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 BuildersCopperfield Community Information

Copperfield Community is the place to live with in Calgary. They got lifestyle amenities that you deserved in a community. Visit our show homes and discover why Copperfield is right for you.

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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 BuildersWest Ridge Fine Homes

Calgary Custom Homes | Calgary Show Homes | Show Homes for Sale | Calgary Home Builders | WestRidge Fine Homes is the best choice for home builders and show homes in Calgary, Chestermere, and surrounding areas. No two designs are the same.

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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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Calgary BuildersReady to Move Homes Alberta

Akal Homes provide 'Ready To Move' homes across Alberta to the families dreaming to own a home. We offer a wide range of 'Ready To Move' home plans and designs. Thus, we are considered as Alberta's #1 RTM and home providers.

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Calgary RealtorsKaren King & Associates Inc

You will receive a DEDICATED realtor, who will provide ETHICAL, HONEST service. The latest TECHNOLOGY will be employed on your behalf. ALL SOURCES will be searched, including those not readily on the market.

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Calgary RealtorsThe Thomas Calvert Team

Thomas Calvert, Robyn Saunders and Marilou Evangelista, all Calgarian natives, come together to form an outstanding team of qualified, dedicated, committed and reliable professional Real Estate Agents delivering legendary customer service.

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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 RealtorsCalgary Luxury Real Estate by Hripki | Nelson & Associates

Calgary Luxury Home Marketing Team with over 30+ years selling Luxury Homes in and around Calgary.

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Calgary RealtorsJesse van Mastrigt, MaxWell Westview Realty

Our professional team will maximize your savings and keep the equity you've built in your home when you buy and sell with us! We offer over 25 marketing options, including a professional home staging consultation and virtual tour. 813-5945

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Calgary MortgagesTriston Rans with The Mortgage Group

Calgary Mortgage Specialist Triston Rans is THE person to turn to when looking for a Calgary mortgage broker. Working with The Mortgage Group Calgary and dozens of mortgage lenders across Canada ensures you will get the lowest mortgage rate possible.

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Calgary MortgagesVerico Canada First Mortgage

"Helping you save TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY in all your home financing needs - Call or email today, we'd love to hear from you!"

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Calgary MortgagesMortgages by Deborah Lazareff

I am committed to helping clients find the right mortgage products for their needs. I understand that every borrower is unique, which is why we offer a variety of products to meet their specific life style.

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Calgary MortgagesMortgage360

Mortgage360, professional mortgage brokers in Calgary, specialises in providing seamless solutions to all your mortgage 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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Movers Listings

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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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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 MoversCalgary Carriers2

We are growing in all over Alberta. We deliver any kind of goods with safety and speed and ensures that the good you ordered reach you as fast as it can.Our company's motto is Customer Satisfaction.

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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 MoversPak-N-Stor

Calgary Storage delivered to you. We deliver our Calgary storage units to your home or business. We deliver. You Pack. We Store. Pak-N-Stor is Calgary self-storage made easy.

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

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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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 Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Connaught, Mission, Erlton (Calgary neighbourhood) Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Connaught, Mission, Erlton (Calgary neighbourhood)

AB: South of Downtown Calgary neighbourhoods descriptions and maps of recreation, schools, shopping, etc

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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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Beltline, Lower Mount Royal (Calgary neighbourhoods)Beltline, Lower Mount Royal (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Just south of downtown, with a high population density of generally younger residents, many of whom walk into the downtown core. The Beltline is popular for its closeness to downtown as well as the many bars, restaurants, and shops

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Kensington, Sunnyside, Hillhurst (Calgary neighbourhoods)Kensington, Sunnyside, Hillhurst (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Just across the river from downtown, between Centre Street and Crowchild Trail. Centered around the Louise Bridge |and Kensington shopping district with variety of smaller homes, infills, low-rise apartments and recently-built townhouse condos

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