10 Reasons to Live and Work in Calgary, AB Canada

People will move to a city for any number of reasons but increasingly, people are choosing lifestyle as their number one reason for living in or moving to a city or town. In Western Canada, Vancouver has traditionally been the choice for people who enjoy a lifestyle of outdoor living in a mild climate. Calgary, however, is a great city for those who love the outdoors and a mild climate but don’t want to pay a premium for it.

Here are some reasons why you should think about Calgary as a place to live. 1. The Great Outdoors Calgary is located right at the foot of the Canadian Rockies and in as little as 40 minutes a person can drive to any number of great outdoor destinations. Skiing/snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, river kayaking, rock climbing are just some of the reasons why Calgarians make a weekly pilgrimage out Hwy 1 to the outdoor wonderland that we call The Canadian Rockies.

Calgary is in close proximity to 5 major ski hills and COP (Canada Olympic Park) is just ten minutes from the heart of the city. The Canmore Nordic Centre for cross-country skiing is just 1.5 hrs drive from downtown Calgary and the Canadian Alpine Club headquarters is just minutes from there. Driving south of the city in the spring, summer, and fall you’ll discover hundreds of fly fishing enthusiasts plying the waters in search of some of the world’s largest rainbow trout. If it can be done in the outdoors, then there is probably a club for it in Calgary and people who participate.

2. Arts and Culture Although not known for it, Calgary has a thriving arts community with a number of live theatre venues, festivals, museums and galleries. Every year Calgary plays host to a number of events; the most famous one being the Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Fringe, Calgary International Blues Festival, Kensington Sun & Salsa Festival, GlobalFest and Calgary Lilac Festival are also popular draws. Calgary’s Glenbow Museum has a large collection of art and antiquities and is host to exhibitions featuring great works of art. In the fall, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (1.5hrs from Calgary) draws climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and film makers from all over the world to exhibit and share in outdoor culture. 3. Jobs and Income Calgary has the highest concentration of head offices, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and the highest per-capita income of any other Canadian city. With a booming oil and natural gas industry that employs tens of thousands and other diverse industries, Calgary is a city that people look to when they are considering a move or looking for a new career.

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