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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Kon-strux is a full-service residential design/build contractor headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. We offer a complete array of design/build services including complete construction project management services.
Genesis specializes in both land development and home building. This model enables us to provide an enhanced level of consumer choice and quality control.
Crestmont West offers a secluded community setting just minutes away from the busy city, featuring pristine panoramic views of the mountains.
Savard Properties,Inc. is a family-run real estate landlord company focused on delivering quality residential units at an affordable cost. Being 60+ units strong, we run things with professionally. Yet, we add the personal touch.
Sabal Homes has a rich history of innovation and modern architectural design. Building in Calgary since 1994, Sabal initially focused on building inner-city infill's and condos and then progressed to master planned suburban communities.
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:
We are Chestermere Real Estate specialists. Doug and Marjorie McKay the owners of RE/MAX Real Estate Advocates have been selling real estate in Chestermere since 1992.
NextBigMoveCalgary Real Estate Team specializes in helping home buyers and sellers in Calgary and Area.Whether you're searching for your first Calgary home, your next home, or looking to sell your home and move on to new adventures.
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!
Kristi Henriksen Real Estate specializes in Residential Sales and Revenue Property Sales in the Calgary and surrounding area and is an integral part of the GIL Property Management & Sales Team.
Here are some of the Calgary mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
The Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta is a Calgary mortgage broker that specializes in investment real estate but offers many other mortgage products!
"Helping you save TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY in all your home financing needs - Call or email today, we'd love to hear from you!"
Local Mortgage Broker with 10 years experience.
Mortgage360, professional mortgage brokers in Calgary, specialises in providing seamless solutions to all your mortgage needs.
We are Canada's top mortgage lender offering private mortgage at best rates and fast! If you own a home and need to borrow money, we can help. Very fast funding at the lowest rates & fees. Even brokers come to us first!
Here are some of the Calgary moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
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For three decades, Precision Movers has been Calgary's first choice for the safe relocation of large expensive items.
Next Level Calgary Movers is a premier moving company because of our high quality moving service.
Moving your goods across town or across the country is a major undertaking, North American Van Lines can help.
Metropolitan Movers Calgary specializes in both residential and commercial moving, and offers a multiphase process that starts from the first conversation, and continues until all the goods have reached the destination.
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Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Calgary
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
AB: Straddling the Bow River floodplain and Bowness Road, west of Shaganappi Trail. Close to the Trans-Canada Highway, Bowness park and recreational trails
AB: Signal Hill is south of Broadcast Hill, west of Sarcee Trail and btween 17th Avenue and Richmond Road. The hill honors the four army battalions, that trained there during the First World War
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.
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.
We have lots more neighbourhoods for you to explore and investigate...