Pros and cons of moving to Vancouver Canada?

  • jacob17

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    Oct 03, 2014 4:11 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I need a change of scenery. I have yet to visit Van and would appreciate any advice received. Rent, gay scene, transit, jobs?

    thanks guys
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    Oct 03, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    Vancouver is fabulous. The men are super friendly. If you love skiing, Whistler/Blackcomb is bomb. If you love hiking the entire region is bomb. "Grouse Grind" is urban hiking bomb.
  • Olympus1991

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    Oct 03, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    I loved the pub called Fountainhead at DaviesStreet!
  • SkyMiles

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    Oct 03, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    It looks like an awesome place on all the travel channels!
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    Oct 03, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
    I'm a part time resident - summers only, which are great weatherwise. Although year round will be better than Saskatoon icon_lol.gif
    The city does vie with Toronto to be the most expensive place in Canada to live, rents and housing prices are exorbitant unless you are used to San Francisco or NYC/Manhattan type costs.
    The Davie Village is still the core of the gay scene although the city is so welcoming you can live most anywhere and be comfortably out so proximity to work might be more important as there are almost no freeways and traffic can be awful - the city fathers are trying to get everyone to use bikes or mass transit.
    Definitely a great place to fit in with young crowd, lots of outdoor activities from hiking to kayaking in summer, skiing up at Whistler or even more local mountains.
    I'd say yes, give it a whirl icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 03, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    What possible cons can there be aside from the cost of living - and winters?
  • metta

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    Oct 03, 2014 7:55 PM GMT
    It is a beautiful clean city and the forests are just amazing.

    It is super expensive. A tiny shack is a million dollars.
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    Oct 03, 2014 10:20 PM GMT
    Vancouver's a great city - very well balanced; you could be up on on a mountain skiing and down to the beach in a day. Weather is pretty solid as well - yeah, it rains, but it's not so bad. It's real nice being surrounded by nature, too; there are some fantastic hikes not too far away.

    In terms of transit, the skytrain can get you almost anywhere you need to be - although the service has been a little shoddy lately. There's bike lanes all over the place as well, along with a strong gay scene.

    Rent is absolutely ridiculous, although if you want to live right outside of Vancouver you can get a place for much cheaper. As for jobs, well, i suppose it depends on what you're looking for. I haven't had any issues on the employment side of things - there's plenty of opportunities in some capacity or form.

    The other thing you should be aware of is that people seem to keep to themselves most of the time - you have to make a conscious effort to have conversations while on the train or bus. There are exceptions of course, but it feels like most people tend to sit quietly, or are on their phones.

    All in all, it's an amazing, well balanced city. If you can get past the whole rent thing, you'll love it. Feel free to send me a message if you want any specific questions answered.

  • mizu5

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    Oct 03, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    I went to UBC and found people there to be very... into themselves.
    Conversation revolve around weed, skiing, how beautiful vancouver is or some combination about half the time lol.

    And Guys don't tend to be very friendly there, at least out and about in the village. It's a small group of guys, so everyone kinda knows everyone in the city and out of it.

    Everyone has a different experience, but as a student who was working for 9.50 an hour splitting a 1600 two bedroom it was not worth it.
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    Oct 03, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    I love living here but the guys above me are right. It's expensive here; despite moving from Toronto I had sticker shock to everything from housing to groceries. I found salaries slightly less here. Gasoline is also an eye watering experience.

    Just about everyone I met seemed to be born somewhere else and are friendly enough when you get to know them. I found that quite hard to do. I figured it was because I moved here when I was 46 but younger guys say the same thing.

    Unless you really like snow boarding/skiing try to come in early Spring in time for nicer weather. I have few complaints about the weather but it's easier to fall in love with the place when it's beautiful outside.

    Rent: some areas have noticeably more sun than others. It relates to the proximity to the surrounding mountains and their effect on the microclimate. It's worth asking around when you are considering specific locations.

    I wish I moved here in my 20's!
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    Oct 04, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    jacob17 saidHey guys, I need a change of scenery. I have yet to visit Van and would appreciate any advice received. Rent, gay scene, transit, jobs?

    thanks guys

    I haven't seen a post from meninlove, who live outside Vancouver. They give the best advice on this site.

    You might consider PEing them. They may be mad I put them on the spot, but they would absolutely give you good advice.

    As for myself, I only know Seattle to the south, having lived there 5 years, and only visiting across the border briefly. But I did like the Pacific Northwest overall.
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    Oct 04, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    I'd recommend living out of a van or SUV, although I'm not intimately familiar with the safety or legality of such a lifestyle in Vancouver.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 04, 2014 1:17 PM GMT

    What consicon_question.gif It is a city of magnificent modern architecture, scenic green parks, ethnic diversity, hot athletic men, endless freedom to express yourself, and snow capped rugged mountains. What is there not to love about Vancouver, Canadaicon_question.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 04, 2014 6:07 PM GMT
    Even for a Right Wing radical like me .... it's my favorite North American city
  • christastic

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    Oct 04, 2014 9:38 PM GMT
    Vancouver is amazing. It's only expensive to buy, but rent is pretty reasonable, on par with LA or Toronto.

    There's a huge income gap here, but more leaning towards the wealthy side. Tons of exotic cars on the streets (mostly driven by Asian kids tho lol). People are healthier, food is fresher than anywhere else in North America, the guys are more athletic lol, seriously the best of all worlds IMO
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  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 04, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    christastic saidVancouver is amazing. It's only expensive to buy, but rent is pretty reasonable, on par with LA or Toronto.

    There's a huge income gap here, but more leaning towards the wealthy side. Tons of exotic cars on the streets (mostly driven by Asian kids tho lol). People are healthier, food is fresher than anywhere else in North America, the guys are more athletic lol, seriously the best of all worlds IMO
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    That is one beautiful, modern skyline. Totally awesomeicon_exclaim.gif
  • jacob17

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    Oct 05, 2014 9:56 AM GMT
    Thanks guys you have all been a big help!
    Perhaps i should go for a visit before i just decide to up and move lol. I hear such amazing things from the scenery to the men icon_smile.gif i think I'm mainly concerned with being able to afford the van life.

    i appreciate all the honesty and responses
  • 24hourguy

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    Oct 05, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    cons? -unless it's outrageously expensive I can't think of any
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    Oct 05, 2014 1:37 PM GMT
    East Hastings is very affordable. You and your neighbors can take full advantage of the outdoor living spaces which make Vancouver so desirable.
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    Oct 06, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
    Pros: Yes, some of my favorite pro mountain bikers are from Vancouver.

    Cons: Beware of them. They'll steal your wallet.
  • Svnw688

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    Oct 06, 2014 6:40 PM GMT
    Seems the consensus is that Vancouver is awesome on almost all fronts. I'd say Vancouver's only downfall is that it isn't NYC. Then again, some (not I) might consider that a plus:

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    Oct 06, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    I'm going to go lie out in the sun for about 20 min. That tells you how nice the weather can get! icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 06, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    I totally fell in love with Vancouver when I visited there for the first time summer of 2013 on vacation. And it was fun meeting up with YVRguy for coffee while I was there. Would love to go back sometime. It really is a stunningly beautiful city. And I found people to be friendly.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 07, 2015 9:41 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidSeems the consensus is that Vancouver is awesome on almost all fronts. I'd say Vancouver's only downfall is that it isn't NYC. Then again, some (not I) might consider that a plus:

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    Vancouver is 100 times better than New York City. You definitely need to travel more if you still think NYC is the best. It is definitely not. Both Vancouver and Seattle make NYC look like an obsolete, old hole.