I'm moving with my wife to Calgary this August. I am going to stay for two years to continue my Masters studies in Geophysics.
My wife and I would like to make friends there. We love nature and culture. We like to meet people from all over the world.
BTW, How cold is Calgary?
Calgary is supposed to be beautiful, and if you liked Zermatt, you should love Calgary. Here is a liitle info from the Canadian Weather service that might prove useful: Calgary Weather Stats
Sounds like a good experience, though geophysics sounds like quite a bit of studying...
Calgary is a pretty decent city. We generally have mild weather all year round. Summers average about 27 - 30, and winters can go down to below 30 (chilly!) the nice thing though, is we get a break in our cold weather quite often with Chinooks.
Culture wise ... well we arent as great as say Vancouver and maybe Montreal for that (unless you count the Stampede) Its starting to pick up with all the people moving here, though. The local music scene can be good too, depending on what kind of bands/music you are into.
Nature on the other hand ... well being about 2 - 3 hrs away from the mountains and Kananaskis country you'll have a blast hiking and skiing. There are lots of bike paths and jogging areas as well, and Fish Creek is beautiful in the summer.
Hope that helps at least a little
I would like to also know, how important is having a car? Can I go by at least the first six months without a car? as you know I'm only staying for two years.
Sorry Fadhel, never been there so I don't know. But this tranportation link may help: Calgary Transit
The entire route map is a 4MB download, so I hope you have high speed. The site is full of information.
You'll do ok without a car. The weather isn't too bad, something you'll get used to. Besides a week of real cold weather, the rest of the winter hasn't been bad at all.
Lot's of real good jobs with a Geophysics degree too.
Someone told me that Calgary is boring. Is that true?
My wife and I love nature, but we also enjoy a city life. So what's there to do in Calgary? obviously my wife loves shopping, how is shopping there? Also, I love the theater and cassical music, how r they there?
Depending on where you want to live in the city, and how you chose to get around, your experience here can differ significantly.
For example, if you want to live in a quieter sub-urb neighbour hood, yes its very boring unless you feel like trekking into the inner city every weekend.
However, if you are looking more at a trendy student / inner city neighbourhood, the shopping is unique, the bars / lounges are friendlier, and your commute is less.
we do have a Philharmonic here, and the theatre scene is decent I think. I know we are getting Dracula later this month.
try some of the following websites to see whats going on in the city
This one showcases most of the dining / shopping in the downtown core:
We also have Lunchbox theatre and ATP or Alberta Theatre Projects.
oh, and there is Jubilations too, which I seem to remember as being pretty good, although its been a while since I've been there.
I think Calgary has a reputation for being boring mostly because its so spread out, but all the good things to do are all in one little area. If you are willing to explore though, there is tons to do. Independant Cinema, Theatre, Museums, Exhibitions, festivals etc. It really starts to pick up in the summer, and you'll be here in time for the International Film Festival which is always a blast.
I will be studying in University of Calgary. I guess I'll be staying near the university. Is that area boring? how easy is it to access the downtown from it?
For what it's worth
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 15, 2007, at 1:30 PM by Delthefunk ]