reply to post by wang_ke_~
I would beg to differ on the long growing season part and would
DEFINITELY BEG TO DIFFER ON PRICES...Vancouver, British Columbia
and area have the nicest weather in all of Canada, but it's still a VERY HARSH
environment for the average American or UK'er or Euro.
It rains a lots, it can snow and housing prices are ASTRONOMICAL
No young person can EVER afford a house here with the AVERAGE
house price now $918,000.00 Canadian dollars (almost a Million US dollars)
or four hundred fifty thousand pounds ... so we are NOT cheap!
Gas is also 5 to 6 dollars a gallon or $1.37 a litre (CAN)
Even Apartment renatsl are NOT cheap at $1200 to $1600 CAN
a month and utilities & expenses are on top of that!
A one bedroom apartment condominium can EASILY cost between
$400,000 to $700,000 CAN so that won't do for a young person.
Vancouver has become a haven for rich people ONLY
who use the place as their "Vacation" home and leave us locals
to live 50km+ away in stuffed-together subburban sub-divisions
that make even New York look spacious by comparison.
Simple groceries such as eggs, milk, butter are TWICE the price
of the equivalent US amounts plus our taxes are a LOT more than
in the US up to 55% of gross income so just to put a bit of reality into
you...Canada is not exactly a cheap place to live in addition
that even in the Vancouver area we can get -10 degrees Celcius or
15 degrees Farenheight in Winter so unless your willing
to locate and live in a sub-arctic conditions, try Northern California
or Mexico instead.
When I'm retired with some savings in the Bank, I'm moving
to the Chilean Wine Country which is stable, wealthy enough for
my standards, and the climate is decent for old bones!
And it's far enough away from the US, Russia and Europe
that major wars could be survived !!!!!