Calgary Relocation Guide

calgary relocationIt's the people of Calgary that make this city great. You'll find plenty of saloons and country music in this "Nashville of the North," but Calgary is also a new frontier.

Calgary AB is a cosmopolitan center with a diverse population that's always growing. In 2006 alone, approximately 25,794 people from all over the world chose to call Calgary home, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.

Though the population has topped over one million people, Calgary remains a safe and peaceful community that has a low crime rate and lots of fun things to do. Calgary has also been called the "World's Cleanest City" by Forbes Magazine.

If you're looking for the latest Calgary real estate information, be sure to check out our blog for market updates and news about upcoming developments.

Downtown Calgary Attractions

Below are just a few of the attractions that Downtown Calgary has to offer. If you'd like to search for properties in the downtown core, please visit our Downtown Calgary real estate page.

  • Eau Claire Market/Festival District: the Eau Claire Market is a popular shopping and entertainment destination. Restaurants, shops, and a Cineplex are all housed in this popular spot that's located at the edge of the Bow River, across from Prince's Island Park. The Eau Claire area also features a great selection of riverside condos for buyers to choose from.
  • Prince's Island Park: there's always something going on in this 20-hectare urban park during the summer months—from Shakespeare in the Park to the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
  • Stephen Avenue Walk: this pedestrian mall in the heart of Calgary's retail sector is a designated historic district and a popular place for visitors and residents alike. Usually graced by musicians performing in the open air, Stephen Avenue Walk is home to a number of art galleries, repertory cinemas, nightclubs and restaurants.
  • Olympic Plaza: located in front of City Hall in the arts district, the water-filled Olympic Plaza is a great place to go for a splash in the summertime or to skate in the winter. Galleries, theatres and the Glenbow Museum are also located nearby.
  • Telus World of Science: The Calgary Science Centre is definitely a family favorite. With high-caliber exhibits and shows, the Telus World of Science makes learning fun for kids of all ages.
  • Calgary Zoo: home to a botanical garden and prehistoric park, the Calgary Zoo is a wonderful place to spend the day. From tigers and gorillas to bison and red pandas; this zoo hosts animals from all over the globe.
  • Stampede Grounds: the Calgary Stampede takes place here every July, and for 10 straight days everyone in town is a cowboy. The Stampede is famous for its rodeo and chuck wagon races.
  • Olympic Saddledome: the Saddledome is the home base of the Calgary Flames—the city's much-loved NHL team.
  • Chinatown: Canada's third largest Chinatown is located in Downtown Calgary, and stretches for 20 blocks. The Chinese Cultural Centre here has a striking domed ceiling that is patterned after Beijing's Temple of Heaven.

Getting Around Calgary, Alberta

In the wintertime, residents use the +15 system to get around the downtown core. The largest system of its kind in the world, +15 is 16 km of enclosed walkways and bridges that are suspended 15 feet above street level. These ingenious walkways allow people to travel from building to building with complete disregard for the weather.

Approximately 635 km of urban trails and 260 km of bike paths wind their way through the metropolitan area, providing some really great scenic routes. One particularly well-loved stretch follows the edge of the Bow River from the Crowchild Trail to the Calgary Zoo. Need to get somewhere in a hurry? Calgary has an outstanding bike-friendly public transit system. The LRT service, known as the CTrain, offers free service in the downtown core.

Weekend Getaways

With the Rocky Mountains lining Calgary's western horizon, it's only a short drive to a whole host of world class skiing and resort vacation spots. Banff, Kananaskis, Canmore, Jasper, and Lake Louise are all easy day trips from Calgary. World heritage sites like Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump and the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller Park are also close by. Edmonton, the provincial capital, is just three hours from Calgary, and the prairies to the north, east and south are great horse country.

Calgary Weather

Calgary is one of the sunniest places in Canada and home to some remarkable weather. Dry, hot summers are punctuated by spectacular thunderstorms. In the winter, warm Chinooks blow through town, raising the temperature as much as 15 degrees Celsius in a few hours. Temperatures have been known to climb as high as 20 degrees Celsius in the middle of winter.

Calgary Economy

Calgary's strong economy and low unemployment rate is legendary in western Canada. Top employers in Calgary include the petroleum industry and there's also a strong high tech industry in the city. Agriculture has long been the pride of the province, and numerous corporations are based in Calgary. If you're looking to find a job in Calgary, check out our Calgary's recruiters page.

Calgary Schools

There are five major post secondary schools in Calgary, including the University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic and the Alberta College of Art and Design. The city also has a highly regarded K-12 system that includes charter schools, french language education and a separate school board.

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Contact Justin Havre for more information about relocating to Calgary, Alberta.