Top 6 Winter Activities in Calgary to Explore After your Move

clock November 26, 2014 18:30 by author sylviac

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.



Exploring Edmonton Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Town After your Move

clock July 31, 2014 17:57 by author sylviac

Have you recently moved to the City of Edmonton? Well it’s the perfect time of the year to take a break from unpacking moving boxes and enjoy some cool treats from some of Edmonton’s best local businesses. Whether you are an ice cream fanatic or a gelato junkie we’ve got the scoop on some of the most popular locations to explore. Let’s face it, you have just finished moving in a hot summer month and you deserve a sweet treat!

 

Popbar – West Edmonton Mall 8882 170 Street N.W.

Brand new to Edmonton, the Popbar is a popsicle bar inside West Edmonton Mall which allows individuals to customize their popsicles. There is an abundance of flavors to choose from and you can even customize what flavor you'd like your popsicle to be dipped in such a chocolate or almonds, depending on your mood.

Geppetto’s Gelato – 18 Muir Drive, St Albert

Many individuals agree this place is frozen heaven as they serve real Italian sorbet. Geppetto’s uses only natural ingredients to create their desserts making them super delicious to try out.

Taste of Yogurt – 14946 – 45th Avenue

If you are a fan of frozen yogurt then this is the place for you to check out. There are many flavors to choose from to make your frozen yogurt experience a memorable one.

Pinocchio Italian Ice Cream – 12814 163 Street NW

Edmontonians love this place for the fact that its in-house made ice cream and the flavors are out of this world. Word has it they even make a special champagne sorbet. Perhaps a great way to celebrate the completion of your move to Edmonton.

 

 



Highland Moving Supports Upcoming Calgary Folk Music Festival

clock July 21, 2014 18:36 by author sylviac

Highland Moving & Storage Ltd. is proud to be recognized as a Troubador Sponsor for the upcoming Calgary Folk Music Festival later on this week from July 24th to the 27th. This local festival is full of talented musicians while celebrating diverse traditions of deep roots and cool grooves. We are honored to have the opportunity to transport and move the Folk Fest equipment including the festival tents from Edmonton to Calgary's Prince's Island Park. By being given the opportunity to move all the equipment for the festival we are able to give back to our local community.

This year the music festival is celebrating it's 35th Anniversary with 8 stages and will include 76 icons and upstarts from 16 different countries. The Calgary Folk Music Festival promises this year to be full of magical collaborative musical sessions. There will also be a special Aboriginal program entitled Great Spirits which will unite together individuals from Australia, the United States and Canada.

For more information or to purchase your tickets please visit the following link Calgary Folk Music Festival. Can't attend this event in Calgary? No need to worry! The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is just around the corner next month from August 7th to the 10th. To learn more about the Edmonton Folk Music Festival please visit the following link Edmonton Folk Music Festival.



Happy National Moving Month

clock May 5, 2014 18:18 by author sylviac

Did you know that the month of May is commonly known around our office as National Moving Month? It is typically the kick off to our busiest season of relocation because individuals begin thinking about selling their home, moving their families to new neighborhoods while the kids are out of school and the weather is typically better then moving in the middle of a snowstorm blizzard.

According to ComFree, a recent survey found that just over 28% of Canadian homeowners get the urge to move every 5 years. Before considering to book that next move, we recommend exercising a little more caution when shopping around for a moving company. We've all heard of moving scams where customers are tricked into signing a contract and their valuable goods vanishing or being taken hostage until a bill is paid in full.

The following guidelines are our recommendations when choosing your mover for your upcoming local relocation. The best defense you can have as a valued customer is being able to detect the difference between a professional moving company and a rogue mover.

  • Professional moving companies typically offer an estimator, free of charge, to come out to your home to complete an onsite walk through to be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate of how much your move should cost. If you simply do not have the time to have someone visit your home, the moving company should offer you a detailed online inventory questionnaire such as the one we offer, Highland Moving's Household Inventory Generator. 
  • Every moving company you call should provide you with a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move.
  • If one moving company offers you a substantially lower rate then all their other competitors, we recommend proceeding with caution as they are probably not being up front with all the moving costs.
  • Ensure the moving companies you are checking out have direct local office addresses on their website
  • Always make sure you have a direct form of contact with your relocation coordinator whether it be via e-mail or telephone. Your relocation coordinator should be easily reached and available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Remember, good moving decisions start with having the right information. With the right preparation, your upcoming move should be exciting not stressful.

For more information about local moving companies in your area, the staff here at Highland Moving & Storage recommend visiting sites such as the following to view recent moving reviews other customers have experienced.

Happy National Moving Month!

 



Top 5 Things to Ask Before Signing a Rental Lease

clock April 15, 2014 19:56 by author sylviac

You have been on the hunt for the right rental property and you've finally found the perfect spot in town. The location has all the amenities you've always dreamed of. It's close to your work, has an incredible view and the price is right. Now what? Before booking your moving in services and signing the lease agreement make sure you take the opportunity to go over these critical questions with your potential landlord.

1. What is included?

Before signing any rental lease ensure you take the time to go over all the fine details. Don't ever assume that something is included in the rental. Always ask about utilities, parking, cable television and laundry. By knowing all the included rental details you can move forward and budget for what is not included.

2. Are there any pet policies?

Whether you own a pet or have visitors who sometimes drop by with theirs, its always important to know the rental property pet policy. It is better to know from day one then be hit with a pet cleaning fee during your move out.

3. Does the rental lease automatically renew?

Some rental properties automatically renew while others become month to month after the first year of renting is complete. From the start, find out exactly when the current lease you are about to sign expires. The last thing you want to be doing is vacating the rental property without any notice because the first year is complete.

4. Can I make any improvements to the rental property?

Always ask the landlord if you can make any changes to the rental after moving in. How does the landlord feel about painting the walls a different color? Are you able to hang up pictures? Sometimes what you may feel as being rental improvements, your property manager may view it as damage to the property.

5. What is the termination policy?

Life can be unexpected and new opportunities could arise during your rental agreement such as unexpected family health issues, unplanned events or a new job offer in another city. Ask from the beginning about the rental lease termination policy. It is in your best interest.

By having answers to the following rental questions above you will be able to make the right decision if the rental place is meant for you.



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