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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More info on Homebase.ca Calgary BuildersHomebase.ca

Homebase is Western Canada's All-Inclusive Online Real Estate Website!

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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 Ready to Move Homes Alberta 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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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 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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Realtors Listings

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More info on The Thomas Calvert Team 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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More info on David Tsegai Realtor with Reliance Real Estate 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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More info on Lina Horner - Smart Calgary Homes Calgary RealtorsLina Horner - Smart Calgary Homes

Looking for help in Calgary's Real Estate Market? Smart Calgary Homes is a great place to start. Instant access to all available homes, full MLS, you can save favorites and searches even ask questions. It is easy and reliable.

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More info on Bedrock Realty Advisors Calgary RealtorsBedrock Realty Advisors

Bedrock Realty Advisors is a Calgary real estate brokerage specializing in the leasing, subleasing and lease renewal consultation of tenants in the local office market. We will help you find commercial office space that fits your needs and budget.

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More info on CIR REALTY - Jessica Taburada Calgary RealtorsCIR 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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Mortgage Listings

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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 Calgary Mortgages Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgages

We are a full service mortgage broker service. We shop the wholesale mortgage market for you without damaging your credit score. For fast, efficient, service with professional advice call 403-836-1201

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I'm a Mortgage Broker in Calgary, Alberta, offering outstanding service on mortgages for first-time buyers, self employed and more...Getting a mortgage for your home in Calgary is about so much more than just finding the lowest mortgage rate.

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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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More info on Triston Rans with The Mortgage Group 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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Movers Listings

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More info on A Plus Movers Calgary MoversA Plus Movers

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

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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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Choose a mover that you can trust. We are an Alberta-owned operation, and we've worked hard to earn the reputation of being a closely knit family of moving professionals. Experts with a proven track record.

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More info on Precision Movers 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
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This community is nestled between Glenmore Tail and the Reservoir.

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Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities have a mix of single family, townhomes, and low-rise apartments, close to both the Glenmore Reservoir and Mount Royal University.

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Tuscany, Tuscarora (Calgary neighbourhoods)Tuscany, Tuscarora (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Tuscany and Tuscarora are south of Crowchild Trail, and west of Stoney Trail. Stoney Trail connects the community to the Trans-Canada Highway, just west of Canada Olympic Park,

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Collingwood, Charleswood, Brentwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Collingwood, Charleswood, Brentwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: This community is bounded by the parklands along John Laurie Boulevard to the north, and Crowchild Trail and Shaganappi Trails to the west. Close to University, transit, and shopping.

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