4 Areas to look at as an Expat moving to Canada
Here’s a few interesting facts you might not know about Canada: firstly, it’s the second biggest country in the world with a landmass of over 9.8 million sq. km. Secondly, it has more lakes than the rest of the globe combined, whilst a less surprising fact about Canada is, that it has the second coldest capital city in the world behind Moscow, Ottawa. Despite this, it remains a mecca for expats looking for a new life and adventure abroad. Let’s take a look at four key areas of the Canadian experience:
The traditional perception of Canada may be one of cold fronts and howling arctic winds, however due to the sheer size of the country, there are several different regions which have their own independent climate and weather patterns. The north of the country tends to have a similar climate to that of Scandinavia, with very cold winters and short mild summers, whereas in the more densely populated regions in the south, bordering the U.S.A., the climate is much more temperate, with an average of 18 degrees in the Summer.
Cost Of living
According to Travelwise, the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto, Canada’s most populous city is, on average, a figure of $1,632.92 per month, with Montreal coming in next at $986.82 per month. A monthly travelcard is around $111.00, and 1L of gas is currently set at around $1.23. According to the website Expatisan, Toronto comes out as the most expensive city in Canada to live in followed by Vancouver, Whitehorse, Victoria and St Johns. One major benefit to moving to Canada is its universal healthcare system which is free at the point of use for any Canadian citizen or permanent resident. There are various exceptions to this, as with other countries, such as dentistry and chiropractor appointments.
Niagara Falls seems a fitting place to start when we highlight areas of outstanding natural beauty, located in Ontario and connected to America by way of the Rainbow Bridge. The spectacle itself is a culmination of three cascading waterfalls, the largest of the three known as Horseshoe Falls, with a vertical fall of over 50m which draws millions of tourists from all over the world each year. The Rockies is another famous jewel in the Canadian crown; a mountain range which stretches over two states – British Columba and Alberta – with staggering ice capped mountain peaks, glistening lakes and waterfalls, this is a must see for any outdoor lovers and hikers/trekkers alike. Other notable inclusions are Bay of Fundy, Mount Thor and Notre Dame Basilica. For further research check out The Culture Trip.
Canada is extremely diverse and multicultural. Originally dominated by the two main colonial powers Britain and France, these influences are still prevalent today, with areas such as Quebec being predominantly French speaking for example. However, post-war migration from China and the Far East has given Canada a real international flavour. The government is a representative democracy, with the Queen still nominally head of state. Canadians have a relaxed and hospitable approach to immigration, and Canada is generally considered to be an outward-looking country. Sports play a strong role, with ice-hockey being the most popular. In addition, winter sports such as alpine skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating are all counted as favourite pastimes of the Canadians.
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