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Moving to Canada: a guide to Vancouver

May 21. 2015

Moving to Canada, is becoming an increasingly popular option for those in the UK who want a new life overseas. There are many reasons to explain this but many say its due to its commodities and national services such as healthcare and police force, wealth and job creation and being deficit free in 2015. This strong economy coupled with Canada’s welcoming, ethnically diverse culture makes this a sought out destination in the western world for expats. The move to Canada has just become easier too, with changes in their immigration laws in January 2015 allowing more skilled migration through their Express Entry System.

That is why we have decided to do a mini series of blogs focusing on different regions in Canada, starting with the Vancouver! Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in the mainland of British Colombia. Moving to Vancouver you will be joining a metropolitan population of over 605,000. Vancouver is consistently rated as being as one of the most liveable cities in the world and has a culturally diverse population with over 52% first language being different from English.

There are many job opportunities in Vancouver especially in the trade and shipping sector. As of 2009, Port Metro Vancouver is the busiest and largest port in Canada, and the most diversified port in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the film industry nickname, Hollywood North.

There are plenty of activities for you to partake in if you move to Vancouver, especially if you wish to live a more active outdoor lifestyle including hiking, mountain climbing, outdoor biking trails and water sports including kayaking. Vancouver has warm and sunny summers and the winters are mild relative to other Canadian cities and tend to be wet and overcast. Vancouver is just a 45 minute drive to the border with the USA and a two and a half hour drive to Seattle in Washington, if you do feel like visiting America.

If you need removals to Vancouver, or Canada you will need the help of a professional removals company. Burke Bros Moving Group has over 30 years’ experience moving and storing people’s personal belongings in the UK and around the globe. For more information and to book your Free Pre Move Survey please call 01902 714555.

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