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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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 Copperfield Community Information Calgary BuildersCopperfield Community Information

Copperfield Community is the place to live with in Calgary. They got lifestyle amenities that you deserved in a community. Visit our show homes and discover why Copperfield is right for you.

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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 Kurmak Builders Calgary BuildersKurmak Builders

As a multiple award-winning company, again and again our testimonials speak highly of our commitment to communication, cost, schedule, quality & service. When you hire us, you've entrusted us with one of the most valued possessions you have.

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More info on Classic Renovation Inc. Calgary BuildersClassic Renovation Inc.

Since 2000, Classic Renovations Inc. has helped to protect the assets of new homebuilders and homeowners with proven products and quality workmanship that few, if any, can match. The goal of our company is to meet and exceed industry standards.

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More info on Joe Samson & Associates Calgary RealtorsJoe Samson & Associates

Opening one door at a time.... Your true one-stop-shop for all of your Real Estate Needs.

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More info on Luxury Living By Chelsea Calgary RealtorsLuxury Living By Chelsea

Looking to get the most value out of buying or selling your home? With many years of building and real estate experience, rest assured that you are at an advantage with Chelsea Zukiwsky by your side.

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More info on Regus Calgary RealtorsRegus

Regus provides offices, meeting rooms, and virtual offices at locations worldwide.

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More info on Dorothea Sautter: ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK Calgary RealtorsDorothea Sautter: ROYAL LEPAGE BENCHMARK

Buying or selling a home is a big decision - you need an experienced professional to guide you through this process.

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More info on Bedrock Realty Advisors 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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Mortgage Listings

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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 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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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 AB Foreclosure Stoppers Calgary MortgagesAB Foreclosure Stoppers

Alberta Foreclosure Stoppers is Alberta's premier foreclosure assistance company offering quick solutions to individuals and families currently in, or facing a foreclosure on their property.

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More info on Calgary Mortgages 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

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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 Tippet-Richardson Records Management Calgary MoversTippet-Richardson Records Management

Let Tippet Richardson store and manage your records efficiently and economically. Backed by over 90 Years of Experience, we provide a complete business records solution.

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More info on Allied Van Lines 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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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 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
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Regal Terrace, Renfrew, Bridgeland (Calgary neighbourhoods)Regal Terrace, Renfrew, Bridgeland (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Communtity description east of Edmonton Trail and west of the Deerfoot Trail, and between 16th Avenue NE and the Bow Rive

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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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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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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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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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