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Should You Be Moving to Calgary? Yes!

Posted by Vince Urquhart on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 2:15pm.

Moving to Calgary

That’s an exciting prospect for a lot of people across Canada and even around the world. Our city’s rated one of the best places to live in the world.  As we’re cleaning up from the flood, there are definitely some challenges, but really, we have it very good here. It’s no surprise so many others want to join us.

This is a move you probably should make if you’re thinking about it. Life is short, and great opportunities don’t show up every day. Sometimes you need to just make things happen.moving to calgary

If you’re thinking of moving to Calgary, you’ll certainly need to plan ahead. You’ve got some obstacles ahead of you as far as finding a place to live, transporting your belongings, getting your kids registered for school, getting your driver’s license and other personal items changed, and getting oriented to a new home city.

Calgary is so beautiful, you’ll have a buzz for quite a while. It’s one of those hilly terrain cities that offers incredible views of neighbourhoods. For instance anyone driving through Patterson Estates, Prominence Patterson, Coach Hill, Signal Hill along Crowchild Trail or streets up on the hill will be in awe of the views of the city. Other communities have great views of the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

If you like great views, contact me about Coach Hill Real Estate, Hawkwood Real Estate, Edgemont Real Estate, Patterson Heights real estate or homes for sale in Signal Hill.  The northwest area of Calgary is great for raising kids and the LRT runs right past the University of Calgary and SAIT, through downtown Calgary and down to the southeast part of the city where there are so many businesses. That means you can live in a nice neighbourhood with all the parks and recreation you need, and have direct access to Calgary’s incredible employment opportunities.  The best of all worlds.

Calgary’s Incredible Lifestyle Offerings

And never forget that when you’re in Calgary, you’re a short drive from Banff National Park. That’s one of the things that really sets Calgary apart from many places in Canada. Vancouver has its attractions, but overall, no place offers the complete lifestyle that Calgary does. And of course, real estate in Calgary is first class as well.

Banff and Canmore are great little mountain towns where you will feel and see mountain culture. Take a ride up Sulfur Mountain on the Gondola, take a walk along Johnson’s Canyon, and go for a boat ride on Two Jack Lake. In fact, book a hotel room on Banff Avenue and stay for a weekend. It really is worth it. You won’t believe Banff Springs Hotel. It is world class and they have a room dedicated to its history there. The pool and hot springs are simply amazing. There’s also another hot springs near Sulfur Mountain called Banff Hot Springs. World famous and very relaxing. You’ll also love playing golf at the Banff Spring’s Hotel course. Just watch out for the elk and deer along the fairways. The waterfall just below the hotel is definitely an amazing site to see too.

Lake Louise is only a half hour drive from Banff and it is one of the most beautiful sites in the world and was the honeymoon destination of my wife and I. The Chateau Lake Louise should be on your list of places to visit also. There are plenty of hiking trails right up the mountain. And nearby, you’ll find Moraine Lake which is astonishing. It has a colour you just won’t believe. Incredible vistas there.

Just south of Banff is Canmore. It’s a town designated for more growth. Lots of homes being built there. You can take a hike and even go white water rafting. Very exciting stuff.

Employment is flat out better here than other cities across North America; your spouse and even your older kids have a better opportunity to find a job. I know it would make a big difference if your teenage kids can save for their college days, rather than being stuck with a huge college loan debt.

If you love shopping, there is CrossIron Mills, Market Mall and Chinook Centre here in Calgary as well as much much more. And there’s the famous West Edmonton Mall which is just a 3 hour drive away.

We are just wrapping up another Calgary Stampede which is one of the best events you will ever attend. It’s a great sampling of Western Canadian culture. Next year, make sure you go, ride the rides, play some games, eat some crazy junk food or monsterous turkey legs, see the bronc riding and bull riding or take in a concert of some of the hottest bands!

Well, if I haven’t whet your appetite for moving to Calgary, I’m not sure what else I can say! 

Here’s some more about living in Calgary.

Calgary Movers

If you haven’t found a cross country mover yet, there are quite a few including AMJ Campbell, United Van Lines, and 2 Small Men located across Canada. There are plenty of movers in Calgary, however you probably need to start with a mover in your city. If there are none, then Calgary movers would no doubt drive across to move you. Either way, the moving truck will have one complete trip. Check their reputation with the better business bureau and what insurance coverage you’ll have. You don’t want any nasty surprise when you get to Calgary.

Find out more about home affordability in Calgary, Calgary jobs, the latest mortgage rates, and the condo apartment rental situation in the city.  Discover the real estate market in Panorama Hills, a wonderful neighbourhood you might want to move to.

Check the latest MLS listings in Calgary and in neighbouring communities. 

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