alberta  Mortgage Broker 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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More info on Highland Moving & Storage Ltd. Calgary MoversHighland Moving & Storage Ltd.

Choose a mover that you can trust. We are an Alberta-owned operation, and we've worked hard to earn the reputation of being a closely knit family of moving professionals. Experts with a proven track record.

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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 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 OO movers Calgary Calgary MoversOO movers Calgary

Owner Operator movers share in the profits and the responsibility for your move. They have a financial and emotional commitment to your satisfaction that an employee mover will never share.!SAVE MONEY

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More info on Furniture Relocators 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
Neighbourhoods

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

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Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities have a mix of single family, townhomes, and low-rise apartments, close to both the Glenmore Reservoir and Mount Royal University.

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Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This community is nestled between Glenmore Tail and the Reservoir.

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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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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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North Hill, Briar Hill, Hounsfield Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)North Hill, Briar Hill, Hounsfield Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These neighbourhoods, atop the North Hill, is full of larger, well-treed older homes. Briar Hill is located around the North Hill Shopping Centre, west of 10th Street NW

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