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#2
Massive 60+ man rooms. Lots of dust that turns into some truly unique mud. Weird food. Fat girls. Humourless coppers. Town farrking miles away in a cab. Shit naafi, big burgers. Metal bogs with huge gaps in the sides of the doors.

Don't know nothing about no gym. I think everyone is too busy working or drinking to be doing any of that.

You'll love it.
 
#3
I presume you're going out there as Temp Staff, well if you are you'll be treated a tad better than the guys coming out to do a MED MAN! The accommodation is good, food fantastic and if you miss a meal you've always got the 'Gag & Puke'. The nearest Gym and swimming pool is in Ralston, which is about 3 kms away. The nearest town, Medicine Hat is 52 kms away! Have fun, HTH.
 
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Was there as temporary staff not long back. 2-man rooms with WIFI - bought cheap iPad from town, bus to and from town at weekends, excellent cinema in Med Hat Mall. Everything is a bit expensive so need to watch your dollars. Invest in a mountain bike (CANNEX was selling them at half price last summer). Oh, nearby Redcliff might be worth a visit.
 
#8
Do me a favour.
Check out the Portacabin troop lines shit houses. Let me know if my graffeti about my troop staffy is still there.
It was 27yrs ago, but those things were never cleaned.
 
#9
Enormous open spaces, hardly any trees, 'big' skies, brilliant for star-gazing, shooting stars and the Northern Lights. Crap beer unless the new type of craft brewing has reached the place.
 
#10
Yeah I'm going as temp staff so not all bad. Is there a sgts mess? Just so I know if I have to take the appropriate clothes?


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Although it's been a while I've been twice, once as TS & returned with my own old Unit, visited both EXcon & the vip opposite during my stint, LAD'REME are a good bunch (when i was there) so it's handy to get to know them if possible.

Both messes are reasonable, TS90 block is quite big & rooms are 2 man if IIRC however the cookhouse is outstanding.

Agree with another poster to get a bike or chip in and get a a runaound banger for your stint over there like we did, you can also live on your LOA if your savvy enough, take plenty of opportunties to visit Calgary & the Rockies at any chance, Med Hat is ok but as expected full of squaddies regularly.
 
#11
Echo the points about getting a Batus banger between a few of you as early as possible as Calgary is only three hours away and is infinitely better than Med Hat for obvious reasons.

Stampede will be on before you come home so don't miss that.

Make plans now for buying mozzie repellant in bulk between a few of you unless the issue stuff has got better. Come may or June you'll thank me for that.

Go the Sin bin. It's horrid but I once fingered an Eskimo wearing a cowboy hat in the pool room.

Try and stay fit. Going back to reality was fuxking murder. The gym near the Canex is sufficient and has a pool. The mile and a half run there and back will keep your cardio in order and when the mozzies come you'll slash minutes off your best times.

Oh and don't forget you're supposed to say STOP on the radio instead of over. If you say it three times it means out.

It's Canadian VP.

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#13
When you get a banger go upto the Edmonton mall, it will probably take a day or 2 to get around it but worth a visit.

If you call the locals shit kickers be sure to be mob handed, they dont take too kindly to it !!!!

The posher camp has much better accomodation. The food is brilliantbut as has been said about prices - as soon as the locals here a Brit voice at the tills the till tax goes up.

Also, a very BIG must.............. buy some weapons grade mozzy repellent as there's some funky bites and diseases on the prairie.
 
#14
When you get a banger go upto the Edmonton mall, it will probably take a day or 2 to get around it but worth a visit.

If you call the locals shit kickers be sure to be mob handed, they dont take too kindly to it !!!!

The posher camp has much better accomodation. The food is brilliantbut as has been said about prices - as soon as the locals here a Brit voice at the tills the till tax goes up.
Easily avoided by ending every other sentence with eh.

Think scouse.

I really am jealous. Often said it, my time in Canada will end up being the best days of my life.


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#18
Common myth - Canadian beer is weaker than British, by christ i found out the hard way!!!!!!!!

and never indulge in depth charge's with pitchers of Labbatts
 

ugly

LE
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#19
Its true, you just get to drink about 30 bottles for the same effect as 8 pints of tangleface!
 
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Tremaine

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#20
Massive 60+ man rooms. Lots of dust that turns into some truly unique mud. Weird food. Fat girls. Humourless coppers. Town farrking miles away in a cab. Shit naafi, big burgers. Metal bogs with huge gaps in the sides of the doors.

Don't know nothing about no gym. I think everyone is too busy working or drinking to be doing any of that.

You'll love it.
Obviously hasn't changed in thirty years. I will add, our little group was beasted by the Blues and Royals, after we came down from the mountains living rough on rations, round camp fires, near the ice fields for weeks. But that Jasper National park was lovely. Or the lovely Med Mans out in the hulu getting scoffed by mozzies. Add to that; minging Labatt's Blue, shagging fat bangers kitchen staff in BATUS (Wanda ISTR) and wandering across the prairie to Ralston, where there was the sum of feck all to do apart from a Cinema and a shit shop, maybe a small Cafe? Or, thumbing lifts down to the Hat with ten bucks between us. Shagging nurses from the Sin Bin, and late night scran at the Hat's Pink Lantern. The lads buying cars and running them as taxis. When was this? TBH, the Cinema was showing "The Goodbye Girl" and Dire Straits Sultans of Swing was new on the Jukebox!
 
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