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Bird SanctuaryThe Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre provides the perfect opportunity to experience over 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, seven species of fish, 27 species of butterflies and nearly 350 species of plants without leaving the city. There's plenty to see here and it's located in the city. This makes it a convenient escape from the normal for the whole family.

Complete with over two kilometers of walking trails, more than one kilometer of nature trails and plenty more, this is a peaceful escape. A flowing river provides the perfect serene environment with a lagoon close by. The best time for viewing birds and other creature is during the spring and summer time, but some of the wildlife is available all year long.

The Sanctuary is…

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How do you know when the timing is right to put your home on the market? Sometimes people make the mistake of waiting for the right time and then aren't able to recognize it when it arrives. While there is no hard and fast rule as to the timing of selling your home, here are a few things you can consider to help you decide whether the timing couldn't be better right now or whether you should be waiting a bit to add your home to the listings.

Can you financially support selling and buying a new residence?

There are quite a few different costs involved in selling the home you currently have and then buying a new one. You'll want to consider all the costs of selling and if you don't have a good idea of what all these costs are you should contact a real estate…

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Enjoying the Stephen Avenue Walk provides Calgary residents with one of the most interesting pedestrian malls in the country. This is considered a National Historic District and is one of the few found throughout Canada. Many of the building date back to the 19th century and are well preserved. If you enjoy old architecture, the City Hall building, Olympic Plaza and Hudson's Bay Company Building are "must-see" choices.

Not only is this mall a great place of the history buff, but it's also a great choice for shoppers. Whether you're looking for shoes, baked goods, coffee, old stores or many other things, you can find it on 8th Avenue. This part of the historic district features many malls, the Glenbow Museum and Convention Centre and many great shops.

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Bowness Park is an all year round favourite for many residents in Calgary. This park offers many activities, beautiful scenery and much more. Whether you're looking for a place to walk or bike along paths or you prefer to enjoy the many picnic areas, this is a good choice for a day with the family.

Some of the activates offered at Bowness Park include:

  • Bike/Walk Paths
  • Water Fountains
  • Spay Park
  • Outdoor Ice Skating
  • Playground
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Paddle boating

The park is located between 85 Street N.W. and Stoney Trail, along the Bow River with a lagoon running along the southern edge. Residents can access the river from the park and spend time paddle boating or just enjoy a quiet picnic in the park.

Current Redevelopment


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The websites that you have to watch for, however, are certain sites that aren't linked to one specific company. This type of site will farm out your personal details to mortgage companies for a fee. Here is how to separate the websites you can trust from the ones that you should be running away from.

The site belongs to a mortgage company

There are several mortgage companies here in the Calgary area that will allow you to apply for a mortgage online. The site will have its name on the front and will look just like a mortgage site that offers valuable information for people that are looking to purchase their first home or to renew an existing mortgage. At the bottom of the page you'll see copyright or ownership attributed to this specific company.


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While there are virtually thousands of different mistakes you could make when you're working with a contractor here in Calgary, there is one that stands out apart from the others as being the worst. Hiding your budget and not making full disclosure on what you can comfortably pay for the project is only going to cause a lot of trouble once you get started with the work.

Sometimes it can be embarrassing to let a contractor know that you are on a strict budget and cannot go over it for any reason. We'd all like to be able to boast about the extra cash we have lining our pockets but sometimes we just have to swallow our pride and let the contractor know the truth. This way, he'll be able to accommodate your needs the best way he knows how and can make…

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If you're considering relocating to Cow Town you're probably wondering what on Earth you might find here to keep you busy when you're not working? Most people have some pretty massive misconceptions when it comes to Calgary itself, our city is about as modern and as busy as you could wish for. So to put your mind at ease we decided to put together a short list of our 5 favourite things to do in Calgary, and we're sure you'll find at least some of these are things you enjoy doing too.

The Calgary Stampede
We've mentioned this in a previous blog post but it's worth mentioning again. After all the "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" is something everyone in North America should get to enjoy at least once in any lifetime. This not-for-profit, 10-day event…

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