I work at the airport every day, bought a house in Airdrie. Takes me 20 mins to get to work. I used to commute all over the GTA so this is heaven for me. IF you're planning on renting first you'll get used to the city quick and learn where the good/bad areas are to set up camp.
I'm happy with Airdrie so far, its the burbs but it works for me...
Eventually I want to build either 20 mins West of Airdrie, or down near Bragg Creek somewhere.
Season passes are on sale until mid-June at early bird rates for next year if that's something you're looking for. Other than that, not much to getting used to this city. People are friendly, gas is cheap, taxes are low. Most people are from somewhere else so it's pretty easy to strike up a conversation with almost anyone. Kayaking, hiking, mountain biking are all very easily accessible in the summer.