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

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More info on Van Manna Homes Calgary BuildersVan Manna Homes

Van Manna Homes is one of Calgary’s finest custom home builders with core values, work ethic and passion, along with a philosophy that beauty is all in the details.

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More info on Michelle Jones, Homes With Jones 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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More info on Anderson Fisher Construction Limited Calgary BuildersAnderson Fisher Construction Limited

Anderson Fisher Construction Limited is a fully-equipped, top-quality construction company specializing in residential, commercial and custom framing.

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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 Rhymack Master Renovators and Custom Homes Calgary BuildersRhymack Master Renovators and Custom Homes

Owners; Shawn Kyer, General Manager and Ryan Holmes; Project Manager have been Renovating Homes in Calgary for a long time...their dream is to run an ethical, quality construction company.

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Realtors Listings

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More info on Samantha Clement: Real Estate Professional Calgary RealtorsSamantha Clement: Real Estate Professional

Looking for a home for sale in Okotoks? Realtor Samantha Clement specializes in Okotoks real estate, specifically Okotoks homes for sale! Visit the website to view current listings of houses and condos for sale in Okotoks.

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More info on Sarina Homes Calgary RealtorsSarina Homes

Sarina Homes, we are a Certified Built Green Calgary home builder. We build most energy efficient townhouses, New Condos, Townhouses and Townhomes developments in Calgary. Call us at 403-768-2088.

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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 The Fowler Team Calgary RealtorsThe Fowler Team

Helping Calgarians Buy & Sell Homes for Over 15 Years, Calgary Real Estate Agent Group The Fowler Team is Performance Driven and Determined.

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More info on CIR Realty - Mike Leibel Calgary RealtorsCIR Realty - Mike Leibel

REALTOR® - Associate Broker - Executive Platinum Award Club - My experience will benefit you greatly, whether selling, or buying a home.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on Alberta Mortgages, Zuhair Shlah, Mortgage Agent Calgary MortgagesAlberta Mortgages, Zuhair Shlah, Mortgage Agent

provideing you with competitive rates and responsive service for all your residential and commercial mortgage requirements. Allow us to shop your application and beat the rate offered by your bank.

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More info on First and Second Mortgages - Calgary 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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More info on Mortgage360 Calgary MortgagesMortgage360

Mortgage360, professional mortgage brokers in Calgary, specialises in providing seamless solutions to all your mortgage needs.

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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 Larry Arnason, Mortgage Broker - Axiom Calgary MortgagesLarry Arnason, Mortgage Broker - Axiom

Committed to making sure our clients get the lowest mortgage rates and the best personalized service. We work with hundreds of lenders in Canada to provide brokerage services for all income and credit levels – let us show you what we can do.

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Movers Listings

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More info on MiniMove Calgary 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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More info on North American Van Lines Calgary MoversNorth American Van Lines

Moving your goods across town or across the country is a major undertaking, North American Van Lines can help.

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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 Precision Movers Calgary MoversPrecision Movers

For three decades, Precision Movers has been Calgary's first choice for the safe relocation of large expensive items.

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More info on Quality Move Management Inc. 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
Neighbourhoods

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

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Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities have a mix of single family, townhomes, and low-rise apartments, close to both the Glenmore Reservoir and Mount Royal University.

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Elbow River  (Calgary neighbourhoods)Elbow River (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Close-in riverfront communties provide quiet surroundings close-in to the downtown core. This area is very desirable for corporate executives who can afford the price

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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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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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Citadel (Calgary neighbourhoods)Citadel (Calgary neighbourhoods)

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.

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