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Old 08-25-2010, 12:35 AM   #16
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The downside is the urban sprawl, how they've built out and not up. If you want to live cheaply you are reduced to living in the giant suburbs and relying on the TTC to get you to the action areas.
Mike, there's a pretty good album out right now that touches on this very topic. Maybe you've heard of it.

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Don't worry, I'm not moving for a while and before I permanently move to one of these cities, I'm working abroad for a year first.
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Mike, there's a pretty good album out right now that touches on this very topic. Maybe you've heard of it.

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This is a pretty useful thread for me too, so cheers guys. I'm interested that you brought up urban sprawl in Toronto, Canadiens - compared to all the major Australian cities it seems to be quite compact. I guess I'll feel at home there, then.

How much French do you need to know to get around Montreal, by the way, if at all?
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Sad Punk, are you in Toronto now? Feels like autumn out here the last week or so
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #21
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This is a pretty useful thread for me too, so cheers guys. I'm interested that you brought up urban sprawl in Toronto, Canadiens - compared to all the major Australian cities it seems to be quite compact. I guess I'll feel at home there, then.

How much French do you need to know to get around Montreal, by the way, if at all?
Ah you don't need to know any French to get around Montreal. It's very bilingual and has been a major tourist destination for ages now, so almost anyone on the street will speak English.

Employment-wise you have to know at least basic French.
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This is a pretty useful thread for me too, so cheers guys. I'm interested that you brought up urban sprawl in Toronto, Canadiens - compared to all the major Australian cities it seems to be quite compact. I guess I'll feel at home there, then.
Toronto downtown IS compact. The outer suburbs are not Toronto - it's only people out there who continue to tell others that they live in Toronto when in fact they're 50 kilometres away. The downtown core is compact and accessible and you wouldn't need a car to get around. I have a car now that basically sits in my underground garage unless I go out of town to visit my parents or I do a major grocery trip and am lugging tons of stuff.

If you are moving here, I highly recommend living right downtown if that's where your job will be. Yes, it's more expensive, but I don't understand people who seem to value their time so little that they're willing to commute 2-3 hours per day.

This is such a great city in the summer, I can't say enough good words about it. Of course, winter is depressing.
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Of the 3 cities, Toronto is closest to Boston. I say Toronto.
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Of the 3 cities, Toronto is closest to Boston. I say Toronto.
Actually, Ottawa is about 2 hours closer to Boston than Toronto.
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Thanks for all the great advice guys
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Here's some shots of Vancouver to tempt you If you're into recreational activities, gardening, and temperate weather than southwestern British Columbia is where you want to go.




View from the North Shore. The famous Stanley Park with Lions Gate Bridge. Washington in background.


Yes, we have palm trees in Vancouver. This is at English Bay beach.

Banana trees are also popular to plant.


Spanish Banks beach
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Sad Punk, are you in Toronto now? Feels like autumn out here the last week or so
Nope, I won't be there until late 2011/early 2012. Sure hope the world doesn't end once I get there.

Thanks for that info, Anitram. I've been looking at apartments and don't really have a problem with forking out a bit extra for a convenient location, as the school I'm hoping to get into is downtown. I'm also curious to see what sort of jobs are in demand, retail seems like a pretty safe bet I think.

I'm sure the novelty of snow in Winter won't wear off too quickly for me, so I'm not fussed about that right now.
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i'd happily live in Canada... if it weren't so cold. i'm a little bitch like that
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Yeah, I hate the cold too. But then again, I don't really own any good winter clothes (this winter has been unexpectedly awful) so I figure I could get by alright if I just have the right wardrobe.
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