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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Here are some of the Calgary Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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More info on Genesis Builders Group Calgary BuildersGenesis Builders Group

Genesis specializes in both land development and home building. This model enables us to provide an enhanced level of consumer choice and quality control.

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More info on Copperfield Community Information 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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More info on Ancora Homes Inc Calgary BuildersAncora Homes Inc

Quality new home builder since 2001. Serving Calgary and surrounding area.

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More info on Crestmont by Qualico Communities Calgary BuildersCrestmont by Qualico Communities

Crestmont West offers a secluded community setting just minutes away from the busy city, featuring pristine panoramic views of the mountains.

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More info on CIR REALTY - Jessica Taburada 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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More info on Calgary Real Estate Online .ca – Trina Reinhart, Sutton Group Canwest Realty Calgary RealtorsCalgary Real Estate Online .ca – Trina Reinhart, Sutton Group Canwest Realty

Trina Reinhart is your choice for all of your real estate needs. Need to sell your home fast? Trina Reinhart of Sutton Group - Canwest Realty is connected to one of Canada’s largest real estate relocation and investment networks.

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More info on Elke Babiuk, MaxWell Canyon Creek Calgary RealtorsElke Babiuk, MaxWell Canyon Creek

Get the Inside track to Calgary Real Estate Listings and receive Calgary Homes for Sale before they are advertised with REALTOR®, Elke Babiuk. We're Sold on Service and Sold on Calgary!

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More info on Aragon Homes 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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More info on Dayla Fuller - Calgary SW Homes for Sale Calgary RealtorsDayla Fuller - Calgary SW Homes for Sale

Making the Buying & Selling of Real Estate a smooth transaction! Find Calgary Homes for Sale SE or SW and make your property purchase easier with Dayla Fuller; our real estate MLS Listing has it all and you can find it effortlessly.

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More info on Unison Realty Calgary RealtorsUnison Realty

CALGARY'S CHOICE FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS. Unison Realty provides property management services, condo & home rentals, and other real estate investing / management services.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on Alberta Mortgages, Zuhair Shlah, Mortgage Agent Calgary MortgagesAlberta Mortgages, Zuhair Shlah, Mortgage Agent

provideing you with competitive rates and responsive service for all your residential and commercial mortgage requirements. Allow us to shop your application and beat the rate offered by your bank.

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More info on The Very Best Mortgage Company Calgary MortgagesThe Very Best Mortgage Company

Whether it's financing for your first home, investment property or the home of your dreams why not trust in the mortgage professionals working for you, NOT the lenders. At The Very Best Mortgage Company we stand behind our commitment to you 100%.

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More info on Trevor Leys Schirok with Conexia Mortgage Calgary MortgagesTrevor Leys Schirok with Conexia Mortgage

With having 10+ years of Mortgage Financing experience in Calgary, I am committed to the fact that when you hold Client's Best Interest as your core... rate is never an issue!

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More info on Mortgage Select Ltd. o/a The Mortgage Centre 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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More info on DreamHouse Mortgage Calgary MortgagesDreamHouse Mortgage

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

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Movers Listings

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More info on Calgary Carriers2 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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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 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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Moving your goods across town or across the country is a major undertaking, North American Van Lines can help.

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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
Neighbourhoods

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

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Elbow River  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Elbow River (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Close-in riverfront communties provide quiet surroundings close-in to the downtown core. This area is very desirable for corporate executives who can afford the price

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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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 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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Auburn Bay, (Calgary neighbourhoods)Auburn Bay, (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This 900-acre master-planned community is south of highway 22X and east of Highway 2 and is home to the Calgary South Campus Hospital

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