Property for Sale in Canada

A Quick Look at Property in Canada

Canada is a land of big skies and wide open spaces. Canadians are relatively wealthy, their country is beautiful and varied and culturally diverse. Both geographically and economically, Canada is perfectly positioned for the 21st century. You’ll probably like it!

Canada has few restrictions on foreigners buying property and their homes tend to be big – average new homes in Canada are twice the size of new British homes. Prices vary enormously, with Vancouver having the highest property prices but most provinces like Nova Scotia having average home prices below C$300,000.

Barriers to would-be immigrants are lower than for the USA, Australia or New Zealand. Canada welcomes a wider range of careers, including more manual occupations such as chefs and hairdressers, but mainly in industries like oil, farming and construction. The visa application fee is lower, their provincial government websites are welcoming, and you can move there even if older (though points are heavily weighted towards the under 35s). And if you do get to live there, you’re less isolated, with the UK just six to nine hours away.

You can be a lot of things in Canada but bored shouldn’t be one of them. It has the world’s wildest animals, including bears, mountain lions and wolves, within the most dramatic scenery, from Niagara Falls all the way to Vancouver Island’s glaciers 4,000 kilometres away. Canada has gentle countryside too, such as the wineries of the Niagara Peninsula and the apple orchards of Prince Edward Island.

For those of us who have grown up surrounded by American culture, Canada has a similar rugged individualism and astounding environment but without the extreme politics and violence. You can live like a cowboy in Alberta, work in the film industry in British Columbia (“Hollywood North”) or develop software in Ontario’s “Silicon Triangle”. Most Canadians live within an hour’s drive of the US border, yet they enjoy free healthcare just like in the UK and everyone just seems to get along better.

Maybe they get along because of the climate. When winter temperatures struggle to reach the relative high of 0ºC, neighbours need to be friends. Canadians have adapted to it, however, with city attractions moving indoors or making the most of the cold – such as turning Ottawa’s Rideau Canal into a giant ice-skating rink. Then in summer the temperatures are warmer than the UK with many more hours of sunshine; Ottawa is sunny 47 per cent of the daytime, compared to 32 per cent in London.

Canada is an enticing prospect either for holiday homes or permanent relocation.

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If you're thinking of relocating to Canada's friendly cities or wide open spaces but don't know where to begin, why not download A Place in the Sun's very own Canada emigration guide?

It contains loads of useful advice about the emigration process to point you in the right direction. Find out about the Canadian visa application process (including which ones you may be eligible for), what your career prospects would be, where to look for property and how to buy it. 

So for all that information and much more just click the button below to download our free guide - with it you'll be a step closer to heading across the pond and living the dream in Canada.

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