Relocating to Canada?
February 1, 2009 – 3:35 pm | Comments Off

Thinking about mov­ing to Canada?
Just arrived and try­ing to fig­ure out how to get settled?

You’ve come to the right place!

This web­site — Living Abroad in Canada — has all the infor­ma­tion you need about liv­ing, work­ing, going to school, or retir­ing in Canada.

Read the full story »

All about Canadian culture, from people and language to food, drink, books, music, and film

Daily Life

From health care and education, to local eating and shopping, to festivals and things to do, get the scoop on life in Canada

Housing, Jobs, & Money

Finding a home, working, saving, and investing in Canada – here’s how


What you need to know to live in, work in, or immigrate to Canada. Citizenship information, too.


Travel ideas and tips for visiting, touring, and deciding where to live in Canada.

Immigration »

Want Advice on Relocating to Canada? Check Out Our New Relocation Consulting Service
September 30, 2013 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

Vancouver coffee. Photo by danpeerflix (flickr)If you’re con­sid­er­ing relo­cat­ing to Canada, you may want some advice. And while we have lots of resources avail­able at LivingAbroadinCanada​.com, maybe you want to talk to a real person.

I’m now offer­ing relo­ca­tion con­sult­ing ser­vices, in part­ner­ship with CafeCoach​.ca, a new ser­vice designed for Canadians help­ing Canadians — and poten­tial Canadians.

I’ll answer your relo­ca­tion ques­tions in a 90-​​minute one-​​on-​​one ses­sion via Skype, or if you’re in Vancouver, we can meet at a local café to dis­cuss your ques­tions in person.

Here’s how it works:

Choose from two options for your 90-​​minute relo­ca­tion con­sult­ing session:

Option 1: Relocating to Canada – How to Get Here and How to Get Settled

This ses­sion will cover details about immi­grat­ing to Canada, an overview of places to live, and essen­tial infor­ma­tion for get­ting set­tled, from arrang­ing for med­ical insur­ance and enrolling your kids in school, to speak­ing Canadian English and learn­ing about Canadian cul­ture.

Topics include:

  •       Canadian Immigration Options
  •       Canada’s Top 10 Places to Live
  •       Beyond the Big Cities: Where to Live and Why
  •       Working in Canada
  •       Health Care in Canada
  •       Education in Canada
  •       From Toques to Toonies: Essentials of Canadian Culture

Option 2: How to Relocate to Vancouver

If you know that you’d like to live in Vancouver, or if you already have a Vancouver job lined up, I can help you pre­pare for your relo­ca­tion. This ses­sion will cover:

  •       Life in Vancouver – The Essentials
  •       An Overview of Vancouver Neighborhoods
  •       Buying or Renting a Home in Vancouver
  •       Vancouver Schools
  •       Vancouver Weather (The Good and the Wet)
  •       Health Care in Vancouver
  •       Things to Do in Vancouver
  •       Vancouver Resources for Newcomers

A 90-​​minute con­sult­ing ses­sion costs only CAD$149 plus tax. Following your ses­sion, you’ll receive a copy of the book, Living Abroad in Canada, in either print or PDF for­mat – free!

And the cof­fee is on me!

Considering a move to Canada? I can help — after all, I wrote the book on mov­ing to Canada, Living Abroad in Canada.

To sign up for your con­sult­ing ses­sion or to request more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact me.

P.S. Want to learn more about CafeCoach​.ca? Travel jour­nal­ist Lucy Izon, the cre­ator of Canada Cool (a great web­site about all things cool and Canadian), set up CafeCoach​.ca as a way for Canadians to help other Canadians. You can sched­ule a one-​​on-​​one coach­ing ses­sion with me or with other experts on a vari­ety of top­ics, either via Skype or in a local café. Learn more at CafeCoach​.ca. And to learn lots of cool things about Canada, fol­low Lucy on Twitter @CanadaCool.

Vancouver cof­fee photo by dan­peer­flix (flickr).


The Best Places to Live in Toronto: Ranking the City’s Neighborhoods
August 15, 2013 – 8:49 am | No Comment
The Best Places to Live in Toronto: Ranking the City’s Neighborhoods

Toronto Life mag­a­zine has released what they call a “mostly sci­en­tific” rank­ing of the city’s 140 neighborhoods.

Working with researchers from the University of Toronto, they eval­u­ated fac­tors like hous­ing costs, tran­sit access, crime rates, …

Travels of a New Canadian: From Vancouver to Halifax by Train — with the Cultural Access Pass
July 24, 2013 – 10:06 pm | No Comment
Travels of a New Canadian: From Vancouver to Halifax by Train — with the Cultural Access Pass

Did you ever eat a nun’s fart? Walk on a glac­ier? Explore an urban national park?

Have you sam­pled shmoo torte? Taste-​​​​tested bagels or per­o­gies? Snacked on Kouign-​​​​Amann?

Have you gone about your daily business …

What’s Different in Canada? A Guide for Americans
July 10, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment
What’s Different in Canada? A Guide for Americans

Mom, there’s a word that peo­ple use here that means ‘hat,’” my 10-​​​​year-​​​​old daugh­ter told me one day dur­ing our first win­ter in Vancouver.

It sounds like ‘tunic.’”

Tunic?” I asked. “A hat? Are you …

Why Move to Victoria? It’s the Imagination Economy, Stupid
June 6, 2013 – 9:32 am | No Comment
Why Move to Victoria? It’s the Imagination Economy, Stupid

British Columbia’s cap­i­tal city of Victoria used to be dubbed a des­ti­na­tion for the “newly wed and nearly dead.” Yes, it was — and still is — pop­u­lar among both new­ly­weds and retirees, but with …

Considering Immigration to Canada? Here are the Best Places for New Immigrants to Live
May 12, 2013 – 12:26 pm | No Comment
Considering Immigration to Canada? Here are the Best Places for New Immigrants to Live

We recently reported on the Moneysense annual rank­ing of Best Places to Live in Canada. As part of this year’s sur­vey, the pub­li­ca­tion also ranked Canada’s Best Places for New Immigrants.

Six of the top …