Moving to Toronto. Here’s What You Need to Know

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Devastated by the recent election results and think you’re ready for a change?   Consider moving to Toronto, Canada.

Regardless of the reason, we think Toronto is one of the best places in the world to live.  We put together the top things you’ll want to know about Toronto to help make your upcoming move smoother.

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Most Multicultural City

As soon as you hit Toronto’s streets, you can’t help it but hear about a dozen languages being spoken.  Nearly 50% Toronto population was born outside of Canada.  You’ll hear more than 140 languages and dialects spoken in Toronto’s streets and have the opportunity to take in local cultures in prominent areas such as China Town, Little Italy, or Greektown.

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Expensive Rent and Housing

Many say that Toronto is on the journey of becoming a world-class city like New York and London.   Despite significant price increases in real estate, pundits say that prices will continue to rise as more people pour into the city.  It is projected that by 2020, Toronto will have the highest number of high-rise condominiums in the world.

If you’re looking to rent an apartment or buy some property, expect to pay more than you’re used to. Living in the city’s urban core is typically the most expensive, with suburban living, which might require a longer commute, still quite affordable.  If you’re renting, begin your search with Casalova, to get an idea of available properties nearby.

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Oh traffic!

Speaking of commutes, like any other major city, Toronto’s traffic problem is growing and gridlocks are a common occurrence at any time of the day.  There are several transit options such as the subway system that currently covers the North/South and East/West parts of the city.  There’s also the GO train, which operates on several routes a few times a day, getting people into the downtown core from suburban areas.  Of course, Toronto has plenty of busses and streetcars to help you get around.

If you choose to drive, parking downtown is usually fairly expensive and can range from $16-$40 for the day.   For this reason, many choose to park at the subway station and take the subway downtown.   While parking is available at some subway stations, prepare to get there early to catch a spot. Living near a subway station usually comes with a premium, however, the convenience may outweigh the cost.

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Escape to Amazing Parks

If you ever get tired of the concrete jungle, you can always take a break and relax at a nearby park.   Toronto is home to many incredible oasis spots that will make you wonder if you’re still in the city.  There are over 1600 parks in Toronto alone, some of which have extensive hiking and biking trails.   High Park is Toronto’s largest park. You can walk along the Grenadier Pond and you’ll never guess that you’re in a big city.

The Toronto islands are an oasis located just offshore from the city centre.  The islands are home to extensive parks, the island airport, a small residential community, boat clubs, an amusement park and several sand beaches.

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Bet you never heard about Toronto’s beaches

Have you always dreamed of living near a beach?  Toronto has 11 designated beach areas for you to soak up the sun and enjoy a swim in.   There’s even a clothing optional area at Hanlan’s Point on Toronto Island.   The beaches are an incredible spot to enjoy long summer days and weekends.

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Take in Cultural events

Toronto is home to world-class cultural events that celebrate the city’s diverse culture.  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely noted as the second most prestigious in the world, only behind Cannes.  Pride week is a phenomenal ten-day event, celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community, and let’s not forget many other inspiring events such as the CNE (festival open during the month of August), the Honda Indy, and Caribana celebrations, to name a few.

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Great F-O-O-D

You guessed it.  With all its cultural diversity, Toronto’s culinary experience is among the best in the world.  There are over 8,000 restaurants in the city, making even non-foodies salivate.   If you’re looking for an exclusive dining experience like no other, our friends at Pass the Table curate culinary experiences that are limited only by the imagination.

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Get in the action with so many sports

If you enjoy watching sports, you’ll never be far from the action in Toronto.   You can catch live games with the Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays and Toronto FC pretty much year-round.   Many of these, especially Blue Jays home games are surprisingly affordable, with tickets available under $20.   You can also catch farm team games such as the Toronto Marlies at a great value.

If playing sports is your thing, Toronto will have you covered for both indoor and outdoor sports with plenty of community centers, parks and trails where you can play team and individual sports.

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Oh S&# — The winter

While summers in Toronto are awesome, winters are not everyone’s cup of tea.   Although Toronto could get pretty cold and slushy during the winter times, there are still plenty of activities and things to do.  The city has several skiing facilities open throughout the winter, and of course, ice skating rinks can be readily found in every community.

MoveSnap is a personal moving concierge, guiding anyone who is in the process of relocating step-by-step through everything that needs to be done for their move. From transferring home services like hydro, gas, cable and internet, to notifying business of address changes, MoveSnap is the hub to get everything that is moving-related done quickly and efficiently.

 

 

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