This is my first post and i'm after a little advice. I am planning travelling to Canada in June or July 2005, and spending upto a year there on a working visa.
I want to travel to most parts of the country and want to spend time in the wilderness areas aswell as the cities. The company I will be going through offer flights to both Vancouver and Toronto. Was wondering which would be the best starting point in terms of finding employment?
I will be using hostels mostly and will be travelling alone, although hope to meet people along the way.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I may be biased (I live just south of vancouver) but I would say go to vancouver. Although a have never been to ontario (but im going next week ), from what i hear it is mostly just cities, although there is still wilderness around there. In vancouver you get one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and you get the beatiful BC wilderness (which cannot be beat in my opinion).
Vancouver is very beautiful, that is true. It is quite close to both the sea and the mountains. It is, however, more expensive to live in than Toronto. Job prospects in the two are probably pretty similar.
Toronto does have access to wilderness areas, they are just a little farther from the core than in Vancouver. However, there are a lot of great hiking, biking and canoeing opportunities within a short drive of Toronto. Even within the city there are a lot of ravines that have wilderness paths through them for hiking or mountain biking.
Toronto does not, unfortunately, have access to the alpine skiing that Vancouver does. If you like to ski or snowboard, Vancouver is the better choice. The people in Vancouver are more "outdoorsy" than in Toronto.
I'd say land in Toronto - only cause it's closer to Montreal than Vancouver!
If you do get out to Quebec, the wilderness if fabulous, and you can find it no matter where you move out from the city. The Laurentians have some great towns (even ones that are like mini cities - like St. Sauveur or Mont Tremblant), plus some large provincial parks. Then there's Gaspe, the Eastern Townships, you name it. We don't have the newer Rockies, but lots of skiing on some older, rounder mountains.
Then again, I'm pretty biased, too...