Moving to Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY BE Moving 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 everybody 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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Calgary Realtors, Home Builders, Mortgages & Movers

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Builder Listings

Here are some of the Calgary Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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Calgary BuildersHomebase.ca

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

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Calgary BuildersHopewell Group of Companies

Hopewell Residential is the residential community development, multi-family and single-family construction arm of the Hopewell Group of Companies.

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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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Calgary BuildersCornerstone Homes

Cornerstone Homes is a calgary-based custom home builder specializing in acreages and estates.

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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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Realtors Listings

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Calgary RealtorsTyler Giesbrecht Realty Group

Tyler Giesbrecht Realty Group is committed to building relationships based on trust and understanding. We consistently strive to provide sound real estate advice to guide you in making insightful real estate decisions.

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Calgary RealtorsCrystal Tost and Tyler Tost

With our combined experience of 30 years + and attention to detail - we are here to help you reach your Calgary real estate goals.

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Calgary RealtorsTina Scott with MaxWell Canyon creek

MaxWell Realty Canyoncreek/Strathmore is the COMPANY of CHOICE..We CONSTANTLY sell more REAL ESTATE. Come in for a cup of coffee. We are the "SMALL TOWN" company with a partnership of realtors who believe in HONESTLY working FOR the CLIENT

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Calgary RealtorsSothebys International Realty Canada

Providing real estate marketing services and buyers representation from the worlds mose respected company

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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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Mortgage Listings

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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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Calgary MortgagesFirst and Second Mortgages - Calgary

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.

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Calgary MortgagesAmanda O'Connor Calgary, Alberta Mortgage Broker

Amanda O'Connor Calgary Alberta Mortgage Broker: we help first-time home buyers get their first mortgage. We also specialize in refinancing and lender transfers. We can help solve your mortgage and financing problems!

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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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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

Here are some of the Calgary moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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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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Calgary MoversQuality Move Management Inc.

Established in Vancouver in 1996, QMM has grown to become Allied's largest agent in Canada and largest cross border agent in North America.

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Calgary MoversTotal Service Moving / TSM Moving

Why Choose Us Voted #1 Moving CompanyConsumers' Choice AwardProfessional and Experienced Movers Residential and Commercial Services Anywhere in Canada and USA

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Calgary MoversHeroes with Hearts Moving

fully equiped with floor-runner rugs, pads, dollies, straps and the knowledge and experience that makes the difference.

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Calgary MoversMiniMove Calgary

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.

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)Lakeview (Calgary neighbourhoods)

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

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Okotoks  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Okotoks (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Okotoks, best know for the big rock left behind by the glaciers, is a bedroom community just 23 kilometres south of the cit

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Varsity, Varsity Acres, Varsity Estates (Caglaryneighbourhoods)Varsity, Varsity Acres, Varsity Estates (Caglaryneighbourhoods)

AB: This area is on the hills overlooking the Bow River Valley northwest of the University of Calgary

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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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