Calgary, Alberta home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers



WHY Move 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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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 BuildersRanchers' Rise

Nestled within Okotoks Air Ranch, Canada’s first private air park, Ranchers' Rise is one of Okotoks' most unique family communities, blending playgrounds, xtraordinary homes and the inspiring beauty of the wide-open prairies.

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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 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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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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Calgary BuildersThe Montana

The Montana is a short walk from 17th Ave SW, Mission & Calgary's downtown core, which gives you access to all of your needs.

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Realtors Listings

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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 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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Calgary RealtorsMay Davidson, with Royal LePage Solutions

I am working under the Royal Lepage banner Specializing in residential Real Estate. Buying and selling beautiful houses since 2005.

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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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Calgary RealtorsDeborah Kurtz of Urban Property Real Estate

Get your home maximum global exposure online through multiple websites that combined produce millions of hits a month. Benefit from the marketing avenues available to our clients.

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Mortgage Listings

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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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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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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 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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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 MoversCalgary Carriers2

We are growing in all over Alberta. We deliver any kind of goods with safety and speed and ensures that the good you ordered reach you as fast as it can.Our company's motto is Customer Satisfaction.

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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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Calgary MoversNext Level Calgary Movers

Next Level Calgary Movers is a premier moving company because of our high quality moving service. Our moving company also has a full range of moving services such local, long distance, interstate, business and office moving.

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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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Calgary MoversA Plus Movers

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

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Calgary
Neighbourhoods

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

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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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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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South Calgary, Garrison Gren, Lincoln Park  (Calgary neighbourhoods)South Calgary, Garrison Gren, Lincoln Park (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: Between 14th Street and Crowchild Trail. South Calgary and Altadore have a mix of single family homes, with the more expensive ones closer to the park at Sandy Beach.

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High River  (Calgary neighbourhoods)High River (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: High River is about 40-50 minutes drive from Calgary^s downtown and its airport. Known for chuckwagon racing, and access to the Chain Lakes to the west.

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Dalhousie, Edgemont (Calgary neighbourhoods)Dalhousie, Edgemont (Calgary neighbourhoods)

AB: These communities lies west of Shaganappi Trail, north of Crowchild and east of Sarcee Trail. CLose to Nose Hill Park and great views of the mountains and city.

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