So you’ve taken the plunge and decided you wanted to move to Canada? I can’t blame you — my home country is one of the most beautiful and most diverse in the world. Today I’ve listed a few places I have called home in the past that I would highly recommend – Banff being at the top of my list.
Canada is the second-largest country in the world, so it isn’t surprising that this wonderful country has a huge plethora of sights to enjoy and things to experience. If you’ve been extensively traveling through Canada in the past, you’ll know it’s easy to build a rather long wishlist of places you could potentially call home. Below I’ve listed my favorite places to live in Canada.
Why you should move to Banff
Those with a very active lifestyle and the nature-lovers should definitely consider Banff. When looking for Banff homes for sale, consider the proximity to the slopes if you’re an avid skier and think of a few things. About 45% of dwellings in Banff are small apartment buildings. There have been several periods of real estate boom in Banff — the construction of new housing took place over several decades. The city offers a range of different unit sizes, which range from studios to units with four bedrooms and more. About 55% of the city’s population rent their homes and 45% are owners.
Banff National Park lies within the Rocky Mountains and is located in the province of Alberta. If you want a place that makes you doubt what you see before you, this is the place to be. Looking out onto crystal clear waters, snow-capped mountains and glaciers will make you think you’ve stepped into an oil painting. Lying in the center of the park is Lake Louise, which visitors can take a walk around and enjoy a picnic as they look out onto the blue waters.
Or perhaps consider Toronto
Those who are big-city lovers and thrive in urban settings should consider Toronto. The price of real estate in Toronto, like the rest of large Canadian urban areas, is constantly on the rise. In the last few years, the value of some homes in Toronto has increased by as much as 30% and is much higher than in other rural areas. To address this growth, the Ontario government has implemented a 15% tax for foreign investors who are neither permanent residents nor Canadian citizens.
And what about Whistler?
Only two hours away from the city of Vancouver lies the ski resort of Whistler. Whistler is famous in the winter sports world and is a place popular with those who love to be in the snow. After being one of the main locations of the 2010 Winter Olympics, this village has gained international attention and is now even popular in the summer months. When skiing isn’t as much of an option, many still visit to come mountain biking and play golf in the village.
If you think Whistler could be a cheaper alternative to Banff however, you are wrong. Luxury properties abound in Whistler and you might be better off considering another location if you are on a budget.That said, it is still possible to find something for every budget, and if you are in love with Whistler, nothing should be stopping you.
Or Maybe Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is very possibly the most famous waterfall in the world. And is situated an hour’s drive away from Toronto. Niagara Falls is a stunning spot that attracts millions of tourists every year, which isn’t surprising when you see this beautiful sight. The falls drop 57 meters and you are able to stand at the top of the falls and view them from above. The falls are located in a park that also contains the Niagara Gorge, which is accessible by forest trails. It is the perfect place to come for any intrepid explorer and anyone who wants a photograph to put on their Instagram account. Climb Clifton hill to reach this site and then visit the adjacent town which is bustling with people and life.
One of the first things you will need to do when you arrive in Niagara is find a place to live. Finding accommodation can be a challenge, but Niagara has many accommodation options at competitive prices and all located nearby facilities, community services, and places to go to get housing support. Whether you want to live in the city or on the outskirts, in a house or an apartment, several possibilities are available to you when moving to Niagara.
Prefer French? Consider Quebec City!
Old Quebec is a place where you can step back in time for a short while, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains some of Quebec’s oldest buildings. You will be able to visit the museum, where artwork is displayed, plenty of shops and restaurants, and even visit the original settlement in the city. And why not also call it home?
Old Quebec, just like Whistler, can be very pricey, but oh-so-beautiful. But also… littered with tourists. It’s a double-edged sword, and I urge you to do your research before making any decisions.
Or perhaps Montreal?
In the same way old Quebec celebrates its history, old Montreal does the same thing. Full of historical buildings, cobbled streets, and stunning architecture: this part of the city welcomes visitors from all over to come and learn more about the history of this part of Canada. It is certainly an ideal place to call home if you have an interest in history and culture.