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Alberta: A survival guide

Posted by mhudema on April 21, 2008


1. Bring your own house.

2. If you are going to the Oil Sands, bring your own house, school, and hospital.

3. If you are going to Edmonton, wear your flak jacket. This is the murder capital of Canada.

4. If you are driving to Edmonton, note that it is also the auto theft center of Canada .

5. If you are bringing drugs, head straight to Fort McMurray, the drug capital of Canada .

6. If you are looking for work, look no further. Minimum wage is $8.00 per hour.

7. If you work downtown, note that parking costs $5.00 per hour or more.

8. If you are able to buy a house in Edmonton or Calgary, why not spend the money on a 15 year holiday.

9. If you drive a Hummer, look out. Alberta has the highest gas prices in Canada.(The Alberta Advantage)

10. In Edmonton we have 5 hospitals. 10 years ago we had 7. Don’t come here sick.

11. In Calgary the population has exploded. The last road was paved 12 years ago.

Calgary is a no parking zone.


1. You must first learn to pronounce the name correctly — it is: “CAL-GREE”.
The second ‘A’ is redundant.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 8:00pm. Friday’s rush hour starts on Thursday morning and ends on Saturday night.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 130 kph. On the Deerfoot 500 kph, you are expected to match the speed of the airplanes coming in for a landing at the airport. Anything less is considered “Wussy”.

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Calgary now has its own version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second.

However, in Calgary , SUV-driving, cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It’s another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in Calgary. . .Detour barrels are moved around each night to make the next day’s driving a bit more exciting, but nothing ever gets finished, and more new construction starts everyday.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, skunks, dogs, cats, deer, barrels, cones, cows, horses, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, garbage, squirrels, rabbits, crows, and coyotes feeding on any of these items.

9. In Calgary, 16th Avenue, TransCanada, and “Hwy #1” are all the same road.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been “accidentally activated.”

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 110 in a 80-90 kph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly. If you return the flip, you will be shot.

12. For winter driving, it is advisable to wear your parka, toque, fur lined mittens and mukluks. Make sure you have a shovel, food, candles and blankets in the vehicle, as snow removal from the city streets is virtually non-existent until the spring thaw.

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