Originally Posted by esrgirl
I was watching the Travel Channel and it reminded me of how much I would love to visit Vancouver. I visited the official travel website and the city definately has me sold. 44 degrees F. in the Winter, 70 degrees F. in July? We had been talking about moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, but Canada looks nicer and nicer. I've been to Victoria, BC, but that's about it. It looks like the cost of living up there is pretty high. Are most apartments around the $2,000/month range and houses around $500,000, or am I just looking at the wrong websites? I know that American dollars are about 2/3rds less than the Canadian dollar, but that wouldn't make much of a difference if one were to move there.
I'm really mostly just curious. Vancouver definately looks like it would be a great spot for a honeymoon, which is why I looked initially. At the same time I like to have my options open for a future move
Hi there! I'm going to have to control myself a little here.
First thing, before I forget, the current exchange rate (just checked it) is .8061, which means that $1 CDN = just over 80 cents US, as of noon today. The dollar has been stronger lately than it was for a while.
Housing prices: I can get you some information, but I'll have to do a little looking myself. Not a bad thing, because we know we will have to move sometime in the not too distant future and it's time we got up to speed on the situation. We've been in our current 3-bedroom duplex for 15 years, with only one small rent increase, so we know we must be below market. $2000 maybe a tad high, but probably not much, for what we have. I'll PM you with that stuff if you like. And if you'd like to have a look at cost of living, send me a typical grocery list, and I'll price it out for you.
Now, I'll gush a little. You've picked up on the climate. You say you've visited Victoria. Well, climate-wise, there's not a lot to pick and choose between it and Vancouver, except that Victoria may be marginally milder, and marginally more sunny. We do get rain. This area is, climatically speaking, temperate rain forest. But summers are warm and sunny. And winters are very mild, seldom getting more than a degree or two below freezing, often going all winter with no snow. This past winter we made up for several snow-less winters: we had an accumulation of maybe 6 inches, that lasted for the best part of two weeks. Aw Gee! Precipitation in winter is generally rain, and it can go on...but when that sun comes back, it's like the rain was never there.
There are lots of recreational areas (Whistler has been mentioned) within a couple of hours drive, often through spectacular country. Winter sports at Whistler, of course, but also much closer, just north of the city on Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain. In the summer, hiking and climbing. Beaches that are clean enough to swim at. Golf -- several good courses. Lots of green space.
Culture. We have an excellent symphony orchestra, several smaller orchestras, multitudes of choirs, a good opera company, and lots of arts organizations who bring you name it to town. I can't comment really on the pop culture, because it's not my scene, but it's active. Lots of good theatre.
Two major universities, community colleges.
Well, there's a fairly broad brush. If you have specific questions, please feel free to post here or PM me. I'd be glad to tell you what I know or find out what I don't.