Category: Public Transit

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Living in Canada Without a Car? It Is Manageable.

“Is living in Canada without a car manageable?” This is probably one of the questions that new and prospective immigrants to Canada have in mind as they figure out their finances. The answer to this question is yes with exceptions. This article will share some scenarios when having access to a car is a better option compared to relying on public transit. I’ve been driving for a long time now. But, I still find myself taking public transit quite frequently because of its numerous advantages. Topping the list of advantages is avoiding the exorbitant gas prices that plague BC, Canada....

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5 Things I Love About Living in a Canadian City

There is no perfect place. But there is a place that is perfect for each of us. To me, that is a city in Canada. In this article, I will share the top five things I love about living in a Canadian city. We always hear about the disadvantages of living in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and other bigger Canadian cities. By now, we know of key issues such as exorbitant rent, housing crisis, homelessness, and the high cost of living in urban areas in the country. To give a more realistic and balanced view for new and prospective immigrants to...

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Public Transport: Metro Vancouver’s Translink vs London’s TFL

You are excited to use your new Canadian passport that allows you to travel visa-free to 180+ countries. As you think about taking public transport from one attraction to another, you feel your excitement turn into worry. Do not fret and enjoy the experience. In this blog, I will share my observations on London, UK’s Transport for London (TFL) system, and compare it with Metro Vancouver, Canada’s Translink. I am happy to share that the systems are similar, which makes navigating London’s complex system a breeze. Here are some notes that may help you enjoy your adventure even more: Travelers...

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Canadian Immigrant’s Life (video 41 and beyond)

I took the leap of faith and migrated to this country without even a glimpse of a Canadian immigrant’s life. So, I created a YouTube channel to help new and future immigrants prepare better for their journey ahead. Canada has given me so much so I am passing the blessings forward to you. All the best! 78 Quick Look at Fort Langley I guess Langley is not as popular as other Lower Mainland, BC cities or municipalities such as Vancouver, North Vancouver or White Rock. However, this quiet town also has a lot to offer. Click the click to find...

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Exploring Serene Calgary in Less Than 24 Hours

Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with a serene small-town vibe. This sentence pretty much sums up my impressions of Alberta’s largest city. In this blog post, I will share my detailed impression of “cowtown”. This post is complemented by my YouTube video with a similar title. Come and join me on a quick visual tour of Calgary by clicking this link. Trains seem to be the most common mode of public transportation. While exploring Downtown Calgary, I saw trains every few minutes. But throughout my short stay, I only recall seeing a bus twice. The CTrain is the quickest public...

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Welcome to Montreal: A Straightforward Guide for Newcomers

Montreal, Quebec is a world-class city that is also known as the “Paris of North America”. It was named after Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city. Established in 1642 on an island in Saint Lawrence River, Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada. It has a rich cultural heritage being a former English and French colony. It is also home to high-class shopping stores, restaurants, clubs, bars, and several festivals all year round.   Guest writer Aeron Dellosa shares what you need to know if you’re planning to live in Montreal.  Demographics  Despite being in Quebec,...

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Public Transit in Canada and the Joy and Challenges it Brings

Public transit in Canada can be an unexpected source of stress or adventure to immigrants.  This post includes 12 things that you need to know to make your commute safer and more enjoyable. This post is based mainly on my experiences in Metro Vancouver.  But my limited trips to Greater Toronto Area show similarities in the system used in at least these two cities. Before anything else, let’s have a look at some informational videos from Metro Vancouver’s Translink System: Trip Information Paying Your Fare Validating Your Fare Transit Tips When I arrived in Canada in 2011, I had a...