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My family and I have been hoping to move to Canada for the past couple years and now are 100% ready to do so. We will be putting our house up for sale soon and, after looking through Ontario real estate websites, have found ourselves falling in love with London. It seems small enough to be perfect for us as we don't like the big cities.

Is there anyone in the forums that live/lived in London who can give us advice about it? What is the crime rate, is it family oriented, where NOT to live, employment and anything else would be extremely appreciated. Thank you to anyone who replies.

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Hi! I am a Canadian who lived in London for 6 years during university. It is a very nice mid-size city. By living here you're going to be in a very central location, 2 hours from Toronto, 45min from the closest beach and within driving distance of ski hills as well.

That being said, London is also a very economically diverse city as well. There are some VERY nice areas of the city, such as old north and sunnydale, as well as some very 'rough' areas (avoid East London - anywhere east of Adelaide St., and South London near White Oaks mall). The nice areas of London offer many things such as a cute downtown core and various parks (Victoria park is a favorite!). The city as a whole is also a very active one, it is easy to find running clubs as well as hockey/soccer/lacrosse teams to join.

As far as raising a family is concerned, as long as you stay in the nicer areas there are some great schools both private and public that they could attend. In general the crime-rate is about average for Southern Ontario, and far less than Toronto. To be honest with you London does have a slight 'gang' problem, but they are mostly youths who do not cause much harm and rarely enter the nice areas of the city.

I hope that is somewhat helpful! If you have anyother questions feel free to ask me, I currently live in Waterloo Ontario, but am moving to England in August!

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My family and I have been hoping to move to Canada for the past couple years and now are 100% ready to do so. We will be putting our house up for sale soon and, after looking through Ontario real estate websites, have found ourselves falling in love with London. It seems small enough to be perfect for us as we don't like the big cities.

Is there anyone in the forums that live/lived in London who can give us advice about it? What is the crime rate, is it family oriented, where NOT to live, employment and anything else would be extremely appreciated. Thank you to anyone who replies.
Patoria,

Would you mind if I ask you why do you want to leave Australia?!!
I'm in Australia as well and currently considering a move to Canada. I've been looking for someone who has the same reasons to leave Australia so that we can share thoughts!!

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As I recall from my visits to London Ontario, it is the whitest city I've ever visited in the province (other than towns which are so small that they can't really be called cities).

I'm not sure if my observations from biannual visits for the past 20 years is borne out in the official statistics, however the most remarkable thing I saw there was an incredibly high concentration of white people. Loads of white anglo saxon protestant middle class minivan driving suburb dwellers, although there is also a considerable number of white anglo saxon catholic middle class minivan driving suburb dwellers.

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Hi! I am a Canadian who lived in London for 6 years during university. It is a very nice mid-size city. By living here you're going to be in a very central location, 2 hours from Toronto, 45min from the closest beach and within driving distance of ski hills as well.

I hope that is somewhat helpful! If you have anyother questions feel free to ask me, I currently live in Waterloo Ontario, but am moving to England in August!
nwalker519, your answer is exactly what I was looking for. As we were reading your post my wife and I were both going "wow, fantastic, someone with first hand knowledge (so many people give advice without having the knowledge to do so), this is great" then we saw the "gang problem". It might be unrealistic to move to Canada and not find some gang activity because, sadly, that is a fact of living in Canada today but we would like to be as far away as possible from it. London seems like a nice small/big town known for its university atmosphere with some pretty decent house prices.

London is still very high on our cities to move to and with your fantastic advice we will now know where to look and, more importantly, where NOT to look for a house. Thank you for a fantastic response.

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Patoria,

Would you mind if I ask you why do you want to leave Australia?!!
I'm in Australia as well and currently considering a move to Canada. I've been looking for someone who has the same reasons to leave Australia so that we can share thoughts!!
hi 3zooz,

I am a Canadian raised in Ottawa, lived in Niagara Falls for many years. My wife is from England. My wife and I moved to Australia to start a new life but as much as Australia is a lovely place to visit, we wouldn't want to live here. The people are great in many ways and not so great in many others. The prices are outrageous, the living costs ridiculous, the summers are way too hot, Christmas without snow and hot chocolate is, well, just not right. I could go on but in a nutshell Canada is the best place in the world and I had to move away to realise it. My wife lived there for one year and fell in love. We should never have tried the adventure of moving. Time to go home.

If you are Australian please don't take offence. I do not mean to bad mouth Oz as it is lovely in so many ways. Different countires means different lifestyles and Australia is just not the lifestyle for us. It might be for others but not us.

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As I recall from my visits to London Ontario, it is the whitest city I've ever visited in the province (other than towns which are so small that they can't really be called cities).

I'm not sure if my observations from biannual visits for the past 20 years is borne out in the official statistics, however the most remarkable thing I saw there was an incredibly high concentration of white people. Loads of white anglo saxon protestant middle class minivan driving suburb dwellers, although there is also a considerable number of white anglo saxon catholic middle class minivan driving suburb dwellers.
Hi Naura;

The "whitest city I've ever visite" doesnt bother us as we are white. We are not prejudice in any way and have many multicutural friends and family members. To be honest, I am looking for that whole suburbia, catholic, middle class atmosphere. The last thing I want is to be in the middle of gang town with different culturals having fights just because. I was hoping London was a small/big town with as little of that as possible.

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hi 3zooz,

I am a Canadian raised in Ottawa, lived in Niagara Falls for many years. My wife is from England. My wife and I moved to Australia to start a new life but as much as Australia is a lovely place to visit, we wouldn't want to live here. The people are great in many ways and not so great in many others. The prices are outrageous, the living costs ridiculous, the summers are way too hot, Christmas without snow and hot chocolate is, well, just not right. I could go on but in a nutshell Canada is the best place in the world and I had to move away to realise it. My wife lived there for one year and fell in love. We should never have tried the adventure of moving. Time to go home.

If you are Australian please don't take offence. I do not mean to bad mouth Oz as it is lovely in so many ways. Different countires means different lifestyles and Australia is just not the lifestyle for us. It might be for others but not us.
I won't take offence as I'm not Australian lol But I have to say also that this country is really beautiful and definitely a lovely place to visit.
Can you briefly compare Canada to Australia in terms of the points you mentioned (ie prices, living costs, ...etc) 'cause these are the points that are driving my thoughts and desire v. strongly towards Canada, but first I need to get a clearer picture from you or anyone who lived in both countries and is capable of explaining the real and major differences that you won't know via surfing the web !!

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nwalker519, your answer is exactly what I was looking for. As we were reading your post my wife and I were both going "wow, fantastic, someone with first hand knowledge (so many people give advice without having the knowledge to do so), this is great" then we saw the "gang problem". It might be unrealistic to move to Canada and not find some gang activity because, sadly, that is a fact of living in Canada today but we would like to be as far away as possible from it. London seems like a nice small/big town known for its university atmosphere with some pretty decent house prices.

London is still very high on our cities to move to and with your fantastic advice we will now know where to look and, more importantly, where NOT to look for a house. Thank you for a fantastic response.



- Just to clarify since i feel the need to, when i say 'gangs', i don't mean like what you would find in NYC or Toronto! What i meant was there is simply some teens who feel the need to vanadalize the rougher parts of the city and consider themselves 'gangs' they are by no mean violent and I honestly never came into contact with anything gang related myself. It was just something to take into consideration

I also agree with the other people on here that London's population is comprised mostly of WASP families. As a girl from a more small town rural, very white, Christian area, I really fit in well to this while I lived there I think a middle-class or more affluent family would fit in exceptionaly well in London.

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I won't take offence as I'm not Australian lol But I have to say also that this country is really beautiful and definitely a lovely place to visit.
Can you briefly compare Canada to Australia in terms of the points you mentioned (ie prices, living costs, ...etc) 'cause these are the points that are driving my thoughts and desire v. strongly towards Canada, but first I need to get a clearer picture from you or anyone who lived in both countries and is capable of explaining the real and major differences that you won't know via surfing the web !!
If you would like to start a new thread and let me know about it, say in a private message, I would more than happy to give you my personal opinions on the differences between canada and oz. After living here in Oz for the past 11 years and nearly 40 prior to that in Canada I could give you real examples. Just let me know.

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