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On this page we want to list some true and false facts as well as misunderstandings about Canada, the country, the people and the life here.

The statements represent questions we were asked and the answers are our personal experience or opinion. You may have made a different experience and we would love to hear about it.

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Canada is a cold and frozen country. In fact most Canadians live in the southern parts of the country. Winters in the prairie provinces of central Canada are colder and last longer but summers are often hot and dry. At the Pacific coast of British Columbia you will find a wet but mild climate.
In and close by the mountains you may have freezing temperatures all year round because of the altitude. A summer day will be warm but temperatures drop fast after sunset. Take an extra sweater with you - even in summer.
Let's move to Canada. This is all but easy. If you want to live in Canada you have to apply for immigration. The process takes one to five years. Neither money, nor property owned in Canada, close relatives, marriage or child birth can guarantee that your application will be accepted.
If you see adds which guarantee immigration stay away as they are all fraud! The only reliable source concerning immigration is the official website "Citizenship and Immigration Canada" or any Canadian Embassy.
Living in Canada is expensive. It depends highly on how you adapt to the local culture. If you stick with your way of life you can do so, but expect it to be more expensive. When you are used to having bread with cheese and cold cuts for example you may find these things way more expensive here than in Europe.
What is also very expensive is alcohol in any form. A 0.33l bottle of beer from the store is about $2 - imported beer can be $4. A bottle of wine starts at $8.
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Did you know? The province of Alberta is nearly twice the size of Germany but has a population of only about 3.4 million, which is the same as Berlin or 4% of Germany.
How do you adjust to junk-food? This was a question we got from a good friend. If you travel through the country you will see many fast-food or franchise restaurants. If you take a closer look you will see that there are other restaurants as well and the variety is huge: you will find Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese and even German restaurants.
If you do your own cooking you can buy everything you are used to in any grocery store.
Canada is too cold for skiing. On days with -25C or colder in the valley you do not want to be on the mountain. The first thing we did after some days of skiing in Canada was upgrading our equipment. Gloves from Europe became stiff in the cold and jackets were too thin. After this 'upgrade' everything was fine again. The cold is a dry cold and we feel more comfortable with -20C in Canada than with -5C back in Europe.
The best time for skiing are the months of March and April where the weather becomes warmer but the snow is still good.
Closed for season. This is an expression I learned from a colleague who suggested to put up a corresponding sign between October and May. In fact the summer season where all attractions and campgrounds are open is from Victoria Day (end of May) until Labour Day (begin of September). After Labour Day about 50% of the campgrounds close and many attractions switch to off-season hours or open on weekends only. From mid October on, after Thanksgiving, almost everything is on winter schedule or closed for season.
The ski season starts early December and goes until the Easter weekend. Some high-altitude areas are open until Victoria Day weekend, after which summer season starts.
Anyways - the shoulder season is a good time for traveling when you are well prepared as prices are much lower and many places are not so crowded.