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Old 03-26-2008, 07:23 AM
 
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Question Towns near Calgary

We are looking for a small town. Hubby will be working in and around Calgary. He doesn't mind driving etc. We would like to live in a small town that has local shops, petrol station, doctors surgery, dentist, local schools etc. Our kids will be 10 & 13. We would like things for them to do. Not sure how education system works yet. Any help on which towns and what we can all do is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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We are looking for a small town. Hubby will be working in and around Calgary. He doesn't mind driving etc. We would like to live in a small town that has local shops, petrol station, doctors surgery, dentist, local schools etc. Our kids will be 10 & 13. We would like things for them to do. Not sure how education system works yet. Any help on which towns and what we can all do is greatly appreciated.
North
Airdrie, Crossfield

West
Cochrane, Bragg Creek

East
Chestermere, Strathmore, Langdon

South
Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, High River
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:11 AM
 
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There's also Canmore which is a gorgeous little town. It is close to Banff which is a resort and there are tons of Calgary weekenders here so housing prises are quite high. Other than that though it is a really nice, friendly place...I think it would be a really good place to raise kids! Just make sure you have snow tires on your car and a good winter coat
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:43 PM
 
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canmore has everything you have mentioned.we are moving there this july from the u.k. there are lots of activities for all ages but you must love the outdoors! and not mind the cold(in the winter).canmore has low precipitation & plenty of sunshine.education as a rule in the alberta province is good with funding high.go to canadian rockies public schools (crps) website for more information.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:50 AM
 
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Question canmore

In reply to last post, what made you decide to choose Canmore? Do you have children? If so, what ages? Do you know much about this area?
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:07 AM
 
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hi penguinpal,
i'm not a city person;love to visit them but thought that if i was moving all the way to canada i wanted to live in the rockies! as a family we love the outdoors.if we need the city calgary is about an hr away.i guess it's just what you get used to.we've visited canmore many times & talked to lots of locals to get a feel of the area(plus lots of research on the web). work is a big deciding factor as most would find work in calgary & the commute on a regular basis would not be a good idea-my spouse would only need to travel in to calgary twice a week.
we a have 2 children-15 & 12.they will go to the local schools.
these websites may be of use:
Canmore Leader, Canmore, AB
Canadian Rockies : Loving Life in Canmore | WHERE.ca (http://www.where.ca/canadianrockies/article_feature~listing_id~99.htm - broken link)
Town of Canmore - Home
i don't know if you've visited but it is definately a good idea as small town living(12,000 approx) is not for everyone;but for a small town there always seems to be something going on & you've got some of the best ski hills on your doorstep!
hope this helps.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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It depends how far your husband wants to drive. Canmore is an hour away. Very nice but quite a distance. Crossfield, Black Diamond and Turner Valley ( and maybe High River and Bragg Creek) are also 30-45 minute drive depending where you are in Calgary. I would not call them satellite cities whereas the others would be called that. I'm not as familiar with the eastern towns.

Okotoks and Airdrie have reasonable prices still. Cochrane and Bragg Creek not so much.

Where are you coming from?
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:20 AM
 
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Hi, we are living in the UK at the moment. I am trying to find out the best info before we leave. We have visited Canada before. We have been to Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary and other towns etc along the way. We thought of Vancouver area but don't like the idea of all the rain. We decided we liked Calgary (and surrounding area) best, hopefully the cold and snow will not be too much of a problem. As we come from the south of England we get extremely mild winters, rain, hardly ever get snow, if we do it is normally under an 2cm and is gone before you know it. As you can imagine we don't know what the cold is, (about -4 degrees celcuis is our coldest), let alone the wind chill factor. Someone said what about in between the two near Peachland etc, but we don't know this area. All help is always much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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You could go further in, outskirts of Calgary....Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Vauxhall, all kinds of very small towns and I think the weather is not as severe that far down. It depends what kind of lifestyle you are looking for.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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You could go further in, outskirts of Calgary....Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Vauxhall, all kinds of very small towns and I think the weather is not as severe that far down. It depends what kind of lifestyle you are looking for.
Medicine Hat? Heck Edmonton is closer than the 'Hat. Lethbridge is two hours away. I'd consider Canmore too far out personally. It's a good hour and a bit from Downtown, with minimal traffic.
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