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Old 03-07-2012, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my company just won a huge project in Calgary and there is a very good possibility I could get on the project with a few phone calls. I'm currently in NJ (Yea I know, last place I ever thought I'd be living/working) but am an avid snowboarder and thought this would be a good place to get some advice and feedback on the area. One of the main reasons I'd make the move snowboarding and we all have that in common here. It also seems like a great place to pursue my other outdoor passions such as mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Should I try to make the move? How is life in Calgary? How are the people? What are the highlights of the area? What are the negatives? Any suggestions/advice/knowldege is appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So my company just won a huge project in Calgary and there is a very good possibility I could get on the project with a few phone calls. I'm currently in NJ (Yea I know, last place I ever thought I'd be living/working) but am an avid snowboarder and thought this would be a good place to get some advice and feedback on the area. One of the main reasons I'd make the move snowboarding and we all have that in common here. It also seems like a great place to pursue my other outdoor passions such as mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Should I try to make the move? How is life in Calgary? How are the people? What are the highlights of the area? What are the negatives? Any suggestions/advice/knowldege is appreciated.

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What project?

Yeah don't come to Calgary I just got here and I don't need the competition... lol

In all seriousness, I took a work relocation last summmer, got a healthy raise and all moving expenses paid in the process. My company got the concrete portion of the new runway project. I moved from Ontario so probably a similar experience to you. Was used to the big big city (okay not as big as NY but Toronto is big). Calgary is a great town/city. Just the right size I think. The snowboarding was our big reason to move, and it's nothing short of killer/epic/fantastic whatever other word you want to use. Unreal. Anything and everything you'd want in a mountain is here.

I also kayak (through downtown Calgary), mountain bike cross country ski, hike, etc. and I think I'm going to sell my MR2 this year and get a quad, there are trails everywhere. I'd say it's the least redneck, redneck city in the world. Can't say enough good things. My GF and I left our families in Ontario and we're not looking back.
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Calgary is about as exciting as a cardboard box.
But everything around Calgary is sweet (the stuff you're looking to do) so it might be just perfect for you. Plus the fact you're in NJ... I say move asap! lol
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Calgary is about as exciting as a cardboard box.
But everything around Calgary is sweet (the stuff you're looking to do) so it might be just perfect for you. Plus the fact you're in NJ... I say move asap! lol
I suppose it depends on a persons definition of exciting. I lived in downtown Toronto, been all over Canada and to a few US and Mexican destinations. Calgary seems like a great place to live to me. I can kayak through downtown...

Yeah, to each his own I guess.
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Where in NJ are you at the moment?

Cost of living I am betting is higher. It gets colder and city wise its probably going to be a step down. I don't mind it in Summer but I find it miserable in the winter. Having said that you would be at one of our many fine hills on your weekends.

Plus COP is just on the edge of the city. You could ride their half pipe after work during the week.
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Its a huge transmission line project in the area.

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The snowboarding was our big reason to move, and it's nothing short of killer/epic/fantastic whatever other word you want to use. Unreal. Anything and everything you'd want in a mountain is here. I also kayak (through downtown Calgary), mountain bike cross country ski, hike, etc. and I think I'm going to sell my MR2 this year and get a quad, there are trails everywhere. I'd say it's the least redneck, redneck city in the world. Can't say enough good things. My GF and I left our families in Ontario and we're not looking back.
All of this sounds awesome! Kayaking is another sport I really want to get into.

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Cost of living I am betting is higher.
I live in Northern NJ which has one of the highest costs of living in the USA, pretty comparable to the Bay Area or NYC but the project will likely pay a Per Diem so I should be all set .

I actually got word today that I'm on the short list for people to go up there and may be sent there as soon as May, Stoked!!!

How are the ladies in Calgary?
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All of this sounds awesome! Kayaking is another sport I really want to get into.

I actually got word today that I'm on the short list for people to go up there and may be sent there as soon as May, Stoked!!!

How are the ladies in Calgary?
Hey hey I got dibs on all the ladies in Calgary. I dunno so far so good for me. It's a young population compared to Ontario so lotsa people doing fun stuff.

The kayaking through town is rather tame, but a great way to spend an afternoon. Of course the further you go into the mountains the better it gets. Pretty much any sport can be done around here, lots of athletic people.
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Hey hey I got dibs on all the ladies in Calgary. I dunno so far so good for me. It's a young population compared to Ontario so lotsa people doing fun stuff.
The kayaking through town is rather tame, but a great way to spend an afternoon. Of course the further you go into the mountains the better it gets. Pretty much any sport can be done around here, lots of athletic people.
You mean there's girls in Alberta ?!? J/K There are a few among the hordes of dudes
But do agree with you otherwise (younger population, in shape people who like doing fun stuff)
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You mean there's girls in Alberta ?!? J/K There are a few among the hordes of dudes
But do agree with you otherwise (younger population, in shape people who like doing fun stuff)
Better than Toronto girls. Sure there's an abundance in toronto but I'd rather have a few nice girls to talk to than an abundance of c**ts.

The few times I've been out in Edmonton the girls seemed dirty and like they were looking for guys with money and drugs lol. Within two minutes of entering a club off White Ave. I had a blonde girl with big boobs come up to me and say "Do you party?" and I was like "naw I gave up partying years ago, now I just like to have fun". I think I saw powder under her nose.

Seems like Calgary is way less of a blue collar oil rig town. Pretty good mix of people, lotsa girls in university. Not nearly as snobby as vancouver girls (who are actually worse than Toronto girls believe it or not).

Yeah, some people may say it's a snore but I like this place. Doesn't hurt that there are 10 great hills within a 4 hour drive.
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