A career move is being made across the country. My line of work has me moving from Nova Scotia all the way out west to Strathmore, AB just outside of Calgary. As this is highly unfamiliar territory for me, I'd like to know what some people here who are familiar with this area can say about it.
It seems to be pretty close to Calgary and I know Calgary is a beautiful city, so hopefully that bodes well.
It's about 40 minutes out if I am thinking/remembering the right place. It's pretty small, has the usuals(Tim's, McDonalds, Subway etc...) mostly small houses and trailers from what I remember and have seen.
I haven't been there in so long so take it with a grain of salt.
I lived there from 1995 to 2002, I loved that town. They did not have a timmies or walmart etc. it has grown up a lot. When I first moved there it had ~5000 people, and now it has over 10000. It has the feel of a small town for sure, the downtown is a typical quiet small town downtown. There are a couple of lakes and nice places to go for a quiet jog. The people are generally friendly, crime was never a problem... it was the type of town where the residents did not bother to lock their doors. It has a newish and very good high school if you have kids. It has a hospital and a clinic, I never had better healthcare access anywhere else. I am glad to have lived there.
The Station is a pretty fun little pub. My fiance's parents live out there on the golf course and we spend quite a bit of time out there. They have all the ammenities that you could want with Walmart, fast food, BP's, movie stores, pretty much anything you need you can get there. Like other people have said its a 25 minute drive to the edge of Calgary so it's not like you are stuck in a small town (albeit its not so small anymore).
That sounds like great news. I am most definitely looking forward to the move there. Everyone I've talked to said I defintely lucked out with where I'm being sent opposed to other places in Alberta I could have been shipped.