Making the Move to Calgary

Calgary is a vibrant, growing metropolis in the western Canadian province of Alberta. It sits about 200 miles north of Glacier National Park in Montana, and 80 miles east of Banff, a spectacular resort town nestled in Banff National Park, surrounded by mountains and known for its hot springs and wide variety of outdoor activities. You certainly could do worse than move to this cosmopolitan city!

Saddledome, Calgary
Chad Goddard / Foter / CC BY-ND

The economy has affected the housing market there as it has elsewhere, so it may make more sense for you to look at Calgary apartment rentals. Scouring newspaper ads or postings online in sites such as Craigslist are one way to look for a new place to call home.

But when you are new to a city — or country, if you’re heading there from the States, say — getting help from a local professional can save you time and aggravation.

Before you even step foot in the area, you can check out sites such as RentCalgary.com to look for an apartment, town home or house. You can search this site by specific area, so you can view options that are close to your new job or your children’s new school. The listings include photos of the properties, detailed descriptions, size, number of bedrooms and baths, and, of course, asking price.

You may recall that Calgary was the host of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and was actually the first Canadian city to do so. The Saddledome indoor arena, a beautiful addition to the city skyline, was built for the occasion and also to house the NHL Calgary Flames. With its population nearing a million people, Calgary is the largest municipality in the province of Alberta, which shares a border with Montana.

Park and Downtown Calgary
Park and downtown Calgary. Image via Wikipedia

While the economic crisis has hit Calgary as well, the city is enjoying growth, and a recent report has even called it the economic growth leader in the country.