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 Canada, I will share my thoughts on some of the advantages of living in a Canadian city.

There are beautiful green spaces in the heart of the city.

Canada’s breathtaking landscape is known all over the world. It is a gift to see this in the heart of urban areas. This is truly one of the things I love about living in a Canadian city.

The largest and most popular park in Vancouver is the famous Stanley Park. This 400-hectare oasis elevates the city’s urban landscape with its incredible views of water, mountains, and sky.

Aside from Stanley Park, there are numerous parks of various sizes in Vancouver. Visitors and residents are also drawn to other popular scenic parks like Queen Elizabeth, Vanier, and David Lam Parks. But, there are also numerous small neighborhood parks that give solace to its residents.

Hiking enthusiasts love to explore the numerous trails in Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge, and Joffre Lakes are a short drive away from Downtown Vancouver. These show mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains as a backdrop to serene lakes. Lighthouse Park and Quarry Rock are also great trails that are accessible by bus from Downtown Vancouver.

The balance between progress and nature is preserved in Canada even in big cities. During my daily commute or at the end of the work day, the wonderful work of nature of nature helps me find my inner peace. This a precious gift that I am grateful for.

The society is diverse.

The multicultural society is second on the list of things I love about living in a Canadian city. The diverse community weaves a colorful tapestry in terms of arts, culture, food, and knowledge.

I immensely enjoy the innumerable free festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Event attendees like me can have fun and learn about other cultures without traveling. In Metro Vancouver, Canada Day, Fusion Festival, and Pinoy Festival are some of the events that I find noteworthy.

Through these community events, immigrants who have lived in Canada for a long time get to reconnect with their roots. They also have the chance to shop for food, clothes, and other native items from home.

Aside from festivals, the diverse society allows us to gain insights from cultures different from ours through our daily interactions. Thus, it allows for faster community learning that we can apply in science, technology, arts, or life in general.

I am fortunate to work with people from various nations such as Nepal, Cameroon, and Iran. It is also nice to interact with Canadians especially those who have Indigenous backgrounds or who love to share about what Canada was like when they were young.

Living in a highly diverse society is a humbling, enriching, and eye-opening experience.

Telus Science World, Vancouver, BC (2024)
Telus Science World, Vancouver (2024)

There are numerous ethnic groceries.

The diverse community results in a huge demand for ethnic food. So, there are numerous shopping options to fulfill this demand.

In Surrey, British Columbia, several Asian groceries offer unique food, household, and personal care items. T&T, Lucky Supermarket, Hen Long, and Hanam are some of the big East / Southeast Asian groceries in this city. There are 11 Fruiticana locations that sell highly sought-after products from India. In addition, there are a variety of smaller stores that sell products from Africa, Latin America, Europe, and more.

Shopping in ethnic stores is so much fun. Even the simple act of grocery shopping can be an enjoyable learning experience.

Canadian cities are peaceful.

Unlike some of their counterparts, cities in Canada are generally quiet and peaceful. You can walk from a busy mall and enter a serene residential complex in 5 minutes.

In Canada, there are noise by-laws that regulate noise or sound. For instance, the city of Vancouver is enforcing Noise Control By-law 6555 which limits the noise from construction, garbage collection, and leaf blowing to certain periods. This also limits noise from household animals and neighbors.

Other cities have an equivalent by-law to prevent sound that impacts the safety or health of citizens as well as interfere with the peace, comfort, or rest of others.

Living in a Canadian city gives the best of both worlds – the high energy of an urban area and the relaxing vibe of a rural area.

False Creek, Vancouver, BC (2024)
Olympic Village, Vancouver, British Columbia

Public transportation systems are well-developed.

Public transportation systems in cities have a higher ridership to accommodate. Therefore, urban areas have a well-developed public transit network.

In cities, there are more frequent bus schedules as well as more bus routes. In addition, trains are available to move people faster. This means people who opt to reside in busy areas may not need to purchase a car. Of course, they have the disadvantage of paying for higher rent or mortgage. But, it’s a viable option since gas, insurance, and parking can add up to a huge amount as well.

Taking public transit can be relaxing. On normal days, taking transit allows me to admire Canada’s scenic views or immerse in my thoughts. An immigrant on a social media network shared that he enjoys taking efficient public transit in Canada because they don’t have this in his home country.

Some days are challenging, and that’s true. Some buses may be re-routed due to planned or unforeseen events. Others may stall during heavy snowfalls. The Skytrain may have issues due to problems like medical incidents. But these are exceptions.

Many Canadian cities now have rideshare services. These offer quick, safe, and reliable rides with a click of a button.

Despite its flaws, I still appreciate the efficient public transit in Canadian cities.

Vancouver, BC (2024)
Vancouver, British Columbia (2024)

Canadian cities have issues ranging from homelessness to high costs of living. But, they offer numerous advantages as well. The decision to live in a city is highly dependent on a person’s lifestyle, preferences, and future goals.

I hope this list of things I love about living in a Canadian city helps in finding the perfect place to build the life of your dreams.

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