View from Wasooch Peak overlooking valley and Mount Kidd, Canmore, Canada.


Great White North

A land so expansive and full of natural splendor and convivial charm, Canada offers an unexpected haven for digital nomads. Conclude your workday to the soft serenade of distant wolf howls in the Rockies, or explore the cobbled streets of Quebec during a coffee break. With sprawling landscapes that can dwarf whole continents and a national demeanor as warm as a Tim Hortons cup, Canada offers a unique blend of nature and modern amenities that cater effortlessly to the remote-working lifestyle.

From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the vibrant culture of Toronto, each region offers a distinct experience. Settle into a cozy cabin with high-speed internet amidst the mountains, or embrace the multicultural hustle and bustle of a metropolis where your mornings might start with Slack messages and evolve into a gastronomical journey around the world by lunchtime. Whether you’re looking for tranquility or cosmopolitan flair, there’s a Canadian locale that matches your vibe.

What’s more, you’re never too far from a friendly conversation or a helping hand, even when lost on the Trans-Canada Highway. Canadians have mastered the art of politeness in a way that makes every interaction seem like a small slice of home, something that’s all too valuable when your office is as mobile as your Wi-Fi signal.

So, why opt for the beaten path when the immense, hospitable expanse of Canada beckons? For the digital nomad in search of a perfect mix of natural wonder, urban luxury, and social grace, Canada is the underrated hero offering a quality of life that’s hard to match. Forget the beaches and bustling cafes you thought epitomized the remote-working lifestyle; Canada invites you to rewrite the script, under the ethereal glow of the Northern Lights if you’re lucky.

I. The basics

Cost of living

Canada’s cost of living can vary considerably depending on your chosen locale. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  1. Rent: In cities like Vancouver and Toronto, you might pay upwards of CAD 2,500 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a central location. However, in smaller cities like Halifax or Winnipeg, you could find similar accommodations for as low as CAD 1,200 per month.
  2. Groceries: Basic groceries such as milk, bread, and fruits can amount to CAD 300 to 400 per month. Organic and specialty items will naturally increase this budget.
  3. Transportation: Urban centers usually have comprehensive public transportation systems. A monthly pass could cost you CAD 150 in Toronto but as low as CAD 75 in smaller cities. Gas prices fluctuate but expect to pay around CAD 1.30 to 1.50 per liter if you’re driving.
  4. Utilities: Basic utilities, including electricity, heat, and water, can cost between CAD 150 to 200 a month. Add another CAD 50 to 100 for high-speed internet.
  5. Eating Out: A meal at a mid-range restaurant can vary between CAD 20 to 40 per person, whereas fast food might set you back around CAD 10 to 15.
  6. Health Insurance: Basic private health insurance plans for those not eligible for provincial coverage can run around CAD 100 to 150 per month.

Connectivity and infrastructure

When it comes to staying connected, Canada is more than up to the task. The nation’s telecommunications network is state-of-the-art, offering widespread high-speed internet and cellular coverage. In cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, you can easily find fiber-optic internet, making video calls and data-heavy tasks a breeze. Internet speeds can often exceed 100 Mbps in urban settings and even in many smaller cities and towns. Public Wi-Fi is abundant, but it’s not just confined to indoor spaces; some cities offer free Wi-Fi in public parks, squares, and transit systems, which is an added bonus for those who like to work alfresco.

The infrastructure also extends to a well-maintained system of roads and public transportation. Canada’s public transit is especially robust in metropolitan areas, with options ranging from buses and subways to commuter trains and ferries. The Trans-Canada Highway is a marvel for those who prefer road trips, offering a well-maintained route that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making it easy to explore the country’s diverse landscapes. Airports in major cities offer extensive domestic and international flights, making it convenient for the global trotting digital nomad.


Canada’s healthcare system is one of its crowning achievements, offering universal care that is publicly funded for its citizens. However, as a digital nomad, you’re unlikely to benefit from this system unless you become a long-term resident. In this case, you’ll need private health insurance, which typically covers emergency services, general physician appointments, hospital stays, and sometimes even prescription drugs. Plans can vary widely in cost and coverage, ranging from basic emergency-only plans at around CAD 100 per month to more comprehensive options that might cost upwards of CAD 200 per month.

The quality of healthcare is generally excellent, with many cities housing world-class medical facilities. Doctors and medical staff are highly trained, and most healthcare providers in urban areas are equipped with the latest technology. However, it’s worth noting that wait times for non-emergency medical services and specialized treatments can be substantial. So, if you’re planning an extended stay, it might be worth considering supplementary insurance to cover potential medical expenses in the private sector.


Safety is one of Canada’s most reassuring attributes, especially for digital nomads who may be unfamiliar with the country. Low crime rates make it one of the safest places to live and work in the world. Violent crime is uncommon, even in larger cities, but standard precautions like staying aware of your surroundings, especially at night, still apply. Police are generally friendly, professional, and extremely approachable, often going out of their way to assist both residents and visitors.

Aside from low crime rates, another safety aspect in Canada is its wildlife. If you’re venturing into rural or wilderness areas, it’s crucial to be aware of your environment. Canada is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, moose, and coyotes, among others. Each animal requires a different set of precautions. For example, bear spray and bells are recommended if you’re hiking in bear country, and maintaining a safe distance is crucial if you encounter a moose. Outdoor stores and local ranger stations usually offer advice and sometimes even courses on wildlife safety.

II. Living in Canada as a digital nomad


Canada’s climate is as expansive and varied as the country itself, offering a unique meteorological journey from coast to coast.

West Coast: On the mild West Coast in Vancouver, you can expect soft drizzles and overcast skies during the winter months, a romantic canvas for the city’s metropolitan bustle. Here, winter temperatures rarely plunge below 5°C (41°F), while summers are pleasantly warm, hovering around 20°C (68°F).

Prairies: When you move inland to the Prairies in cities like Calgary or Winnipeg, prepare for a climate of extremes. Winter winds can cut like a knife, pulling temperatures down to bone-chilling lows of -20°C (-4°F), while summer provides a balmy contrast with its sun-soaked highs of 30°C (86°F).

Central Canada: In cosmopolitan hubs like Toronto and Montreal lie, experiences cold but bearable winters that average between -5 to -10°C (14-23°F). Summers, in contrast, bring a balmy mix of heat and humidity, making al fresco dining and lakeside lounging popular activities.

East Coast: In cities like Halifax or St. John’s, you’ll encounter a colder, wetter climate. Winter temperatures sit around -5°C (23°F), while summers rarely exceed 25°C (77°F), making it a haven for those who prefer moderate temperatures.


Nature in Canada is nothing short of a masterpiece. In the West, the Rocky Mountains stretch their jagged peaks towards the heavens, offering a playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and winter sports enthusiasts. These alpine landscapes give way to the lush, temperate rainforests of British Columbia, where moss-covered trees stand like ancient guardians over the forest floor.

As you move eastward, the scenery shifts to the sweeping grasslands of the Prairies, offering endless skies and a serene, almost meditative, landscape. This serenity is broken only by the breathtaking vistas of the Great Lakes and the rugged beauty of Atlantic Canada.

Along the East Coast, the craggy cliffs and churning waters tell tales of fishermen and legendary sea creatures. The natural wonder extends to Canada’s many national parks, like Banff, Jasper, and the Gros Morne, each offering a unique blend of landscapes, flora, and fauna. No matter where you are, opportunities for outdoor adventures—from kayaking to snowboarding to wildlife watching—are just a short drive away.

Lifestyle, Cuisine, and Nightlife

When it comes to lifestyle, Canada is a vast canvas painted with the rich hues of multiculturalism. In bustling cities like Toronto and Vancouver, you’ll find neighborhoods dedicated to various world cultures—Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy, and more—each offering its unique flavor, quite literally. The culinary scene is a smorgasbord of international cuisines, punctuated by uniquely Canadian treats like poutine, butter tarts, and Nanaimo bars. Fresh seafood from the coasts, quality beef from the Prairies, and artisanal cheeses from Quebec contribute to a rich national menu.

The approach to life leans towards a harmonious work-life balance. Outdoor activities, whether it’s skiing in Whistler or sailing along the coasts of Nova Scotia, are not just weekend pastimes but a way of life. This appreciation for the outdoors is beautifully married to urban living, with most cities offering extensive bike lanes, fitness centers, and parks that come alive with picnickers, joggers, and families during weekends.

Nightlife in Canada can be as subdued or as electric as you want it to be. Cities like Montreal are famous for their vivacious arts scene, offering everything from underground electronic music venues to historic jazz clubs. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is a hive of activity after dark, with its numerous nightclubs, bars, and live-music venues that cater to all tastes. For those looking for a quieter night, the options are just as inviting—think cozy wine bars, stand-up comedy shows, or late-night food markets offering gourmet treats.


Canada’s cultural mosaic can be traced to the indigenous peoples and the various groups who have settled there over centuries—from the French and the British to the more recent waves of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each group has left an indelible mark, making Canada one of the most multicultural countries on Earth. This cultural diversity is showcased in events like the Calgary Stampede, which celebrates western heritage, and Toronto’s Caribana, a festival of Caribbean culture. Historical spots abound; you could find yourself exploring the charming streets of Quebec City one day, one of North America’s oldest cities, and the next day you might be hiking to the ancient Indigenous petroglyphs in British Columbia.

Museums like the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto offer deep dives into the complexities of Canadian identity, while the country’s numerous art galleries—from Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology to Halifax’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia—showcase both Indigenous and contemporary art. For the casual tourist or dedicated history buff, there’s a treasure trove of local attractions. Whether it’s taking in the breathtaking vistas from atop the CN Tower in Toronto, wandering through the historic district of Old Montreal, or soaking in the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights in the Yukon, Canada offers a broad range of experiences.

Language and ease of communication 

Language in Canada is a curious and fascinating subject. The country has two official languages—English and French. English is predominantly spoken in most provinces, while Quebec is primarily French-speaking, providing a European flair in the North American context. While not everyone is bilingual, federal institutions operate in both languages, and you’ll often see product labels, road signs, and public notices in English and French.

For the digital nomad accustomed to English, communication will generally be effortless. In cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary, you’ll find that many people also speak a third or even a fourth language, owing to the diverse population. This polyglot nature extends to the business environment, where understanding of various cultures and languages can be an asset. For those venturing into Quebec or other Francophone regions like parts of New Brunswick, a basic understanding of French can go a long way in enriching the experience, although many people in urban areas are bilingual and can switch to English if needed.

III. Cities to consider

Vancouver, British Columbia

Aerial view of Vancouver, Canada.
Photo by Matt Wang

Vancouver is often dubbed the “Hollywood of the North” due to its flourishing film industry. This cosmopolitan city boasts a wide range of coworking spaces, some of which offer stunning views of the city’s natural landscape. From WeWork to local spaces like Hive, options abound. While Vancouver is celebrated for its natural beauty—think Stanley Park and nearby mountains for skiing—it comes with a high price tag, particularly in real estate and dining out. However, its mild climate and outdoor offerings, from biking to kayaking, often make the cost worth it for those who thrive in nature.

Toronto, Ontario

Aerial view of the Toronto Skyline, Canada.
Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Toronto is not just Canada’s largest city; it’s also the cultural, financial, and entertainment capital of the country. The city has a multitude of coworking spaces to choose from, catering to every need—from those who want a casual, café-like atmosphere to those seeking more corporate settings. The city’s public transportation, the TTC, is expansive but can be crowded. Neighborhoods like Kensington Market and Queen Street West offer an eclectic mix of boutiques, food options, and entertainment venues. While the cost of living can be steep, especially for housing, the city offers unparalleled diversity and a buzzing lifestyle.

Montreal, Quebec

View overlooking Montreal, Canada.
Photo by Jackie Hutchinson

Montreal combines European charm and North American energy beautifully. The city is a hub for creatives and tech professionals, with coworking spaces like Crew Collective offering an inspiring work environment in a converted bank building. Montreal is renowned for its festivals—ranging from jazz to comedy to winter sports—which means there’s always something happening. The cost of living here is more moderate than in Vancouver or Toronto, and that includes affordable yet delicious dining options. The downside? Winters can be harsh, and fluency in French will vastly improve your experience.

Calgary, Alberta

View of the Calgary skyline, Canada.
Photo by Kyler Nixon

Calgary serves as a gateway to the stunning Rocky Mountains and offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. The city has been growing its tech industry and startup culture, giving rise to coworking spaces like The Commons and Work Nicer. While Calgary doesn’t have the bustling nightlife of Toronto or Montreal, it has a burgeoning food scene and offers a range of cultural events, including the world-famous Calgary Stampede. The cost of living is reasonable, and the city has a genuine sense of community, making it easier for newcomers to integrate.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

View of Halifax skyline from the water, Canada.
Photo by natasha

Halifax is a harbor city with a rich maritime history. The local lifestyle is laid-back, and the city is small enough to give you a sense of community but large enough to provide all the amenities. While the coworking scene is smaller compared to bigger cities, venues like The Hub offer a great working environment. The cost of living is significantly more affordable, especially when it comes to housing. The city is home to several universities, making it lively and youthful, and it offers unique experiences like sailing in the harbor or exploring historic sites such as the Citadel.

Ottawa, Ontario

Parliament, Ottawa, Canada.
Photo by Benoit Debaix

Ottawa, as the capital city, is a blend of English and French cultures, punctuated by governmental institutions and embassies. The city offers various coworking spaces, such as Impact Hub Ottawa, which cater to a community interested in social entrepreneurship. Ottawa is less hectic than Toronto and Vancouver, providing an excellent quality of life with plenty of green spaces like the Gatineau Park. It also hosts various cultural events throughout the year, such as Winterlude and Canada Day celebrations. The cost of living is moderate, especially compared to Vancouver and Toronto.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

View of St. John's, New Foundland, Canada.
Photo by Linda McCann

St. John’s is not your typical digital nomad destination, but it has a lot to offer those looking for something different. Its remote location makes it unique, and its rich maritime culture and history are genuinely captivating. While coworking spaces are fewer, the city’s libraries and cafes offer welcoming environments for remote work. The cost of living is among the lowest among Canadian cities, and the sense of community is strong. However, be prepared for frequent foggy, windy, and rainy weather, which can be both a charm and a challenge.

Each city in Canada offers its unique blend of work opportunities, lifestyle perks, and challenges. Depending on what you prioritize—be it outdoor activities, cultural experiences, or a buzzing urban atmosphere—there’s likely a Canadian city that’s the perfect fit for your digital nomad life.

IV. Off the beaten track

Canada’s vastness means that in addition to its bustling cities, there are many hidden gems perfect for the more adventurous digital nomad. Here’s a look at some off-the-beaten-path options:

Tofino, British Columbia

A surfer walks along the beach at sunset in Tofino, Canada.
Photo by Benjamin Smith

Situated on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Tofino is a haven for surfers, nature lovers, and anyone wanting to escape to the wild, oceanic coast of the island. While coworking spaces are rare, the local libraries and cafés provide comfortable spots for work. Given its remote location, expect higher prices for groceries and other goods, but if you’re looking to combine work with surfing and whale-watching, Tofino is unmatched.

Nelson, British Columbia

Aerial view of Nelson, Columbia, Canada.
Photo by Shawn

Located in the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson is known for its artsy vibe and outdoor activities, especially skiing and snowboarding. The cost of living is more moderate than larger cities, and there are a few local coworking options available like The Jam Factory. For those who love mountains and small-town charm, Nelson is a compelling choice.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

View of Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife, Canada.
Photo by Lotus Raphael

If you can handle extreme cold and long, dark winters, Yellowknife offers a unique environment. Famous for its vibrant Indigenous culture and the dazzling Northern Lights, this destination will appeal to those who truly want to experience Canada’s wilderness. It offers some coworking spaces and solid internet connectivity, given its status as the territorial capital.

Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec

Mont Saint-Alban, La Côte-de-Gaspé Regional County Municipality, QC, Canada.
Photo by Buster Ferraz

If you’re proficient in French and want to experience some of Canada’s most stunning maritime landscapes, the Gaspé Peninsula is worth considering. While coworking spaces are rare, you’ll find plenty of local libraries and cafés to work from. Internet can be spotty in more rural areas, so plan accordingly. The region is perfect for hiking, kayaking, and seafood dining.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Aerial view of Charlottetown, Canada.
Photo by mkdrone_

Charlottetown is often overlooked but offers a quintessentially Canadian East Coast experience. As the capital of PEI, it provides a good mix of urban amenities, including a few coworking spaces, with a much lower cost of living compared to big cities. The island’s beautiful landscapes, beaches, and seafood are some of its unique attractions.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Aerial view of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Photo by U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada

For those looking to truly get away, Whitehorse offers an extreme escape. As the Yukon’s largest city, it provides a unique blend of community and isolation. It offers modern amenities including a few coworking spots, and given its small size, everything is easily accessible. The area is best for those who love outdoor adventures like kayaking, fishing, or exploring the nearby national parks.

Canmore, Alberta

View from Wasooch Peak overlooking valley and Mount Kidd, Canmore, Canada.
Photo by Devin Lyster

Located near the southeastern border of Banff National Park, Canmore offers a less touristy alternative to Banff or Jasper. It has a couple of coworking spaces and the cost of living is moderate. The town is surrounded by the Rockies, offering breathtaking views and ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, and wildlife spotting.

Whether you’re a digital nomad looking for a small-town vibe, breathtaking natural landscapes, or a truly secluded experience, Canada’s lesser-known spots offer a range of lifestyle options that provide a stark but refreshing contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life.

Types of visas available for remote workers 

Canada doesn’t have a specific “digital nomad visa,” but there are several visa options that remote workers can explore, depending on their needs and qualifications:

1. Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)

This is the most straightforward type of visa for short stays (up to 6 months). Note that working remotely on a visitor visa is a gray area in Canadian immigration law. It’s advisable to consult with immigration experts for the latest guidance.

2. Work Permit (Open or Employer-Specific)

These are typically for individuals who have a job offer in Canada but can sometimes be used for remote work for a foreign employer. However, obtaining a work permit often involves a complicated process, including a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

3. International Experience Canada (IEC)

For citizens of countries with a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada. This program allows people aged 18-35 to work and travel in Canada for up to two years.

4. Business Visitor Visa

This is a specialized visa category that allows individuals to come to Canada for business activities, but not enter the Canadian labor market. Remote workers running their own business may be eligible for this.

5. Permanent Residency

For those planning an extended stay, Express Entry is the most popular pathway. This would allow you to work legally in Canada but involves a points-based system and a thorough application process.

Application process and necessary documentation 

The application process for each visa type is different, but generally, you’ll need to:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Make sure you meet the criteria for the visa you’re applying for.
  2. Gather Documentation: This usually includes a valid passport, proof of funds, travel itinerary, and sometimes, medical exam and police certificates.
  3. Application Submission: Most visa applications can be done online, though some require a paper application. Fees vary depending on the visa type.
  4. Biometrics Appointment: After applying, you may be called for a biometrics appointment at a local Application Support Center.
  5. Interview: Depending on the visa, an interview may be required.
  6. Approval and Entry: Once approved, you’ll receive your visa and can travel to Canada. Upon arrival, you’ll undergo another round of checks by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Note: Canada’s immigration rules and regulations are subject to change. Before planning your digital nomad adventure in Canada, it’s crucial to thoroughly research and understand the visa options available to you. Consult the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website or consult with immigration professionals for the most current and personalized advice.

VI. Tips for a smooth landing in Canada 

Finding accommodation

Upon setting foot in Canada, finding a sanctuary to call home ranks highest on the to-do list. A short-term Airbnb rental can serve as your immediate haven, offering the luxury of time to explore various neighborhoods and decide where you’d like to plant your roots. Websites like Kijiji and Craigslist are treasure troves of housing options, but consider tapping into local expertise. Real estate agents, accustomed to the lay of the land, can be invaluable guides in your housing quest. In Canada, it’s standard to shell out a security deposit equivalent to one month’s rent. Additionally, scrutinize your lease agreement with an eagle’s eye. It’ll outline your rights and responsibilities, and clarify those minor yet significant details like pet policies or maintenance routines.

Setting up local bank accounts and financial considerations

Once you’ve located your abode, navigating the financial seas of Canada comes next. Major banks, such as RBC and TD, offer specially designed newcomer packages that often eliminate monthly fees for the first year. To open an account, a passport and Canadian address proof are typically all you’ll need. Credit cards soon follow; these aren’t just convenient for daily transactions but are foundational in building a Canadian credit history, essential for future financial dealings like securing a loan. Health insurance is another cornerstone—provincial health coverage often takes time to kick in, so a temporary private health insurance plan is prudent. And on the subject of money, be aware that your tax situation might be intricate, especially if you’re earning abroad while living in Canada. A tax advisor well-versed in international tax codes can be a lifesaver.

After your nest is feathered and finances are in order, conquering Canada’s transportation landscape is the next mission. Cities like Toronto and Vancouver provide extensive public transit networks, where monthly or yearly passes offer significant savings over individual tickets. For those who cherish the freedom of driving, acquiring an International Driving Permit may be required, in addition to your local driving license. But Canada isn’t just about four-wheelers and buses; the country is increasingly extending a warm welcome to cyclists. Bike lanes and dedicated cycling routes are becoming common, offering a green and healthy commuting alternative.

Adapting to local customs and cultural nuances

A smooth transition to Canadian life goes beyond bricks, bucks, and buses; it’s also about immersing yourself in local culture. In Canada, courteousness is more than just good manners; it’s almost a social currency. A heartfelt ‘sorry’ can diffuse tense situations, and tipping is expected in restaurants, cafes, and even during taxi rides, generally to the tune of 15-20%. As you pack your bags, consider the seasonal wardrobe needs—cozy woolen layers to navigate the icy winds of an Alberta winter or lighter, breathable fabrics for a sun-drenched Toronto summer. Language also plays a role; while English is widely spoken, Quebec prides itself on its French heritage. A smattering of common French phrases can endear you to locals and perhaps make your Canadian sojourn more authentic.

VII. In summary


  1. High-quality internet: Canada boasts a reliable and speedy internet infrastructure, making it a haven for those whose work lives online.
  2. Diverse cities: Whether you’re drawn to Toronto’s metropolitan flair, Montreal’s Francophone culture, or Vancouver’s scenic beauty, Canada has a cityscape for everyone.
  3. Natural beauty: From the Rocky Mountains to the coastal cliffs of Newfoundland, the country is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
  4. Safety: Known for its low crime rate, Canada offers a safe environment that can be a major draw for digital nomads.
  5. High-quality healthcare: The healthcare system is comprehensive and mostly publicly funded, providing peace of mind for medical concerns.
  6. Cultural diversity: Canada’s multicultural fabric makes it a welcoming destination, rich in food, festivals, and community events.
  7. Well-developed public transport: Major Canadian cities offer efficient public transit systems, making it convenient to explore without a car.
  8. Friendly locals: The Canadian stereotype of politeness holds true, offering a warm and friendly social environment.


  1. High cost of living: Some of Canada’s cities rank among the most expensive in the world, posing a challenge for budget-conscious nomads.
  2. Cold winters: The harsh winters, especially in regions like Alberta and Manitoba, can be a deterring factor for those unaccustomed to chilly climates.
  3. Tax complexity: If you’re earning abroad while living in Canada, navigating dual tax obligations can be complex and may require expert advice.
  4. Limited short-term housing: The demand for short-term rentals can often outstrip supply, making it challenging to find temporary accommodation.
  5. Healthcare eligibility: While healthcare is excellent, newcomers might face waiting periods before they become eligible for public healthcare services.
  6. Language barrier in Quebec: In the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, language can be a barrier for those who aren’t fluent in French.
  7. Distance from other countries: Canada’s vast geographical spread can make international travel time-consuming and expensive.

Living in Canada as a digital nomad, you’ll find that the country offers an unparalleled diversity of experiences, from its varied climates and awe-inspiring natural landscapes to its multicultural lifestyle and vibrant nightlife. It’s a place where you can ski down world-class slopes by day and enjoy international culinary delights by night; where you can work from a high-rise overlooking the Pacific and spend your weekends kayaking in pristine coastal waters. In essence, Canada offers more varied office views than your Zoom virtual backgrounds.

But beware, the “Great White North” title isn’t just for show. If you think your computer takes a while to boot up, try waiting for your car to heat up when it’s -20°C outside. And don’t let the allure of the Trans-Canada Highway fool you; it’s so long you could be driving for days and still be worlds away from your initial starting point. Those time zone shifts across the provinces could throw off your perfectly scheduled video conference with a client halfway across the globe.

Healthcare is another tale of caution: universally free for the Canucks but a potential financial black hole for visitors. Better invest in a good insurance plan to cover more than just snowboarding mishaps. On the cultural front, the country offers a smorgasbord of identities, not just the dual languages of English and French. Here, it’s possible to tuck into Ukrainian pierogis for lunch and catch a powwow dance performance by First Nations communities in the evening.

Canada provides digital nomads a cocktail of both challenges and charms, punctuated by moments that can be as sweet as Nanaimo bars and as invigorating as a plunge in a Newfoundland iceberg-laden bay. While the country’s size and conditions may test your mettle, you’ll leave Canada not just with a camera roll full of awe-inspiring landscapes, but a newfound respect for a nation that manages to be as diverse and expansive as it is heartwarming and intimate.

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