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Hi all, we currently live in Queensland Australia (where we hate the heat) and my partner has a job prospect in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I've been doing a LOT of internet searching for information, but nothing beats a personal recommendation. Please tell me your fave things about the area Also tell me the bad stuff as I like to be prepared. My partner, myself and son all have Aspergers so the more information we can get about a place the better.

Love to know everything! From weather, schools (and if you know about any Aspergers/ASD programs or homeschooling options), facilities, shopping etc

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Hi all, we currently live in Queensland Australia (where we hate the heat) and my partner has a job prospect in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I've been doing a LOT of internet searching for information, but nothing beats a personal recommendation. Please tell me your fave things about the area Also tell me the bad stuff as I like to be prepared. My partner, myself and son all have Aspergers so the more information we can get about a place the better.

Love to know everything! From weather, schools (and if you know about any Aspergers/ASD programs or homeschooling options), facilities, shopping etc

Thanks in advance,
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Hi I live in Calgary, which is about 300km south of Edmonton. I have never lived in Edmonton but visit frequently! I am one of those rare Calgarians that love Edmonton! (there is a bit of a rivalry between both cities).

In Calgary, Edmonton is known as being a government city and a blue collar city. It has more industrial development than Calgary, and Calgary has more white collar oil and gas jobs.

I think Edmonton is a more interesting City with respect to Architecture and Cultural events. They have a wonderful Fringe Festival and other festivals in the summer. Calgary has some great events too (i.e. the Calgary Stampede), but it really depends on what you like.

Edmonton is very auto-oriented and spread out. It's downtown is not that lively after hours.

The weather is similar to Calgary. Edmonton has beautiful summers, lots of trees and really long summer days! At the same time the winters can be harsh. Like Calgary, Edmonton also experiences chinook winds whereby the temperature in Winter increases rapidly for sometimes as short as a day to as long as a week. We celebrated a 7 degree christmas, with little snow on the ground yesterday. Very unusual but wonderful. Edmonton gets more snow than Calgary and Im not sure if the chinook effect is as pronounced as they are farther from the mountains.

I think the cost of living in Edmonton is excellent. Housing is a bit expensive but you have to consider all additional costs. We have very low provincial income tax rates in Alberta and no provincial sales tax (only the federal GST at 5%). All of these things help make Alberta more affordable for middle to upper middle income earners.

I don't know anything about schools or supports for children with disabilities. Sorry.

Good luck!

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thanks for the reply

Im actually really glad to hear that Edmonton is more blue collar than white Describes the area I currently live in here LOL. What areas in Edmonton do you like the best? What is the shopping like? My internet searches have come across West Edmonton Mall and OMG is seems HUGE!!!

I also dont mind about there being not much night life in the city, we dont go out much, and not at night due to my sons issues so home life is more us

Is French widely spoken in Alberta? Thats one thing thats been worrying me as we have very little knowledge of the french language (although plan on learning as believe in respecting a countries culture etc) so worried about the initial time spent in Canada.

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Hi there,

Since I have never lived in Edmonton I don't know where you might want to live. I personally love the Garneau and Old Strathcona areas which areclose to the University of Alberta. Many of the areas close to the University are lovely. But I think they are more expensive.

As with any North American large city you will find an abundance of suburban homes. Depending on your budget and whether you will have more than one car you can try looking close to Edmonton's Light Rail Transit line. The advantage of locating close to a transit station is that they are often located near shopping too. But if that is not important to you then anywhere should work. I have heard the northeast residential areas are a bit more blue-collar.

Check out REALTOR.ca -Welcome for listings in Edmonton. You can specify price and property type and search by map. If you might rent, then the absolute best rental site for Edmonton is www. rentfaster.ca . There are also lots of property rental ads on Free Kijiji Canada Classifieds | Free Ads | Petites Annonces Gratuites. Rentfaster is great because you can search using a map.

As for shopping, yes West Edmonton Mall is huge. They will have absolutely every possible retail store you can think of. they also have other attractions such as an indoor wave pool, and amusement park. I suppose its a big tourist attraction, but I haven't been that much - I think it is more popular for families with Children. There is also an area called South Edmonton Common (I think) that has lots of different big box stores. Overall, you will find community shopping centres throughout the City for the day to day stuff. Whyte Avenue is also a good place to shop as it has more independent retailers and specialty stores. I think Whyte Avenue would be the closest thing Edmonton has to a high street. But at night there are lots of night clubs so its a bit rowdy.

I wouldn't worry about speaking French at all as it is not widely spoken (not much at all in Alberta that I know of). Despite Canada being a bilingual country you will not find French is used much outside of Quebec or New Brunswick. There are pockets of 'Franco-Albertan' communities in Alberta (St. Albert which is part of Metro Edmonton has a higher number of french speaking people). Everyone will speak English, all signage is in English, and no employment will require you to speak French except for employment with the Federal government. I mean no disrespect to Franco-Canadians but you do not need to know French to work and live in the vast majorty of the Country. Alberta is considered a unilingual province - English is the official language.

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Thanks! Will check out those real estate sites You have been a great help so thanks again Im sure I will have more questions the more researching I do LOL

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I currently live in Edmonton... have been for the past 15 years or so. Please feel free to ask me anything about the city or area.
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I currently live in Edmonton... have been for the past 15 years or so. Please feel free to ask me anything about the city or area.
Hi there!

I've been informed by my employer that I am going to Edmonton for a year to take "ownership" of some projects to then return to my office in London.

Their offices are located near Kenilworth, and I was wondering if you could suggest places to live within 30 minutes or less. Nonetheless, I will be provided with a vehicle, but wouldn't mind traveling by train or bus.

My contract already includes housing, so I need to be conservative with my expenses, but would like to live in a half decent area.

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I've been informed by my employer that I am going to Edmonton for a year to take "ownership" of some projects to then return to my office in London.

Their offices are located near Kenilworth, and I was wondering if you could suggest places to live within 30 minutes or less. Nonetheless, I will be provided with a vehicle, but wouldn't mind traveling by train or bus.

My contract already includes housing, so I need to be conservative with my expenses, but would like to live in a half decent area.

Thank you!
Kenilworth area is fairly central in Edmonton... therefore you have many options to chose from. You could elect to live in the downtown core... which does have some very nice apartment/condo/flats, but the costs could easily be $1000 per month and higher. Aside from that if you stick to the area of Kenilworth, you would be paying $800 and up. Edmonton and area has over a million people, so there are many choices of apartments/condos/flats/houses available throughout the city.

The best thing to do is to review rentals or condos on the internet to find something you like, at the price you want to pay. Try these web sites: Searching Type Apartment | Houses for Rent in Edmonton | Apartments for Rent in Edmonton. or Searching Type House | Houses for Rent in Edmonton | Apartments for Rent in Edmonton.

If you want to stay in the proximity of the Kenilworth area, you will want to get a place that is in Central, or South/SouthEast Edmonton.

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If you want to stay in the proximity of the Kenilworth area, you will want to get a place that is in Central, or South/SouthEast Edmonton.
Thank you for the hint! I do however, have more questions for ya:

1) I lived in the US for awhile and all cable companies offer the same bundle services (internet, phone, TV) but in your opinion/experience, is there one in particular I should get?
2) I have an unlocked 3G global cellphone, so I can just insert a sim card from almost any carrier anywhere and it normally works. In your opinion, what carrier offers: the best service (voice-data), plans that include calls to the US, and lastly Skype mobile?
3) Is there a furniture shop (mom and pop style) you recommend I buy furniture from? Even second hand shops are good.

Thanks! I appreciate your inputs.

Cheers!

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