Thinking about checking out the real estate in Calgary as you contemplate a move? The largest city in Alberta was recently named North America’s most livable for the second consecutive year and the fifth most livable in the entire world by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Index, as Calgary Economic Development reports.
But there are many other, more specific reasons to make that move, including these.
Alberta has no provincial sales tax, which means if you move to Calgary, you’ll pay fewer taxes than you would in other provinces like Ontario where the sales tax is 15 percent when combining the federal and provincial taxes. That can really add up to big savings on things like groceries, clothing, and entertainment. There’s also no healthcare premiums to pay, no payroll tax and the lowest fuel tax among all the provinces.
Calgary is among the world’s cleanest cities – in fact, in 2007 it was ranked the No. 1 cleanest city by Forbes magazine and since then it’s taken similar honors, including topping the Mercer Global Financial list thanks to its lack of air pollution, clean drinking water availability, quality sewage systems, and an excellent waste removal and recycling program. You’ll notice that even the streets are mostly free of trash, including cigarette butts, which is at least in part due to the heavy fine imposed for littering which can run up to $1,000 for dropping just one cigarette butt.
It Has a Rich History to Explore
If you’re into history, you’ll find lots to explore in Calgary, including Fort Calgary History Park which is focused around the original mounted police stronghold. It sat buried beneath the city until the 1970s, with the 1888 barracks eventually reconstructed to provide a trip back in time, stepping into the shoes of the early western Mounties and indigenous people. Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park, is here too. It features some 200 exhibits that will bring life in Calgary during various periods from the mid-1700s through 1950 to life. It hosts a First Nations Encampment, Fur Trading Fort, Pre-Railway settlement and a living historic village from around the turn of the 20th century. There’s an authentic steam train and a number of other attractions, including early 20th-century carnival games.
It’s a Haven for Outdoor Adventurers
Calgary lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, offering a ton of things to do for those who enjoy the outdoors, both in the city and surrounding area as well as within a short drive away. There are nearly 20,000 acres of parkland here and Calgary also hosts Canada Olympic Park which can be used by the general public and pro athletes. In the summer, it’s popular for ziplining and mountain biking, while winter snow brings opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, skating, and bobsledding. Banff is only an hour’s drive away and is renowned for offering some of the world’s best downhill skiing – of course, it’s famous for hiking too, with miles and miles of scenic trails.
There’s More Sun For Enjoying the Fresh Air and Spectacular Scenery
And, even more good news for those who want to enjoy the outdoors, the area’s magnificent scenery and fresh, clean air – Calgary is the sunniest major city in Canada with an average of about 2,400 hours of sunshine each year.