Helpful Sites & Groups You Need To Know About When Moving To Canada

Moving abroad is…daunting, exciting, nerve racking and well to be honest, a lot of work! Sorting out visas. Sussing out areas to live in. Finding somewhere to live. Buying furniture. Getting setup and registered with a tax number so you can legally work. Finding a job. Sorting out your driving licence. Setting up bank accounts. I can go on and on! These are only a few of the many tasks you have to deal with when you make the move.

Just remember you are not the first person to move abroad, so there is always plenty of help out there on the internet! Here are some really helpful sites and groups that may make your move to Canada a little bit easier.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Camping In Jasper



Camping in Jasper was surprisingly a lot more pleasant than I thought it would be! Considering my last camping experience was at Oxygen years and years ago, I thought that camping with bears would be much worse, but it turns out, camping at Oxygen was!

I am by no means an expert on camping but I have compiled a short list of tips that may help any first time visitors camping in Jasper. I definitely recommend it, it is lots of fun and made all the more pleasant by having clean bathrooms and hot showers on the campgrounds!

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Niagara Falls

The Falls

As we knew we wouldn’t be settling in Toronto, we decided we would take a trip to Niagara Falls before we left for Edmonton. We are soooo glad we did. It is so beautiful and definitely worth a trip to see. We rented a car for 3 days and made the short hour and twenty minute journey to the Falls. Buses also run regular from Toronto or Richmond Hill and are about a two hour journey if renting a car is not an option for you.

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Edmonton

Edmonton

Happy Christmas

We arrived in Edmonton on 21st December 2013 to -23° C temperatures. Never felt cold like it, until the day it hit -40° C. An apartment had been arranged for us through Simon’s work so we lucky to have a nice place to call home for Christmas. It was a pretty different Christmas for us, and our first ever away from our families and unfortunately we had no internet to Skype and no TV, it was just me, Simon, a 10lb turkey and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy DVD!

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Toronto

6 Months of Toronto

Richmond Hill

We were very fortunate when we first moved to Canada as a wonderful wee woman called Mrs Little, opened her home to us. There is always someone who knows someone who knows someone! It was such a big help to have someone tell you where you need to go to get your SIN card (basically your PPSN number), recommend a bank, tell you about the bus/subway system etc.

If you are thinking of moving abroad, but are a bit weary of the unknown, don’t be afraid to reach out to people. If you happen to know that the person you work with has a second cousin in the town or city you are going to move to, then ask them for their contact info. Most people don’t mind giving advice/meeting you when you first arrive or introducing you to people and places. This is the best way to make friends and even find a job!

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