Calgary, Canada

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  1. feynmix

    feynmix Senior member

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    Have an interview later today for a position based in Calgary, Canada.

    Please enlighten me about the social life, food, and drink of this city. Thanks much.
     


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    intent Senior member

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    Have an interview later today for a position based in Calgary, Canada.

    Please enlighten me about the social life, food, and drink of this city. Thanks much.

    Sure. Just get in your car and drive west 'till you hit Vancouver.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    One of my nephews moved there to open up an internationally known retail outlet. He seems to party a lot, goes to mucho death metal type shit, MMA fights, and generally is wasting his life (at age 35) in what seems to be a pretty bleak, yet growing, city. It seems if you want to head out and reinvent yourself, it's a good place.
     


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    Wear a cowboy hat?
     


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    Sure. Just get in your car and drive west 'till you hit Vancouver.

    But then there would be no job. Vancouver is fascinating with cost of living and available amount or work.
     


  6. AR_Six

    AR_Six "Sookie!"

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    I just moved here. Hence I can't tell you much. I can tell you it ain't got nothin' on Vantown. Cost of living is supposedly cheap by comparison but things don't really seem that much cheaper to me, besides rent.
     


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    Easy access to the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Lake Louise, those places. Awesome scenery, great hiking, skiing, climbing. Lots of Japanese tourists. Probably very low on fashun booteeks.
     


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    Their hockey team sucks
     


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    Have an interview later today for a position based in Calgary, Canada.

    Please enlighten me about the social life, food, and drink of this city. Thanks much.


    Hope you like both kinds of music (Country and Western)....
     


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    I've lived in Calgary for 4 years now - the city has grown so much in last 4 years - its not nearly as large as some of the other Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Toronto but it has a vibrant food, festival and outdoor scene. Nightlife, in my opinion, could be better but if you are a pub/bar/lounge kind of guy, Calgary will do just fine. Its a bit lacking in club scene but I am sure that will improve with time. Cost of living isn't necessarily cheap but on average the salary here is greater than Vancouver. Oh, and Calgary has the best steak in Canada. People are very friendly overall as well.
     


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    AR_Six "Sookie!"

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    ^Cough up some highlights, stuff I should check out. I live downtown and I am just sort of finding things.
     


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    grew up in Calgary (now live in Van). You can expect a lot of drinking (the oil and gas sector literally runs the town and the like to party, drink, and occasionally work). That being said it won't come as a surprise to here that the city is incredibly right wing, by canadian standards (you should here the hostile debates at our family dinners). The city is quite young in comparison to many others, and money hungry.. in comparison to NY it will seem very..white... and spread out. You're only an hour or so away from the rockies, so lots of great skiing opportunities. Nice parks in the city as well as good running paths along the rivers.

    My sole shred of unsolicited advice would be to live in a central area. the suburbs there are getting absolutely out of hand (urban sprawl to the MAX). If you're looking at condo living, the eu claire area is quite nice, 17th ave area is also good, though more noisy and younger. 10th street (NW) is a nice area as well for condo's though well appointed ones are harder to come by. this may or may not be appealing depending on your age. If you're moving with family and looking for a house Elboya, Mt. Royal, Elbow Park, Hillhurst, Sunnyside are all good areas, though not very cheap. Parkdale is a nice cheaper inner city area that would probably be a solid investment for a home.

    hope this helps. oh also. buy a cowboy hat and boots. yes seriously (if you were living in williamsburg, you probably already own these). and if you don't already, learn to like the flames, or at least pretend to, if you value your life.

    best of luck and enjoy!
     


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    Their hockey team sucks

    go flames.
     


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    Flames suck. Calgarians claim that they live in a world class city. While it has potential it still has a long way to go .

    There are lots of great places to eat if you are into that. My favourite is Il Sogno. Murrieta's is nice downtown.

    Oconner's is nice for clothes. Pretty expensive though.
     


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    I have lived here all my life. HRB and JamesW made some very accurate comments, although I hate country music and have never owned a hat or boots. And I hate hockey too, I'm a knicks fan[​IMG]

    grew up in Calgary (now live in Van). You can expect a lot of drinking (the oil and gas sector literally runs the town and the like to party, drink, and occasionally work). That being said it won't come as a surprise to here that the city is incredibly right wing, by canadian standards (you should here the hostile debates at our family dinners). The city is quite young in comparison to many others, and money hungry.. in comparison to NY it will seem very..white... and spread out. You're only an hour or so away from the rockies, so lots of great skiing opportunities. Nice parks in the city as well as good running paths along the rivers.

    My sole shred of unsolicited advice would be to live in a central area. the suburbs there are getting absolutely out of hand (urban sprawl to the MAX). If you're looking at condo living, the eu claire area is quite nice, 17th ave area is also good, though more noisy and younger. 10th street (NW) is a nice area as well for condo's though well appointed ones are harder to come by. this may or may not be appealing depending on your age. If you're moving with family and looking for a house Elboya, Mt. Royal, Elbow Park, Hillhurst, Sunnyside are all good areas, though not very cheap. Parkdale is a nice cheaper inner city area that would probably be a solid investment for a home.

    hope this helps. oh also. buy a cowboy hat and boots. yes seriously (if you were living in williamsburg, you probably already own these). and if you don't already, learn to like the flames, or at least pretend to, if you value your life.

    best of luck and enjoy!
     


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