Where To Live In Canada??
But I don't know which city/town to choose. Any suggestions?
- Good work opportunities
- Lively music, cafe and bar scene
- Fun and nice people!
I've been told that Toronto is really good. I read somewhere its like the New York of Canada. But some people also told me its boring and drab.
Also if anyone has any ideas about how much it would cost to relocate to these places that would be great too.... things like rent, food, bond, and all the usual stuff needed when settling before I find work will add up quickly I'm thinking.
As the Canadian winter is not far off your best bet, to fit all your criteria, would be head to the ski slopes in BC. However you will find that while everything in Canada will cost roughly the same as in OZ, wages are lower.
I suspect Vancouver might be a good place to meet all your requirements, and yeah you can check out the ski fields for potential work in BC or around Alberta. I think that might be a bit touch and go though because January will be the middle of the season and after the holiday rush so often there aren't as many seasonal jobs left by that point.
Toronto isn't bad. My bro is living there right now and loves it and I've also got a few friends there who are really enjoying the city. Like busman said costs are about the same as Oz, wages are lower. I think I'd recommend Victoria, BC for you or even Calgary, Alberta. Lots going on, fairly easy to land a job if you aren't picky about what kind of job (ie restaurants, cafés, retail, etc.) Montreal, Quebec would be fun too if you want a bigger city. It's got tons going on and would be my choice over Toronto. I'm from New Brunswick on the east coast and there's not much I'd recommend here if you can choose from anywhere in Canada. Halifax, Nova Scotia is worth a visit (so are the Maritimes in general) but to plant yourself there for work...maybe not.
"I travel not to escape but to find reality"
They are also right about Montreal being a more fun city than Toronto however unless your French is fairly good job possibilities will be limited.
As for speaking French...if you're unilingual, it will limit you somewhat, but my cousin and his wife spoke no French when they moved, and haven't had problems keeping busy. It all depends what your other skills and qualifications are.
If you're uncomfortable with the language issue, Vancouver would be your second bet.
Vancouver is cool for a big city, Victoria is cool as a smaller city, and the winters are much milder since they are on the water. Plus, they have excellent access to Banff and Jasper Provincial Parks and many ski resorts that might have work for you in January... also, closer to home for you (Australia).
The music/cafe/bar scene in Vancouver is okay. It's not great though. You pay cover to get into many bars on the weekends, and it can be difficult to find a decent local pub. There are some great places to drink in this town, but most places tend to go for a loungy feel which increases the cost of a night out. There is also some amazing coffee culture, but a lot of places close at 4 or 6pm. Something I find incredibly irritating.
That said, the place is crawling with Australians and Kiwis, so there must be something that works for your people here. If you're not coming for the mountains or ocean, I'd probably skip Vancouver though. It has a dark conservative closed-minded heart that the outside world doesn't get to see that often. If you're really in it for the arts/culture/music/bar scene then I'd rate Montreal above Toronto above Vancouver. Toronto gets a bad reputation, and you have to work to figure out where exactly the scene is, but it's pretty good once you get into it.
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