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



Calgary's Erlton area, seen from Calgary Tower

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 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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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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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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Calgary BuildersTriumph Roofing Inc

Triumph Roofing Inc offers building solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings with a wide range of architectural metal products and roofing services.

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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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Realtors Listings

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:

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Calgary RealtorsCalgary Real Estate Online .ca – Trina Reinhart, Sutton Group Canwest Realty

Trina Reinhart is your choice for all of your real estate needs. Need to sell your home fast? Trina Reinhart of Sutton Group - Canwest Realty is connected to one of Canada’s largest real estate relocation and investment networks.

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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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Calgary RealtorsBedrock Realty Advisors

Bedrock Realty Advisors is a Calgary real estate brokerage specializing in the leasing, subleasing and lease renewal consultation of tenants in the local office market. We will help you find commercial office space that fits your needs and budget.

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Calgary RealtorsTALKCalgary - Real Estate

TALKCalgary provides an in-depth and comprehensive real estate guide for the city of Calgary full MLS information on all homes, condos and apartments for sale in and around Calgary.

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Calgary RealtorsCalgary Real estate Ross Pavl & Associate

Your Calgary real estate experts. Find the best Calgary homes for sale, luxury homes & Calgary condos in your community! Access great buyer tools & seller resources!

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Mortgage Listings

Here are some of the Calgary mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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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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Calgary MortgagesMortgages by Deborah Lazareff

I am committed to helping clients find the right mortgage products for their needs. I understand that every borrower is unique, which is why we offer a variety of products to meet their specific life style.

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Calgary Mortgages'MORTGAGE ARCHITECTS - MORTGAGE PETE - www.mortgagePETE.ca

- quick pre-approvals/approvals for real estate purchases - mortgage renewals - refinances - equity take-outs - second mortgages # FREE mortgage consultations & credit advice, even after hours! Convenient, full service over phone fax & internet

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Calgary MortgagesDreamHouse Mortgage

DreamHouse Mortgage specialists are committed to make your dream home a reality!

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Calgary MortgagesCalgary Mortgages

We are a full service mortgage broker service. We shop the wholesale mortgage market for you without damaging your credit score. For fast, efficient, service with professional advice call 403-836-1201

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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 MoversMinimove Calgary

Small Move Specialists Since 1982.SAVE MONEY- Free Fuel-Free Insurance-NO Minimum Time Charges-Quarter Hour Billing-NO Hidden Charges-Price Match Any Competitive Offer

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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 MoversA Plus Movers

A clean, flexible Calgary moving company for home owners, tennants and businesses.

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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 MoversAllied Van Lines

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

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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Montgomery, Bowness (Calgary neighbourhoods)Montgomery, Bowness (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Straddling the Bow River floodplain and Bowness Road, west of Shaganappi Trail. Close to the Trans-Canada Highway, Bowness park and recreational trails

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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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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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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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