Moving to Calgary

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Expats moving to Calgary will find that the city is home to about over a million permanent residents and it is rapidly evolving into one of Canada's most important economic centres. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the largest city in the Alberta province is often described as being 'the most American' of Canadian cities, with its 'cowboy character' and relatively conservative social policies, Calgary is a popular choice for European expats looking to get the most out of what a working sojourn in North America has to offer.
 
Traditionally, Calgary's oil industry has been the backbone of the economy and contributed significantly to the city's expansion. While many expats still relocate to Calgary to work in this sector the job market has certainly become more competitive and expat relocation packages less lucrative. Low taxes in the city encouraged many businesses to set up operations in Calgary so skilled expats should be able to find opportunities in a diverse range of fields. 

Calgary is often considered as lacking some of the rich history and multiculturalism of other Canadian cities such as Toronto and Vancouver but this perception is also changing rapidly, as areas such as International Avenue grow in status and popularity. The city also boasts a thriving theatre industry, a heritage of marching-band music, and hosts several folk and art festivals year-round. However, the great attraction of living in Calgary is its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the wonderful views and outdoor lifestyle opportunities that the majestic range has to offer. 

Living in Calgary is, by all accounts, much more of a pleasure than a chore. Although, expat reports do indicate that, in recent years, the city's infrastructure has been battling to keep up with its incredible growth with increased traffic congestion, a lack of affordable housing, and a shortage of space in schools and childcare programmes. It is important to note, however, that these concerns are being addressed.

Calgary remains blessed with an extremely low crime rate, a reliable public transport system, great healthcare, and a wonderful network of urban park areas. Moreover, the unique +15 Skyway network – that is, a network of pedestrian walkways built 15 feet above the ground – links almost every building in the core downtown area to every other, effectively turning Calgary's city centre into a massive shopping mall. The +15 walkways are heated, which is a true godsend in winter when, despite the freezing temperatures outside, pedestrians can go about their daily business without the need for a coat or boots.

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