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Moving to Vancouver, Canada

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Vancouver, Canada for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and diverse population. With its mild climate, world-class cuisine, and abundance of outdoor activities, Vancouver is an attractive destination for those looking to experience a unique and exciting lifestyle. Additionally, Vancouver is home to a thriving economy and a wide range of job opportunities, making it an ideal place to live and work. Before moving to Vancouver, it is important to be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other parts of Canada. Additionally, the city is known for its rainy weather, so it is important to be prepared with appropriate clothing and gear. It is also important to research the various neighborhoods and find one that best suits your needs. Finally, it is important to familiarize yourself with the local customs and culture, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition.

What do I need to know before moving to Vancouver?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vancouver, they said:

"Where you move to will depend on your work. Visit first and decide which localities you like that might offer the type of employment you are engaged in. Then go job hunting or start your business. If the latter, make sure there is enough of a market to provide your business with critical mass. Too many people move to the gulf islands, stay a year then move out because they find they can't earn a living," said one expat in Vancouver.

"Vancouver is a vibrant and diverse city with a lot to offer. It is important to research the cost of living in Vancouver before moving, as it is one of the most expensive cities in Canada. It is also important to research the job market and the availability of housing in the city. Vancouver has a mild climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is important to be aware of the rainy season, which usually runs from October to March. It is also important to be aware of the local customs and culture, as Vancouver is a multicultural city. Finally, it is important to research the different neighbourhoods in Vancouver, as each one has its own unique character," said one expat who made the move to Vancouver.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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