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Old 05-20-2008, 05:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Canada - is it really all that?

it is possible that, seeing as this is primarily a north american www site, populated by north american types, who typically like to visit mountainous areas (which i understand canada has one or two of) then some of y'all might have been to the country and had some experiences. and so please, what do you think of it?

i am interesting in all opinions good and bad, of residents, visitors and tourists alike....

what do you hate, what could you not live without, which places are best, what's the weather like, are the local network weather girls hawt or not.... good jobs, nice houses, crazy night life, not enuff vegetables, shite hospitals, insane street crime.... anything and everything.

i promise to read every last bit of your random ramblings on all things canuck.

and so big up yerselves!

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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did someones paper work FINALLY go through? is paolo going to be my neighbor in the north?
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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did someones paper work FINALLY go through? is paolo going to be my neighbor in the north?
shhhh! i was hoping for 'impartial' feed back from personal experience; not biased comment due to future fears!

(not any papers, just more demands for more money!)
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Paolo, just do it. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. The mountains are huge, the snow is plentiful, it's a big wide open country. About the only knock I can think of is the summers are shorter and cooler there when compared to those of us who live down south. Personally I like cooler summers so it all sounds good to me.
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hey anything over 25C to me is excessive, so short and cool summers are the thing for me.

my mediterranean missus might have something to say about the BC drizzle... but then she has lived in the UK for over 12 years and should be 'acclimatised' by now.

officially we are still looking at 'couver as a destination.... but we have friends in winnipeg and toronto, which might conspire to give us foots in doors.... to jobs, houses, hockey teams etc..... anything is a step in the right direction IMO
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^^^^^ So with what visa do you plan to migrate? I have been through the ordeal of migrating to the US and let me tell you something, this is something that I would never recommend to anyone.

My best call for a person like you would be to get an employer that would ask for you and then let them deal with all the crap. Granted you would be forced to work for them for 2-3 years maybe more. I have a lot of family in Canada and they love it. The country has the largest accumulation of fresh water and this is going to make the country rich in the coming years when water prices soar.

Back to the immigration part, Canada seems to have a much more lineant policy than the US has, they seem to have a need for working professionals to improve their country. their economy is stronger than US economy is at this time, so money should be ok for now.


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I would just look at Cities that give you access to western mountains. So Vancouver, Calgary, and a few others have world class resorts within an easy drive. Not so sure about Toronto or Winnipeg. Either way though, Canada is a beautiful country with tons of wild places to explore.
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I'm admittedly biased....being Canadian, but here goes.

You better love nature. The whole country is the population of California strung out over a huge geographical region. With few exceptions, you can be in the wilderness in less than an hour's drive from anywhere (might take you a little longer from Toronto or Vancouver) That's the real secret of Canada: it's not endless suburbia from one city blending into the suburbs of another. If that does it for you, then you'll love it here.

That's not to say there aren't world class cities and urban vistas (Vancouver is beautiful, Montreal is great), it's just that you can't really flit around between them like you can between Paris/London.

I'm told our health care system is excellent, but I've never had occasion to use another country's health care system so I've got no comparison.

Crime is pretty minor and violent crime is still a comparitive rarity (hard to do a drive by shooting with mittens on). Not to say bad areas don't exist in the cities, but they don't dominate the culture.

Our social safety net is part of our culture, so you don't see large numbers of street people or 3rd world poverty.

The trade off is taxes are high and our economy is intrinsically linked to our southern neighbor.

Winter is a fact of life. You will be affected, there are no exceptions, every city sells snow shovels.
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It depends where you plan to live Paolo, especially if temperature is a deciding factor. Anything in Ontario, Quebec region and you're looking at summers in the thirties and winters in the -15 to -20s, with a few weeks of down to -40. Factor in black fly season if you're an outdoors person, makes April and May pretty uncomfortable. But I would guess that you'll be moving out West, the temps out there are much more moderate, although the rain in Van sucks ass in the winter, but might be similar to England.

That's the negatives from my perspective, I love the seasonal change, whether it be the leaves changing or just the abrupt switch from a long cold winter to a really hot summer. I'm all about the outdoors with lots of summer and winter activities, so if you're into that you'll find plenty to do. Since you're into hockey you'll find about a billion leagues to join, whatever your skill level. Of course you'll find the skill level different as it is our bread and butter, even people who don't play organized hockey probably spent their youths on the outdoor rinks so I'm sure that will be to your liking. And we have forests the size of France, with thousands of lakes so cottage country is everywhere, which is a lifestyle in itself.

Then there is the beer factor, enough said. It really depends where you decide to live, as the provinces differ quite a bit just as the States do. I've spent the majority of my life living in the eastern provinces so that's what I know best, quite different when you head out west.

Also, we pollute like mofos! And that's a good synopsis Bones.

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I just reread your post about Toronto being a possibility. Winters are milder than the rest of Ontario since they have the nice smog bubble keeping things warmer. Its definitely one of our bigger cities but you can get to the outdoors within an hours drive. More expensive for housing as its been booming for awhile, but I guess that depends on what your used to in the UK as I have no idea what houses or condos cost.

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