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Hi, first post here so not sure if this has been discussed before, I imagine it has but I couldn't find a previous thread, and yes, I did look and search. =)

I'm planning on moving to Canada and have narrowed it down to TO or VAN, but can't decide which one to go for.
I have friends in Vancouver who've told me about the city, and I've researched both cities to death. Despite all this research, I can't make up my mind. I've even made a pro/con list full of things I like and want out of life and a city, and that didn't help either. One day I'm leaning towards Van, the next, TO.

So what do you guys think? Any of you that have lived in both cities? I know both cities have their ups and downs, so what are your ups and downs for Toronto and Vancouver?

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Research the jobs that might be available to you.
What kind of visum do you have?

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Both cities have jobs in my field, Toronto's job market looks a bit better but both cities are an option.
I'll most likely go over on a working holiday visa the first year. If I like it and I have an employer that wants to keep me on, I'll stay, either by employment based visa, Canadian experience class, or by getting a "young professionals" visa for another year.

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Toronto has better nightlife. It's hotter and more humid in the summer and colder with more snow in the winter. It's a bigger city with a lot more going on.

If you like the outdoors, then Vancouver is hard to beat. It has easy access to the ocean, mountains and great skiing. Vancouver gets a lot of grey, overcast, rainy days from fall to spring which can be very depressing at times. However, the summers are generally sunny and dry without the humidity that Toronto gets in July & August.

I lived in Toronto for 7 years total and loved it. I actually tried moving to Vancouver but didn't like it, stayed a short time and ended up moving back to Toronto. You say you already have friends in Vancouver so that is a factor for you to consider.

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I guess I'm qualified to give an opinion, being UK born and having lived in Toronto for nearly 20 years and Vancouver for 10. I left Canada two years ago but not much will have changed. So the pro's and cons?

Vancouver is now a stable city employment wise so depending on your skills you should be OK. Toronto has traditionally been the powerhouse of the Canadian economy and there will be more options.

Property prices in Vancouver are outrageous but rentals are cheaper than in Toronto. If you have to live in the suburbs and commute downtown by car then Toronto has the edge. Access into Vancouver is limited by the bridges and is very bad news.

I consider Vancouver to be more conservative than Toronto. And Canadians are more conservative by nature than Brits.

If you have a healthy type of lifestyle then Vancouver has the edge but only if you are privileged to live in the City.

Toronto is a quick drive to Montreal which is a fabulous weekend destination. Vancouver is a long way from anywhere and Victoria is not an easy destination despite being close by.

Etc., etc. Good luck.

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Toronto is a quick drive to Montreal which is a fabulous weekend destination. Vancouver is a long way from anywhere and Victoria is not an easy destination despite being close by.

Etc., etc. Good luck.
I agree that Montreal is a great weekend trip from Toronto but the drive is hardly "quick". It's at least 5 hours and more likely 6+ depending on traffic getting out of Toronto and into Montreal - which can both be horrendous. I've done the Toronto-Montreal trip by car, train and plane. It's probably a better long (3 day) weekend trip.

Your point is well taken though. Toronto is a relatively short plane hop to some interesting cities such as Ottawa, Montreal, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Then again, Vancouver has similar access to Seattle - with San Francisco, Los Angeles and the California coast being a bit further away.

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Toronto = longer, colder, snowier winters. Hotter, more humid summers,
Vancouver, shorter, warmer, rainier winters, (may not even get any snow) and more days above freezing than below. Warm, NON humid summers, (NO rain in July 2013)
Theres a reason they say, East is least, West is Best

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Toronto = longer, colder, snowier winters. Hotter, more humid summers,
Vancouver, shorter, warmer, rainier winters, (may not even get any snow) and more days above freezing than below. Warm, NON humid summers, (NO rain in July 2013)
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Vancouver is in a great natural setting but it is not terribly exciting as far as cities go. And months of depressing, overcast skies and rain is not for everyone. In fact, that's one reason many people leave the UK in the first place!
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Vancouver is in a great natural setting but it is not terribly exciting as far as cities go. And months of depressing, overcast skies and rain is not for everyone. In fact, that's one reason many people leave the UK in the first place!
I guess it depends on your definition of exciting, and I would rather have months of overcast skies and rain, with a good chance that it won't snow, or even freeze enough to skate on ponds, than have months of cold, snowy, cloudy drab days. But everybody likes different things. There a reason people from Ontario come to south west BC and say, It's so green.

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I guess it depends on your definition of exciting, and I would rather have months of overcast skies and rain, with a good chance that it won't snow, or even freeze enough to skate on ponds, than have months of cold, snowy, cloudy drab days. But everybody likes different things. There a reason people from Ontario come to south west BC and say, It's so green.
True it depends on what your interests are. I found Vancouver dull as a city although the setting is impressive. I guess there is also a reason that more immigrants settle in and around Toronto than Vancouver. Also Toronto's winters are not drab. Often there are clear blue skies which means Toronto has more winter sunshine than Vancouver.

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