Moving Overseas

Moving to Calgary

Moving to Calgary

Are you moving to Calgary, Canada?

Crown are an international relocations company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!

Our team is available to answer any relocation questions you may have. They can be reached between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday on 0508 227 696 or email


Calgary is one of Canada’s most identifiable cities, with a panoramic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and its association with cattle ranching and oil exploration. Found on the Bow River in southern Alberta, some 220kms north of the American border, the city’s at the meeting point of the Western Prairies and Rocky Mountain foothills, the latter just 80kms east of the city.

The city owes its prosperity to the fur trade which relocated the first Europeans to the area in the late 18th century, and it was the illicit-whisky traders who sold alcohol to the local people in return for bison skins that led, in part, to the formation of the world-famous North-West Mounted (Mounties) Police in 1873.

At the turn of the 20th century, the cattle ranching industry took hold, with the coming of the railways making the city the major transport hub in Alberta. A second period of rapid development followed with the introduction of cash crop farming in the early 1900s, which led to the area’s population increasing over 1000 per-cent from 1901 to 1911. Then came the oil and natural gas industries, reserves of which were first discovered in the area during 1914 and which led to Calgary's long-term future as a major centre of international oil and gas production.

Modern-day Calgary is a centre for the energy, financial services, transport, technology, manufacturing, aerospace and tourism sectors, the latter due to the city being the gateway to the Rockies and Banff National Park.

For more details of the city and its many attractions, including the annual Calgary Stampede and Calgary Zoo (the largest in Canada), a good place to start is the official tourist website at Calgary features several major cultural attractions and festivals throughout the year, including the Afrikadey! (African festival), International Blues Festival, GlobalFest and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.


New Zealanders who are considering moving to Canada need an immigrant visa to live in Canada. Detials of how to obtain a visa can be found at the Canadian Government’s Visa and Immigration website.


The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Coins come in denominations of 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, $2, and notes in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.

When it comes to converting your money into Canadian Dollars, there are a number of options available. It’s recommended to use       on-line currency transferral companies when converting large sums of money, as they provide much more competitive exchange rates than banks. The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transferral companies, who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with NZForex to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by NZForex are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there's no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. Click Here for more information.

Many migrants have found it helpful to set up a Canadian bank account before relocating. This makes it easy for converted money to be transferred straight to your account, as well as minimising the need to carry cash while travelling. There are many banks in Toronto who offer an on-line sign-up service.


Calgary has an excellent public transport system incorporating buses and trains (the C-Train light rail transit (LRT), details can be found at

If you do choose to drive in Calgary the first point to bear in mind is that in Canada, they drive on the opposite side of the road to that in New Zealand.

You can drive in Canada on a NZ drivers licence for up to three months, but it is recommended that you apply for an International Driver Permit and if staying in Canada, you should apply for a Canadian driving licence.

Calgary International Airport operates flights from some thirteen airlines to destinations not just within Canada, but around the world.


Calgary is home to five universities and many more centres of higher education. In terms of the local schooling system there are both private and public education services available for children in Calgary. The school year begins in September and ends in June. Students generally travel to school by car with their parents, or in some cases take the school bus, others will cycle or walk.

Crown Relocations can arrange an appointment with a specialist education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact us for information and rates.


Canada has an extensive public health-care system, called Medicare, but most people take out private insurance as well. If the insurance company you were with in New Zealand is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds, you may be able to transfer your policy to Canada without penalty at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details or visit


When choosing where to live in Calgary, the deciding factor is normally how close you need to be to your work or your children’s school. The cost of accommodation and commuting to work are also significant considerations.

When you first arrive in Calgary you may choose to rent. Looking for a home in Calgary can quite often be a daunting task, Crown can advise on rental accommodation or purchasing properties and can also arrange for temporary accommodation.


Calgary’s diverse, multi-cultural population means that you are bound to meet people from all walks of life. Expatriates commonly assimilate into the community through the sports and hobbies they are interested in. The relaxed environment that Calgary is justifiably famous for providing numerous opportunities to meet new people. Social media is also a great way to get to know like-minded people. The Calgary Business Professionals Group is one of the largest and longest running business networking clubs in Calgary, details can be found at

Next Steps

Crown Relocations has 50 years of international moving experience for individuals and families to Calgary and throughout Canada, contact us today for more information about our services.

To arrange a moving quote call our office Free on 0508 227 696, get an online Ballpark estimate, complete our Home Visit Request or get a  Full Quote or email us now at


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