Living in Calgary - Thinking of Moving to Calgary?


Fourth place is often the toughest spot to land. In the Olympics, it's the difference between standing on the podium and basking in glory for the world to see, or remaining in relative anonymity, counting yourself as an almost-could-have-been. But for Calgarians, landing in fourth place among the biggest cities in Canada, we enjoy our status as relative unknowns; we are proud of what we offer, proud of living in Calgary, and aren't too bothered about strutting around the world stage.

Moving to a new city and having a fresh start is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Rest assured, Calgary is an incredible city with lots to offer, and once your here, one of the most important things to get right is the pronunciation of our city. For real! Sounds silly, but true! Those of us who have lived in Calgary for a long time pronounce it Calg' ry... The 'a' is almost silent. We can tell if you are from here or not because of this one simple trick. So, to fit in and become a true Calgarian, this is your first step to making the best of living in Calgary!

We love this fantastic city. Calgary has so much to offer in terms of lifestyle for you and your family. When moving to Calgary, there are some specific things that we will cover below that will help you get around and learn more about ours, and soon to be your new home.

Living in Calgary vs Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver

While Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver as larger and, generally, have more renown around the globe, they all come with significant downsides inherent in larger urban centers. Traffic problems, crime rates, skyrocketing housing prices, and urban noise/light/air pollution to name a few. Not to disparage our neighbours – they are Canadian cities after all, so they will be filled with lovely people – but there are few places in the world where you get the perfect mix of big-city amenities, with an affordable lifestyle, big homes, family-friendly neighbourhoods, and some truly astounding outdoor spaces.

If this sounds too good to be true… don't worry. It's all right here in Cowtown. Whether it's for a visit, or as a home for you and your family, here are a few reasons why Calgary is the place to be.

Find the Perfect Home to Live in Calgary

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Find the Perfect Home to Live in Calgary

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3 Straddock Villas SW
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3 Straddock Villas SW, Calgary
$518,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,334 Sf

MLS® # A1064189

2201 Victoria Crescent NW
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2201 Victoria Crescent NW, Calgary
$959,000 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2,073 Sf

MLS® # A1063754

6648 Temple Drive NE
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6648 Temple Drive NE, Calgary
$265,000 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,052 Sf

MLS® # A1064641

103, 1921 27 Street SW
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103, 1921 27 Street SW, Calgary
$499,900 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,701 Sf

MLS® # A1064720

313 Country Village Cape NE
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313 Country Village Cape NE, Calgary
$289,900 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,082 Sf

MLS® # A1064695

201, 420 3 Avenue NE
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201, 420 3 Avenue NE, Calgary
$268,900 - 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 914 Sf

MLS® # A1063550

1405, 355 Nolancrest Heights NW
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1405, 355 Nolancrest Heights NW, Calgary
$319,500 - 2 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,157 Sf

MLS® # A1064861

3018 3 Street SW
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3018 3 Street SW, Calgary
$2,495,000 - 6 Beds, 6 Baths, 3,645 Sf

MLS® # A1064690

2702, 99 Spruce Place SW
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2702, 99 Spruce Place SW, Calgary
$479,900 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,515 Sf

MLS® # A1064650

438 23 Avenue NE
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438 23 Avenue NE, Calgary
$569,900 - 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,001 Sf

MLS® # A1063750

3408 Lancaster Way
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3408 Lancaster Way, Calgary
$974,999 - 6 Beds, 4 Baths, 1,294 Sf

MLS® # A1063898

228 Red Sky Terrace NE
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228 Red Sky Terrace NE, Calgary
$545,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,023 Sf

MLS® # A1064865


Living in Calgary with a Family

Growing up in Calgary, I did not appreciate the quality and number of truly world-class places that we have on offer. As a kid, it was just a normal outing to visit our world-class Zoo, or go on a trip to Heritage Park for old-timey fair rides, fresh gingerbread at the bakery, and flattening pennies underneath the vintage steam train. Skiing at Canada Olympic Park, finding one of the many epic toboggan hills, or meeting friends to skate on one of the dozens of outdoor rinks filled our winters. We would make a full day trip by heading to Calaway Park for thrilling games and rides (now more than enough to give me nausea!), or explore and learn (without even knowing it!) at the Science center or Glenbow Museum.

If you are looking for quality family time, there is always loads to see and do. Here are just a few of our favourite activities in town:

  • Telus Spark: Amazing family-friendly science playground! All hands-on learning for all ages.
  • Heritage Park: Step back in time to a 19th-century Western town, with rides, farm, train, period homes, shops, and costumes to explore.
  • Glenbow Museum: With natural history displays and regular new art exhibitions, always an enlightening visit.
  • Rafting down the Bow: An astounding summer activity! Bring your inflatable boats/rafts, and spend hours splashing in the sun while you drift down serene water. Remember your life jackets – and raft rentals from the University are cheapest!
  • Calaway Park: A permanent fairground, perfect for kids of all ages. With rides, games, and delightful carnival food, your kids will go crazy for it!
  • Calgary Zoo: From the stunning ZooLights in winter to the Dinosaur park, this place has 30 hectares of exhibits to explore and learn.

Quick Facts about Living in Calgary

  • We are home to over 1.4 million people.
  • Calgary is the most affordable places to live in North America (Check out this report from Zoocasa)
  • We are very diverse: over 28% of Calgarians are foreign-born, and nearly 150 languages are spoken here.
  • Calgary gets to enjoy more sunny days than any other major Canadian city (we average 2,300 hours of sun a year)
  • We are at an elevation of 1,048 metres or 3,438 feet above sea level
  • Calgary is a large city as we cover 848 square kilometres (327 sq miles)
  • Calgary is also the first choice for those who've immigrated to Canada, settled and then have decided to re-locate after they've been in the country for a while. 


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Listing information last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 7:00am CST.