Moving to the Festival City? – Moving Tips for Edmonton, AB
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Want to move to a city that has it all? Edmonton, AB is a city divided, which offers the best of both worlds. The North Saskatchewan River dissects Edmonton into the north side, which is downtown city life, and the south side, which contains more art, quirky culture, and festivals. On the west side, you can find North America’s largest mall. Alongside this monumental attraction, Edmonton also harbors Canada’s largest living history museum, Fort Edmonton Park. If these attractions aren’t enough to convince you that it’s a great place to live, maybe the millions of residents residing here can sway you.
Edmonton is Canada’s sixth-largest census metropolitan area by population. These residents have the luxury of an affordable cost of living and the highest average household income in Canada. Taxes, gasoline and diesel prices are also at an all-time low. This means fewer pennies out of your pocket!
Tips for the Move to Edmonton
Staffed by our moving professionals, U-Haul has over 20 locations in the immediate Edmonton area. Before moving to the Festival City that Edmontonians call home, be sure to incorporate these helpful moving tips into your travel plans.
- Transportation – Edmonton is highly reliant on cars and much of the shopping and entertainment is based in a few areas such as West Edmonton Mall and Whyte Avenue. Luckily, Edmonton has the lowest fuel prices in Canada due to its status as a major oil and gas hub. However, if you are looking for public transportation, there is the Edmonton Light Rail Transit line that runs north-south and connects major central and downtown areas. There are plans to expand the reach of the light rail in the future. For locations off the light rail line, the bus system runs throughout the city.
- Cost of Living – As mentioned before, it’s affordable to live in Edmonton. Located in the province of Alberta, it is the only province that does not have a provincial sales tax. Additionally, housing is cheaper when compared to cities such as Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. On top of that, the economy and job market is very strong and diverse here. With a wide variety of industries in the area and low unemployment rates, there are numerous job opportunities here in Edmonton.
- The Festival City – True to its nickname, Edmonton has a wide range of festivals for you to enjoy. To name a few, there is the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, K-Days, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Edmonton Heritage Festival, Edmonton International Fringe Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This is only the tip of the iceberg; it seems there is a festival almost every week during the warmer months. These are just a few things to check out in Edmonton’s thriving cultural scene which includes galleries, theaters, and concert halls.
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