Posted by: livingthecanadiandream | 16 February, 2011

Vancouver vs Toronto

Which city should I go to, live in? I made a list for Vancover and one for Toronto.

After some reading I got to know that Canada is the second biggest country in the world!!!

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Amazing mountains and lakes
  • North part of Vancouver is made of mountains, you can hiking and skiing
  • Skiing – Whistler
  • South part of Vancouver is a fish town
  • 9 kilometers long park coast
  • Ice hockey team
  • Movie
  • The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver Campus
  • The Asia culture is appreciated
  • 370 000 Asians
  • North America’s third biggest China Town (after San Francisco and New York)
  • The best time to tavel is between May – Septemeber
  • Big rain clouds during spring and summer
  • 1,7 millions inhabitants
  • Sky trains
  • 13 kilometers from the airport to Vancouver city, approx 20-45 minuters
  • winter 0 – + 4 (C) degree
  • summer +18 – +22 (C) degrees

Toronto, Ontario

  • Lake Ontario
  • the Niagara Falls
  • CN Tower
  • Ice hockey team
  • University of Toronto
  • the cultural life of dance, teater
  • be a world-beater in ballet
  • the third largest live theatre (after London and New York)
  • architecture
  • a lot of ethnical groups
  • six distrinct of China Town
  • the pulsating life of a big city and magnificent wild regions
  • The best time to tavel is May and October
  • ca 4,7 millions inhabitants
  • Canada’s third largest city
  • three subway-lines
  • trams
  • 27 kilometers from the airport to Toronto city, approx 30 minuters
  • winter -11  – -4 (C) degrees
  • summer up to 25-30 (C) degrees


I asked two travel agents.

The first one:

I have never been in Canada… I can not tell you which city you should choose. Take the one that feels right!

The second one:

It has been ages since I have visit the Niagara Falls. Vancouver is well known that is it the best city to live and work in. But Toronto is placed where you can go and visit a lot a places, is it near to a lot like the Niagara Falls. From Vancover is it different, longer distance to other cities

It is a 5 hours and 10 min flight between Vancouver and Toronto!



From a forum:

If you like outdoor activites choose Vancouver. Or you do not mind rainy weather.

If you like the cultural life and night life choose Toronto. And if you like warmer weather. It is a big different of the degrees between the temperatures in winter and summer.



The unemployment rate is 7,6 % (november 2010) over the Canada. In Toronoto, ca 10 % (2009). It is an uncertain rate from (


Temperatures links (see the average temperatures by months) (Vancouver) (Vancouver) (Toronto)

Toronto links (Swedish, travelguide) (Swedish, travelguide) (Swedish, general info) (Tourism Toronto) best if you want to know activites/calender in Toronto (Go to “Visiting Toronto”, almost like the on above)

Vancouver links (Tourism Vancouver) best if you know what you want to know, no info about Vancouver (English, almost like above, it links to it)

Canada links (Swedish, short facts about the country) (Swedish, The Swedish Embassy in Canada, short facts about the country) (English, The Swedish Embassy’s address and telephone numbers in Canada) (Swedish, The Swedish Embassy’s address and telephone numbers in Canada)

And some travel books about Canada…

that I borrowed from the library.



  1. Which city did you choose?

  2. Happy with your choice? I’m having the same debate with myself at the minute. I’m 25 from the UK, living in Sydney at the minute and hoping to move to Canada early next year. Both Cities look pretty cool to me!

    • Sorry for late reply! I was really happy with my choice. I was thinking about to do working holiday visa in New Zealand next year or following year. How do you like Sydney?

  3. I’m sure there was a video put on here, with some good points on this. I can’t see the link though.

    • I canä’t remember that I posted a video here, if I did it was a video from Youtube to get a climse how Toronto looks like.

  4. Everything is very open with a clear description of the challenges.

    It was definitely informative. Your website is useful. Many thanks for sharing!

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