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Some of the Great Places for Visiting and Living in BC and AB

Moving to or from Toronto, ON across a big country like Canada can be a challenging task, just because there is so much distance between where you currently are and where you will likely be moving to.

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It is very important to scope out your new potential places of residence in Western Canada, and to take in as much of the area as possible while you are visiting it.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best places to visit and live in Western Canada. Hopefully after visiting those places, you will feel more comfortable to make a decision that could change your life for the better.

  • Vancouver, BC – As the most populous city in Western Canada, Vancouver is a must-see when visiting British Columbia.The city is linguistically and ethnically diverse, and is one of the few cities in North America which has direct access to both the mountains and the ocean. Vancouver’s unique location and mild climate means that there is a host of activities that anyone can get involved with, no matter what time of year it is.
  • Whistler, BC – As one of the best ski resorts in the world and a host of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, Whistler is a great place for staying with family.Not only does it offer far more than skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there is a plenty of activities to get involved in during the summer months, from swimming in lakes to world class mountain biking and ziplining through the forest. If you are spending some time or living in BC, Whistler is the “perfect getaway” place.
  • Calgary, AB – Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.Calgary is a city where you can explore the magic of the Canadian Rockies by day and be back in time for dinner. Calgary’s cultural scene is rich in its spectrum of arts and performing arts and city is proud of its ever-evolving culinary scene.
  • Edmonton, AB – Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.Alberta’s capital city is always celebrating something, from arts and culture to food and wine, dragon boats, winter and even accordions. There’s more than 60 festivals to choose from, year round.

These were just a few of the fantastic cities that can be visited and considered for relocation in Western Canada, but there are numerous other attractions to discover in this great region, including Banff, Kelowna, Penticton, Kootenays etc.

And if you are considering moving to Western Canada, it’s a great idea to visit some cities first, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. You are welcome to check out our Viktoria Movers Vancouver and Viktoria Movers Calgarybranches’ Blogs for more tips on moving to Western Canada.

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

Some Tips for Moving your Pets to or from Toronto ON

Moving with pets to or from Toronto, ON can disturb your moving plans, as you can imagine.

While we all become consumed with the usual chores of wrapping and packing our belongings, and organizing a workable moving schedule, a similar level of preparation is needed to move a pet from its familiar surrounds to a new home.

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There are specific considerations to keep in mind when moving with pets, to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada.

Some Tips for Moving With Pets

Pets don’t like change. In fact, almost every kind of animal has a fear of new surroundings, and it causes them anxiety. For this reason alone, taking a proactive approach and properly preparing your pet for the move is important.

Here are some of the main issues that you should address.

  1. Prepare the Paperwork – This is particularly important when your residential move takes you to a new province in Canada or to a new country. Of course, you should always have your pet’s license, medical records and any other documents in proper order anyway. But be sure to check them and update if necessary before the move.If your dog is due for a rabies shot, get it done. And don’t forget to check the specific legal issues for the province, territory or country you are moving to. Overseas moves will require a Pet Passport for the animal, and there are set immigration laws when bringing animals into the US.
  2. Purchase a Suitable Pet Carrier – It makes sense when traveling long distances by public transport (train or plane) to put your dog, cat or other small animal into a pet carrier.But there is sometimes a temptation to ignore such things when traveling in your family car. That could be a big mistake, with animals often getting restless and distressed during long journeys. The distraction they might cause if free to move around your vehicle could be dangerous. So we recommend placing your pet in a suitably sized carrier. Pet carriers must be large enough for the animal to comfortably lie down, turn around and stand in its natural position.
  3. Prepare Your Pet – When moving with pets, it’s a good idea to prepare them for the ordeal by giving them a bit of practice. Generally speaking, if an animal is not used to travelling in an automobile, then they are likely to get very distressed.So, in the run up to your move, put your cat, puppy or hamster in its carrier and drive them around. You can pair it with family days to the local park, or to the mountains or local forests, but the important thing is that you show your pet that everything is okay.If your pet is to travel by plane or train, then consider that they will be stuck in their carrier for several hours from departure to arrival, with the carrier picked up and moved around by strangers. So, try to make their carrier cozy, with their favourite toys and matted with their favourite blanket or pillow to keep them as comfortable as possible.
  4. Show Them Love – Sometimes making a long journey in good time is the priority. In such cases, we can keep our stops to a minimum – but spare a thought for the animal you are bringing with you.Bring some food and water especially for them, and make regular stops where they can get out and stretch their legs. The recommended frequency is once every 2 hours or so. If you are sending your pet via train or an airline, chances are they will be traveling as cargo (though small animals may be permitted to travel with you). Make sure your pet is properly fed and watered before departure and attach a small, accessible water-bottle so your pet can drink when necessary.
  5. Hire Professional Pet Movers – Finally, you may want to take the hassle out of the whole situation and hire professionals to move your pet for you. This can cost a bit but the investment is worth it if for nothing more than the peace of mind that you’ll have. Check out Worldwide Animal Travel for more details on their services.

 

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

Options for Moving a Car for a Long Distance Move from Toronto ON

If you are moving locally in Toronto, ON, moving your car won’t be an issue. But when it comes to long distance moving across Canada, the situation is different.

While a local or short distance move in Toronto, ON presents a no-brainer ‘drive-it-yourself’ solution, a move that takes you hundreds or thousands of miles away is a bit more complicated.

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We’ve prepared a list of options below to help you move your car.

  1. Drive it Yourself –For most people, this is exactly how they do it, combining a move across country with a fun road trip. It’s perfect when your new home is not very far away and you can make the journey in a day or two. But moving across Canada can take several days, and you may not have the time to do it. So, think twice about the pros and cons.
  2. Turn to a Driveaway Service –It’s arguably the least commonly considered option, but it is a practical one. You give your car to a driveaway service, tell them where and when you want it delivered, and they match it with an individual looking for transportation to the same city. And your vehicle will be covered by the company’s insurance, with drivers leaving a fairly heavy deposit as well as ID, so you’ve got a good margin of safety built-in.
  3. Let Your Toronto Moving Company Move It –This depends on the size of your car, but you may be able to load your car onto the moving truck you’re already using. It’s a viable option when you need more than one truck, with the second not completely full. Just keep in mind the costs as your long distance moving service is charged by weight and distance, rather than by the hour. Ask your moving coordinator how they can assist you.
  4. Hire a Professional Vehicle Moving Company –There are car shippers around that will load your vehicle on a carrier, along with several others, and drive them to your new city. In some cases, they load it onto a freight train, minimizing the time needed. Obviously, moving your car this way is going to cost you more, but there are some pros:
    • You car is covered by the transportation company’s insurance, at least while in transit (check the particulars first)
    • You can rest easy your car will be delivered without a scratch
    • Your car’s mileage doesn’t increase
    • Wear and tear is avoided

If you do choose this option, get a quote and check the details before committing yourself. They will need to know the drop-off point, but not all will deliver to your door.

  1. Don’t Move It, Just Sell It –Finally, you could also just sell your car instead of moving it with you. Bear in mind that not all provinces in Canada share the same vehicle emissions testing laws, so a vehicle that’s deemed be fine in New Brunswick might not be okay in British Columbia. The same issues need to be considered when moving to the US, making selling up and buying a new car a logical decision. Check out the different laws in the AAA/CAA website.

 

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.