Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY BE Moving to Calgary?

This headquarters of Canada's oil & gas industry has vuilt 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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Calgary Realtors, Home Builders, Mortgages & Movers

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Builder Listings

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

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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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Calgary BuildersHopewell Group of Companies

Hopewell Residential is the residential community development, multi-family and single-family construction arm of the Hopewell Group of Companies.

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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 BuildersAnderson Fisher Construction Limited

Anderson Fisher Construction Limited is a fully-equipped, top-quality construction company specializing in residential, commercial and custom framing.

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Calgary BuildersKurmak Builders

Kurmak Builders are a Calgary-based complete home renovations company and custom home builder. We understand the importance of high quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and functionality.

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Realtors Listings

Here are some of the Calgary realtors with knowledge of suitable homes available in the neighbourhood you want, listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary RealtorsJoe Samson

We Don't just sell real estate - …We do more than that!

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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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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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Calgary RealtorsCIR Realty - KORE Real Estate Team

As a dynamic and innovative team, our mission is to deliver promised results to our clients by providing unparalleled customer service and leveraging the latest technologies.

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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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Mortgage Listings

Here are some of the Calgary mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary MortgagesMortgage Select Ltd

One stop mortgage shopping! Since mortgages are our only business, we can offer valuable insights and options unavailable from traditional financial institutions. Our service costs you nothing and we offer unbiased advice.

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Calgary MortgagesAB Foreclosure Stoppers

Alberta Foreclosure Stoppers is Alberta's premier foreclosure assistance company offering quick solutions to individuals and families currently in, or facing a foreclosure on their property.

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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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Calgary Mortgages'MORTGAGE ARCHITECTS - MORTGAGE PETE - www.mortgagePETE.ca

- quick pre-approvals/approvals for real estate purchases - mortgage renewals - refinances - equity take-outs - second mortgages # FREE mortgage consultations & credit advice, even after hours! Convenient, full service over phone fax & internet

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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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Movers Listings

Here are some of the Calgary moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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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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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 MoversMatco Moving Solutions

When Matco first opened its doors in 1966 in Norman Wells, a deep commitment to quality and superior customer service was at the heart of the company.

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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
Neighbourhoods

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

AB: These communities lie on the relatively flat hilltop, between 14th Street and Crowchild Trail. South Calgary and Altadore are single family homes,

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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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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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