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 BuildersCornerstone Homes

Cornerstone Homes is a calgary-based custom home builder specializing in acreages and estates.

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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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Calgary BuildersRocky Point Custom Homes

Rocky Point Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder in Calgary and area. From contemporary inner city custom homes to rustic ranch homes in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, Rocky Point will work with you to create your perfect dream home.

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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 BuildersCopper Brook Homes

Copper Brook Homes. Calgary’s premiere custom home builder. Specializing in kitchen renovations, custom cabinets and home additions. Come visit our 11,000 square foot custom cabinet making facility in Calgary.

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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 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 RealtorsArthur Wong & Associates

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Calgary RealtorsDavid Tsegai Realtor with Reliance Real Estate

Reliance Real Estate Associates have been serving home buyers and sellers in Calgary and area for the last seven years.

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Calgary RealtorsRoland J. Darel Realty Maxwell Canyon Creek

Award winning professional REALTOR®️ serving clients in Calgary and Okotoks

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Calgary RealtorsGizella Davis with Royal Le Page Foothills

Gizella Davis has been serving Calgary families for over 34 years. Gizella provides a high level of service to suit your needs as a customer. Attention to detail makes her the best in the industry!

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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 MortgagesAmanda O'Connor Calgary, Alberta Mortgage Broker

Amanda O'Connor Calgary Alberta Mortgage Broker: we help first-time home buyers get their first mortgage. We also specialize in refinancing and lender transfers. We can help solve your mortgage and financing problems!

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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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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 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 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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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

Owner-Operated Movers, We Care. Discounts. Free Fuel. BBB A+ Affordable, Professional Moving Service. Office, Apt, Long Distance, Big & Small Moves. Because Our Movers Own The Company, You Get More For Less! Happy to serve since 1982.

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Calgary MoversPrecision Movers

For three decades, Precision Movers has been Calgary's first choice for the safe relocation of large expensive items.

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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 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 MoversA Plus Movers

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

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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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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South Calgary, Garrison Gren, Lincoln Park  (Calgary neighbourhoods)South Calgary, Garrison Gren, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Between 14th Street and Crowchild Trail. South Calgary and Altadore have a mix of single family homes, with the more expensive ones closer to the park at Sandy Beach.

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Rosedale, Crescent Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)Rosedale, Crescent Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: On the bluff overlooking downtown and the Bow River, Crescent Heights is one of Calgary^s oldest residential communities

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Bragg Creek  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Bragg Creek (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This rustic little village is nestled between the edge the foothills and the T^suu T^ina Nation (Sarcee) Indian reserve, and is about 40 kilometres west of Calgary

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