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Canada, A Place To Call Home
I was a tourist, and now I share stories to inspire those who want to visit or move to Canada.
Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I am living in Canada. It’s a place that I thought would pop onto my radar, but here I am.
It’s been almost six years since I landed in this beautiful country, not knowing where my life would take me.
I knew I had a beautiful wife to take me under her wing and show me the ropes.
Career and Education
Moving to a country where you don’t speak the same language is a challenge.
However, moving to a country where you speak the same language can be frustrating.
I did have to get my feet wet and struggled to find work without the so-called “Canadian experience.”
Sadly, this is what I was told I needed by one hiring agency in Toronto that I didn’t have.
Wait, but I have a University degree that must mean something.
It helped me move through the education system as I didn’t let that define my new life, path, and goals.
Now that I have been here for several years, I’m still wondering what that Canadian experience should be.
I’m still unsure of what that Canadian experience babble was all about.
Education, skills, communication, career, work experience, it’s not rocket science, and we don’t do much different in Canada to the UK.
I’ve learned never to let anyone define you, rather surpass your own goals and expectations and make yourself proud.
There’s a bad apple in every bunch; no matter where you live, it’s true. Instead of tossing out the apple, cut the worm out and enjoy the fruit of your labor; you deserve it.
I didn’t let anyone stop me, and I can tell you that I am thrilled with the outcome.
Love My Life In Canada
Although I have yet to experience everything, Canada has been perfect for both of us.
I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.
Although some people may disagree with me, I believe life is what you make of it.
Not everything is greener, but I’ve adapted to my surroundings and enjoy what life has offered me.
As much as I wish Canada would use the roundabout system, I have to take the good with the bad.
I may miss my yogurt in the UK, but nothing stops me from making my own.
Appreciate Where We Live In Canada
I’m well-traveled, and seen some of the world’s riches and held hands with people whose income is below the poverty level.
I remember when some children begged me for my water bottles so they could fill them with water.
Traveling has made me understand how fortunate we are and that we must live and embrace life without fear.
Those children were happy, smiling, and friendly, yet their world was a world I couldn’t even imagine living in.
We often judge others and forget that not everything revolves around money.
If you don’t explore, you may never find what you seek because not everything is in plain sight.
If Canada is not for you, go where you can live the life you want.
No matter where we are, there will be sadness, turmoil, beauty, homeless, poor, middle class, wealth, greed, opinions, criminals, etc.
After traveling around the world, I also learned to take my time exploring my own country first.
You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
Canada is filled with culture and plenty of tourist attractions for all ages.
Some of my best times are hanging out with friends and making memories.
If you love snow in western and eastern Canada, from BC to Alberta to Ottawa, offer winter activities for the enthusiast.
Each year, the dedicated hoards flock to these places to ski at some of the best state-of-the-art resorts.
Most smaller cities also have ski resorts, but they are not nearly as large as what you will find at the more prominent resorts.
If all else fails, there’s always tobogganing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing.
There’s something for everyone and plenty to see, even if you are a beach bum like me.
I enjoyed surfing in the sea, and the time spent at the beach is reminiscent of my UK days.
We also have gorgeous provincial parks in Ontario and all over Canada.
I’m only skimming the surface as there is too much to list.
I have yet to take advantage of all this country offers and plan to in the future.
Five things I love about Canada
I love more than five things about Canada, but I’ve condensed it for easy reading.
Come back in ten years, and I bet things will be different. Who knows?
1. Friendly People In Canada
Most people I’ve met are happy and welcoming, even if I still struggle to understand ‘Eh.’
2. Canadian Affordable Spacious Housing
You’ll be shocked at Europe’s house prices, land, cars, and petrol (gasoline) prices.
It’s cheaper for most to purchase domestic vehicles and get replacement parts.
You also get a larger home for your money, and most houses have a basement with added living space.
It’s the space I love at home and while out and about.
Canada is such a large country, and Getting lost outside Southwestern Ontario is easy.
That’s very different from the UK, where Getting lost on a small island jam-packed with people is impossible.
3. Canadian Healthcare
There are holes in the Canadian healthcare system.
However, Canada combined an employment benefits system with the UK NHS to get the best of both.
The Canadian healthcare system is one of a kind.
Although the odd wait times may be extended, the finest medical professionals care for us.
4. Canadian Weather
This is an odd one, but hear me out.
Six feet of snow is refreshing when you come from a country where all seasons blend into one dull grey blob.
I look forward to the change in seasons as a new beginning each year.
5. Tim Hortons Restaurants
Need I say more?
That and they make an excellent Boston cream doughnut.
Treat Canada With Kindness
My life here in Canada is one that I never take for granted.
People are waiting to come to “the island” because they believe Canada offers them hope.
We all dare to dream; there is no crime in such honesty to aim for a better life.
Just don’t sulk about Canada because there’s always someone waiting to take your spot.
There is plenty to explore here, so take your time, research, and look around; I know I will.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my wife, family, friends, professors, and employer.
So, thank you, Canada, for having me here to call your land my new home.
No matter whether I am of Canadian or British-landed immigrant status, both the UK and Canada are home to me.
Happy Canada Day… now I’m off to enjoy the festivities.
Discussion: What do you love about Canada and why? Share your comments below.
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