Anyone in Edmonton?

posted 3 years ago in Canada – Western Canada
Post # 4
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@islandlily84:  As with all cities, Edmonton has good areas and bad areas. If you are looking for new construction houses I would suggest looking in either the Ellerslie area on the south side of Edmonton or the west end of Edmonton by the River Cree Casino. Either of those areas seem to be nice and close to major roads for easy access to the rest of the city. Edmonton is an expensive city to live in so where you can find housing will depend on how much your budget is. I suggest looking on http://www.realtor.ca as they have a map for you to be able to see the different housing prices all over the city based on the criteria you are looking for.

I myself prefer the small town feeling and I live in Sherwood Park which is just outside of Edmonton. There is literally a highway seperating the two “cities”. 

As for lakes with beaches. There are a few however I haven’t been to any of them in many many years so I wouldn’t be able to tell you if they are good or not. A few that come to mind that you could look up yourself for more info would be Alberta Beach, Pigeon Lake and a little further away would be Gull Lake and Sylvan Lake. 

There are also a lot of Offleash dog areas. If you google “OffLeash Parks Edmonton” there should be a bunch that come up for you. I haven’t had a dog in a few years so I’m not sure if the ones I used to go to are still there or not. 🙂

Best of luck to you should you relocate to Edmonton. 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Edmonton is a nice city, I’ve lived here for several years now since university.  The winters are long and the summers are beautiful.  To me it feels like a big small town, people are generally friendly and hardworking.  Yes there is the mall, but I wouldn’t consider it the best representation of what Edmonton is.  Though there definitely is a need for it with the climate – you can do anything inside.  We have lots of little independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants popping up.  Tons of festivals in the summer in the main square downtown.  If you are involved in the arts there is a pretty lively underground scene and with the university we have a substantial student population.

Depending on your lifestyle it’s hard to say where to live.  You kind of have to drive everywhere unless your home and job are right downtown but most aren’t.  There are industrial areas spread out through the city.  Here’s a guide for some things to do: http://www.designsponge.com/2013/09/edmonton-alberta-city-guide.html#more-183251

We have an AMAZING river valley park trail system.  You can go right down to the river and feel like you aren’t in the city, I think there are over 40 km of trails going east to west for biking/running.  If you are looking to nest and live in the suburbs, PP made some good recommendations.  If you don’t have kids yet and really enjoy living downtown I’d recommend the Oliver area or near 124 St. Its a pretty good city, there are some shady areas on the north east part of downtown.  There is a new arena being planned so this should see revitalization.

What line of work is your partner in?  When do you think you might come here?  If you have any questions PM me 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@islandlily84:  My favourite offleash area is Millcreek Ravine.

There’s a huge housing development in the south-west part of the city — just south of Terwillegar. Just keep in mind that the new neighbourhoods might not have buses running for a while. So, the only means of transportation in newer neighbourhoods is using a car. Leduc isn’t too far from Edmonton either. If you like a small town life, there’s Beaumont on the south and Toefield/Fort Saskatchewan on the east. Morinville and St Albert aren’t exactly far from Edmonton from the NW.

I should check the Canadian boards on WB more often, lol. I’ve lived in this city for 12 years; you can also find out a lot of information on Edmonton from Yelp.ca (where to eat/what to do in Edmonton).

Definitely check out parts of 124 Street just west of Jasper Avenue; there’s a lot of cafes to try.

Pigeon Lake is 45 minutes away, south from Edmonton.

Good luck to you both in relocating! Likewise, if you have got any questions about the city especially when it comes to food, best places for groceries, just PM me. 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@islandlily84:  I just took my dog for a walk along Queen Elizabeth Park by Kinsmen on Monday. I have never tried that part of the trails. This is how it looks like in autumn:

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@islandlily84:  Right now, it’s mighty cold. -18C. 🙂

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