Moving to Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY BE Moving 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 everybody 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

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Calgary BuildersCIR 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 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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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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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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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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Realtors Listings

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Calgary RealtorsCalgaryRealEstateAdvisors.ca of CIR Realty

CalgaryRealEstateAdvisors offers assistance with all kinds of real estate transactions. The happiness and satisfaction of our clients is our first priority.

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Calgary RealtorsChris Marshall, RE/MAX House of Real Estate

Your source for Calgary Real Estate. Excellence. Dedication. Integrity. Experience.

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Calgary RealtorsHomebase.ca

Homebase is Western Canada's All-Inclusive Online Real Estate Website!

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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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Calgary RealtorsSothebys International Realty Canada

Providing real estate marketing services and buyers representation from the worlds mose respected company

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Mortgage Listings

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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 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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Calgary MortgagesTrisha Argotoff- Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group

Local Mortgage Broker with 10 years experience.

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Calgary MortgagesDreamHouse Mortgage

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

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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 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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Calgary MoversThe Delta Movers

The Delta Movers (TDM) has been supplying exceptional moving services for residential and business needs throughout Canada for over 10 years. Throughout this time, The Delta Movers has earned a reputation for their professionalism and the quality.

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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 MoversA Plus Movers

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

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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
Neighbourhoods

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