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« on: November 03, 2004 12:51:28 PM »

given the results of today's election and the fact that i am young and can still afford to be fairly impulsive, i am moving to vancouver next year. i would love advice on living there, esp. from people who are running stores already or know folks who are. you can email me off-list at kkofibru@yahoo.com
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2004 12:56:09 PM »

Wow, that's hard core. I was joking about moving to Canada based on yesterday, but you're actually doing it! I'm impressed. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2004 12:57:24 PM »

You will need a work permit, so you'd better line up a job first (unless you intend to attend school there). Obtaining the permit will take several months, generally four to six. I would contact the Canadian government as soon as possible to find out how.  Hope you don't think that Canada is desperate for young people to show up in Vancouver.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2004 01:17:59 PM »

i believe you have to have a job before you apply for a work permit. they pretty much have to prove that you arent taking a job away from a canadian. i could be wrong though.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2004 01:26:58 PM »

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/
here's a link to the canadian immigration website.  it is *much* easier to get work permits for some kinds of work than others (I'm a postdoc, I just had to show up at the border with my offer letter and pay them $150 and I got a permit). 
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2004 01:41:47 PM »

that's our family joke now... moving to canada due to the election. (if I don't laugh, i shall surely cry...)
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2004 10:27:45 PM »

we also are moving to canada...been planning it for almost a year now (saving up some money)  dh is a programmer analyst and i have a bs but want to go on to become an rn

anyone have suggestions as to WHERE in canada is you fav for us crafty folks?
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2004 11:04:53 PM »

WooHoo! Vancouver rocks. You should all come here. Me and my boyfriend have always said we'd be willing to foster American refugees. You poor things. Maybe I can tell myself that the elections turn out the way they do cause all the cool people come here!

Now, you need to make sure you come to Vancouver. Not West Vancouver, not Port Coquitlam, not Burnaby, but VANCOUVER. North Vancouver will do in a pinch.

What kind of advice are you looking for? Areas to live? Cheap eats? Schools? Craft stores?

I'll answer any questions I can.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2004 05:05:32 AM »

I think that moving to canada is a terrible idea.
How is moving away going to help the rest of us  fix anything here?
Totally not cool.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2004 06:56:12 AM »

Well, if you don't like it here, America won't keep you prisoner.
No one is planning to move to Mexico, I take it?
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2004 07:02:28 AM »

I think that moving to canada is a terrible idea.
How is moving away going to help the rest of us  fix anything here?
Totally not cool.

Only for the next four years... i definately wouldn't miss my chance to vote for someone not-bush when the next election rolls around.
I wouldn't abandon the other 2 democrats in my town.
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rebeccaks
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2004 09:52:08 AM »

YEAH VANCOUVER!!!
you're going to LOVE it here.
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lutheranchick
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2004 09:54:20 AM »

Slate magazine has a nice guide to moving to Canada. You might find it useful.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2004 12:29:48 PM »

Thanks for the help/info and fyi we were planning on moving all along...can't take the heat of the summers here in the South  Tongue and I'd like to live where there is snow so my knitting is actually good for something lol
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2004 03:50:48 PM »

my BF lives in kits. i love it there.
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2004 06:09:54 PM »

Vancouver is expensive to live in, but there are cheap places for everything--check out some of the smaller "neighbourhoods" like Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, etc
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2004 10:22:56 PM »

Hey, don't forget about Richmond!  You'll land at YVR (in Richmond) which is 7 minutes from my front door.... Wink  And no, not everyone in Richmond is Asian--no offense intended.  If you travel by car, any of the 'burbs' are within 15-20 minutes from downtown Vancouver (public transit is not bad--but not the greatest).  Rent looks about $900-$1,200/mo (CAD dollars) for a 2 bdrm apt. and you have to move quite a ways out of town to pay less than that (like about an hour commute by bus/at least 40min. by car).  You can find the odd deal if you are willing to share--main floor or upper suite of an older house?  I live in a 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath townhouse (~1400 sq.ft.) and I pay $950/mo--a very good deal I'm told, I lucked out....

My fave LYS is 'Wool and Wicker' in Steveston Village, (at the South West end of Richmond) and Dianne, the owner, is fabulous!  Great little shop and fabulous classes/workshops. They are always willing and able to offer help and advice.  Check out her website:  www.woolandwicker.com
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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2004 06:48:49 PM »

kudos for moving. Personally, I would suggest Victoria, a very biased oppinion since I live there. it's an hour and a hallf ferry ride from Vancouver, so you can still visit the big city on weekends.. but Victoria's a nice small city size,  very pretty and has a nice climate. there's quite a few small boutiques and craft type stores, a couple consignments.. though if smaller towns are more your thing i'd also suggest the Kootenays, i grew up there.  Its mainly just a bunch of towns and small cities around Kootenay Lake, right in the rockies. good luck on your moving conquest. I would be fed up with the govenment as well if i lived in america.. ahh.
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2004 08:56:30 PM »

Holistichick, I'm from Steveston, too!  Or I like to pretend, actually on #1 and Williams, though I'm currently living on campus at UBC.

Vancouver is definately the best place in Canada, and imho, the world to live.  It's quite warm here in the winter (rarely dips below zero celsius, that's freezing - I think 32 F?) and usually hovers around 5oC (I think that's around 40-45oF).  Summers are warm without being too hot - typically 20-30 oC (70-90oF, I think).  We boost some of the best skiing in the world (Whistler /Blackcomb is a two hour jaunty up the Sea to Sky Highway, eh?) and lots of local mountains, too (Cypress, Seymour and Grouse, all within 30 minutes of downtown).  We have a decent transit system, a thriving alternative-lifestyle community, and beaches are everywhere - Vancouver's been built around a harbour.  Kits, Jericho, and English Bay jump immediately to mind.  We host the world's largest harbour fireworks festival every summer, with international competitors coming in from around the globe.  We have good public school systems, universal health care, and a nude beach.  There are three Universities and five colleges in the Lower Mainland, a technical college, and an art & design institution (Emily Carr).  There's lots of museums, art galleries, and a great international feel.  You can shop chinatown or the Punjabi market on Main street.  I really, really love my home town.

The two major neighbourhoods I would recommend are:

Steveston: my real home town, Steveston is a tiny fishing village inside Richmond, a suburb and city of it's own right at the same time (and the international winner of Most Beautiful City in it's category).  Steveston is full of character and charm, and still is the home port for many of the local fishing boats.  Any given day in the summer the wharf is alive with buskers and people, and fishermen selling their wares straight off the boat for bargin prices.  There are five heritage sites within this tiny village, including one of our National Historic Sites, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where you can learn all about the history of the area.  There is also the Steveston community centre, library, pool, tennis courts, and martial arts center, all within walking distance.  Moncton street abounds with tons of tiny shops, most own and run by the same folks for years.  Steveston was named for the Steves family, who originally owned all the farmland in the area, and city councillor Harold Steves and his family still own a big farm at the foot of Steveston highway, along the kilometers of dyke that circle the city.  They raise cattle on it, and I believe the organic meat is available by the side each fall.  It's a cool area with a great community feel; people will literally say hi to you each time you pass them on the street.  I hope one day to live there myself.  The area is a cheaper one; you can rent a house for about $1800 a month.

The other area in Vancouver I would strongly consider living is the West Point Grey area, out by the University of British Columbia (btw, UBC isn't exactly a translation to U of _insert_your_state_here; those are closer, say my American friends who also attend UBC, to the Canadian term College, such as Kwantlen University College and Douglas College.  UBC is one of the big eight Canadian Universities, kinda like U of C or MIT).  The area is filled with students and what we affectionatly call Yuppies, or Young, Urban Professionals.  There's also an abundance of small shops and none-chain stores, particularly along 10th, 4th and Broadway.  Rent is a bit higher here; the average 2-br apartment runs $1200-$1500.

As far as Crafting, there are an abundance of crafty places around Vancouver, but the best fabric / needlework / costuming store is by far "Dressew" at the corner of Cambie and West Hastings (317 W. Hastings, in fact; open 9-5:15 M-Sat, closed Sun), with their dirt-cheap prices.  They cater to the booming movie industry in Vancouver, but sell to the general public, as well.  I bought some name-brand cotton quilting fabric yesterday in their bargain basement for $3 CAN (which is about 2.40 cents US) per meter (a bit more than a yard).  And that was off the roll; remnents and ends are even cheaper.

Any other questions about Vancouver I can answer.  I've lived here all my life and love every bit of it, so ask and I'll tell all..

PS - Best hiking in North America is in BC.  Over half the province (which is bigger than Washington and Oregan combined) is park.  UBC itself is seperated from the rest of the city by acres of forest, and acres of parkland scatter itself right across the city.  When you fly in, you literally see ocean, ocean, mountain and GREEN.  It's awesome.
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