Category: Places in Canada

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Bowen Island: A Serene Sanctuary 20 Minutes Away From the City

Bowen Island is a relaxing, charming, and serene sanctuary 20 minutes away from Metro Vancouver. It is an ideal refuge for city dwellers looking for respite. Population In 2021, the population of Bowen Island was 4,256, equivalent to a 15.7% increase from 2016. In contrast, the average population increase in the province of BC is 7.6%, and 5.2% in the entire country. The land area of Bowen Island is 50.12 square kilometers and the population density was 84.9 people per square kilometer for the same time period. Starting Your Adventure Bowen Island’s tourism website is right – there is no...

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Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Everybody knows that Vancouver, BC is beautiful beyond words. But spring and the burst of pink colors make the city magical. I always want to be part of the magic that cherry blossoms in Vancouver bring. Today, I will share with you the joy of chasing cherry blossoms in Vancouver. A Bit of Trivia People usually call these spectacular creations cherry blossoms. However, some are actually plum blossoms. I didn’t know I heard it on TV this year, 2022. So here’s how to tell these beauties apart according to the Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Festival (VCBF). A Look at the Origin...

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The City of North Vancouver: A Lovely Waterfront City

Are you raring to explore the world once again? I am. So, let me take you to a spectacular place that is worth exploring – the City of North Vancouver. Geography The City of North Vancouver is one of the member municipalities of Metro Vancouver. It is the smallest in terms of land area but the most urbanized among the three North Shore municipalities. It is densely populated due to the number of residential high-rise buildings in the Central and Lower Lonsdale areas. This beautiful city is accessible from Vancouver through the SeaBus passenger ferry as well as the Lions’...

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Whistler – A Photo Album of Canada’s Real-life Wonderland

Whistler is Canada’s wonderland. It is famous for Whistler Blackcomb, the biggest ski resort in North America and the 9th biggest on earth. Skiresort Service International also named it the best ski resort in North America. This resort municipality is situated on the unceded territories of the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation. Whistler is may not be on top of every immigrant’s list of places to live in Canada but it is definitely on many people’s travel bucket lists. Today, let us learn more about this wonderland. Travel Options Whistler is a town 75 miles north of Vancouver. It is a...

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Libraries in Canada Offer Knowledge, Entertainment, and Hope

Libraries in Canada offer much more than knowledge and entertainment. For new immigrants, these institutions are also catalysts of belonging, hope, and success. My Story When I was a newcomer in Canada, I frequently visited public libraries. I enjoyed my visits so much that I own cards for Langley, Surrey, and Vancouver library systems. Here, I was able to: Do my job search-related activities I spent a chunk of my time doing job searches on their computers. Of course, this can be done at home. But, the library environment somehow boosted my productivity. I was also able to gain industry...

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New Westminster, The Royal City

New Westminster is known as the Royal City. This city is situated on the banks of the Fraser River in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.  It is bordered on the north and west by Burnaby, northeast by Coquitlam, and southwest by Surrey.  It is also known by its nickname New West and is a member municipality of Metro Vancouver. History Before the arrival of settlers, the area now known as New Westminster was inhabited by Qayqayt First Nation. It was then established in 1859 as the first capital of the new colony of British Columbia and maintained the honor until 1866. ...

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White Rock, British Columbia’s Beauty and Tranquility Uplift My Soul

My White Rock adventures cure my wanderlust while obeying the stay local health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Its beauty and tranquility do wonders to my soul. Today, I am giving you a glimpse of this wonderful city so that you too can bask in its serenity. White Rock is a serene city with a beautiful coastline dotted with trendy restaurants and cafes.  It boasts of an eight-kilometer sandy beach, a relaxing waterfront, and the longest pier in Canada.   This city is part of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  It is surrounded on the north, east, and west by...

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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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Beautiful Vancouver: A City with Many Crowns

The beautiful city of Vancouver wears many crowns.  Its breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountains and sparkling blue waters have made it a mainstay in multiple lists of “Most Beautiful Cities in the World.” Its stability, culture and environment, infrastructure, healthcare, and education have allowed it to be named as one of the most livable cities in the world multiple times. Vancouver is also known as Hollywood North due to its popularity as a filming location. I love this city. Let me tell you why. Geography Vancouver was incorporated only in 1886 and is, therefore, a very young city. In fact,...

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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...