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Calgary vs Ottawa: Which City is better for families with children?

Calgary Pros:
  1. Scenic places (nice skiing, camping, hiking etc. spots) - your kids will learn all outdoor sports instead of just fishing and canoeing in Ontario. (Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Waterton are less than 2 hours drive from Calgary)
  2. Affordable housing
  3. Less taxes
  4. Oil and Gas industry boosting the economy
Ottawa Pros:
  1. Tons of Ottawa has govt jobs
  2. Proximity to world class city of Toronto
  3. Ottawa is slightly cheaper (rent, restaurants, groceries)
  4. Ottawa is more diverse
  5. Ottawa winter is less harsh than Calgary's
  6. Ottawa has most of the national museums and art gallery, government buildings, many school options (French immersion is a strong attraction)
  7. Read more here: Read Robin Collins' answer to Between Ottawa and Calgary which City is better for families with children? on Quora

Which one is better to live in, Calgary or Edmonton? Why?

  1. Weather: you have more sunshine and less harsh winter in Calgary with occasional positive temperature in the middle of the winter because of the Chinook winds: Calgary wins
  2. Cost of life: Edmonton rent, home ownership, food, clothing is slightly cheaper than same items in Calgary: Edmonton wins
  3. Job Opportunities: more blue collar jobs in Edmonton, more white collar jobs in Calgary: tie
  4. Education: Edmonton has one of the top university in Canada called University of Alberta. University of Calgary has a first class business school called Hayskane school of business. Edmonton wins.
  5. City's architecture: Calgary seems newer, nicely architected and just more beautiful to me by far: Calgary wins
  6. People: just the same to me, no difference: tie
  7. Size and population: Calgary (1.3 million people, 825 km2) is larger and have more people than Edmonton (1 million people, 684 km2): I won't call this a win
  8. Mountains and lakes : Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, are all closer to Calgary than Edmonton: Calgary Wins
  9. Summer festivities: Both cities have great and similar festivals, but Calgary hosts the greatest western festival on earth in July called the Stampede. Calgary wins.
  10. Sunshine: Calgary has way more sunshine that Edmonton. In fact, Calgary is amongst the top city with sunshine exposure in the entire country. Sunshine is happiness. Calgary wins.
  11. Politics: Both cities are economically conservative. Edmonton is a little bit more socially liberal than Calgary. Who cares? Tie.
  12. Sports: Flames(NHL)and Stampeders(CFL)in Calgary, Oiler(NHL) and Eskimos(CFL) in Edmonton. Several amateur leagues, indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer, hockey, basketball, football and baseball in both cities; ShowUpAndPlay in Calgary, ShowUpAndPlay in Edmonton : Tie
  13. Bars and Pubs: Cowboys in Calgary, Black dog free house in Edmonton are the most populars. Cowboy culture in both cities but not violent, no guns. Tie ( The 10 Best Nightclubs in Calgary , The Best Nightlife in Edmonton - TripAdvisor )
  14. Downton: See Calgary Downtown inRealTimeNow.com. See Edmonton inRealTimeNow.com They are both vibrant and Nice: Tie
  15. Cleanliness: Calgary is one of the cleanness cities in the world. I am in awe myself whenever I walk downtown and in my neighbourhood of Walden. Calgary wins by far.
    Read E. Dieunéd's answer to Which one is better to live in, Calgary or Edmonton? Why? on Quora

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