3 Worst Things About Living in Edmonton

So many people are migrating to Edmonton from all over Canada and perhaps you are thinking about making the move too. Well, don’t consider buying a home in Alberta’s Capital without knowing these 3 things you may just hate about it. I have lived in the Edmonton area for almost 10 years, and I have seen Edmonton from its best AND worst side, so make sure you read till the end of this blog post and get all the information about the worst things about living in Edmonton, so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse!

Here is what you will learn in this video:

  • The number one reason people dislike Edmonton – including the locals
  • Why you may need a car to live in Edmonton.
  • Why Edmonton’s growth poses some challenges for people living here.

Harsh Winter Weather

First on our list is no surprise to locals – the harsh winter weather. Edmonton is notorious for its long, cold winters with temperatures often dropping not just below freezing, but we get cold spells of up to -40 degrees celcius and the snow and ice can make daily activities challenging, from commuting to simply going for a walk. 

If you’re not a fan of bundling up and facing extreme cold, even if it is just for a short period of the year, this aspect of Edmonton living might not be your cup of tea.

Public Transportation

Edmonton’s public transit system is not as extensive as in some other major cities. While there are buses and a light rail transit system – which is currently being expanded, some residents find that the coverage is not as comprehensive as they’d like. 

This can be a challenge, especially for those who rely heavily on public transportation for their daily commute. Realistically you will need a car to commute around Edmonton unless you live and work locally in Central Edmonton.

Urban Sprawl and Traffic Congestion

Edmonton is a sprawling city, and this can lead to longer commute times due to traffic congestion – I should know being a realtor and I spend my days driving all over Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Edmonton is also a growing city, and as the city expands outward, the distance between residential areas, workplaces, and commercial centers often grows, resulting in longer and more frequent commutes. 

This dependency on having a vehicle not only increases air pollution but also intensifies the strain on the transportation infrastructure. If you’re someone who values a quick and efficient commute, the layout of the city might pose a challenge. It’s important to strategically plan where you buy a home in relation to your working location to minimize the impact of traffic.

So Why move to Edmonton?

So now you have learned 3 things you may not like about living in Edmonton, and you may be sitting there thinking, why are all these people then moving to Edmonton? 

Well, there are lots of reasons why Edmonton is so popular and most people who live here LOVE it, so check out my blog on the 5 best things about living in Edmonton and I will share with you why Edmonton is becoming such a popular city to call home.

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