Moving to Calgary, Alberta - info about home neighbourhoods, realtors and movers



WHY BE Moving to Calgary?

This headquarters of Canada's oil & gas industry has vuilt 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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More info on The Rise at West Grove Estates Calgary BuildersThe Rise at West Grove Estates

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 Spring Calgary.

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More info on Kurmak Builders Calgary BuildersKurmak Builders

Kurmak Builders are a Calgary-based complete home renovations company and custom home builder. We understand the importance of high quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and functionality.

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More info on White Rose Construction Services Ltd Calgary BuildersWhite Rose Construction Services Ltd

Providing a diverse range of Construction Project Management and Cost Management solutions to private and public sector clients across the property spectrum. Focus on overall planning, co-ordination and control from conception to completion.

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More info on Copper Brook Homes Calgary BuildersCopper Brook Homes

Copper Brook Homes. Calgary’s premiere custom home builder. Specializing in kitchen renovations, custom cabinets and home additions. Come visit our 11,000 square foot custom cabinet making facility in Calgary.

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More info on Homes by AviUrban Calgary BuildersHomes by AviUrban

As your home builder, Avi Urban works to set the bar high to build the most beautiful townhomes and condos across Calgary.

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Realtors Listings

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More info on Willow Creek Realty Calgary RealtorsWillow Creek Realty

Willow Creek Realty your realtors in southern Alberta for residential homes and rural properties for sale in Southern Alberta

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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 Dawnell Werner, with RE/MAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS Calgary RealtorsDawnell Werner, with RE/MAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS

Looking for a better way to purchase and sell real Estate? Give me a call. My objective is to help you achieve your real estate goals in a manner in which you will have no reservation about referring others,to me.

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More info on Steve Williamson - NextBigMoveCalgary.com Calgary RealtorsSteve Williamson - NextBigMoveCalgary.com

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.

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More info on Elke Babiuk, MaxWell Canyon Creek Calgary RealtorsElke Babiuk, MaxWell Canyon Creek

Get the Inside track to Calgary Real Estate Listings and receive Calgary Homes for Sale before they are advertised with REALTOR®, Elke Babiuk. We're Sold on Service and Sold on Calgary!

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on The Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta Calgary MortgagesThe Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta

The Canadian Mortgage Team Alberta is a Calgary mortgage broker that specializes in investment real estate but offers many other mortgage products!

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More info on Trevor Leys Schirok with Conexia Mortgage Calgary MortgagesTrevor Leys Schirok with Conexia Mortgage

With having 10+ years of Mortgage Financing experience in Calgary, I am committed to the fact that when you hold Client's Best Interest as your core... rate is never an issue!

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More info on MMG Mortgages Calgary MortgagesMMG Mortgages

MMG specializes in all things Mortgage! We believe that honesty and integrity is the most important part of our business.

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More info on Canada Mortgage Lender - First Choice Capital Corporation Calgary MortgagesCanada Mortgage Lender - First Choice Capital Corporation

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!

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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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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 Pak-N-Stor Calgary MoversPak-N-Stor

Calgary Storage delivered to you. We deliver our Calgary storage units to your home or business. We deliver. You Pack. We Store. Pak-N-Stor is Calgary self-storage made easy.

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More info on Total Service Moving / TSM Moving 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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More info on Highland Moving & Storage Ltd. Calgary MoversHighland Moving & Storage Ltd.

Choose a mover that you can trust. We are an Alberta-owned operation, and we've worked hard to earn the reputation of being a closely knit family of moving professionals. Experts with a proven track record.

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More info on Metropolitan Movers Calgary Calgary MoversMetropolitan Movers Calgary

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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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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Mount Royal, Glencoe, Elbow Park, Brittania (Calgary neighbourhoods)Mount Royal, Glencoe, Elbow Park, Brittania (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Calgary^s \old money\,lives on the hills just south of downtown, astride the Elbow River. Within walking distance of the prestigious Glencoe Club

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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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Downtown / Eau Claire / Mewata (Calgary neighbourhoods)Downtown / Eau Claire / Mewata (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Ultimate in downtown convenience: you^re there! While there used to be little choice in the Downtown/Eau Claire neighbourhood. Close to the Kensington shopping district, Eau Claire Market, and LRT.

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Bragg Creek  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Bragg Creek (Calgary neighbourhoods)

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

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Rosedale, Crescent Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)Rosedale, Crescent Heights (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: On the bluff overlooking downtown and the Bow River, Crescent Heights is one of Calgary^s oldest residential communities

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