Vancouver or Canmore or Kelowna?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 10:46 AM Last Post By: canayjun
Feb 23, 2013 12:39 PM
Feb 23, 2013 12:57 PM
1Not vancouver. It's already full of ESL students and your brother will quickly make friends (good friends, which is great for real life but bad for English) with other people who speak his language. He'll not "need" English in order to function or to make friends or to live.
I run the test which the government uses (partly) to decide on the right to immigration to Canada. The best English I saw ever was spoken by a Japanese guy who moved to Campbell River and went out every day just making friends with local people. There was no-one else who spoke Japanese in Campbell River, and he became amazingly good in a very short time.
(Disclaimer - I do the test, yes, and grade candidates - it's not my fault that the government sets the benchmark too low!!)
Feb 23, 2013 3:29 PM
2He'll have a much better time here in Vancouver-and since he's not going to move here and probably just wants a paid vacation this is where he should be.
Feb 24, 2013 1:26 AM
3I vote for my hometown, Vancouver! He will be able to meet lots of people and see the sights as well.
Feb 24, 2013 2:05 PM
Feb 24, 2013 2:40 PM
5Not knowing anything about this person, its hard to recommend. They are 3 completely different locations....all vary in size, demographics, weather, and so on. Canmore has roughly 10-15,000 people, Kelowna roughly 110,000, Vancouver a few million.
Need more info, as Vancouver would personally be my last choice (for long term though)...but thats just me.
Feb 25, 2013 8:47 AM
6I see two criteria for choosing.
1. Where is the best teaching done?
2. What are his interests other than learning English?
Given that the first question is next to impossible to answer definitively and is probably quite good in whatever location he picks, that leaves the second question to make the decision on.
If he hates cities it would be easy to eliminate Vancouver. If he wants to party then Vancouver would be the obvious choice. If he is in to photographing scenery I'd probably go with Kelowna or Canmore. It all depends on what his interests are and you've said nothing about that.
Feb 26, 2013 9:31 AM
Feb 27, 2013 8:48 PM
8It is the rainiest season in Vancouver that time of year. Vancouver is a major city with limited escape. Kelowna has much to offer within 20 minutes of your residence by vehicle, to access mountain lakes, and remote areas for quadding (take and know how to use a gps), wilderness experiences, or downhill cycling which is not for the faint of heart as ride a bicycle down a ski hill and ride up the ski hill lift and down again, or simply to smell, view and photograph the reason for the Kelowna Valley mid May Blossom Festival as the orchards come to blossom, you may even luck into a peak year salmon run picture opportunity. You can expect the Kelowna experience to be considerably cheaper than residency in Vancouver which then allows for you to take in more than you should expect to take in from Vancouver for the same buck. During your stay arrange a trip from Kelowna to Banff a 6 hour car ride and also enjoy a couple of days stay in Vancouver which is 6 hours in the opposite direction from Banff National Park from Kelowna. So you see Kelowna has best weather and proximity to everything that represent British Columbia (BC) Canada!
Canmore is a beautiful city, in Alberta (AB) and is on the edge of Banff National park and is 90 minutes away from Calgary and as such is a small town/city. The month of May is mountain spring melt and tree leafing time. It takes considerable travel to see much more than a commercialized National Park or Calgary. Take it from and experienced, Western Canadian lifer .. choose Kelowna!
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Mar 2, 2013 10:46 AM
9When i went to Guatemala to learn Spanish, I could have gone to the beautifl city of Grenada, full of lovely historic buildings, shops, charming restuaurants etc, but instead i chose to go to Quezaltenango... more or less an industrial city in the north, which not that much to recommend it. Reason was, i wanted to learn Spanish, internact with locals IN Spanish, and avoid connecting with a lot of other English speakers. It was a good choice. I would recommend not going to Vancouver for the same reason. While most small cities in Canada have their fair share of ESL students, either Canmore or Kelowna would be a better choice.
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