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Moving To Canada: The Best Neighbourhoods for New Immigrants

A move to a foreign country is a daunting experience. It’s particularly hard to decide where to live if you don’t know what an area is like. The Canadian stereotype might tell you that Canada is a safe place where people are polite and you can leave your door unlocked, but what’s the real story?
Here, we list six of the best neighbourhoods for new immigrants:
Lawrence Park
This Toronto neighbourhood is a great place to live if you’re new to life in Canada. It’s got all of the essentials, and a few fantastic extras. There are some very impressive houses at relatively affordable prices, and high-performing schools that attract families. You’ll need a significant amount of money to make your start in Lawrence Park, but you’ll be living amongst high achievers and will have boutique stores, designer outlets, fine dining restaurants and the wonderful Lake Ontario on your doorstep.
Mile End
In Montreal, Mile End is a neighbourhood with an abundance of job opportunities. Some of the biggest worldwide names in technology and gaming have found their way to the area. You’ll find Ubisoft in the heart of Mile End, and Google Montreal is within walking distance. There are also great parks and theatres for your leisure time,
The Montreal borough of Plateau is one of the best places to live if you want to be amongst English-speaking residents. Rental prices here are very reasonable, and there are some beautiful and brightly-coloured buildings to live and work in. Plateau’s shops are an interesting mix of vintage and second-hand stores and designer boutiques. This neighbourhood is a bohemian area, where artists and creative types love to hang out.
Vancouver’s Burnaby is a great place to live if you’re looking for a house in the suburbs and somewhere to raise a family. There are good schools, nice parks and impressive mountain views. One of Burnaby’s biggest landmarks is Deer Lake, and for transport you’ll have access to the SkyTrain providing fast travel around the city and into Vancouver.
The Beach
The Beach is a Toronto neighborhood that is particularly popular with tourists during the summer months. That fact ensures that the locals are used to overseas visitors, and that you’ll feel like you fit in from the moment you arrive.
As its name suggests, this neighbourhood has beaches and marinas. There are also lovely parks to enjoy. A wide range of events in this part of Toronto will ensure that you’ve always got an opportunity to get out and socialise, and that you can fill your calendar with constant things to do. The Beach is an ideal neighbourhood for families, with great schools.
If you’re looking for affordable housing and easy access to central Toronto, then the Niagara neighbourhood provides a perfect balance. You’ll find plenty of cosy properties at relatively low prices, and can sacrifice space for a great location with easy access to Toronto’s amenities. There are parks and play areas for children, and restaurants and shops to enjoy. Niagara also has a large number of office blocks, making it a popular place to look for work if you’ve not already secured employment.
Do you have your own recommendation to add to the list? Share information about your favourite neighbourhood by commenting below. 
Sara Marsh recently moved to Canada from the UK and is now settled in to her new home in Toronto.


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