Relocating to the big city is an exciting prospect. The really tough part is which city do you choose, and why? If you’re a Canadian, or thinking of becoming one, consider Calgary, Alberta. Not only is it situated in a scenic natural environment but it is also one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities and its residents boast Canada’s highest personal income level. The Economist also ranks Calgary as the 7th most livable city in the world. Once your decision is made, the logistics begin.
Congratulations, you are on your way to the west! The beauty of Banff, the famous Rocky Mountains and the always exciting Calgary Stampede. Thankfully, you don’t have to take a canoe like the Canadians of yore. Relocation to the western half of Canada, in particular Calgary, is very common and there are several reliable moving companies that can help. If you choose to move on your own, take advantage of Calgary’s extensive highway system or facilities at the Calgary International Airport.
The existing energy companies that make their home in Calgary are making an effort to improve their environmental outlook with fresh faces and new jobs, but many other industries that focus on ecology and green energy are making headway. Hospitality and tourism have always been and continue to be very popular in this city and the marketing and financial sectors are still faring well.
Students from all over the country gravitate towards the educational and training prospects that Calgary has to offer. The University of Calgary and Mount Royal University attract students from all over the country with their comprehensive technology, engineering and financial programs as well as offering degrees in virtually every other discipline. Calgary loves innovation and entrepreneurs, as there are more “technology start-ups” in this city than anywhere else in Canada.
Housing and Transit
The prices of both old and new homes in Calgary has recently dropped, a trend which is following the initial slump in the price of oil. This is great for those who want to make an investment or buy a permanent home. If you are looking at Calgary real estate, don’t worry too much about location. The local transit system includes both buses and a train and can take you almost anywhere in Calgary. And that’s in addition to the myriad of bicycle pathways and pedestrian walkways.
Recreation and Tourism
Tourists and residents alike can appreciate the plethora of outdoor and indoor activities available right outside their doors. Banff National Park is a mere two hours away and the Rocky Mountains even closer. There are hunting and fishing lodges and wilderness preserves within easy driving distance of the downtown core. Then there are the festivals and events, the most famous of being the Calgary Stampede.
Calgary has great potential for both recent and new residents. Whether you are interested in purchasing a new home, taking some classes at the or enjoying winter sports, grab your coat and skis and come to the city of clear blue skies.
Robert McAllister has first-hand experience of relocating and running a business in this great city. He enjoys imparting his insights and experiences to an online audience and is a regular writer for a number of business and lifestyle websites.
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