If you’re interested in buying a home in Calgary, AB, you’ll be struck by the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies that form the city’s backdrop. Calgary grew up where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet, and Calgary houses are often nestled in communities with prominent water features. Adding to its beauty, Calgary is among the sunniest cities in Canada, averaging just over 330 days of sunshine.
Work: Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, with a high concentration of head offices supported by a highly educated, diverse population. A strong economy and employment growth have contributed to a healthy job market. The top three employment industries are professional, scientific and technical services, and major employers include Imperial Oil, Suncor and Shell in the oil and gas business and Shaw Communications and Telus in telecommunications.
Calgary has a safe and effective public transit system that includes light rail trains and buses. A public pedestrian walkway system allows pedestrians to travel between downtown buildings in weather-protected walkways. The car is still king, though, and many residents commute to the city from their suburban Calgary houses using an efficient ring road that circles the city. Calgary International Airport is easily accessible for work and leisure trips.
Play: You’ll find some of the finest wilderness areas in all of Canada on Calgary’s doorstep. The Rocky Mountains host activities that include hiking, camping, mountain biking, golfing, skiing and fishing. Within Calgary, over 10,000 hectares of parkland and a network of trails and pathways encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Bowness Park features a shallow lagoon that is a favourite spot for paddle boating in the summer and skating in the winter. Canada Olympic Park, created for the 1988 Winter Olympics, is today used for skiing, snowboarding and luge in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
Calgary offers culture buffs some 265 events and festivals each year, including music, art, food and theatre. Residents enjoy the Alberta Ballet, an orchestra, museums and a number of theatre companies, plus free music in the parks every summer. Enjoy that famous Alberta beef as well as other delicious cuisine from around the world at outstanding Greek, Asian, Indian and other ethnically themed restaurants.
Live: Employment and wage growth in this dynamic city drive its vibrant housing market. Calgary homes for sale range from apartment-style condominiums, townhouses and duplexes to bungalows and starter homes, “move-ups” and estates. The thriving downtown has some 222 clean, safe neighbourhoods, including the Beltline, with condos near great restaurants, cafes, clubs and grocery stores, and Mission, with luxury condos along the Elbow River.
The city is divided neatly into four main quadrants — northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest — laid out in a grid system. The northern section is among the most sought-after places to live, with new communities like EvansRidge and Skyview Ranch that offer green space and mountain views along with easy access to shopping. The Bow River winds through the southern quadrants, which feature well-established residential communities like Evergreen Estates that are close to shopping, restaurants and transit. New communities like Timberline Estates offer bungalows and two-storey homes, while you’ll find large estate lots in Silverado.