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Old Dec 31st 2017, 4:46 pm   #16
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No idea if this has any relevance to either you or the OP but GO are about to open a huge new maintenance facility in Whitby, due to open early 2018 I understand 😀
Happy New Year and good luck with job seeking opportunities.
Thanks for the heads up Twitcher, I am looking into lots of options at the moment.
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I live in Calgary and there are a CP rail yard and a CN rail yard here both very busy I know this as I regularly pick up and drop off containers there.If you like ski-ing the rockies are only 1hr drive away and Calgary has lots of good pubs and restuarants and doesnt have the traffic problems of GTA.Also rent has gone down here you can get a 1 bedroom apt for around $800 a month heating and water included.
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Hello from Manchester!

After years of hard work and perseverance I have finally been granted Permanent Residency in Canada, I plan on making the big move in March 2018.

As it stands at the moment I am struggling to decide on where best to set up my new life and am hoping that someone out there can give me some advice...

A bit more about me
I am a 31 year old male with no ties except for a house here in the UK (which I will be renting out when I move). I work on the railway and have a background in Train Driving and railway operations management, I intend on continuing along this career path in Canada. From a social perspective, I enjoy socialising but am just as happy having my own company. I'm not into the drinking scene that exists over here and would rather do something more productive. I really enjoy skiing and am getting into a more outdoor type of lifestyle.

My thoughts so far
I like Calgary (having visited a couple of times) and I think Calgary would be good from a social point of view, it's also not too far from the Rockies so I can ski and has a rail company presence. On the downside it appears to be very expensive (property wise) and although it is on the railroad, only one company is based there.

Edmonton - Recommended by rail professionals as it has two companies based there which means there may be a better chance of me finding work, it also seems to be cheaper than Calgary whilst still having the Alberta health care system (which I am led to believe is most like the NHS). The downside is that I have note read particularly good things about the social scene, meeting new people etc (at some point I would like to start a family but it would appear that a lot of people my age have already settled down and have families).

Jasper - Skiing in town, railroad presence (I am currently at interview stage for a job based here) but there doesn't seem to be much going on and I cannot find much information about living there, especially regarding property rentals.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba - A bit of a wildcard for me. It appears that there are often railway jobs posted here and that it is very cheap when it comes to property. I just don't know what else goes on there and I've heard that it is dull.

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Does anyone out there have any thoughts on which location(s) may be better suited to me?
Am I correct in my research so far?
If I was to relocate without landing a job first, where would be the best places for a stop-gap job until something came up in my line of work?
Is there anything that I have missed or should consider?

Thank you very much in advance,

Paul

PS if there are any other single people emigrating soon I'd like to hear from you!
Calgary is great.

I know nothing of the other places. If you like snow sports then maybe Jasper is worth a shot.

Out of curiosity do you know a train driver called Tom McLaughlin? Lives in Greater Manchester. Semi Scottish accent and drives inter city. He is a ginger!

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