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Hello Everyone!!<br><br>
I am from Ontario originally but we recently moved to Calgary Alberta for Dh's work opportunities. Now we are looking at possibly moving to Anchorage Alaska. I know nothing about it so if you have any insight at all I would love to hear it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Is it complicated to move to the US when you are a Canadian citizen? I have a dog and 2 wonderful kids and husband and would love any info I can get <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My kids are 4 and 19 months so knowing about programs for them would be fabulous too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Thank you so much!<br>
Seannie
 

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You'll hear lots of diff opinions but we <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> Anch! Pretty much, I've found, though, that people either love it or hate and I believe it depends largely on your reaction to winters; ie dark & cold. If your family gets out and is active, you're likely to love it.<br><br>
Check out the diff areas as they're vastly different in character, too.<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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I apreciate your response. Can you give me more detailed info. Why specifically do you love it? Thank you for sharing this with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We live in Anchorage. I love all of the bike/ski trails that run through the city. A little bit of wilderness in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city life. I am originally from California, so I am having a hard time with the fact that "spring" takes so long to get here.
 

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We live near Anchorage and quite honestly don't like it at all. There is a lot of crime for such a small city, people are very unfriendly, and you have to be quite rich to even afford a decent place to live. You can't even find a single family home for less than $250,00 anymore and that would prolly be in Mountain View (the ghetto). There is a big military presence in the town and if you live anywhere on the east side you will most likely hear jets going over all day. Traffic is only getting worse.<br>
Am I being too harsh? Perhaps, but I can't wait to move!!<br>
That said, the mountains are nice and there are some groovy bike trails.
 

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There are many things to do for youngsters in Anchorage and some great mom's groups. We are gearing up for 3 yo soccer and music in the park which starts in June. There is a mom/kid hiking group that meets weekly, a little gym, an open gym, a waterpark, a small zoo. Those are some of the examples that my tired and pregnant brain can come up with at the moment. Anchorage definitely has it's good parts (and not so good parts), but everyone else who has commented on the biking trails are right; you can't find another city with any as nice!
 

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ditto ditto it all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> You just have to get out and be active. We have absolutely fabulous moms/families and activities here. Just poke around and read everything you see and talk to everyone you meet.
 

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I live in fairbanks but have been to Anchorage quiet often. At first I did not care for it cause it was so big, I grew up in a smallish Montana town and then moved to a tiny town of 1500 in Alaska....stayed there for 8 years before moving up to Fairbanks.<br><br>
However, Anchorage kinda grew on me and knowing that just a few miles out of town it gets that small town feel back, I think I could handle moving there for a few years.<br><br>
There is A LOT of military there but I love the military and since DH is retired navy we get to enjoy all those wonderful military benefits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
There are tons of things to do there, cultural, fun, entertainment, restaurants, parks, fine arts.......etc.!<br>
And if you are outdoorsy, you wont be bored at all!<br>
The Kenai Penninsula is just down the road and a nice weekend vacation clam digging or halibut fishing is fun!<br><br>
Admittedly, AK is sorta expensive but the jobs pay lots more here as well. But the cost of grocercies and stuff is not that much above the lower 48 states, and If I remember back to my days traveling through Canada, the costs are cheaper then most places I have been there.<br><br>
Housing prices are terrible but unless you live in Indiana, most places are gonna be expensive anymore.<br><br>
We have tried to move back down to Bozeman Montana many times in the past 11 years but we simply cannot afford it. Jobs in Montana pay squat ($16 an hour for carpenter vs. $40 an hour in AK) yet the average house there is running $300,000..........whatever! Everyone there has to have 2 - 3 jobs per household to ever get by.<br>
Here, only my DH works. I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years. We have a nice place, yes we are paying $275,000 for it but it is workable. You can find places to fit your budget if you look for them.<br><br>
Anchorage will be different the Calgery, it is wetter and coastal. They have tons of snow in the winter and the temperatures might be a bit more mild then the temps there. But still down to -30F in the winter and 70's+ in the summer. Think Seattle with snow.<br><br>
Good Luck
 
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