Advise for a visit to Canada

  • Romerolax

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    Jan 04, 2013 1:18 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I will be visiting Canada in a couple of month,
    Its my first time to a wetsern place
    Also my visit will be to check the country fo a future relocation
    Would like if someone can advise me which city or area to land in?
    What places recommended for a visit?
    Any general advices about the country in general? Places to find people to hang out with or can show me around?
    Thanx in advance icon_smile.gif

    Cheers
    Joe
  • Romerolax

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    Jan 04, 2013 1:37 PM GMT
    Yeah I know its huge, that's y I was trying to get more clues

    I have bachelors in Pharmacy
    Masters in Business administration/Human Resourses
    Masters in Event Managment
    My current experiance is in pharmacutical sales
    So am open to any job with any of my qualifications, although would be hard to work as pharmacist for me there
    I speak little french

    I tend to like nature and historical places

    Also I have never seen snow in my life

    Hope this beneficial icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    Visited Quebec City this past September and it was incredibly beautiful. According to a gentleman I spoke with in a boutique, it's not very gay friendly though. Montreal is also amazing and, from what I remember, very open. If you guy by the men on RealJock, Toronto seems to be THE place!
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    Jan 04, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    If you like being around nature and prefer a mild, predictable (albeit rainy) climate, Vancouver's a great place to visit. Unfortunately housing prices are through the roof at the moment, so it's incredibly expensive to live here. I've heard the housing situation in Toronto is similar.
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 04, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    Vancouver is my favorite big city in Canada. The beauty of Canada, on the coast and less than a day's drive to the Canadian Rockies. But a stone throw from Whistler and other great ski resorts. Also has a great gay community and plenty of commerce. It also has milder temperatures (compared to the rest of Canada). Victoria (smaller) is a great jumping off point by ferry from Vancover for a quainter and quieter Canada (but still offers plenty to do and see).

    Toronto is more like Canada's version of NYC but "more liveable" as one exit New Yorker explained to me (he had lived in both places). Toronto seems to have a lot to offer from both a business and social aspect.

    Montreal would be the third choice. More international flavor and strong business community if you can tolerate the cold (in the winter months).

    I say all this having been to all these places for work and/or pleasure, and without any hometown biases since I'm US born and raised. I'm sure some proud Canucks will want to share why their city is best.
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    Jan 04, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Like the 2nd poster said, you're really going to have to narrow down your list because Canada is huge and every region is very different.

    Personally, I would think Quebec or Ontario would be the obvious choice for a first timer just because as much as Western Canadians will hate me saying it, these 2 provinces comprise the vast majority of the country's population. The capital is here. Montreal and Toronto are the 2 largest cities. Quebec City is incredibly historic and interesting. You're also able to get to more of the things you'd probably want to see as a first time visitor because the US' largest cities are all very close comparatively.

    Western Canada is very spread out and largely remote/rural aside from a few moderately sized cities. Not to mention aside from BC gets freakishly cold. Toronto usually hovers around 0 in the winter. If you don't enjoy heat you will hate southern Ontario in summer as days with the humidity easily hit 40.
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    Jan 04, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    Romerolax saidHey guys, I will be visiting Canada in a couple of month,
    Its my first time to a wetsern place
    Also my visit will be to check the country fo a future relocation
    Would like if someone can advise me which city or area to land in?
    What places recommended for a visit?
    Any general advices about the country in general? Places to find people to hang out with or can show me around?
    Thanx in advance icon_smile.gif

    Cheers
    Joe


    Start by Montreal, QC, then slowly go west...but for relocating i suggest again Montreal.icon_cool.gif
  • calibro

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    Jan 04, 2013 4:19 PM GMT
    get a motel room, post the room number on craigslist, leave the door unlocked, get naked, put on a blindfold, tie your self to a chair, and let the magic happen
  • O5vx

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    Jan 04, 2013 4:40 PM GMT
    After living in this country for the past 9 years, the cold is one of the only things I am not use to yet. Anywhere you decided to go, I am sure you will find something unique and exciting about it. The opportunity is endless.
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    Jan 04, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I stopped getting cold in the winter when I invested in good clothes. Now I spend time outdoors every day and i thoroughly enjoy it.

    If you are looking for a fun, interesting place to live, where the local culture really promotes individualism, then Montreal. If you are more career oriented, then Toronto or Vancouver. If you want to hook into a venture to get rich, then Calgary/Edmonton. I think most of the pharmacutical industry is in Quebec, where French would be necessary for a sales position. But I'm sure they need reps in English parts of the country.

    Also, if you do not know how to endure cold weather, then consider postponing a trip until at least April or later. To see Canada in its glory, visit in early July when the cities are alive with festivals and celebration.
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    Jan 04, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Given your education and industry preference, and seeing that English is your chosen language, I would not recommend Québec city or Montreal as a first stop - the language barrier for your line of work will be very high.

    Toronto will offer you lots of opportunities for work and even culture (though as a Montrealer, I'm loath to admit it). You would also be close enough to Montreal that in summer you can visit and get a feel for the city if you like.

    If immediate employment is key, and you're flexible in your job criteria, then Calgary is booming these days.

    If you don't like snow, then Vancouver is a good choice - but be prepared for bleak overcast skies for months on end. Personally, I'd rather the sparkling bright skies of winter and associated cold, but then I'm a maritimer by birth.

    Welcome. There's a whole world to discover in Canada...
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 04, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    Don't ever call a Canadian an American, they get mad when you do that!
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    Jan 04, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidDon't ever call a Canadian an American, they get mad when you do that!

    yup, we do
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    Jan 04, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidI make it a point to go to Vancouver a few times a year now.

    Come experience Montreal in June and July. You'll like it too!
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    Jan 04, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidDon't ever call a Canadian an American, they get mad when you do that!

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    Jan 04, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    Shagglot saidAre South Park references ok? icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jan 04, 2013 7:37 PM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidDon't ever call a Canadian an American, they get mad when you do that!

    But, technically, aren't all residents of North & South America "Americans"?
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    Jan 04, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    medfordguy said
    TheAlchemixt saidDon't ever call a Canadian an American, they get mad when you do that!

    But, technically, aren't all residents of North & South America "Americans"?


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    Jan 04, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
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    Jan 04, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    Quebec City is very gay friendly but its a much smaller community then Montreal's village, which I’m not fond of.. My partner and I have a pied-à-terre in Vieux Quebec on rue Saint-Jean and there's plenty of gays there few gay bars even if it's a straight area, well touristic area.

    Anyways, my french isn’t great and the french love speaking English to accommodate us. For someone coming from abroad i definitely suggest Montreal over QC, not to get traumatized by the life style and crazy cold weather.
  • Romerolax

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    Jan 04, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    Guys u r great, i wish i can thank every one of u separately, pretty useful information i'll try to squeeze all the information and decide where to land.

    thanks for the winter tips as well, thats my only concern i ve been living in Dubai, and here we use to have the AC on in winter will be a dramatic change icon_biggrin.gif

    again thanks a lot really appreciate icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 04, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    You should def come to Quebec.

    Quebec city is the oldest french city in america ; lots of historical places to visit. Montreal is also great.
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    Jan 04, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    jurog5 saidYou should def come to Quebec.

    You just want him all to yourself hehe

    +1 visit Québec city for sure - it's beautiful, friendly and old-world style with modern convenience
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    Jan 05, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Good for you would love Canada as my sister told me... I initially processed for immigrant but way to go since I am a bit busy and my manager is on leave for reference, I need to take up general ielts, save a lot for show money as the rule applies, apply for police clearance and everything. But I take my time and most probably before 30, I would be settled there and as what my patience has inspired me... to grow, love and be married or as what destiny wanted me to be. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 05, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    Romerolax saidHey guys, I will be visiting Canada in a couple of month,
    Its my first time to a wetsern place
    Also my visit will be to check the country fo a future relocation
    Would like if someone can advise me which city or area to land in?
    What places recommended for a visit?
    Any general advices about the country in general? Places to find people to hang out with or can show me around?
    Thanx in advance icon_smile.gif

    Cheers
    Joe




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