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 Homebase.ca Calgary BuildersHomebase.ca

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

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More info on New West Custom and Luxury Homes Calgary BuildersNew West Custom and Luxury Homes

When you select New West to build your custom or luxury estate home, or renovation project, you step into a relationship based on our principles. There's no second guessing or uncertainty, we make sure everything is done exactly as you wish.

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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 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 Keller Construction Ltd. Calgary BuildersKeller Construction Ltd.

Over 50 years of industry-leading quality, commitment, and integrity.

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More info on Jesse van Mastrigt, MaxWell Westview Realty 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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More info on JC Executive Homes Calgary RealtorsJC Executive Homes

Assist buyers and sellers with residential and rural real estate. Manage residential rental properties.

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More info on CIR Realty - KORE Real Estate Team Calgary RealtorsCIR Realty - KORE Real Estate Team

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.

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More info on Calgary Luxury Condo, by Hripki | Nelson & Associates Calgary RealtorsCalgary Luxury Condo, by Hripki | Nelson & Associates

Condos for sale - Calgary Condo Realtor Josh Nelson is a well known expert in the downtown Calgary Condo Market.

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More info on Chris Marshall, RE/MAX House of Real Estate Calgary RealtorsChris Marshall, RE/MAX House of Real Estate

Your source for Calgary Real Estate. Excellence. Dedication. Integrity. Experience.

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More info on Calgary Mortgage To Count On Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgage To Count On

Calgary mortgage broker servicing all of Alberta with the best rates and products. Located in a family-friendly Marda Loop location with free street parking. Available evenings and weekends. No cost service - you deserve a better rate!

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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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More info on Mortgage Select Ltd 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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More info on My Mortgage Line Calgary MortgagesMy Mortgage Line

Mortgage Line offers customized options to suit your needs and lifestyle.From applying for a new home mortgage to refinancing your assets, we are with you every step of the way.

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More info on First and Second Mortgages Calgary MortgagesFirst and Second Mortgages

First & Second Mortgages is a specialist in mortgage financing. We lend money to people fast, based on the equity you have in your home or another property.

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Movers Listings

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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.

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More info on You Move Me Calgary Calgary MoversYou Move Me Calgary

You Move Me Alberta Central strives to make moving almost fun. We're your favourite movers in Calgary who do way more than pick up your boxes.

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More info on Quality Move Management Calgary MoversQuality Move Management

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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More info on Calgary Piano Movers Calgary MoversCalgary Piano Movers

Our professional piano movers will safely move your piano no matter the size or weight. We vow to provide you with the highest quality of service for all your needs. We also move Gun Safes and Lab Equipment. Call us today at (403) 805-3427.

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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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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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Glengarry, Killarney, Westgate, Wildwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Glengarry, Killarney, Westgate, Wildwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Between Crowchild Trail and Sarcee Trail, with ready access to the West LRT, and close to the Shagannappi park natural area.

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Patterson Heights / Patterson Hills (Calgary neighbourhoods)Patterson Heights / Patterson Hills (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Patterson Heights and Patterson Hills are located at the northwest end of Broadcast Hill, off old Banff Coach Road west of Sarcee Trail.

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Ranchlands, Crowchild Ranch, Hawkwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)Ranchlands, Crowchild Ranch, Hawkwood (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These relatively new communities are west of Sarcee Trail, north of Crowchild, and southeast of Nose Hill Drive and Country Hills Boulevard

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Auburn Bay, (Calgary neighbourhoods)Auburn Bay, (Calgary neighbourhoods)

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

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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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