I met a couple of good people there, but they all left because of that. You talk about food prices being to high — did you shop at Safeway the whole entire time you were here? It all depends on what you want out of your life and at what stage you are. Parochial self-satisfaction is rampant there, to paraphrase a Canadian author. It pays ok here, elsewhere it would be enough for us to buy a house. I know that Vancouver could be great… god, how could it not with such an amazing setting? I get to eat out at least 3 — 4 times a week, more if I choose to but wise grocery shopping is the way to go. There is a lot of city pride. I guess I have to spread it around more.
The city also has sooo many things to do from going hiking in deep cove to spending an evening on a patio in Yaletown dicovering new food with good friends, I explored activities I had never thought of before simply becuase they were in front of me. Portland Mall is the gateway to all the excitement Portland has to offer. The nature and form of this terrain mean it absorbs the currents and strong winds of the Canadian Arctic. It's a city, like any other city, just with a few more trees than normal. No car, no luxuries, probably no savings either.
Con: Some of the same issues lots of cities struggle with are true here. People come from all over Oregon and Washington to see the show, which is said to be the biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. I kind of like living in the shadow of No Fun City. In general, Vancouver comes across as less hectic than Toronto, with a more relaxed feel. I have a good job so maybe Im lucky that way but I always find good work,my partner works in health care as a consultant and can work anywhere. I feel like corporations here are like fraternities. Six months is the cycle of a flower, but it takes years to grow deep roots.
But as I move into my 30s and want to settle and build a family and a career, Vancouver proved to be very difficult to plan for. Washington has no personal income tax but a sales tax the opposite of Oregon. The nicest place on earth would suck if your dont have a job or the means to provide for yourself so the the same applies to the south coast. I only spent a year in Vancouver, and as a student so my vision of it might be wrapped in a bubble since I had saved up means and funding. Not too many other places can make that claim.
Besides, you cannot go outside the trails say to pick mushrooms or just run around. I remember playing soccer in the rain every Saturday during the Fall. I realize the cost of living in Vancouver is astronomical. One of the great things about our province is the choice available to us when it comes time to set down roots. The Macs store clerk may be an engineer is his home country. For someone from Detroit, Portland is a utopia of cleanliness and prosperity.
Difficult here to make friends unless you happen to be Chinese or East Indian. But even then, the cost of living here is ludicrous. Specifically, this refers to a massive apocalyptic earthquake, and also possibly a tsunami. Almost everything socially is different. I moved to rural Saskatchewan just over six years ago. I find that people in Toronto are rude, especially since it has a very business oriented core.
Cons: Washington, especially the greater Seattle area, is expensive. Like the other posters have said, there are infinite discussions on Vancouver vs. The cost of living got way out of hand. It was a give and take situation. Did you move there without securing employment? There is a city-wide network of bicycle lanes and with the moderate weather all year long, the use of bicycles as a primary mode of transportation is more than viable. Is it really that hard to make friends in Vancouver? My fiancee is from West Virginia and I took him to Vancouver for the first time a few years back and while there is no dispute that it is a beautiful city, he found the architecture boring, the homeless population surprising in volume, and the cost of things like food.
Unfortunately, when it comes to a city like Vancouver, where a lot of people want to live in and rich people move to by the busload driving up prices, you might not have a choice how you earn a living. As her children, we were always greeted very nicely and also treated with respect and kindness. Anyway, please keep sharing your stories. For example, I came here in my mid 40s with many years of design management experience and found myself competing for jobs with eager young professionals who have great educations and little experience who are willing to do the same job for less than half my salary. Do like the outdoors — and the 4 seasons with plenty of sunshine in Toronto are great. I want to move to Montreal at least for half the year! I'm doing okay with less than that, it's all a matter of priorities in terms of spending. The Rockies are young, geologically active mountains, and small to medium sized earthquakes occur with some regularity.