Upset by the Election? Where to Move in Canada

  • 01 of 08

    Unhappy About the Trump Win? Find Your New Canadian Home.

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    In an upset that shocked pundits, pollsters, and media worldwide, Americans elected Donald Trump as their president on November 8, 2016. 

    The election followed one of the nation’s most contentious presidential battles between two candidates with wildly divergent ideologies. And after the loss, American liberals who supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are once again talking about moving to Canada.​

    In fact, so many people considered the move that the Canadian immigration website crashed late on election night. And travel search site Liligo found that searches for flights to Canada spiked as the day went on, with nearly six times more searches to Canada than usual.

    We get it. As Michael Moore has told you, Canada is a liberal country, and, for the most part, bristles at ultra-conservatism. 

    The good news: Canada has a long history of welcoming U.S. citizens when things are unsavory or dangerous at home. Beginning with the United Empire Loyalists who came to Canada to escape the...MORE Revolutionary War, through to the African Americans who reached freedom via the Underground Railroad and the Vietnam War draft dodgers, Americans have looked to Canada as a sanctuary in the wings during times of political turmoil.

    So if you find yourself looking for calmer waters in the wake of the election, where should you go? Here are some suggestions.

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  • 02 of 08

    If Money Is No Object, Move to Vancouver, British Columbia

    Vancouver, British Columbia
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    If you read The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump, made your millions, but want to escape a United States under the leadership of its author, ​Vancouver is one place to consider moving to in Canada. 

    Lauded as one of the world's most livable cities, Vancouver seems to have it all: a great location next to ocean and mountains, a mild climate, clean air, first-class public transportation system and low crime rate are just a few of this West Coast city's perks.

    But this blissful BC backdrop comes at a price. Outsiders, both from within Canada and abroad, have been moving to Vancouver in droves, in turn driving up the real estate market to the point where homes selling for more than one or two million dollars are about as common as a Trump supporter at a NASCAR race.

    Other options: Toronto, Calgary

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  • 03 of 08

    If You Love Big Cities, Move to Toronto, Ontario

    Toronto aerial view with CN Tower
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    Toronto is a big, bustling city, comprising diverse neighborhoods, shopping districts, and a financial center. Like New York City, Toronto is thoroughly multicultural embodying a patchwork of ethnicities across its landscape, including large populations of Chinese, Indian, Scottish and Greek. Like Chicago, Toronto sits on a Great Lake, giving residents ready access to fresh water and beaches. Like both cities, Toronto boasts a thriving arts, culture and theatre scene, and eateries that range from street meat to $300 sushi. 

    In addition, Toronto has loads of green space and is relatively clean and safe, with homicide rates far lower than those of its U.S. counterparts. In fact, The Economist ranked Toronto as the eighth safest major city in the world and the safest major city in North America.​

    Other big-city options: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg

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  • 04 of 08

    If You Love Europe, Move to Montreal or Quebec City, Quebec

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    Unique in North America, Montreal, and Quebec City, both in the province of Quebec, are bastions of French culture. In the 16th and early 17th centuries, explorers and fur trappers from France arrived on Quebec's shores and though they eventually turned over power to the British (English speaking Canada), French Canadians maintain a strong identity, continue to speak their language and promote their culture, primarily in Quebec.  

    Montreal, though largely a bilingual city, still has all the hallmarks of French culture, including in the cuisine, stylish dress, cafe culture, architecture, Catholicism and overall lifestyle. 

    Quebec City is more francophone than anglophone, so you better brush up on your French should you choose to move here. 

    Other Options: Ottawa 

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  • 05 of 08

    If You Want an Uncomplicated Lifestyle, Move to Newfoundland

    The Battery is a small neighbourhood at the entrance to St. Johns harbour that is noted for its colourful houses built at the base of Signal Hill.
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    Newfoundland gets its share of ribbing from fellow Canadians. Canada's youngest, most easterly province is somewhat isolated and its largely rural population is known for its uncomplicated nature, which is misconstrued for humor's sake into "Newfie" jokes that poke fun.

    But talk to anyone who has been to Newfoundland and they rave about the experience. What's more, in a province that has a stunningly beautiful and rugged landscape, almost completely surrounded by ocean, it is still the friendliness, authenticity, and warmth of the people that impress visitors the most.

    Other options: Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island or other places in the Maritimes.

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  • 06 of 08

    If You Love the Mountain Life, Move to Canmore, Alberta

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    Banff and Jasper may be more famous amongst skiers and nature lovers, but Canmore is the bigger Rocky Mountain revelation, especially as far as a place to set up a new home.

    With ready access to incredible trails and ski hills within protected wilderness parks, Canmore has been gaining in popularity but strategic town bylaws are helping keep it human in scale and pedestrian friendly. 

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  • 07 of 08

    If You Can't Stand the Cold, Move to Victoria

    The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC
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    The mild climate is only one in a long list of benefits to living in Victoria. This British Columbia capital, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just off the mainland, beautifully balances prestige and history with laid-back west coast geniality.

    In addition, it is a gateway to a luscious lineup of coves, inlets, coastal islands and overall Pacific Ocean gorgeousness. 

    Gardens bloom early and long in the "Garden City," a moniker given to Victoria for its temperate, sub-Mediterranean climate that rarely sees the mercury rise past 30℃ or drop below freezing.

    Oh, and by the way, 30℃ is 86℉. If you are going to move to Canada, you better learn your metric

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  • 08 of 08

    If You're Tight on Cash, Move to Moncton, New Brunswick

    Canada Moncton New Brunswick night view blurred traffic on Main Street with clock tower and bridge
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    With the average new house selling for well under $200,000 and a one-bedroom apartment renting for less than $700 per month, Moncton is definitely one of Canada's most affordable cities. 

    But living in Moncton doesn't put you in a teensy town in the middle of nowhere. It is plum dab central to all the Maritime provinces, half an hour's drive to the famous Bay of Fundy Tides and an hour to Confederation Bridge, which takes you to Prince Edward Island.

    With a population of 139,000 people, Moncton is big enough to have lots of amenities for immigrants, like universities, hospitals, and an airport, but still was ranked as the most polite city in Canada by Readers Digest.