So you didn’t get the election result you wanted, and you’re thinking of immigrating to Canada, eh? Well, to be honest, who can blame you!
Judging by the number google searches this year, you wouldn’t be the only one considering the move; so for you, and the thousands of others thinking about it, we thought we’d throw out a few of our top reasons why you should immigrate to Canada – (and in particular, Alberta!)
The Outdoor culture
If you want somewhere that lets you work and play without going on holiday; immigrating to Canada is the way forward. Finish up in the office and head to the mountains for the afternoon, and you can be mountain biking as the sun sets, or drive 5 minutes from the city centre (Calgary), and float back through the city on inflatables.
Canada is the place for the active; if you’re sick of spending every weekend in the same pub, or lazing around the house because, “there’s nothing to do”, then believe me, you’ll have the opposite problem once you immigrate to Canada.
“Holidays aren’t as important in Canada, because you can live a life you don’t need to escape”
Holidays aren’t as important in Canada, because you can live a life you don’t need to escape from. If you live in Alberta, you can leave the city for the weekend, and immerse yourself in the mountains with camping, kayaking, hiking, climbing, or even roasting smores in a fire pit; you can forget everything about the 9-5 and come back to work on Monday feeling completely refreshed. Canada is the land of the mini-vacation; trust us when we say we’ve never experienced anywhere else like it.
If you’re a photographer or even just a nature lover, then this place will be your paradise. Drive out of most cities in Canada, and you’ll suddenly find yourself in miles and miles of unspoiled wilderness. There are few places left on earth now that give you easy access to the wild, and Canada is definitely one of them.
“Not alone, like, ‘I’m home alone’ alone, but ‘I’m 40km from the nearest human being, and I have no cell service’ alone.”
Recently we went hunting for Hot Springs in BC, and we suddenly realized how we completely and utterly alone we were. Not alone, like, ‘I’m home alone’ alone, but ‘I’m 40km from the nearest human being, and I have no cell service’ alone. It’s an incredible and rare experience these days to be able to find solitude, and experience the untouched beauty of nature. Everyone in Canada has a chance to find his or her own slice of paradise, and whatever you’re into, Canada has it. Lakes, mountains, beaches, rivers or forests; you name it, and you can probably find it in Canada. The list of things to see are endless, and if you’re a photographer, you’ll never run out of things to shoot. If paradise exists, then surely it’s Canada.
The People and Quality of Life:
One of the biggest things I noticed when I moved to Canada was how incredible pleasant everyone was. It was almost unsettling as an Englishman to be treated to well in restaurants and by total strangers; it all seemed so nice that I thought it was fake.. but I promise you it’s not.
There’s a stereotype that Canadian’s are super friendly and honestly, and it couldn’t be more accurate. Maybe it’s something to do with the tipping culture, maybe it’s just the fact that Canadians always had to work together to survive the extreme seasons, or maybe it’s just the great quality of life, but believe me, if you immigrate to Canada, you’ll be amazed by how happy everyone is (and how contagious it is!).
“if you want to ensure the best possible future for yourself financially, immigrating to Canada could make a ton of sense”
I’ve already mentioned quality of life, but (just to plug Alberta for a minute), if you want to turbocharge your future, moving to Alberta might be the best move you ever make. The average income is the highest in the country and the average cost of living is the lowest. If you want to get on the property ladder early, move to Calgary, if you want to have money to spend on travel, move to Calgary. It’s a shameless plug, but if you want to ensure the best possible future for yourself financially, immigrating to Canada could make a ton of sense.
Wildlife and Wilderness
There’s something about city living that I believe has detached us from nature. Canada’s protective attitude towards its wildlife is something that makes incredibly special, and a unique place to live. Huge protected areas, such as Banff National Park, mean that we can still immerse ourselves in barely influenced wilderness, and still camp amongst the Elk (and the Bears!).
“if hot water is really what you’re after, you can always go hunting for a real natural hot spring”
I have a mental checklist of every wild animal in Canada that I want to see, and it’s taken me years to almost finish it. Heading out on a hike means an opportunity to finally see that elusive moose, or even a mountain goat prancing on a cliff face.
If mountains aren’t your thing then you can always head to the coast and kayak with Orcas, or watch the salmon swimming upstream, or even head to the Okanagan and go waterskiing in the warmer lakes. If hot water is what you’re really after, you can always go hunting for a real natural hot spring!
The Changing Seasons
As if there wasn’t enough to see already, the extreme seasons mean that now you have to see everything twice: once in summer, once in Winter. If you’ve seen the flowing waterfalls of Johnston Canyon in Banff in the Summer, now you need to see the frozen ice walls in Winter – and why not try ice climbing while you’re at it!
“If you’re finding yourself bored here in Canada, you’re doing it wrong!”
The extreme seasons here mean that there’s always something to look forward to; 6 months of the year allows warm weather activities like hiking and kayaking, and the other 6 months of the year are for winter activities – just enough time with each season to be always looking forward to the other! If you’re finding yourself bored here in Canada, you’re doing it wrong!
Finally, just as a side note; I did my very own Brexit a few years ago, and ended up in Banff – first, temporarily for a ski season, and then ultimately more permanently once I realized how awesome the quality of life here is. If anyone has any questions about my immigration process (I’m by no means an immigration expert), or wants to hear the experience of someone that has actually immigrated to Canada, feel free to get in touch at [email protected]