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June 3, 2007

I’m Not Moving To Canada

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 2:50 pm

In the last post, Avery made a comment about me moving to Canada. I’m not. I’m simply in Toronto for a hockey tournament. I don’t think I could live here.

For those of you familiar with Detroit… Imagine Detroit but with a few million more people. Heck, I don’t even think Detroit has 1 million anymore. Toronto has over 2.5 million.
I stayed in Mississagua… which is like the local town of Taylor but with over 1 million people.

I was lucky enough to be here during a smog alert. If you haven’t experienced smog it’s like a grey cloud that stinks and limits visibility. I was less than 1/2 mile from the CN tower (the world’s tallest building) and I still couldn’t see it. That’s how bad the smog was.

What surprised me the most though was how expensive things have gotten. I remember when you could exchange $100 American for almost $150 Canadian.

Now that same $100 will get you $105 Canadian. It still sounds like a good deal – until you realize that prices haven’t been updated to reflect the actual value of the Canadian dollar.

A 5 piece nugget at Wendys, for example, cost me $1.29. After taxes and exchange rate (which are much higher) I paid 25 cents more than I would in the states.

A coke in a vending machine ($1.25 here) was $2 in Canada. Again, I paid well over 50 cents more than I should have for that Coke.

All of these little things add up. My $100 hotel room came to $119 after taxes. (compared to $106 in the US) Some of you may say that you can get your taxes back at the border, but I asked at the border and they said they discontinued that policy.

So while I enjoy being able to go to non smoking bars and play against top hockey competition, I don’t think I could afford to live in Canada.

1 Comment

  1. You’re just like my dad, you’re confusing Avery and me! 😛

    Hey, in other news… I’ve always been impressed by your collection of unique sites that really seem to fill some useful niches. Would you be willing to write an article for YPFB about some of your experiences into Internet business, marketing, or something related? I think my readers would really be interested and benefit from your knowledge and experience.

    Comment by Alex — June 8, 2007 @ 10:37 am

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