Well, right now there is snow on the ground, not sunny but bright, muggy day...Houses are hella expensive. This lil sh!tbox of a house is worth over 350 000, and the damn thing is hardly 1000sq ft. Our property aint that big either. Education in the CBE is alright, I think it lays more on the school itself though, and there are plenty of those in CGY. Hospitals are OK, the childrens hospital is fantastic! Its a clean city, conservative, lots of business that revolves around oil. 1,000,000+ people living here, its an urban sprawl.Nice city though, lived here all my life and I enjoy it. VERY close to the mountains (like 1 hours drive), so if you are into that kind of stuff (hiking, skiing, stuff like that), then Calgary is a fantastic city to be in. Parking is so damn expensive though, so take the city transit whenever you go downtown, cause you could be paying like 15-20 bucks per day, and it rly sucks cause the parking guys making an unfair killing on the workin man (or woman). Lots of good places to walk and explore though, and lots of fantastic countryside during the summertime (<3). Calgary Stampede is fun, but midway is overpriced big time. Its worth it to go see the chuckwagons and stuff though, I worked @ the Stampede for 2 seasons, pretty good employment depending on who you work for...(some employers are rely sh!t).
Housing and renting is very expensive. A lot of people have moved out of the city due to high living costs. It's also tough to find a job right now. You could certainly find work if you needed it, but it would take some time to find the ideal work you are looking for. Tax is 5% which is great compared to most places. Gas is $1.11 right now per liter, however it has been going up and down slightly the last few months. Education is alright but most public schools have very large class sizes, and it's definitely not what you would get from a private school. It also depends where you are going. Some schools are much better than others. I know the health care is also good, but again there are horribly long waiting periods. If you want to get an x-ray of a broken arm, you could be looking at 10-15 hours in the waiting room. My dad recently had to go to the emergency room and he was in the waiting room for two days, which is very bad in my opinion. It may be like this everywhere but the waiting time is just ridiculous.Traffic is a huge pain in the butt, and there is constantly construction. The weather is changing every hour, from summer weather to winter weather. The last couple weeks it's been freezing in the mornings and sunny in the afternoons. It's making a huge mess everywhere. The city is fairly clean, has a great recycling program, and you can go out and do whatever you want. Good shopping, lots of malls. We have a ski hill in the north west but it's not the best. If you like to ski, there are some great mountains not too far away. Really nice parks, bike trails, hiking, lovely scenery. Also, Calgary is in the top 5 most livable cities in the world. I think that's pretty good!
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It is expensive to live here- in terms of housing and downtown parking prices (if one works over there). If you are an alberta resident there is health coverage. It is snowy here with only maybe 3 months of summer but that varies every year. The last summer we had wasn't very hot. Despite snow there are nice warm winds that come once in awhile (chinooks) that are a great break in the winter time..but are not so great for migraine headache sufferers.The snow removal program on Calgary streets is not very good even though we are a winter city. Especially in comparison to eastern cities in Canada. So winter driving can be challenging during first snow falls. With the cold climate, it is a winter city but there is alot of space and scenery here. I find the pace just right. It's a little over a million in population- not too busy and hectic as cities like Toronto or Vancouver but slight busier than cities like Edmonton.
if you are looking for information before you make up your mind about coming here. So living in calgary is considered expensive. Last month i have seen a study done on grocery prices what they did was they went to 3 major grocery store in calgary. Superstore, CO-OP and Safeway they picked up from each stores basic items such as eggs, milk, and just like a few more commons cant remember of hand but Superstore was around low 30s rest where mid 35s. And they did this for this year too and prices raised few dollars higher. The housing pricing depends on the neighborhood if you live in one of those old house on center street to downtown those cost less maybe even around 200k to 300k just a rough estimate but if you live some place nice with big house say panorama hills those are the ones that are pricy. Education is great at least the high school i been to which was in the NW quadrant. The taxes are simple not like the HST we just have the GST which is a flat rate of 5% on all goods. I been to the hospital a few times its a hassle for sure. The weather here is crazy sometimes like right now, as i am typing i look out and its snowing and cold. Over all i love to live here in calgary, one of my favorite city.
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Weather: winter from October/November to March/April. Winter is usually quite cold but chinooks do happen so there can be warm spells. Some days you'll have both the heat and the air-conditioning on in your car. It is very dry, we do get snow and rain but there is almost no regular humidity. Summers are warm, not too often hot but it depends on the year.Housing: pretty expensive, but roommates make the rent or mortgage easier to deal with, www.mls.ca and www.homerent.ca (and other) can be good guides.Prices: parking is insanity ("early bird only $32 per day!), mainly downtown though...foodstuffs, clothing etc are comparative to anywhere else in Canada, plus online you can get lots of deals.Tax: lowest tax rate in Canada (being in Alberta) but it's still too high IMOHospitals: 3 major hospitals including 1 major trauma centre (Foothills), top rated NICU, cancer treatment centre, transplant program etc. A lot of medical research also goes on here. 4th major hospital being built in the far south.Health costs: same as any other province, no monthly Alberta Health Care bill. However, long wait times as per usual. Some private clinics for imaging etc Education: Mount Royal College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta College of Art, University of Calgary, also campuses for other Universities, other colleges etc. Scores of elementary, junior high and high schools. Several private grade schools and alternative schools (learn at your own pace, technical etc).Traffic: not great by any stretch but not as bad as other major cities given the land-size of Calgary.Public Transit: not great but still decent if you chose to get around this way. Light Rail Transit runs north and south, expansion in progress for other lines. Buses go pretty much everywhere but not all the time and getting to the airport via transit is not fun.Airport: considered an international airport but small runway so no "big" planes overseas, however, new runway being constructed to make it a true international airport.Entertainment: the zoo, Canada Olympic Park, hundreds of concerts, festivals, tours etc, Calaway Park, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Hill Park, Calgary Stampede, Banff/mountains 1.5 hour drive, science centre, galleries, theatre etc etc etc