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Old 03-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Bah! I'm in Airdrie and it takes me 15 minutes to get to work (at the airport). Downtown is a half hour drive. There are many parts of Calgary itself that would take longer than half an hour to get downtown!

As traffic starts to back up around beddington, I've already exited the highway at country hills.

On the other hand we moved from the GTA, where it was 1:15 to work for me, and there was real traffic everywhere. Not this little stuff people bitch about here! Traffic? What traffic!!!
Hah, downtown might be a half hour at 3am! But yeah, I moved from Calgary to Vancouver and laughed at people back home complaining about traffic. Then I moved to San Francisco and laughed at both of them. I lived in country hills for a while and got sick of the commute to downtown and ended up moving to 17th ave. Also because none of your city friends will want to visit you in the burbs, and cab rides are not cheap. But if you don't care about this and don't even work downtown, it's a good choice.

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The airdrie highway route seems busier than Cochrane. Any reason? Or was it just luck of the draw when I checked it out (9am on a Friday)
That highway connects calgary/red deer/edmonton and all of the rural towns in between, so it's a much busier route. There is not very much in the direction of cochrane.

You might also want to check out arbour lake area. The light rail was recently extended out there giving you easy access to the downtown core, and it's right near the city limit on the highway taking you out to cochrane, rather close to Hwy 1, the route taking you to nakiska/sunshine/lake louise/fortress (when it reopens). You can actually go the cochrane way as well, but it's slower than cutting over to Hwy 1. You're looking at about 20 minutes to the airport from there, depending on traffic - not sure how bad that route gets, haven't lived there since before that road was opened. However, it is a little more expensive in that area.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hah, downtown might be a half hour at 3am! But yeah, I moved from Calgary to Vancouver and laughed at people back home complaining about traffic.
Actually my GF works downtown every day (11th ave and 5th st area) and it takes her 30 mins door to door. She usually leaves at 9:00 and gets in at 9:30... Try that in Toronto!

And I stayed in Downtown vancouver for a week and had to deal with that Lion's Gate bridge... NO THANKS!
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What about bike trails? I know there is lots closer to canmore. Is there many places close to the city that you can easily do after work?
Bowmount park in the silver springs area (NW) is also really good. Winding trails along the bow river, lots of variety, easy rides, technical single track, even a few dirt jumps and makeshift trials.

I used to live in Dalhousie, which is inbetween this area and nose hill. It was about a 5 min ride to either of these trails, this is one of the things I miss the most about living there.
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I do a fair bit of riding - Fish Creek down in the south is also pretty good for some single track trails - nothing too extreme though. They have a swimming lake down there too so after you're done you can cool yourself off.

The best place is the nordic centre in Canmore. Miles of trails ranging from beginner to pro, only an hour from Calgary. Need your bear mace though.
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Any comments on Chestermere?
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I wouldn't unless u work in the industrial areas past Barlow. Or if you want to do some boating. It's away from everything.
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I wouldn't unless u work in the industrial areas past Barlow. Or if you want to do some boating. It's away from everything.
Agreed. Nothing wrong with it as a bedroom community (just like Airdrie where I live), but it's the furthest bedroom community from the mountains. From my place I can hop on stoney trail and bypass the city completely when heading into the banff and central BC resorts.
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I will be working at near 29th and Sunridge in the NE. It looks like a short commute from Chestermere. For me a normal day usually goes like this:

1) Pack my bike or snowboard, head to work
2) Eat dinner at work
3) Meet up right after work somewhere

So in this case with traffic I am at the mercy of my work location. On the weekends when I head to the mountains, probably head up Friday nights and stay near the hill.

In this case would Chestermere be reasonable? Seems like a few nice places to rent there till we figure out where we want to buy. Also seems like my work commute will be ok.
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In this case would Chestermere be reasonable? Seems like a few nice places to rent there till we figure out where we want to buy. Also seems like my work commute will be ok.
Yeah I'd think Chestermere or Airdrie would be about the same commute to that area.

If you're renting first no big deal anyway... I'd try to get a 6 month lease instead of a year, as you might want to buy sooner than later.
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Ya, ideally like to only rent for a few months. But I think the best case will be 6 months, and not many places like a lease that short even.
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