Moving to Calgary, Alberta - info about 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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More info on Homes by AviUrban Calgary BuildersHomes by AviUrban

As your home builder, Avi Urban works to set the bar high to build the most beautiful townhomes and condos across Calgary.

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More info on Alair Homes Calgary Calgary BuildersAlair Homes Calgary

Alair Homes is an entirely new brand of contracting company. Our philosophy is very simple; we want to get on the same side of the fence as our clients.

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More info on Ranchers' Rise Calgary BuildersRanchers' Rise

Nestled within Okotoks Air Ranch, Canada’s first private air park, Ranchers' Rise is one of Okotoks' most unique family communities, blending playgrounds, xtraordinary homes and the inspiring beauty of the wide-open prairies.

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More info on White Rose Construction Services Ltd Calgary BuildersWhite Rose Construction Services Ltd

Providing a diverse range of Construction Project Management and Cost Management solutions to private and public sector clients across the property spectrum. Focus on overall planning, co-ordination and control from conception to completion.

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More info on New West Custom and Luxury Homes 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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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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More info on Calgary Real estate Ross Pavl & Associate Calgary RealtorsCalgary Real estate Ross Pavl & Associate

Your Calgary real estate experts. Find the best Calgary homes for sale, luxury homes & Calgary condos in your community! Access great buyer tools & seller resources!

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More info on Karen King & Associates Inc 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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More info on JC Executive Homes Calgary RealtorsJC Executive Homes

Assist buyers and sellers with residential and rural real estate. Manage residential rental properties.

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More info on Crystal Tost and Tyler Tost Calgary RealtorsCrystal Tost and Tyler Tost

With our combined experience of 30 years + and attention to detail - we are here to help you reach your Calgary real estate goals.

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More info on Joe Samson & Associates Calgary RealtorsJoe Samson & Associates

Opening one door at a time.... Your true one-stop-shop for all of your Real Estate Needs.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on AB Foreclosure Stoppers 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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More info on David Cooke with Dominion Lending Centres Westcor 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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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 Mortgage360 Calgary MortgagesMortgage360

Mortgage360, professional mortgage brokers in Calgary, specialises in providing seamless solutions to all your mortgage needs.

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More info on Green Mortgage Solutions Calgary MortgagesGreen Mortgage Solutions

Looking for a mortgage broker for your home or business? We are a fully licensed brokerage dealing in residential and commercial mortgages and private loans. No deal is too big or too small. Contact us today and speak with our experienced team!

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Movers Listings

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More info on Pak-N-Stor 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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More info on The Delta Movers 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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More info on U-MOVE CANADA Mobile Storage & Moving Solutions Calgary MoversU-MOVE CANADA Mobile Storage & Moving Solutions

Canada's leader in mobile storage, providing low cost moving and storage solutions. A safe, reliable, and affordable way to move and store. We deliver. You pack it. We move it or store it. It's that simple.

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More info on Matco Moving Solutions 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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More info on Total Service Moving / TSM Moving Calgary MoversTotal Service Moving / TSM Moving

Why Choose Us Voted #1 Moving CompanyConsumers' Choice AwardProfessional and Experienced Movers Residential and Commercial Services Anywhere in Canada and USA

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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Mount Royal, Glencoe, Elbow Park, Brittania (Calgary neighbourhoods)Mount Royal, Glencoe, Elbow Park, Brittania (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Calgary^s \old money\,lives on the hills just south of downtown, astride the Elbow River. Within walking distance of the prestigious Glencoe Club

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Inglewood, East Village, Victoria Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)Inglewood, East Village, Victoria Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Calgary before the railway, now a resurgent yuppie community with dining, galleries and shops. East Village is around Fort Calgary, while Inglewood is closer to the zoo.

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Citadel (Calgary neighbourhoods)Citadel (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Citadel Community Sign Citadel is located north of Country Hills Boulevard and west of Sarcee Trail. The location, on the northwest slope of Nose Hill gives residents great mountain views.

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Aspen Woods / Springbank Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)Aspen Woods / Springbank Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: The neighbourhoods of Aspen Woods and Springbank Hill lie between 17th Avenue and Richmond Rd, west of 69th Street. Once nothing but rural farmland, now rapidly becoming Calgary suburbs.

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Richmond Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)Richmond Hill (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Richmond Hill is located on Broadcast Hill, at the end of Richmond Road west of Sarcee Trail. Great shopping and access to the mountains.

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