If Canada is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s top three cities!
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, and is considered the financial, cultural and entertainment capital of Canada. It has one of the safest urban environments in the world, offers a high quality of life and is incredibly culturally diverse, more than a hundred languages and dialects are spoken in the city.
The name Toronto derives from the Huron word for ‘fishing weir’.
There are 147,000 artefacts and a whopping 100,000,000 archaeological specimens in Toronto’s 10 city owned-museums.
307 km of rivers and creeks run through the city.
There are roughly 10 million trees in Toronto.
Half of Toronto’s population was born outside Canada.
Toronto Zoo is set in the beautiful Rouge Valley and has over 5,000 animals of 500 species. It is one of the largest zoos in the world, with over 10 km of walking trails. Toronto Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographic regions, including Eurasia and Indo-Malaya. There are also four rides, the zoomobile, conservation carousel, camels and ponies.
The Yonge-Dundas Square is a popular part of the downtown Toronto community. As well as an open public space the square is an event venue hosting a variety of activities. Concerts, community celebrations, theatrical events and more all take place here.
Colborne Lodge is one of the few surviving regency buildings in North America. You can stroll through the landscaped gardens and take a tour of the estate. During the tour you can hear stories about the lodge’s history and picnic in the park. Visitors are also allowed to explore the historic kitchen and sample traditional recipes.
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers market is a draw for locals and tourists alike. A huge array of fresh produce can be bought from local farmers and food artisans. The local honey’s and cheeses are particularly popular. The Montgomery Inn also hosts the Humber River Shakespeare Company for several dates over the summer. The performances are outdoors, you bring your own chairs and the admission is pay-what-you-can!
Vancouver is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range and has one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major North American city. It is renowned for its accessibility, sustainability and inclusivity programmes. Vancouver is Canada’s eighth largest city with a population of 580,000, and is part of Metro Vancouver, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area. 25.3 per cent of Vancouver residents list Chinese as their first language.
Along with Victoria, Vancouver has the mildest climate in Canada.
Despite its mild climate it rains an average 165 days a year in Vancouver.
The city is named after explorer Captain Vancouver.
35% of Vancouver’s population were born abroad.
In Vancouver you can play golf, sail, kayak and ski on the same day.
The Vancouver Aquarium is ranked fifth in the world.
Vancouver’s China Town has been a bustling cultural location for over 100 years. It is rich in history with some incredible architecture and hosts festivals, parades and summertime night markets. Popular features include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Chinese Cultural Centre.
Science World is the place to go in Vancouver if you want to expand your mind and have some hands on fun. Its jam packed with feature exhibitions, interactive displays and unbelievable since demonstrations. Despite already being pretty sizable its currently being expanded so it can include twice as much.
If you want to get a really good look at Vancouver take a walk around the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Within the park are the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and the Cliff Walk. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is 137 metres long, 70 metres high and has been a Vancouver landmark since 1889. Knowledgeable staff present visitors with a unique perspective of history, culture and nature, giving them as much (or as little) information as they want.
With over 70,000 creatures Vancouver Aquarium holds almost as many interesting sights as the sea. Sharks, whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, octopi, tree toed sloths and anaconda’s make up just some of the exhibitions. The Vancouver Aquarium opened in 1956 and has grown in size and reputation with every passing decade. It is now one of the most famous Aquariums in the world with nearly 1 million visitors every year.
With a metropolitan population of 3,635,571 Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, and the second largest city in Canada. Despite its large population Montreal is often described as clean, quiet and comfortable. French is the city’s official language, spoken by 60% of the population. Montreal blends European and North American cultures, and has a rich history dating back to 1535.
Montreal is one of 400 islands on the St. Lawrence River.
One of the world’s largest wooden roller coasters can be found in La Ronde Amusement Park.
The Japanese city Hiroshima is twinned with Montreal.
Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world. Paris is the largest.
Beneath Montreal is an underground city. It covers more than 18 miles and is a maze of tunnels and shops.
La Ville Souterraine is Montreal’s underground city, and the largest underground complex in the world. It has over 120 access points and is crammed with commercial and office space. La Ville Souterraine contains or is linked to over 1700 boutiques, 200 restaurants and 30 cinemas. It also contains museums, halls and hotels and is one of the biggest tourist draws in the city.
The Canadian Railway museum is the most important of its kind in Canada, with a collection of over 160 cars, including 44 showcases in the Angus pavilion. Tours of the museum take place on an old fashioned streetcar or miniature train.
If you appreciate architecture than the Notre-Dame Basilica is a Montreal high point. This Gothic Revival Church can be found in Montreal’s historic area and has an awe inspiring interior. The first electrically operated organ can also be found here, the Casavant Freres pipe organ comprises 9000 individual pipes, four keyboards and 97 stops. Although the Notre-Dame Basilica is usually used for state funerals it holds classical and choral concerts on a regular basis.
Gamblers rejoice! Montreal is home to the largest casino in Canada. It is situated on its own island, minutes from the centre of the city. It’s open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There is also a race track surrounding the casino and the Montreal Grand Prix takes place there every summer.
Montreal even has something for the foodies. Locals and tourists alike flock to take a Tour of Little Italy. Little Italy is a captivating neighbourhood brimming with quaint streets and high class restaurants. It’s also home to the largest open air food market in North America. Free samples are offered from nearly every stall and give the area a fantastic Italian aroma.