CANADA (Vancouver vs Toronto)

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    Jul 14, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    Hi guys ! I am planning to move to Canada to live. I wonder if you can give me some advices about the life style and other issues to consider if I move there. Plus, which city are the best for living between Toronto or Vancouver?.

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    Jul 14, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    Into freeride/downhill mountain biking, or snowboarding? Vancouver

    Into doing nothing but enjoy being cold a lot? Toronto
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    Jul 14, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    Toronto = fucking snow…and freezing, like -30 a lot!! lol
    Vanc = fucking raining. Summers are better. Rarely goes below freezing in winter. This year the weather is totally fucked up. TO is wet and BC is burning up.. icon_surprised.gif
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    Jul 14, 2015 4:18 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidToronto = fucking snow…and freezing, like -30 a lot!! lol
    Vanc = fucking raining. Summers are better. Rarely goes below freezing in winter. This year the weather is totally fucked up. TO is wet and BC is burning up.. icon_surprised.gif
    Toronto has a saying about mountain biking in the rain: "If you don't like getting muddy, you'll never ride in TO."
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    Jul 14, 2015 5:20 AM GMT
    Depends a lot on what you like. Toronto culturally is more like New York City while Vancouver is more like a cross between San Francisco and San Diego. Toronto you will roast in summer and freeze in winter. Vancouver will be cold compared to Costa Rica but winters are the mildest in Canada and the summers are glorious - I've been enjoying them for the last 12 years as a great counterpoint to my principal home in Palm Springs.

    In Vancouver you can enjoy mountains or beach on same day. The population tends to be young, very multi-cultural and active - bicycle and hiking trails everywhere. If you'd like more info on Vancouver, feel free to private me.

    Good luck sorting it out.

    Cheers
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 14, 2015 3:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidInto freeride/downhill mountain biking, or snowboarding? Vancouver

    Into doing nothing but enjoy being cold a lot? Toronto
    Bullshit, Toronto has a beautiful four season climate. It is a world class city with a lot to offer and it is a clean, modern, safe city. Granted winters can be extremely cold but we are usually rewarded with wonderful, warm summer weather. Toronto has a gorgeous, awesome skyline that never stops changing and it is probably the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the world. Both Chicago and Montreal are short plane rides away. Both world famous Niagara Falls and the scenic vineyard and fruit orchard country of Canada's Niagara Peninsula are only an hour away. Plus you have one of the world's fresh water inland seas on your front doorstep, Lake Ontario. The only drawback about Toronto is that it is quite expensive. Come check it out and see for yourself.
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    Jul 14, 2015 4:41 PM GMT
    They're BOTH beautiful cities w/ lots of culture, sights, industry, you name it. I trust you'll have spent at least a week in each before making your decision? Think in terms of where you'll be returning to Stateside, if that's a factor, and consider using the one nearest that spot as the deal-breaker. What are your reasons for moving to Canada?
  • Muscmasmat

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    Jul 14, 2015 5:40 PM GMT
    Both cities are very expensive.

    If you like mountains, trees, ocean, skiing, milder winter and summer weather, choose Vancouver. If you more prefer lakes, flatter terrain, and don't mind more weather extremes, choose Toronto.

    Toronto is close to Chicago, New York, Boston, Montreal, Quebec, etc. Vancouver is really not very close to other major cities except Seattle, but not too far from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Toronto is going to be closer for you to return to Costa Rica.

    You should also determine what professional opportunities exist for you in each location, if you are planning to immigrate. As mentioned already, for such a major move, you should spend a week in each place and then decide.
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    Jul 14, 2015 7:48 PM GMT
    As an ex-Vancouverite, I would cast my vote for Vancouver: mountains, oceans, laid-back attitude, temperate climate, great food scene, some decent local wines, lots of nature, etc.

    But if you can afford to, why not spend some time in each city before you make up your mind?
  • metta

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    Jul 14, 2015 9:12 PM GMT
    I have only been to Vancouver...such a beautiful city!

    I would only consider living there if I could easily afford a home that is a couple of million. A million barely buys a shack. My Mom lived in Toronto after coming from England. She liked it but she liked Southern California much better.
  • mizu5

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    Jul 15, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    as a torontonian who spenyt 4 years in vancouver? Toronto

    vancouver is the pretty girl that lacks substance UNLESS your life is all about outdoor sports like sailing, biking, skiing and the like. The water there is not warm, surfing is not in vancouver, and the3 water is freeing where it is.

    summers never feel hot.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 15, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    I am from the U.S. but have visited both, along with Montreal and Halifax. Vancouver would be my choice, the physical beauty of the city is a big plus. And I have always wanted to migrate west. In Vancouver you have the beautiful mountains and hiking trails. I found Toronto to be more like any big city in the Midwest or northeast of the U.S.
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    Jul 15, 2015 6:02 AM GMT
    There are a lot of things to consider. Perhaps OP can clarify what you're looking for or would like to focus on.

    I was raised and still live in Vancouver. I've been to Toronto twice and have lots of coworkers that moved from Toronto.

    Here's my take of the two cities without repeating the things that people have already mentioned.

    Both -- Expensive, fantastic cuisines & multicultural

    Vancouver -- More Asian influence; a mid size city; more outdoor life; does not have a very good nightlife; dense city layout; surrounded by mountains and ocean; has a reputation of people being more cliquey; great Japanese cuisine (sushi); slower pace in general compared to Toronto; big film & animation industry; small-mid size pride

    Toronto -- An equal mix of cultures; a true metropolis; more city life; has a good nightlife; sprawled out city layout; surrounded by man made structures and lake; people tend to be more willing to talk to strangers; great Vietnamese (pho) and "fake" Chinese (sweet and sour pork) cuisines; faster pace compared to Vancouver; big financial sector; huge pride

    I can go on and on, but that should give you a quick general comparison.

    If you're coming here with like a working holiday visa, you should definitely try living in both or more Canadian cities (like Montreal) to get a true feel of the different regions.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 15, 2015 12:31 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI am from the U.S. but have visited both, along with Montreal and Halifax. Vancouver would be my choice, the physical beauty of the city is a big plus. And I have always wanted to migrate west. In Vancouver you have the beautiful mountains and hiking trails. I found Toronto to be more like any big city in the Midwest or northeast of the U.S.
    In some ways Toronto is similar to Midwestern US cities but there are still some distinct differences. Toronto has a prosperous, powerful urban core most US cities don't. Toronto has a great public transit system with a variety of transit modes available, most US cities don't icon_sad.gif Toronto is a unified one municipal government or mega city which eliminates all the unnecessary, costly duplication of local services. Most US cities can only dream of metro governments given our country's horribly flawed strong home rule in our laws combined with fierce opposition from many suburban residents to consolidation. You can go shopping in the central business district of Toronto, in most US cities, the malls, Target, and Wal Mart have caused the decline and literal death of downtown retail cores. Granted there are US style shopping malls in and around Toronto but they did not kill off Torontonians penchant for downtown shopping nearly as much as in most US cities.