Well I got a call for a job in Canada, located in Edmonton Alberta.
Now I know virtually nothing about Canada, so any descriptions, advice, pro's cons etc are welcome regarding: the country, Alberta, edmonton, cost of living, standard of living house prices etc. well anything at all really.
Thanks in advance
I am from Edmonton, born and raised. I live about 3 hrs north east in Cold Lake right now due to being military.
Average house prices are around $330,000 I think in edmonton, depending on where you are looking at. To find any kind of acerage you are looking at $500,000 + and probably 45 mins to an hour out of edmonton. Gas is at $0.99/L. I would say groceries are pretty standard price, milk is about $4/4L jug.
There is already snow here and has been since before Halloween. It is not unusual to have snow in oct and I have had many birthday's in my life where snow was on the ground (my birthday is 8 May). Summers are usually hot and dry. there are quite a few lakes around Edmonton for summer fun. I would say the average temp in winter is -20C. It does get down to -40C and lower, but we have also had thaws in feb with no snow. So hard to predict.
The greater Edmonton area (including suberbs) I think is around 1 million.
Edmonton has lots of green space and a great trail system for walking the dogs, and many off leash parks.
Calgary is the metropolitian city in Alberta (sooo if you are "metro" you live there, lol), Edmonton is the working class town.
Edmonton is known as the "festival" city, we have tons of festivals in the summer (folk music fest, street performers, fringe fest, jazz and blues fests, etc)
The city is 3.5hrs from Jasper in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, or 4hrs to Banff. 7 some odd hours to the USA border on the Montana state. 12 hr drive to Vancouver, BC on the west coast. 3 hrs to Calgary.
Edmonton hosts the Canadian Finals rodeo this time every year, and has the Capital EX, which is like a huge fair.
It is also home to West Edmonton Mall, which used to be the biggest indoor mall in the world. <---altho not one actual resident of Edmonton every goes there, that place isa zoo!!.
There is a NHL hockey team (altho maybe not for much longer, there is talk of moving the oilers to Seattle), a CFL football team, a AAA hockey team, uummm I think some kind of soccer but prolly not any kind of major soccer.
What other questions do you have?