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Old 09-13-2016, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Calgary's downtown is epically safe, but that's because it's empty at the end of a workday.


That being said, it's diverse, large Asian, primarily Chinese and Vietnamese population. O&G will recover, but in the short term it helps as vacancies are high so rents are getting cheaper.


Very sunny year round, but can have the occasional REALLY cold week or two, offset with Chinooks that change the temperature overnight.


As far as your checklist goes, I'd say Vancouver, but man, that six months of grey drizzle would kill me.
To each his own. I know what kills me, is the winter brown that can be Calgary

The rain makes Vancouver very lush, which I prefer. The only months where people may get a bit down are November, and January.Also because of the very short days. October is usually not bad, December people are busy with Christmas or whatever holiday they are celebrating, and by February the flowers are up and the trees blooming.

Vancouver actually gets less rain than Sydney, Australia, but it's the drizzle aspect of Vancouver's rain that can makes it seem to go on and on.

As a local, the drizzle doesn't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. It's like a spa treatment LOL
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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To each his own. I know what kills me, is the winter brown that can be Calgary

The rain makes Vancouver very lush, which I prefer. The only months where people may get a bit down are November, and January.Also because of the very short days. October is usually not bad, December people are busy with Christmas or whatever holiday they are celebrating, and by February the flowers are up and the trees blooming.

Vancouver actually gets less rain than Sydney, Australia, but it's the drizzle aspect of Vancouver's rain that can makes it seem to go on and on.

As a local, the drizzle doesn't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. It's like a spa treatment LOL
Very few dry skin problems!
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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To each his own. I know what kills me, is the winter brown that can be Calgary

The rain makes Vancouver very lush, which I prefer. The only months where people may get a bit down are November, and January.Also because of the very short days. October is usually not bad, December people are busy with Christmas or whatever holiday they are celebrating, and by February the flowers are up and the trees blooming.

Vancouver actually gets less rain than Sydney, Australia, but it's the drizzle aspect of Vancouver's rain that can makes it seem to go on and on.

As a local, the drizzle doesn't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. It's like a spa treatment LOL
As they say, in Vancouver, it's not a tan, but rust. I couldn't stand the brown dirty of the Chinooks either, that's why I enjoy living where it's never winter, and never constant rainy gloom. Just unbearable heat and humidity.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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As they say, in Vancouver, it's not a tan, but rust. I couldn't stand the brown dirty of the Chinooks either, that's why I enjoy living where it's never winter, and never constant rainy gloom. Just unbearable heat and humidity.
I like heat but not humidity. Even with heat, after awhile it gets to me. I'm heading to some heat in November, Mexico. As much as I will LOVE being there and enjoying the warmth, I'm always glad to get back to a cooler climate.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Very few dry skin problems!
Compared to Arizona, yes.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Compared to Arizona, yes.
Or even Calgary.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I used to love heat and humidity but after living in Winnipeg for a while I think my system has been damaged. I can't take heat like I used to.
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:58 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the responses everyone! Very helpful. I think the consensus of Toronto and Vancouver has probably been established but i'm wondering where everyone would put Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and London (Ontario) on the list? Those are also places I might end up and I would like to know a bit more about them?
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Thanks everyone for the responses everyone! Very helpful. I think the consensus of Toronto and Vancouver has probably been established but i'm wondering where everyone would put Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and London (Ontario) on the list? Those are also places I might end up and I would like to know a bit more about them?
Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton are all about the same size. London is about half the size of the other three. It's a nice city, quite placid and some would say boring.

Calgary is the most business-oriented of the bigger three. Ottawa is more of a government town but it's not just that. Ottawa has a rep for being boring but I don't know that it is moreso than Calgary or Edmonton. In terms of fun these three are likely fairly similar. Ottawa has a better location that the two others, with NYC, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Quebec City, Niagara, etc. in the vicinity.

Ottawa and Calgary have better recreation offerings than Edmonton IMO.

All three cities are fairly diverse and have most major communities represented. A big difference in Ottawa is that the metro is 35% French-speaking, with a city of about 300k people (Gatineau) right across the river and operating in French in basically all aspects of everyday life.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:18 AM
 
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Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton are all about the same size. London is about half the size of the other three. It's a nice city, quite placid and some would say boring.

Calgary is the most business-oriented of the bigger three. Ottawa is more of a government town but it's not just that. Ottawa has a rep for being boring but I don't know that it is moreso than Calgary or Edmonton. In terms of fun these three are likely fairly similar. Ottawa has a better location that the two others, with NYC, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Quebec City, Niagara, etc. in the vicinity.

Ottawa and Calgary have better recreation offerings than Edmonton IMO.

All three cities are fairly diverse and have most major communities represented. A big difference in Ottawa is that the metro is 35% French-speaking, with a city of about 300k people (Gatineau) right across the river and operating in French in basically all aspects of everyday life.
I've never been to Edmonton, but my impression, based on what I've heard from residents/visitors, is just that it's more blue-collar and a bit more down-to-earth than either Calgary or Ottawa. I'd agree with how you sum up Calgary -- more business oriented than Ottawa, and Ottawa still a "government town" but with quite a few other attractions.

Calgary and Ottawa actually rate pretty decently for recreation amenities IMO, when their size is taken into account. Not as exciting as Toronto or Montreal, but they have a lot to offer.

Calgary has Banff close by, some arts festivals and a nice concert complex, and a lot of new stuff opening all the time -- nice restaurants, shopping, clubs, etc., although the economy's likely put a damper on that for now.

Ottawa has many national institutions: National Arts Centre (and NAC orchestra), National Gallery, Museum of History, the renovated Museum of Natural History, plus the Ottawa Senators and the new stadium for the Ottawa Redblacks (CFL). Lots of festivals every year in both cities.
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