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Old 05-20-2008, 12:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by PaoloSmythe View Post
then some of y'all might have been to the country and had some experiences. and so please, what do you think of it?
Unfortunately, you're asking a very general question about a huge and diverse place.

Texas isn't New England, Seattle isn't New York, but they're all the USA. Ditto with Canada: the west isn't the same as the east geographically or culturally. Quebec isn't Ontario and nothing else is like Newfoundland or the Prairies.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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On the basis that you can get at Tim Hortons you HAVE to go.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I can attest to everything Bones and others have posted... and if I were you Paolo, look hard at the 'couver, cuz you seem like quite the "outdoorsy" type of person. Lots more of that going on there, especially when mountain sports are involved.

Ontario (well, southern Ontario) is kickass if you're a city person like me. There are 'outdoorsy' type activites, but most of it is hiking, fishing, cross-country biking related, as Ontario has zero mountains... a few hills, but nothing crazy, Winter time drives me nuts cuz there's lots of snow, but no major mountains to ride in winter (everything is atleast a 6 hour drive away).

That being said Toronto is full of culture, and (on a world-wide scale) pretty clean. Montreal and ottawa are meere 5 hour drives away, TONS of concerts and the like always happening, lively bar scene, etc. etc. Live downtown and avoid commuting, because everything in the Greater Toronto Area is the perfect example of poorly planned Urban Sprawl. and being from Europe, you will hate the vast amount of suburbs surrounding Toronto. I've been told that downtown Toronto and Vancouver can be pricey for living, but you're from ENgland, so I wouldn't worry too much... I've lived in Toronto for about 2 years,a nd it was costly, but not outrageous.

Oh, and lastly, get used to the abundance of s p a c e. We have TONS of it, not like anywhere on that side of the pond (well, aside from Russia )
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've got some cousins and friends out in vancouver and they swear by it. Definitely a gorgeous city, and as I'm sure you know, BC has some of the best snowboarding spots in the world. (I really want to get in a trip to baldface at some point in my life.) I've een out to Banff a couple of times, and I've learned a few things from that. I thought I could drink. Then I tried to party with Canadians. just wow. Tourist spots are EXTRA evil, largely because of the English. All the prices get jacked up for the pound in banff, and the USD is doing terrible, so vacations are expensive, though I guess you're british, so that doesn't count. And last but not least, -45 sounds cold, but it feels even colder.
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