Sorry to burst your bubble, but there isn't a single pretty woman in all of Canada :P
The three biggest cities I guess are Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. I lived in Vancouver for most of my life, but that was with my parents so I can't really comment on the housing situation. I'd imagine a decent 2BR apartment near downtown would go for around $1,200 - $1,500 a month or so, but checking craigslist would probably be a good idea. Pot is really easy to come by in this city, and there are plenty of nice restaurants from which to choose. As an aside, the ability to speak Chinese would be a major boon for living in Vancouver.
Now I live in Calgary and it's not as nice by any stretch of the imagination. Housing prices have also increased dramatically over the past couple years, as this is where all the jobs are. The downtown core is basically nothing but corporate offices. Apparently the Elbow River Casino has one of the best $15/$30 LHE games anywhere but I wouldn't know because I'm too poor to play at those stakes and I suck at poker to boot.
I'd imagine a website like Air Canada would be more suitable for obtaining information on travel times and prices. I hope I was able to help somewhat.
Quote: I'm going to be taking a trip to Canada in the next month or two, scouting for a place to setup a second home. Other than a one-day trip to Port Townsend (or Port Angeles, something like that) near Washington State, I've never been to the country. I'm American if that makes any difference.
I like big cities, things to do, pretty women a plus (if those exist in Canada...I really don't know). Cheap cost of living is also good, though not mandatory. Job market is irrelevant.
Any and all details please. How much it costs to live there (living well) for a month, average rent for a nice 2 bedroom apartment...a night out in the bars, a few grams of pot, a nice meal etc.
Also how long does it take to fly to LA/Las Vegas/NYC from the main cities, and how much does that cost?
You sure are informed about your new "second home".
The three biggest cities are: Toronto (first - 5 million), Montreal (3 million), and Vancouer (2ish million). I currently live in Vancouver, but have also lived in Montreal for a extended period of time.
Vancouver is beautiful. Gorgeous scenery, gorgeous women, and right next to the outdoors, if you're into that kind of thing. It has a spectacular dining scene, especially considering it's size and has many eclectic/differnt neighbourhoods. My job is in the restaurant industry (well, the wine industry, but it's all connected) and our city stands up to, per capita that is, to most major centers in terms of quality and quantity. A nice meal (but not top of the line tasting menu) and a bottle will run you around 100 bucks. Alchohol is very expensive here, because in British Columbia we are taxed so heavily.
The down side? Expensive for housing, inless you decide to live in the burbs. If you're looking ot buy in the city, you won't find a small house that nees work for less than 500,000 - 600,000K. It also rains a lot here... ( I personally don't care, but some do). The summers are gorgeous, though.... i've travelled a lot in my life, and the summers here are pretty hard to beat.
From LA it's about a 2 1/2 hour plane ride. From NY about 5 1/2. It's only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Seattle.
Although Vancouver is great, my favourite city in Canada is Montreal. A mix between Europe and Norht America, it's truly one of a kind. Very metroplitan, unreal food, beautiful women... I just love it. Unfortuantley, to work there you need to speak both French and English, so that was a problem (not to live there though as most everybody in the city speaks english and french). Montreal is about an hour's plane ride from NY. It's also much cheaper than Vancouver, but htat is all changing in the not so distant future.