Any Calgary Bees?

posted 3 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Worker bee

mrsautumn36 :  

The cleaner air? Haha I’m sorry I’m laughing a little, but we’ve been under a smoke advisory warning for the last few days because the air quality is so bad with the forest fires.

I’m from Toronto originally, and have no plans to go back. I fell completely in love with the mountains. I know my colleague was unhappy here as she hated the outdoors and felt people here spent way too much time in it. My advice is to pick a winter and a summer outdoor activity and make the most of it. I had heels, fake nails and brunch down when I moved here, now I hike, ski, and rock climb. 

Calgary’s dining scene has come a long way. There are fantastic restaurants. Cleaver has an amazing happy hour. 

If you like theatre there are at least four or five companies. ATP is my favourite. I think they put out the best plays most consistently.

Any specific questions ?

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

mrsautumn36 :  I thought it was obvious she was joking about the air.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

mrsautumn36 :  

The city is very spread out, so before you commit to where you want to live, I would suggest testing your commute to and from work during peak rush hour. Considering renting for a while if you are thinking of buying. Transit may be getting better, but it’s nowhere near Toronto level of accessible. Explore neighbourhoods too, and decide where you want to spend a lot of your time. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I lived in Calgary all my life.  And fastest way to get around is car because everything is spread out.  Transit is better now but it still takes forever and sometimes inconvenient when you have to switch multiple buses or ctrains.  So depending on where you work it might be best to live in a community close by or you’ll have to put up with potentially long commutes.

As for buying food and such – I think it’s slightly cheaper than Toronto and Vancouver.  The price tag might be a bit higher but we only have 5% sales tax.z

Employment is okay.  There were more opportunities prior to the recession.  As such the crime rate increased but you won’t really notice it too much if you are in a relatively safe community.

Housing is cheaper nowadays.  But I agree with j3n12345 about checking out the communities first before buying.  You can find cheaper rent compare to Toronto.  Like some condos are $1600 near the university, or $1500 for houses in other communities. Some of my friends live downtown and it’s less in demand nowadays so you have more power negotiating the rent price.  I might be off a bit since I haven’t checked it out for a while.  But personally I wouldn’t live downtown.  It’s only lively during business hours, shady at night, and quiet during weekends.  If you want to buy then you can still find a nice house in a good community for about $350k – $600k (depending on the size and such).

Overall Calgary is a working city.  We are close to the mountains to enjoy the nature.  But inside the city it’s quieter than Vancouver and Toronto because most people are there for work.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

Where are you moving from?. My cousin moved there from the UK 15 years ago and loves it. I’ve only visited twice but loved the city and they have a great quality of life. Obviously you’ll know about the crazy low temperatures that can change in a day. I did struggle when it was -20 as I’m not used to it. They live in Chinook Park area. Cousin works for government.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

mrsautumn36 :  

You may want to think about a vehicle even if you do live downtown. I live downtown and walk to work, but having a vehicle is very convenient.

I only put about 13,000km on my car annually, but because of the layout of the city, and the not great public transportation, I find it very helpful in the following situations (which  may not apply to you):

– Costco;
– Visiting friends who insist on living in the godforsaken outskirts like Mackenzie Town, or worse, Okotoks;
– Weekend day trips to Banff and Canmore (otherwise you will get city itch);
– Returning bottles (in Alberta we have a 10 cent bottle deposit. It depends how much you drink, but I’m addicted to diet coke and perrier and get about $7/week in refunds – yes, five diet cokes and five perriers a day);
– Other activities… I go to the climbing gym, not conveniently located.

I lived my first year in Calgary without a car and it was a nightmare. Sure, I got by, but it was horrible having to plan everything out so far in advance. It really is the city layout. I lived for a year in Glasgow, Scotland, and I think I regretted not having a car once.

Even if you get a throwaway car, insurance out here is incredibly cheap. My sister just moved here for the summer and picked up a $3,500 car that she plans on reselling in September when she goes back to school.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

mrsautumn36 :  I hope you’ll like it here! I’ve lived in Calgary most of my life and I really enjoy it. I live in the godforsaken outskirts as  minnewanka  so eloquently put it, so a vehicle is a must have for me haha. There aren’t a ton of options for grocery stores in/around downtown, and the ones that are there are quite pricey and overpicked, so one thing to consider! 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

mrsautumn36 :  that’s a wonderful approach when it comes to food for you guys and your sweet pup. Unfortunately in this case, I don’t think expensive = quality. There is a farmers market not too far away though and outside of the core area there is definitely more selection for grocery stores. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2020 - City, State

I don’t live in Calgary, but my brother does. I agree that there’s some really good restaurants. One of my favourite parts about Calgary, other than the proximity to the mountains that others have mentioned, is the dog parks. There are so many nice dog parks in the city, and fenced! Which was really nice when my dog was still learning to use his “listening ears” and I didn’t fully trust him to come back in unfenced areas, haha

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