Moving to Vancouver-- Wisdom?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by TheDesertOtter, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    He is moving to BC...no need to buy a full year of insurance. As for tires...did you check the online prices in Canada vs the US prices?:ear Pretty darn close for my type of tires.:wink:
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  2. trevorf

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    +1 to everything just said.Also check out the ride from Merritt to Kamloops on 5a...just did it a couple of weeks ago it is an awesome road!!:D
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  3. Jäger 1

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    Good Lord... The Peoples Republic of Buttcrackistan is heard from, the province where people can watch their dogs run away for three days. Longest ten years of my life was the six months I spent in Regina.

    Anyways... moving to Vancouver... first, the traffic in Vancouver simply sucks these days. All those bridges are choke points... The traffic is what it is.

    With that in mind, think of where you're going to live while in Vancouver, if housing isn't provided to you without any say on your part. Personally, I'd suggest North Van as the place to set up shop - I lived at 3d and Lonsdale for a little over 10 years and it was great. If you're working downtown, the Sea Bus will get you to the downtown core faster than you can drive there. Stanley Park is close, also the West Van seawall, and Squamish/Whistler and beyond is just a matter of jumping on the highway. Ditto for the ferry to Nanaimo. Couple of small ski hills just above where you can go night skiing after work in the winter. Lots of mountain bike trails up Lynn Valley. Kayaking and fishing the rivers that go through there... anyways, I'd suggest North Van, down by the Quay if you have the juice to ask for that.

    Vehicle insurance. The six month rule to stay under current coverage is only for the military, students, etc. I think you have 30 days to register your vehicle in BC, and 90 days to convert to a BC drivers license when coming to BC to work. Call ICBC and they will give you the exact details. Easy to get away with not doing that, but if you're in an accident and they start nosing around for any reason, you may find out that even your insurer back in the States will refuse to cover you as well.

    Watering holes are everywhere; won't take you long to find the flavour of your choice.

    As already mentioned, lousy road riding around Vancouver, all things considered. Ferries have gotten spendy - $90 for car and driver to the Island last month when I flew down there on business - but a ferry ride to Nanaimo and then the road to Port Alberni and on to Pacific Rim makes for a pretty nice ride. Day trips up to Gold Bridge and Bralorne are nice, Seton Portage, etc.

    If most of your stay is going to be in winter weather, you might just focus on other stuff than motorcycling - weekend scuba trips at Campbell River, the Gulf Islands, etc. Sea kayaking the Broken Group.

    You might not get as much riding in as you would like once November arrives and Vancouver winter weather, but you won't be bored if you have an active lifestyle.
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  4. Steve G.

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    all correct statements.
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  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Eh...don't forget the other part of 5A.:wink: Pavement is very nice now unlike a couple years ago.:clap
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  6. ForknRoad

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    Please note that "Pacific Northwest" is an exclusively American term. People in British Columbia do not call where we live the "Pacific Northwest". We here in BC, live in Western Canada or simply, BC. In fact, Vancouver and Victoria are actually in southern Canada.

    Just wanted to clear this up. :wink:
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  7. dustin2

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    About the city:

    Vancouver is an incredible city. Amazing food, beautiful city streets, safe, clean. There's so much to see, so much to do; the combination of green, ocean and mountains is absolutely fantastic and it's literally a bicycle ride away to any of those things. Traffic is historically very bad (we were rated worst in North America at one point) but has really improved in the last 5 years with massive improvements to the infrastructure. There's also expansion of light rail coming that will go further into the 'burbs. Cost of living is high, yes, but it's not all that bad if you're not looking to buy a house. Rental pricing is similar to San Francisco. The main issue compared to California is that the wages are lower here.

    About the (street) riding:

    There is next to no good street riding within 200 km of Vancouver. Highway 99/Sea to Sky highway is decent but busy and heavily patrolled. It's a beautiful ride but not something overly technical or twisty. If you want the good riding, you have to go to the BC Kootenay & Okanagon region, notably:

    Highway 33 from Rock Creek to Kelowna
    Highway 6 from Vernon to New Denver
    Highway 31A from New Denver to Kaslo
    Highway 3A from Creston to Crawford Bay
    Highway 3 from Manning Park to Grand Forks

    There are a few other lovely rides on Vancouver Island/Sushine Coast and surrounding areas but not a lot. California trumps it in every conceivable way. Actually, so does Oregon and Washington.

    We have an insurance monopoly here and it is expensive. Gas is more expensive and motorcycle parts are more expensive, especially things like OEM parts from the dealer. Tire pricing has improved significantly in the last few years as retailers are struggling to compete. Make use of a parcel depot across the line in Blaine or Point Roberts if you need to bring a lot of parts in, it's well worth it

    I don't ride dirt but I have friends who do and they say there's an incredible amount of dirt bike and dual sport riding in BC.
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  8. Steve G.

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    Please note that the term "Pacific North West" has been around longer than "Cascadia", both describing the western cascade corridor, and is widely used by most, yet rejected by some with minimal geographic knowledge, and or built in avoidance of the lower 48 states.
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  9. CaribooBC

    CaribooBC life is an adventure

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    If you are truly adventurous and actually ride on dirt. We have some great riding in BC. September to March is the worst time of the year to enjoy it though as the best routes will be snow covered.
    A couple of routes to check out in the summer are Agassiz to Pemberton, up the west side of Harrison Lake. Pemberton over the Hurley to Bralorne then out to Lillooet. Lillooet to Big Bar Ferry, along the west side of the Fraser. Big Bar Ferry to Williams Lake, east of the Fraser. Big Bar Ferry to Churn Creek, over to Gang Ranch then into the vast Chilcotin (you could spend a lifetime exploring out there!!). I hope you will get the time to extend your stay to take in a summer to check out some of these backroads.
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  10. ForknRoad

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    Whatever. I've lived in Vancouver my entire life and have never heard a single person who was from here refer to Vancouver as being in the "Pacific Northwest". Those of us with adequate geographic knowledge have a pretty easy time of seeing how the term just doesn't make sense.
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  11. yamalama

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    Vancouver, proper, is a great city.
    The rest of the lower mainland sorta sucks, city-wise.
    Lower Lonsdale, in N. Vancouver being the exception.

    You should have a great time. Probably end up wanting to stay.....
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  12. TheDesertOtter

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    This is all good to know. Indeed, I'm expecting the riding to be... ah... curtailed through the winter. Looking forward to getting into the hills for some snowboarding/snowshoeing when things start to freeze.

    Thanks for the input.


    --DesertOtter
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  13. Bad Daddy

    Bad Daddy Been here awhile

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    Enjoy your stay, there's lots to see and do throughout the year, especially if you dress for it.
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  14. Commuter Boy

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    Ah, THAT will be an adventure.

    Whistler is 1.5 hr. away. So is Mt. Baker. The three local hills, Cypress, Seymour, and Grouse are hit and miss as to snow coverage, about 1 out of 5 years is shite for snow, but will have good snowshoeing trails with spectacular views. Hemlock out in the Fraser Valley is a bit better, but not by much.

    Ranging out a few hours drive will get you to Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Apex, and Big White. You can bail at work on Friday, hit one of those places by 10pm, and be hitting the slopes first thing in the morning, leave Sunday afternoon and be home for work on Monday.

    If you can swing a three or four day exit them you get access to the Kootenays, Monashees, and Rockies. Revelstoke, Red, Whitewater, and Fernie are in your grasp then. And if you have the $$ there's a huge amount of cat and heliskiing options for some of the best snow on earth :deal

    Look me up when you get landed and I'll take you on some snowboarding tours of the area.
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  15. OurBC

    OurBC Live to Travel

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    After moving to Vancouver you might become a Seattle Seahawks fan.
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  16. squiffynimrod

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    Born and raised in Victoria BC, visit Mom regularly. I know from whence I speak.
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