I'm looking for some information really. I've decided to explore Canada, when I'm not sure. I'm only 18, so are there any tips on what age is recommended? I've travelled to other countries before but never by myself.
I've looked into VISAs and the working holiday programme seems the most ideal for me, are they easy to get a hold of?
I'd be looking to work to fund my trip, so I was wondering where the best cities/areas are to find work? I'm currently working as a payroll officer but I've got experience working in hospitality and restaurant work. I'm also considering bar experience to increase my chances but I'd always give any job a go!
I'm only just starting to save but obviously I'd take money with me to help me along my way, but how much would be enough to get me started?
Which cities would be the cheapest to live in? i.e food costs, accommodation, ect.
I'd love to hear everyone's opinions, also if I've missed anything let me know!
That's great thanks!
I've been doing some research and I think I've narrowed it down to either Toronto or Vancouver maybe Montreal. Would you have a idea of how much I'd need to take?
Toronto/Vancouver/Montreal are the three largest cities in Canada so naturally they're among the three most expensive places to live, with the possible exception of Montreal - but unless you speak french I'd knock it off your list in terms of work anyway.
Instead of only considering the big city route I'd also suggest researching smaller places with a large tourist presence like Banff - huge numbers of temporary workers are hired there.
Google the major newspapers for the cities you're interested in and check out their classified sections for living accommodations/prices, also Craigslist and Kijiji. You'll soon get a sense of the costs in Canada... it's NOT an inexpensive country to live/travel.
I went out to Canada a few years ago to do a one year working holiday and found work in Vancouver pretty quickly. It's not an expensive country.
I think I took out £2000 and this was enough to get me started.
Jen - what did you do with your money, did you set up a bank account while you were out there?
Hello! I live in Vancouver so I can offer you some advice.
Canada is a beautiful country and there is a major culture difference between the east and west coasts. Vancouver is largely populated by new immigrants, so there are lots of jobs in the hospitality industry. Vancouver is also increasing its minimum wage to $10 (it used to be $8).
Whistler is one of the nicest places in BC. A LOT of Australians work there on the mountain during the winter time (it's where the 2010 Olympics were held).
Toronto is a little more laid back than Vancouver, culturally speaking, and the downtown core is not as densely populated.
Getting around in Van is very easy as there is an excellent Skytrain (above ground subway, if you will) that can bring you through the neighboring cities usually for about $2.50 per ride or you can buy a Skytrain pass. Most Skytrain stations are usually bus stations as well so getting from place to place is quite easy.
Here's my breakdown of each surrounding city in Vancouver:
- East: Burnaby: big city, close to downtown, many transit stations, Metrotown Shopping Center (lots of jobs)
- East: New Westminster: smaller city, very historic, not many jobs, 15 minutes downtown by skytrain
- East: Port Moody / Port Coquitlam / Coquitlam: suburbs, not a lot of jobs, far commute to downtown
- East: Pitt Meadows / Maple Ridge: newly-urbanized farm towns, far from downtown, not a lot of transit, many agricultural jobs, very friendly towns, beautiful scenery
- South: Richmond: very big city, densely populated, concentrated Chinese culture, lots of factory jobs / agriculture jobs
- South: Delta: "farm town".. industrial or agricultural jobs
- South: Surrey: unless you get a job in "South Surrey" or White Rock, try and avoid this city. Very high crime rates.
- North: North Vancouver / West Vancouver: 2 of the most expensive cities to live in, however a few jobs available at marinas
"... Toronto is a little more laid back than Vancouver, culturally speaking,..."
What does that mean?