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So, I may have a dream job opportunity in Canby, OR of all places. Anybody know much about it? All I know is it is close to a lot of the Clack, Sandy, Willamette, Corvallis stuff. Anybody actually ever lived there or just driven through between Portland and Eugene ? Any beta much appreciated.
 

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Canby is a nice little town about 15 miles from my house in SE Portland. The Molalla river would be in your backyard with some nice winter runs. The city is 30-40 mins to the Clakamas and Sandy an hour from the Santiam and probably an hour to Downtown Portland assuming it's not rush hour. I would guess an hour and a half to Hood River. As far as the city goes I have not been there for 10 years however I remember it being a nice place with the usual things you would expect from a city of 15,000 people. If it's really the dream job I wouldn't hesitate to move there.
 

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There is a very active kayak community in the Portland area. You might take a look at Oregon Canoe and Kayak club there is lots of winter boating in Oregon. Soggy Sneakers is a great resource, the Canoe and Kayak club in Corvallis put it together. I have friends in Canby and they are quite happy. It is nice because you are near Portland aka beervana, you should be able to find a good boating community in short order. I lived in Corvallis for 12 years and enjoyed it lots of cultural activities with a major University in town, very active kayak community there as well. The winters are wet but fairly mild, summers are dry and sunny.
 

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So, I have not ever been south of Beaverton, so I'm trying to get an idea. Also may just not even get the job but if I even get the chance to interview for it I will drive out to have a look. So for a city of 15,000 is it a bunch of Sub D ranch homes with retired stay homers, or are there a few outdoor, younger families getting after fun on the weekends and afternoons? A few restaurants not named McD'sKFCtacohell? A few fun bars? Also closest surf spot?
 

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There is a very active kayak community in the Portland area. You might take a look at Oregon Canoe and Kayak club there is lots of winter boating in Oregon. Soggy Sneakers is a great resource, the Canoe and Kayak club in Corvallis put it together. I have friends in Canby and they are quite happy. It is nice because you are near Portland aka beervana, you should be able to find a good boating community in short order. I lived in Corvallis for 12 years and enjoyed it lots of cultural activities with a major University in town, very active kayak community there as well. The winters are wet but fairly mild, summers are dry and sunny.
Yeah, I would have a good idea of what to expect from Portland, Just trying to get a feel for if ALL I would be doing is driving to Portland to find cool stuff or cool people, or if Canby has a bit of life to it. I should add I am not much of a big city person, so small towns will suite me well as long as the whole population isn't wearing diapers living in the same 2 designs of spec home.
 

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Canby is a small town but it is like 30 minutes from downtown portland and anything you want to do involving nightlife. There is a killer mexican place there. plus like others have said about boating.
 

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Canby

First of all, Canby is on edge of the Portland Metro area, so you could work in Canby, and have an awesome choice of places to live. You could go full-on country 10 minutes from work, or live in Southeast Portland and go full-on hippie.

Second, large boating community here, from kayakers to rubber pushers.

Third, Portland is regarded at a destination city for food.

Fourth, you are within 90 minutes of: the beach, the high desert, Mt. Hood, the Gorge and enough streams to challenge you no matter how good you are. You can ski, kayak and surf on the same weekend.

Downside: It f'ing rains here. A lot. You don't have Montana vistas, or the smell of fresh-cut hay. I am a native Montanan, and miss it every day, but this isn't a bad place to be.
 

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+1 for swiftwater15, Canby is not that far from Portland. You could easily live anywhere on the southside of downtown and the commute would not be too bad. I have been to Canby for work a few times and nothing there sticks out in my mind. As for the river community, you can search many old posts and see the love.
 

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The huge plus side of Canby is that it would be easy to live outside of town for a quieter life if you want. It is plenty close to Portland proper, and that wouldn't be a terrible reverse commute.

As for the boating, are you prepared for a very welcoming community that boats 11 months a year? Don't take any vacations in October - that's when you'll actually be able to do something around the house.
 

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Nice little burg. Access to year round boating. Save a few bucks for a spring get-away to sunshine. Between the Columbia Gorge and the Cascades you have miles of fun to explore
 

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Don't be a tool, live by where you can either take the max, bike or walk to work. Or else don't come here :)

I live in a similar berg to the west of PDX. Mass kayaking within 1.5 hour radius
 

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I grew up in Canby and now live 3 miles away in Aurora. Canby experienced tremendous growth in the past 20 or so years and as a result, has a very diversified population of both young and old. Housing is mix of some older homes but he vast majority are nice houses less than 20 years old. Lots of very active people here with good boating oportunities within a short drive. As you already know, the Clackamas and Sandy rivers are close by. The Deschutes is 1 1/2hr drive to the east and has great boating and fishing. (if thats your pleasure). A nice 90-100 mile drive to the west will get you to surfing on the Oregon Coast.
I don't consider Canby a culinary hotspot by any means, but there are some good places to eat. I personally head into Portland for a night out where there are tons of great places to eat.
Overall, Canby's a very nice town and a good place to call home. Good Luck on the new job!
 

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Just a little over a mile out of Canby there is a very nice rural component.
Fields with scattered mini forests. Very gently rolling country.
Some Filbert orchards fighting sprawl.

You're looking at 150 days with precip a year and about 40 inches.

Not a lot of heat.

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Odd that no one has mentioned Salem nearby.
 

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Definition, a Filbert is known as a hazelnut everyplace but in Oregon.

Is there really anything to say about Salem besides it is the state capital?
One needs to know the proper address for a tree if they are going to live here.
Just assisting their transition.

There is a lot that can be said about Salem besides it being the state capital.
 
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