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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #425 on: May 06, 2016, 16:37:20 »
I did a similar job to that in 2011.  It's not all bad...at least the Air staff at the time had 16-man barracks and not in tents.   >:D

Ah, he thinks he will be in the Trg Area...I won't tell him any different.  He's been to Wain-wrong before and knows what its all about.  ha!
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Borden to Cold Lake Accomodations
« Reply #426 on: May 26, 2016, 17:45:35 »
Hello!

At the end of June I will be posted to Cold Lake assuming the semi isolated screening goes through smoothly. I was wondering what the shacks are like and what internet service providers are available to install into the shacks?

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Re: Borden to Cold Lake Accomodations
« Reply #427 on: May 26, 2016, 19:16:41 »
For reference, perhaps Borden to Cold Lake Accomodations will be merged with CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged. 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=3933.425
18 pages.

I took a look through it and it mostly talked about PMQ and increased prices. I just wanted to know what the barracks are like and what internet provider people use in the barracks.

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Re: Borden to Cold Lake Accomodations
« Reply #428 on: May 26, 2016, 22:54:26 »
I took a look through it and it mostly talked about PMQ and increased prices. I just wanted to know what the barracks are like and what internet provider people use in the barracks.

I work with a guy in the shacks. He says it's not bad at all for a very cheap price. You get your own room with I believe a shared bathroom and cable is included. Internet is with eastlink I think and it's pretty fast but extra. If you don't want the shacks there are plenty of places to rent in town.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #429 on: May 27, 2016, 13:31:57 »
I work with a guy in the shacks. He says it's not bad at all for a very cheap price. You get your own room with I believe a shared bathroom and cable is included. Internet is with eastlink I think and it's pretty fast but extra. If you don't want the shacks there are plenty of places to rent in town.
Any chance you know if it's air conditioned?

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #430 on: May 29, 2016, 07:32:02 »
Any chance you know if it's air conditioned?

You do realize that Cold Lake is a CANADIAN Forces Base don't you?
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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #431 on: May 29, 2016, 12:21:29 »
You do realize that Cold Lake is a CANADIAN Forces Base don't you?

I'm going to guess you've never been to CL?  You'll want AC in the shacks. 

And if you want to blend in, driving a big honkin' white truck with $3000 worth of tires on it seems to do the trick.   ^-^
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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #432 on: May 29, 2016, 18:46:01 »
I'm going to guess you've never been to CL?  You'll want AC in the shacks. 

And if you want to blend in, driving a big honkin' white truck with $3000 worth of tires on it seems to do the trick.   ^-^
LOL I'm just wondering whether to buy an AC on the way there or not. I'm from Vancouver and the eastern section of this country is killing me inside and out. I heard there were new shacks and wasn't sure if they came with ac already built in. I already bought a Mazda 3 here in Barrie and was considering buying chains.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #433 on: May 29, 2016, 20:04:19 »
LOL I'm just wondering whether to buy an AC on the way there or not. I'm from Vancouver and the eastern section of this country is killing me inside and out. I heard there were new shacks and wasn't sure if they came with ac already built in. I already bought a Mazda 3 here in Barrie and was considering buying chains.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #434 on: May 29, 2016, 20:12:09 »
LOL I'm just wondering whether to buy an AC on the way there or not. I'm from Vancouver and the eastern section of this country is killing me inside and out. I heard there were new shacks and wasn't sure if they came with ac already built in. I already bought a Mazda 3 here in Barrie and was considering buying chains.

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I'd recommend going to the 4 Wing Accommodations DIN site, and contacting them, unless someone on here is currently living-in in CL.  There are enough stores in CL you should be able to buy one local when you get here;  I'd guess if you did want one and the room didn't have one, Accn would have to approve it anyways.
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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #435 on: May 30, 2016, 22:11:32 »
I'm going to guess you've never been to CL?  You'll want AC in the shacks. 

And if you want to blend in, driving a big honkin' white truck with $3000 worth of tires on it seems to do the trick.   ^-^

I think you missed my point.  I wasn't commenting on whether or not it was needed, but rather on the fact that the Canadian Forces would never pay for air conditioning.  We would never think of putting people in a public building without heat, but we frequently put them in buildings without air conditioning (or at least adequate air conditioning).  Heck, we'll even force people to work in buildings with the heat on full blast, even though it's 25 degrees outside (because it's mid-April and we don't turn off the heat until end April - calendars are poor instruments for telling temperature...).
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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #436 on: May 30, 2016, 22:15:27 »
Well.  The Maple Flag Inn has A/C...I haven't been in the SQs for Jnr Ranks.   :dunno:
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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #437 on: April 21, 2017, 14:24:42 »
Greetings,

I have been digging through and reading a lot about accommodations in Cold Lake (a lot of it might be dated information).  If a newly minted AC Op was posted to cold lake right out of BMQ.  What type of single quarters are currently available. The 4 wing Cold Lake website I have found is less then informative.

Also have things improved since all the studies done in 2013 by the Ombudsmen or is cost of living and finding reasonable housing still a major concern with members serving there.

What recommendations would you have to a 19 year old moving into the Cold Lake area.  Career wise it seems an excellent choice for an OJT and first posting but having read so much bad publicity on the need to take a second job and the fact the PMQ's are in a horrible state and still are some of the most expensive at any air force base, it makes one have a deep second thought. 

If anyone has a good link even from the DIN that would provide some good answers that would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #438 on: April 21, 2017, 14:39:56 »
If you are posted right out of BMQ to Cold Lake then you will be put into Building 45.  Which is double rooms (some people are not sharing) but you could always get a roommate at anytime depending on how busy the barracks are.  Bathrooms are a located on each floor and are common.  There are also common rooms on each floor and cable is also provided currently. 

PMQ prices have gone down, but overall I would recommend the barracks to save money if you are ok with the common living situation.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #439 on: April 21, 2017, 14:45:30 »
If you are posted right out of BMQ to Cold Lake then you will be put into Building 45.  Which is double rooms (some people are not sharing) but you could always get a roommate at anytime depending on how busy the barracks are.  Bathrooms are a located on each floor and are common.  There are also common rooms on each floor and cable is also provided currently. 

PMQ prices have gone down, but overall I would recommend the barracks to save money if you are ok with the common living situation.
Some slight corrections. Pvt/Cpl will be put into building 45 or top floor of building 44 (all ranks). MCpl and above will be in Maple Flag In. Officers will be in building 42 I think?

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #440 on: April 21, 2017, 14:50:21 »
Thank you,

Very quick replies and greatly appreciated.

Both of you supplied excellent information and good clarity.

Do you know if there is optional internet in the SQ's that can be paid for separately?

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #441 on: April 21, 2017, 15:11:47 »
Internet is provided my eastlink. You have to get that separately for each room.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #442 on: April 21, 2017, 17:35:38 »
Do yourself a favour and get an appartment in town, since the oil declined a few years ago there have been lots of available places to rent. Go onto infomall.com or the Facebook rental group. You have lots of options in different price ranges, furnished, utilities included etc.

Absolutely stay away from the barracks and PMQs, there is no reason to be in them with the local economy the way it is. Your quality of life will be that much better trust me.

I've been in CL since 06 and have done the barracks, PMQ and now own. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #443 on: April 21, 2017, 18:24:59 »
Just a note, as they have reorganized the buildings in Cold Lake that Ptv/ Cpl are building 45, building 43 is Mcpl to WO, 42 is the IR building and Officers/ MWO and CWO.  Building 44 floors 1 and 2 are transient, floor 3 is overflow, just generally only 2Lt's are placed there.  Someone who is coming from BMQ will not be placed in 44, if they are for some reason, they will have to move to 45 after.

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #444 on: April 21, 2017, 19:18:15 »


Great information,

with 45 is it still 2 per room with group bathroom?

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #445 on: April 21, 2017, 19:40:12 »
Some slight corrections. Pvt Avr /Cpl will be put into building 45...

Just a note, as they have reorganized the buildings in Cold Lake that Ptv Avr / Cpl are building 45, building 43 is ...

Not only are their no Pvt's or Ptvs in the entire CAF, as an AC Op he/she would be an Aviator (Avr) vice a Private (Pte) as well.

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/honours-history-badges-insignia/rank-air-force.page

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Re: CFB Cold Lake Thread- Merged
« Reply #446 on: April 22, 2017, 02:43:54 »

Great information,

with 45 is it still 2 per room with group bathroom?

Yes it is 2 per room and group bathroom. You are also entitled to a storage unit that was recently built and finished a month ago or so.