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Anyone moved to Canada because they were unhappy in their home country?


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Lightbulb Anyone moved to Canada because they were unhappy in their home country?

I've generally not been that happy anywhere in the UK. Just want point that out right off the bat. I don't have a bad life necessarily, and recently it's picked up for the better. Probably looking like the best it's ever been heading into 2020.

I've just always wanted more and there's something inherent to British society that never worked for me. Class system? Stroppy personalities?

Who knows. But what I do know is that we take our problems with us, and although I've always wanted to more country since I was 17 (I'm now nearly 40), I've never really did it. Always thought just moving around the UK would help.

I'm in London these days. Better money here. About to buy second home. No kids but engaged with 10 year partner and could have kids any year now though we're both unsure where to settle with them.

Part of me would so love to be somewhere less dense like Canada. Maybe Vancouver in the burbs where we would road trip to the US. Have real mountains and incredible outdoors nearby - (I'm done subscribing to 300m hills or endless fields as being worth hours of driving to walk around).

Too told to dream of a new life with kids in a new land, or has anyone experienced anything similar and actually been happier after moving?

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Old 4th December 2019, 01:52 AM
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Maybe first look into if it's realistic for you to move to Canada?
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration...anada/eta.html

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If I could afford it, I'd move my (W. Yorks. born/raised) husband and our London born (and dual Cdn/UK citizen) daughter from our home in West London to the Metro Vancouver area in a heart beat (I'm in Vancouver with my daughter until the end of the month, then it's back to the UK for New Year and the Lent Term at daughter's nursery school)... I was born and raised here and (most of) my family lives here still.

However, housing prices being stupidly high (on par with London) and the cost of living even higher (it's the most expensive place to live in Canada) and my job prospects being not that great (compared to what my husband earns as a senior management type in London), it's not economically possible for us to make the move.


In regards to being "too old," I'd say that age is just a number... I came to the UK back in '12 to get married (for the first time) and I was the ripe old age of 40... I didn't have my daughter until I was 44 (due to preexisting medical issues; daughter was born the week before The Referendum) and she and I and her dad/my husband have made a pretty good go of it so far. She's an only child, which makes me sad in a way [she'll be all alone when her dad and I are gone] but it also makes life a little easier as far as travelling goes.

If you can find a way to come over, I'd say go for it... perhaps keep your homes as a back up plan (don't know if you can get a buy-to-let type mortgage) but come on over and see what you think of the place... it's a huge country and the possibilities are endless (Vancouver is similar to London as far as weather goes... cold and damp in the winter and warm in the summer... that was the easiest part of my transition from being a Vancouverite to being a Londoner... although, London tends to be waaaaay more humid in the summer than Vancouver.

Good luck to you and perhaps we'll see each other at Heathrow some day!
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You need to figure out why you're unhappy and what about moving will make you happier. Just moving is the equivalent of running away to the circus. Circus life looks like fun when you visit but becoming a member means work not visiting.

About those road trips where are you planning to go?

Portland Seattle 3 hours. Portland 5. San Francisco 15 one way. Times on the optimistic side of things.

London to Berlin would be an easier drive.

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Cheers WestCoast, though do you think for the same money you could live in a better and safer area in Vancouver than you could in London? My partner loves London compared to any other part of the UK, but she doesn't like being out in the streets at night in most areas.

I'd love a detached house with some space, front and rear garden. Trying to get that in London isn't realistic. Orpington might be considered decent value for say a 3 bed detached but don't feel inspired to settle there! I'd be happy to save for the deposit for the Canadian home working in the UK, then move there. Would only need 5% deposit too in Canada whereas in the UK we need 10% minimum now. Converting to BTL here would be the way to go.. nice safety net in case everything went pear shaped. We have similar situation I think. Our child will be mixed race white/asian and likely born around with parents the same age as you. Maybe a single child too. Vancouver seems to have the sort of demographic that might suit better.

@NickZ - those distances and places all sound amazing to me. If I drive 3 hours here I end up in Wales Weekend in Wales or weekend in Seattle.. easy choice. Takes me 8 to 12 hours to go into the Highlands here, which has bar far the most interesting landscapes to disappear into in the UK.

My partner needs a visa for going into Europe and it's random luck on getting multiple entry here. She's had some for 2 weeks and some for a couple of months. Pathetic really. She went to the US embassy last year for a work trip visa for a week. They gave her a 10 year visa! Why Europe doesn't offer that for ILTR people in the UK I don't know.

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In the suburbs (~25 ikes outside of Vancouver, where my parents live) detached homes (with decent sized back gardens) that are going on 40-50 years old are fetching a minimum $1 million Canadian dollars £580k... our flat would provide a decent down payment on the house but it would be incumbent upon my husband and I both getting jobs in order to get a mortgage.

Even if we were to look at renting and could find and get into one right away, a 1 bedroom flat in the area where Iím currently typing this out starts at roughly £1000/month, not including bills... this isnít big enough for a family of 3.


My daughter is half White British and half Canadian born Japanese... there are lots of biracial people in Canada and in Vancouver, there are lots of kids who are White and Asian of varying backgrounds (Canada has a more inclusionary definition of ĎAsianí than the UK in that it doesnít just refer to people who are of Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani or Sri Lankan ancestry but anyone whose ethnic origins are from the geographic area as a whole)... youíll also find that ethnic demographic profiling isnít nearly as important here as it is in the UK (I find those ONS surveys to be quite intrusive and offensive, and I hate filling them in because they donít have every ethnic possibility and, as such, I am relegated to ďOtherĒ... I am more than my ethnic background and I most certainly deserve better than the afterthought ĎOtherí category).

As far as education goes, if you would like for your child to attend a French language public school (what you know as a state school), the possibility is there (Canada is officially bilingual and, as such, education in either language is available for all), as is home schooling and independent private schools (fee paying, selective admission schools)... in BC, your child would start Kindergarten at the same age as they would start Year 1... there is no Reception class equivalent in BC (but a similar Junior Kindergarten program exists in other provinces, like Ontario)... most kids leave school at 18 with an approximation of A Levels and go on to post secondary (uni)... the earliest that kids can leave school and still go on to a vocational program is at age 16, at the end of grade 10 (roughly equivalent to GCSE but with no official recognition like GCSE)... most stay on until the end of Grade 12 and I donít think I know anyone who left at Grade 10 and didnít come back, at least no one in my year did that.

Anyway, the possibilities are out there for a life that is similar to the one you had in Britain as a child in the 80s and 90s but us distinctly different as well. I love how close London is to the Continent (I still have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that if I boarded a Eurostar train at 8 am at Kings Cross St Pancras station, I could be having lunch on the Champs-…lysťes by noon) but I also miss the mountains (my daughter Ed excited to see them so close the other day while we were in the car driving around) and the ocean as well.

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