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Become a digital nomad in Canada

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Canada is the second largest country in the world, and one of its main strengths in the eyes of a digital nomad is variety. Between working in the busy multicultural Toronto and discovering the serenity of the county’s prairies and mountain rivers, Canada lets one choose from a multitude of lifestyles without crossing a border.

Why Canada?

Canada is a blend. A blend of landscapes, cultures, big cities and small towns — and for many digital nomads this is a definite plus. There is a lot to see and a good selection of places to work from. What’s more, known for its pristine well-preserved nature, the country offers convenient countryside getaways when city life gets to be too much.

Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and with that, comes the convenience of working in a well-established setting with a developed infrastructure. Fast and stable internet, coworking spaces, and temporary offices are all there to ensure you stay as efficient as possible.

Best cities to work from

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and a good city to start from. The city’s population is estimated at just below one million people and it’s Canada’s urban, commercial and economic centre. With that said, Ottawa, with its green parks, big gardens and wide open spaces, is not your typical metropolis. Here, you will find a nice selection of places to work from and great views to enjoy as you type away on your laptop.

Another big city (by the country’s standards) is Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba. Winnipeg is one of Canada’s most economically developed cities but at the same time, it’s the city of parks, rivers, historic neighbourhoods, and world-class museums. It thus solves your “what to do after work” question along with providing you with a comfortable living and working environment.

Montreal is an urban centre in the province of Quebec, Canada’s second largest city and the proud holder of the titles “one of the liveliest cities in North America” and “Paris of Canada”. The city’s fascinating mash-up of North American and French cultures makes it an interesting choice. Contemporary skyscrapers towering over the 18th-century buildings of Old Montreal, vibrant food and drink scene, French style cafes, and a good selection of coworking spaces make the city a strong contender for those exploring nomad life in Canada.

The internet and coworking spaces

The average download speed in Canada is 18.64 Mbps, but most travellers have pinpointed a difference between the East and West. Toronto and Ottawa showed the best results with the average download speed of 22Mbps, while the western Vancouver’s average speed is clocked at 16.36Mbps.

When it comes to coworking spaces, you will have a generous selection of temporary offices, cafes, and coffee shops.

Coworking spaces in Toronto

Foundery Coworking & Events, 376 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S6

Project Spaces, 20 Camden St Suite 200

Acme Works, 229 Niagara St

Coworking spaces in Winnipeg

Launch Coworking Space, 1460 Chevrier Blvd #200

245 McDermot, #300, 245 McDermot Ave

Coworking spaces in Montreal

Halte 24-7, 4284 De La Roche St.

NEXUS Workspace, 4529 Rue Clark Suite 300

La Gare, 5333 Casgrain Ave #102

Leisure in Canada

In addition to exploring Canada’s vibrant main cities, the country is home to some of North America’s most breathtaking landscapes. There are plenty of national parks where you can discover Canada’s diverse nature. Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Stanley Park to name a few. Lake Ontario, Horseshoe Falls, Peyto Lake, and Lake Minnewanka are also popular natural attractions.

What to know before arriving

Residents of most countries will need to apply for a visa before arriving in Canada. You can apply for Visit Visa at your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate. Once you arrive in Canada, the immigration officer will stamp your passport indicating how long you will stay in the country. Most travellers will get a six-month visa.

  Useful links

Canada Tourism Centre

Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Canada

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