FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017
 
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MOVING TO TORONTO?
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So you want to move to Toronto? Despite what the many haters out there might think, there is a reason why it's such a popular spot to live. Toronto is a beautiful city in Canada on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario with over 5.5 million residents. There are many things to do year round, and the weather is very seasonal so you will enjoy a nice warm summer on the lake followed by a cold and snowy winter.

The average temperatures from November to February are just above 0°C, while in the summer the peak average high tops out at around 27°C.

There are many great areas of the city to choose to live with many different price tags:

·  If you can afford it, living on or near The Beaches would be great as there are so many things to do in this area, but an average house will cost you in the mid to high six figure range.

·  Then there is the area that contains the High Park, Roncesvalles, and Bloor West Village neighbourhoods. These are some of the nicest, safest, and wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city. If you can afford it, this would be a great place to raise a family.

·  A couple of other smaller suburbs of the city that are very nice as well are Vaughan, located 21 kilometres to the north, Richmond Hill also to the north, and Oakville which is about 35km southwest of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario.

As mentioned earlier there is never a shortage of things to do and see in this busy city:

·  If you like shopping, take your pick of locales. From Yorkdale Mall to the north, Sherway Gardens in the west, the Shops at Don Mills in the east, the Eaton Centre downtown and tony Yorkville uptown, there is no shortage of options. From designer boutiques to more accessible retailers, Toronto has you covered. You also don't have to travel far for deals with Vaughan Mills a short drive up the 400 and Toronto Premium Outlets not too far west on the 401 in Halton Hills. Twice a year, the city also hosts the "One of a kind show" where people come and sell their home made goods and you can find anything and everything you could ever imagine there.

·  Toronto has a very diverse population which means you can find any type of food from all around the world here. Throughout the city there are many great Chinese, Italian, Indian, and Greek restaurants as well as any other cultural dishes that you may wish to try. The city also boasts some of the top culinary talent in the country with established names like Mark McEwan and Susur Lee lending their names to several destinations, not to mention the up-and-comers in newly established foodie destinations in the College area.

·  The Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario feature diverse collections of artwork, and the Bata Shoe Museum has over 13,000 different items of footwear dating back hundreds to thousands of years.

·  Niagara Falls is a short hour and a half ride from the city, if you take the Journey Behind the Falls tour you can go into the cliffs and be only inches from the action. You can also take a private helicopter ride and get a bird’s eye view.

·  If sports is your bent, Toronto does boast teams in three of four major leagues: the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays (for better or worse). There's also TFC, the AHL Marlies, Toronto Rock.

·  Like live music? Every major tour comes through Toronto and there are plenty of smaller venues for music acts too.

Make your move easy. Plan accordingly and research moving companies. You can opt to have them help you pack, or just move your stuff for you. The more prepared you are for the big move, the easier it will be on your entire family. Have everyone pitch in and help packing.

Moving to Toronto is an exciting adventure for the entire family, particularly with its vast cultural mix.

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