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:
Calgary Realtor with a background in Farming, Sales. Also a Licensed Para-legal and Commissioner or Oaths.
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!
Your Premier Home Builder, Construction Manager, and Renovation Contractor in Calgary.We exceed our clients' expectations... Contact Us – Today, for a Consultation!
The Rise at West Grove Estates, West Spring’s newest community, offers you the opportunity to build your new home among established amenities in West Springs, Calgary.
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.
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:
As a dynamic and innovative team, our mission is to deliver promised results to our clients by providing unparalleled customer service and leveraging the latest technologies.
I am Devang Joshi, a professional, experienced and licensed Realtor® helping friends, families, home owners, buyers and investors to generate wealth in real estate. Helping families for selling and buying real estate at its best value.
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.
Reliance Real Estate Associates have been
serving home buyers and sellers in Calgary
and area for the last seven years.
I am working under the Royal Lepage banner Real Estate Professional currently working in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate since 2005.
Here are some of the Calgary mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
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%.
MMG specializes in all things Mortgage! We believe that honesty and integrity is the most important part of our business.
FIRST and SECOND MORTGAGES is a specialist in Mortgage Financing. We are a direct lender. We can help you to renew mortgage, refinance mortgage, purchase new home or secure a second mortgage.
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.
As a licensed mortgage professional with Dominion Lending Centres Westcor, I have access to multiple lenders, including big banks, credit unions and trust companies.
Here are some of the Calgary moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
fully equiped with floor-runner rugs, pads, dollies, straps and the knowledge and experience that makes the difference.
We are growing in all over Alberta. We deliver any kind of goods with safety and speed and ensures that the good you ordered reach you as fast as it can.Our company's motto is Customer Satisfaction.
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.
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.
QMM one of Calgary's top moving companies, With more than Fifteen years expertise QMM happen to be pros in Cross border moving.
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Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Calgary
AB: This community is nestled between Glenmore Tail and the Reservoir.
AB: These communities have a mix of single family, townhomes, and low-rise apartments, close to both the Glenmore Reservoir and Mount Royal University.
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.
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
AB: This 900-acre master-planned community is south of highway 22X and east of Highway 2 and is home to the Calgary South Campus Hospital
We have lots more neighbourhoods for you to explore and investigate...