Whether you’re moving within town or across the province of Alberta, getting settled into your new community can always be a little nerve-racking. Your new home and community you relocated to should be a place that supports and reenergizes you and your family. To assist with settling into a new community after the move is complete consider the following tips:
Find a common interest support network. For instance if you have kids, look out for young family groups. If you are into mountain hiking, consider looking for an outdoor adventure club. A great way to find a common interest support network is to utilize online tools such as MeetUp.
Volunteer. Community service may be one of the best ways to create meaningful new ties. Find opportunities through local community centers, newspapers or through social media.
To speed up with unpacking, place boxes in the rooms where they belong. The sooner you unpack, the more time you will have to explore your new surroundings. If you still have no motivation to unpack the cartons after putting them in their appropriate rooms give us a call. We would be happy to provide you with more information in regards to the unpacking services we have available for you.
Taking a stroll around the neighborhood is the best way to introduce yourself and your family to the new neighbors.
If you’ve just moved with children it is important to settle into your daily routine by keeping bedtime hours, meal times and play times consistent. By doing so, it will assist with everyone feeling more settled into their new space.
If you have relocated pets such as cats and/or dogs try to surround them with items that look familiar such as their favorite bed or toy. By doing so, it will give them the opportunity to feel safe in their new surroundings.
Highland Moving is starting the new year with a fresh start! Our office in Edmonton has recently moved to our new location.
Our new office address is:
14490 - 157 Avenue
We look forward to assisting you with all your relocation needs in 2015!
A couple weeks ago we shared with you our favourite winter activities to check out in Calgary after you’re all settled into your new home. Now we are heading up North to the capital of Alberta to share with you some of our favourite winter activities to explore in Edmonton after your move. If you still have an abundance of cartons to unpack and have no motivation to start the task then why not give us a call? We have variety of unpacking services available for you to make your settling into Edmonton a little easier. We hope you get to enjoy some of these wonderful experiences around the city.
1. Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislation Building – Every year in the month of December, the Alberta legislation buildings are lit up with colorful lights and visitors can enjoy hot chocolate and choir performances for free.
2. Snow Valley Edmonton – If you’re a fan of skiing but do not want to drive to the mountains why not drop by Edmonton’s Snow Valley for an afternoon of outdoor adventures. Tucked beside Whitemud Park and Mill Creek Ravine, it is like an in-city winter resort with hills for skiing or tobogganing and trails to snowshoe on.
3. Ice on Whyte Carving Festival – From January 23rd to February 1st, 2015 take the opportunity to come explore Whyte Avenue as it gets magically transformed into a giant slide along with the Atco Gas International Ice Carving Competition. This is a great event to bring the whole family down for. Who knows maybe you'll even get the opportunity to try your own ice carving skills?
4. Edmonton Resilience Festival – A new festival is coming to town in early February of 2015. The Edmonton Resilience Festival is a two day festival that aims to strengthen community resilience through skill-sharing workshops and inspire participants to help create a sustainable, creative and promising future for Edmontonians. There will be movie screenings, social events along with guided conversation cafes.
5. Candy Cane Lane – From December 12 to January 4, 2015 grab a hot chocolate and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. It’s a ten block stretch of impressive residential displays of colorful Christmas lights and holiday decorations. The cost is free to attend however the Edmonton Food Bank will be on hand accepting donations.
6. Christmas Reflections – Celebrate winter the way Edmontonians did a century ago. Step back in time to a Christmas past by heading to Fort Edmonton Park between Dec. 12 – January 3rd, 2015. Bundle up the family and enjoy a warm cup of cider while sampling baking from the wood stove and completing your shopping from their heritage stores.
We all know moving can be a quite stressful time in one's life, especially when its in the midst of an unexpected winter snowfall. But don't worry if you have your upcoming winter move booked with us we will ensure your items are in good hands. The great news is after you're all settled in why not go out and explore Calgary and the surrounding areas? Winter is the perfect season to explore Calgary as there are plenty of things going on. We've compiled a list of some of our favourite winter activities we recommend experiencing after you have moved in.
1.Skating at Olympic Plaza - Located at 228, 8 Avenue SE, Olympic Plaza was originally built for medal presentations during the 1988 Winter Olympics. During the winter months, Olympic Plaza is a great place to bring the family for skating and hot chocolate. The rink is open daily from 10:00am - 9:00pm and is right in the heart of Calgary's downtown.
2. Calgary Zoo Lights - An annual event that brings people of all ages together to enjoy a display of over 1.5 million twinkling lights while sipping hot chocolate by the fire pits in the evening. Zoo lights are open every day from 6:00 - 9:00pm from November 21, 2014 until January 3, 2015.
3. Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2015 - Another incredible event you do not want to miss out on. Teams of professional ice carvers from around the world come to Lake Louise to compete in the ice carving competition at the magical Fairmont Chateau. The competition this year will be in January from the 15th to the 18th and the theme is Wonders of the World.
4. Mt. Norquay Snow Tubes - If you're not a fan of skiing or snowboarding why not go snow tubing down a mountain? Located only a few minutes outside of Banff, Alberta it is a unique Rocky Mountain experience that allows you to go down a section of the mountain on a tube at fast speeds.
5. The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet - Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Why not attend Alberta Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. The show will transfer you back to 19th century Russia and catch the dance of the sugarplum fairy. Tickets are available for shows in Calgary from December 18 - 24, 2014.
6. Dog Sledding in the Canadian Rockies - Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of dog sledding? The good news is you do not need to book a trip to Alaska to experience the thrill. Every winter season just outside of the city, in Canmore specialty companies let you dog sled through the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. A perfect afternoon winter activity for you and your family.
Stay tuned for our next blog post as we explore the Top Winter Activities in Edmonton.
Highland Moving is proud to announce that Don Kachur, our President, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Association of Movers’ Innovators Award. This award recognizes industry innovations and best practices. CAM presents this award to an individual, company or team that achieves real innovations in process improvement and technology. These achievements can be seen by the whole Canadian moving industry.
Perry Thorne, Vice Chairman of CAM presented the Innovators Award to Don Kachur on October 20th, 2014 during the CAM 2014 Annual Awards Dinner in Toronto. Perry acknowledged the following during the award presentation.
“Don and his company, Highland Moving, have been recognized as a leader in technology with his Relovision software of a dozen years ago. This customer relationship management software was the first in the moving business and gave all staff and moving partners a connection to a central database that provided up-to-date information. The result was a competitive advantage to companies with the software. It took a couple of years before other companies caught up with similar technology.
Five years ago Don introduced MOVESONLINE.COM. This icon-based program allows individual users to provide inventories of their belongings and receive an online quote. Highland Moving received a Government of Alberta Consumer Champion Award for MOVESONLINE.
Join us in congratulating Don on his achievements in bringing the moving industry into the 21st century.”
On behalf of our Highland Moving staff, we would like to congratulate Don Kachur on his exceptional achievement.