Surrey, BC: City of Parks

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The City of Surrey, the second largest city in British Columbia, with over 6,000 acres of parkland and green space gives it the moniker, City of Parks. There are over 200 parks within the city. We are very lucky to live here, as every resident has a park within walking distance. This means tha...

Living the Life in Abbotsford, BC

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I have to admit, living in Abbotsford, the “City in the Country”, makes me feel kind of spoiled. I’ve lived in a number of cities between Saskatchewan and British Columbia. And, by far, I truly have all I could ever want right here in Abbotsford and neighbouring areas. On a whim, just a co...

5 Hidden Gems to Discover in Vancouver

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Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world certainly has its perks. Here are my top 5 hidden gems found in Vancouver. I chose the less advertised, free or inexpensive adventures. These are the places I bring all my visitors to see and places I myself visit again and again. Lynn...

How to meet new people in Calgary (or most other cities in Canada)

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Are you new to Calgary? (or Edmonton, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Surrey, Abbotsford or most cities in Canada?) Moved into a brand new apartment (like Mainstreet) and want to meet new people? Going to university/college and looking for some cool activities to do? I moved to Calgary a few years ago, and s...

Dress for success

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Dressing for a job, an interview etc. is a source of anxiety for everyone at some point in their career. Each company is different, so it can be nerve-racking not knowing what the proper dress code is, what you can and can't wear. You want to make the best impression, of course, and your clothes say...

Pan American Games: Lessons from an insider

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The Pan American Games recently wrapped up in Toronto and the home crowd was treated to a record haul of Canadian medals. As a long time national team member, it was with a great amount of pride and a little bit of envy that I watched the results of my friends roll in and medal counts climb. It’s ...

Is Calgary bicycle-friendly? Cycle Track Review

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Copenhagenize Index 2015 has ranked 20 of the worlds most bicycle-friendly cities. Copenhagen overtook Amsterdam for first place and these two cities still dominate. Buenos Aires stomps the competition and nails the South American continent. Montreal clings on to 20th spot and now has North American...

Trading Places: Are the political landscapes in Alberta and BC shifting? A review of Western Canadian Politics in 2015

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Known for its highly debated oil and gas industry, pro-business tax environment, and traditional values, the province of Alberta has long been considered the heart of Conservativism and the political Right in Canada. In contrast, the province of British Columbia, recognized by its commitment to corp...

Welcome to the Mainstreet Equity Corp. Canadian Apartment Blog

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We’re excited to start sharing with you the insights and expertise that Mainstreet has gained over the many years as leaders in the Western Canadian apartment industry. Our aim is to bring you both useful and fun articles, with our many audiences in mind. Whether you’re a renter, an investor,...