In 2012, my husband and I moved from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Silicon Valley (California, U.S.A.).
Vancouver treated us well in the 8 years that we called it home. Having both built our careers in the tech industry, joining the centre of the tech world was a goal we had been working towards. When the opportunity came, we were eager to call sunny Silicon Valley home.
Although we frequently travelled to the U.S. for business and pleasure prior to our move, we didn’t realize just how many little details needed to be completed back in Canada and in the United States to fully settle and transition into life in California. I wanted to share the things we’ve learnt about Canada and the U.S. from its similarities and differences in shopping, food, culture, health system, taxes and to cross-border moving, to help others interested in moving to Canada or the U.S., or help those who have already settled find a community to relate with and share their experiences too.
The thought of moving to a new place is exciting and thrilling – so many new adventures to look forward to. Before all the fun stuff is a lot of work. Hope you’ll find the information on this blog entertaining in exploring the similarities and uniqueness of these neighbouring countries, or to be a useful reference in starting your own research on your Canada-U.S. cross-border transition and making your new home “HOME” soon.
All the best!
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“nickname for the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California in the United States. It is home to many of the world’s largest high tech corporations, as well as thousands of tech startup companies.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Canadian one-dollar coin, introduced in 1987