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Appeal of various Canadian cities

Discussion in 'Visiting Canada' started by PerpetualStudent, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. PerpetualStudent

    PerpetualStudent New Member

    I started looking into Canadian universities with programs in curatorial and museum studies, which is my area of interest. Vancouver, Toronto, British Columbia and Ontario are all possibilities. I'll take them all, please. Wow, I am just realizing how enormous the opportunities are. I'd love to know more about the appeal of these cities. I'd be doing most of my studies in the U. S. but doing post-graduate studies in Canada.
  2. Northern Lights

    Northern Lights New Member

    I was reading where Vancouver is the second most expensive city in the world to live in, having surpassed Sydney, Australia. I've been to Edmonton, Alberta, but Vancouver sounds so much prettier.
  3. Panusa

    Panusa Administrator Staff Member

    Yes Vancouver is expensive. However, there are communities just outside of Vancouver (some with transit into Vancouver) that are much more reasonable.

    Each part of the country has its pros and cons. Vancouver is beautiful, but grey and cloudy in the winter. Edmonton is cold in the winter, but generally very sunny as well, which is always nice.

    It just depends what you like.
  4. Maple

    Maple New Member

    My brother once worked in Calgary, Alberta and he said that when it comes to weather, Alberta isn't the best place to live in. I read an article some time last year which listed the top places to live in Canada, and Ottawa bagged the number one spot. I think that Ottawa is home to a good number of galleries, museums, and historic sites.
  5. Northern Lights

    Northern Lights New Member

    I remember packing the warmest clothes I could find for my February trip to Edmonton. It ended up being colder here in the southeastern U.S. than it was in Alberta the week I was there. We had a stop over in Calgary, but didn't have enough time to do much sightseeing. I can't wait to go back.
  6. abroaduni

    abroaduni New Member

    Yes,I agree with you that,Vancouver is one of most expensive cities of the world like Tokyo and Paris.I have visited Canada many times,as well as Vancouver,Alberta,Ontario etc.But,Canada has huge scope in education and there are world famous Universities,So,the future is too bright there.

    immigrating to canada
  7. Panusa

    Panusa Administrator Staff Member

    There is certainly a huge variety in Canada in terms of weather, cost of living and so forth. But ultimately, no matter which city you choose, you should find a peaceful environment with good education and access to great health care.
  8. Pioneer

    Pioneer Member

    I think it would be an exciting opportunity to become a museum curator. It makes sense that you can find so many opportunities in the above-mentioned locations. There is just so much history there!
  9. Panusa

    Panusa Administrator Staff Member

    People should search for opportunities outside of the major metropolitan areas - often more jobs with less competition.
  10. Queenie

    Queenie New Member

    I think Victoria Island, BC is one of my favorite places in Canada. Yes, it can be rainy and damp, but it is such a beautiful city and the people there are wonderful. If you don't choose to live there, I would highly recommend visiting.
  11. Magnolias

    Magnolias New Member

    I didn't realize Vancouver was so expensive! Is it becoming the second Los Angeles, with so many American TV shows shooting there and prices rising to match the LA levels?
  12. Queenie

    Queenie New Member

    That's an interesting point about the film industry, Magnolias. I hadn't thought about that. If that's the case, it's kind of counterproductive, isn't it? I mean, they started shooting movies there primarily because it was cheaper. If the prices are going sky high, where is the incentive for Hollywood to continue to bring them business?
  13. Magnolias

    Magnolias New Member

    I agree. But maybe the sellers in Vancouver assume that the Hollywood folk can handle high prices and they spend enough for the Vancouver businesses not to worry about "regular people"? Maybe even with the high costs, Vancouver is still cheaper than LA? Or maybe things are about to change and soon Vancouver won't be the cheaper alternative. I also heard that while rent and living may be expensive, the production costs are still lower in Canada. There were even federal subsidies for producers who hired Canadian writers, actors and specialists.
  14. Queenie

    Queenie New Member

    Ahhh, that makes sense. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Vancouver became a popular filming location back when the exchange rate offered a big incentive to American production companies. Now that the exchange rate is almost equal, I guess the government has to provide the incentive. I'm sure it's worth it to have a movie company bring that much commerce to the area.
  15. Panusa

    Panusa Administrator Staff Member

    Exchange rates used to drive movie and film production in years past, however, Vancouver has built-up a reputation as having a lot of production talent, easy permitting, and yes, tax incentives that still keeps productions here. Lions Gate Films was a film company based in Vancouver (until recently) that responsible for a number of blockbuster movies (including the Twilight series).

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