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 Michelle Jones, Homes With Jones Calgary BuildersMichelle Jones, Homes With Jones

Calgary Realtor with a background in Farming, Sales. Also a Licensed Para-legal and Commissioner or Oaths.

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More info on Evanston by Qualico Communities Calgary BuildersEvanston by Qualico Communities

Evanston is a community designed for open spaces, open doors and open hearts and that's something everyone can agree on. From move-up homes to grand estates, a Calgary community is just right for you.

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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 Morrison Homes Calgary BuildersMorrison Homes

Morrison Homes is Calgary's leading home builder. Morrison builds in many communities, including Mahogany, Legacy, and Cranston. View our models and quick possession homes now.

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More info on Stepper Homes Calgary BuildersStepper Homes

For the team at Stepper Homes in Calgary, a house just isn't a home until you've customized it to reflect who you are and what you enjoy most. We've been building homes in Calgary and area for over 60 years. Visit one of our showhomes today!

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More info on TALKCalgary - Real Estate Calgary RealtorsTALKCalgary - Real Estate

TALKCalgary provides an in-depth and comprehensive real estate guide for the city of Calgary full MLS information on all homes, condos and apartments for sale in and around Calgary.

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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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More info on Will Vo Real Estate Calgary RealtorsWill Vo Real Estate

Will Vo is a professional real estate agent with RE/MAX. He helps Calgarians buy and sell home with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field.

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More info on Sarina Homes Calgary RealtorsSarina Homes

Sarina Homes, we are a Certified Built Green Calgary home builder. We build most energy efficient townhouses, New Condos, Townhouses and Townhomes developments in Calgary. Call us at 403-768-2088.

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More info on Clark Paul RE/MAX Real Estate Lethbridge Calgary RealtorsClark Paul RE/MAX Real Estate Lethbridge

Clark Paul has been one of the top RE/MAX Real Estate Agents in Lethbridge, Alberta, for many years.

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Mortgage Listings

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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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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 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 Verico Canada First Mortgage Calgary MortgagesVerico Canada First Mortgage

"Helping you save TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY in all your home financing needs - Call or email today, we'd love to hear from you!"

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More info on Stacey Mass Calgary MortgagesStacey Mass

Hello my name is Stacey Mass. I became a mortgage associate in 1999. Prior to this I was an assistant to a home builder and noticed a great need for the RIGHT mortgage for people at the right time.

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Movers Listings

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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 Next Level Calgary Movers Calgary MoversNext Level Calgary Movers

Next Level Calgary Movers is a premier moving company because of our high quality moving service. Our moving company also has a full range of moving services such local, long distance, interstate, business and office moving.

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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 Heroes with Hearts Moving Calgary MoversHeroes with Hearts Moving

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For more than 40 years Matco has been delivering quality and reliable moving services throughout Canada and around the world.

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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Rocky Ridge (Calgary neighbourhoods)Rocky Ridge (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Rocky Ridge is north of Crowchild Trail, and west of Rocky Ridge Road, just west of Stoney Trail.

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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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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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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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