Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada
Reload this Page >

Moving to Toronto

Moving to Toronto

Old Dec 5th 2008, 2:28 pm
  #136  
Dive Bar Drunk
 
JamesM's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,241
JamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by johnh009 View Post
And, just to prove your point, you only have to visit certain countries just to see how bad the driving standards are.
I found driving on the motorway in Montreal pretty terrifying! The French-Canadians behind the wheel are absolute lunatics aswell!
JamesM is offline  
Old Dec 5th 2008, 2:50 pm
  #137  
So long...
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,600
DaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond reputeDaveLovesDee has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by James Martindale View Post
I found driving on the motorway in Montreal pretty terrifying! The French-Canadians behind the wheel are absolute lunatics aswell!
Yes, the speed limits there are the minimum speed to drive at if you have Quebec plates. At least that what it seems like at times.

I've also seen more Ontario-plated cars pulled over than Quebec ones whenever I've gone to Montreal.
DaveLovesDee is offline  
Old Dec 19th 2008, 8:58 pm
  #138  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Maria_747's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, back to London, UK
Posts: 153
Maria_747 will become famous soon enoughMaria_747 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Just wondering

How is the temperature these days in Toronto.


I saw it said -12 but feels like -20. Just wondering how do you guys cope especially doing the weekly grocery shopping ?
Do they have internet delivery shopping over there ?

You see, when it was raining loads one saturday in London a few weeks ago, I just didn't bother going out out of the house
Maria_747 is offline  
Old Dec 20th 2008, 12:06 pm
  #139  
Dive Bar Drunk
 
JamesM's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,241
JamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by Maria_747 View Post
Just wondering

How is the temperature these days in Toronto.


I saw it said -12 but feels like -20. Just wondering how do you guys cope especially doing the weekly grocery shopping ?
Do they have internet delivery shopping over there ?

You see, when it was raining loads one saturday in London a few weeks ago, I just didn't bother going out out of the house
That Saturday with all the rain was the absolute worst Saturday I can remember!!!

Not sure about internet shopping from Canadian supermarkets so someone else will answer that?

When I was there I used to just wrap up warm and head out. There was a small mall at Yonge and Eglinton which was very comfortable to shop in during the winter, and if it wasn't adequate it was connected to the subway so you could jump on the train and head to the Eaton Centre which was also connected to the Subway. You could have a good day of shopping with out going outside. Most things in Canada are cleverly thought out to help people cope with the winter.

I had some Canadian work freinds take me to Coast Mountain Sports store at the start of winter and help me pick out a good quality ski jacket that pretty much solved the problem of getting me through the winter. Sadly the jacket was stolen in a youth hostel when I was in Bulgaria last year. I was gutted=(

By the way Yonge and Eglinton has the best smelling subway station in the world too!!!!

Last edited by JamesM; Dec 20th 2008 at 12:09 pm.
JamesM is offline  
Old Dec 20th 2008, 1:56 pm
  #140  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 137
Settlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really nice
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by Maria_747 View Post
Just wondering

How is the temperature these days in Toronto.


I saw it said -12 but feels like -20. Just wondering how do you guys cope especially doing the weekly grocery shopping ?
Do they have internet delivery shopping over there ?

You see, when it was raining loads one saturday in London a few weeks ago, I just didn't bother going out out of the house
For many people one of the reasons to move is the experience of proper seasons. Even as I fight cough and throat pain frequently, I still think that winter must be white, which means below zero. You should probably move to continental Europe if you want a change but are afraid of weather.
Settlers_Unlimited is offline  
Old Dec 20th 2008, 4:05 pm
  #141  
Banned
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: the GTA
Posts: 3,824
Auld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by Maria_747 View Post
Just wondering

How is the temperature these days in Toronto.


I saw it said -12 but feels like -20. Just wondering how do you guys cope especially doing the weekly grocery shopping ?
Do they have internet delivery shopping over there ?

You see, when it was raining loads one saturday in London a few weeks ago, I just didn't bother going out out of the house
Today at 11am it is about -10C but the sky is a clear blue and the sun is out. With a good jacket, gloves, a hat and boots it is quite delightful outside. Yesterday there was a major storm, by Toronto standards, so people went about their business quickly and got inside as soon as possible. Please remember we're equipped to deal with winter with large numbers of road clearing equipment and good, inexpensive winter clothing if money is a concern. People have been living under these conditions for over 400 years with our First Nations people for thousands of years before that. If one lives in surburbia chances are shopping is done by car. If in town, then people without cars manage quite well. Internet shopping is available but is limited by UK standards and, in my opinion, really not worth the bother. If winter weather is going to be a problem for you then any move to Canada should be confined to the west coast where the climate is similat to the UK. Out there, however, they do get a good deal of rain.
Auld Yin is offline  
Old Dec 21st 2008, 3:28 am
  #142  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,782
johnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to beholdjohnh009 is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by James Martindale View Post
Also in the UK when you are driving to places and you cannot find them or go past them, it is a pain in the arse figuring out where to turn round and how to get back. This problem is easily solved with the grid system.
Did you know that the grid system actually originated in Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the oldest city in the Americas, in the 15th Century. Santa Domingo was a Spanish outpost and the headquarters of the Conquistadors. And, the grid system was not intended to not improve the flow of traffic but to easily define areas/suburbs.

Sorry, slightly off topic, but maybe someone is interested? Hmmm...maybe...? Did I hear someone say yes......?

Last edited by johnh009; Dec 21st 2008 at 3:36 am.
johnh009 is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 12:20 am
  #143  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Maria_747's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, back to London, UK
Posts: 153
Maria_747 will become famous soon enoughMaria_747 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Hi Guys,


Many thanks for your input. I am seriously reconsidering whether I should move or not. Maybe I should make a trip in the winter season to get rid of this fear I have about Cold winters in Canada.
I did see alot of walkways interconnected through buildings in Toronto when I was there last May, I thought they were shortcuts or something !

P.S Do any of you get rhematism or arthritis in the winter ?


James

That saturday was absolutely horrid !!
Maria_747 is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 12:34 am
  #144  
Banned
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: the GTA
Posts: 3,824
Auld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond reputeAuld Yin has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by Maria_747 View Post
Hi Guys,


Many thanks for your input. I am seriously reconsidering whether I should move or not. Maybe I should make a trip in the winter season to get rid of this fear I have about Cold winters in Canada.
I did see alot of walkways interconnected through buildings in Toronto when I was there last May, I thought they were shortcuts or something !

P.S Do any of you get rhematism or arthritis in the winter ?


James

That saturday was absolutely horrid !!
If you have FEAR of Canadian winters then this country is not for you. The underground walkways are not necessarily shortcuts but a way to help people/workers in downtown Toronto deal with the winters and, of course, it are an underground shopping mall. Coming for a visit in winter may not satisfy your question(s). Last week in Toronto there was heavy snow and temperatures of -15c. For the past few days heavy rain has all but eliminated the snow and temperatures reached +10C. I don't think arthritis and rheumatism are the result of cold weather.
Auld Yin is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 5:08 am
  #145  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
snugglefuzzles is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

I like the cold. It's fun to play winter dress ups with the coats and hats and what not, and it really makes you appreciate the warmer months.

It's only when it starts getting below -20 that it becomes a problem. Anything else is totally manageable.
snugglefuzzles is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 11:08 am
  #146  
Forum Regular
 
Flyingscottie's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland - heading for Toronto
Posts: 285
Flyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really niceFlyingscottie is just really nice
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

I lived in Toronto for a year - about 8 years ago, and I have to say I only have happy memories of the winter!

I remember walking to work - 30 mins - in -10 degrees, bright sunshine, and the biggest smile on my face, it was stunning!

Also walks in the park with crispy frozen piles of leaves, children playing. The weather is what you make of it I say......enjoy!

I can't wait to be back
Flyingscottie is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 2:06 pm
  #147  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 137
Settlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really niceSettlers_Unlimited is just really nice
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by Flyingscottie View Post
Also walks in the park with crispy frozen piles of leaves, children playing.
It's good only till the first snowfall. It seems that here they don't clear walkways in parks. Even many sidewalks along the major roads are not cleared, though the city Web site lists them as to be cleared in 36 hours. It sucks - the only fun would be sled or skiing, so those who don't really like it don't have anything at all.
Settlers_Unlimited is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 6:59 pm
  #148  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: somewhere in Canada
Posts: 32
tbontb is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Hello

I have been living in Canada for five years, but I do not feel settled in the area where I live at the moment. I have had a good time, I do not regret coming here, but after several years I have no attachment to the place where I live, although I feel attached to Canada and canadians; it's just that I have seen all there is to see where I am, and there isn't that much to see, actually.

I have made very good friends in Canada; in fact, I had many good friends at one stage (when we first arrived), but all the really good friends I made early on have since moved elsewhere (apart from two) and it does not seem to be possible anymore to make any new friends where I am.

I am considering moving to the GTA, which I would not have considered when I first came to Canada after living in London for several years !

I am a young-ish professional and I find that career moves where I live now are very restricted, not to say impossible; now, if I was in love with the place where I live and had deep roots I would be happy driving a bus or working in construction, but that is not the case. My concern is that if something happens to my current company, I will be either driving buses or selling phone attachments/calendars somewhere I do not particularly feel attached to.

I have a wife and young kids, which area would people recommend for easy access to downtown yet allowing for a medium sized yard and walks to a park with ducks and squirrels?

Cheers
tbontb is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 7:01 pm
  #149  
Assimilated Pauper
 
dbd33's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Ontario
Posts: 38,555
dbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Originally Posted by tbontb View Post
I have a wife and young kids, which area would people recommend for easy access to downtown yet allowing for a medium sized yard and walks to a park with ducks and squirrels?
Beach. High Park.

Good guide to areas here: http://www.boldts.net/Toronto.shtml
dbd33 is offline  
Old Dec 29th 2008, 7:05 pm
  #150  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: somewhere in Canada
Posts: 32
tbontb is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Moving to Toronto

Wow, that was quick!

Do you live in GTA yourself?
tbontb is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.