Benefits of being a digital nomad in Canada

Digital nomad in Canada
Updated 2019-05-02 09:56

The second largest country in the world in terms of area, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads from all over the world. From the gigantic, multicultural city of Toronto to natural landscapes interspersed with meadows, mountains and rivers, you will enjoy a pleasant and varied lifestyle without having to cross its borders.

Why go to Canada

Canada is a skilful blend of breathtaking natural landscapes and culturally diverse cities and towns. It is no coincidence that digital nomads and expatriates around the world are increasingly choosing to settle in Canada. There is so much to see and do in this country that working remotely has only benefits. Canada has, over the decades, preserved its great natural wealth. When urban routine becomes heavy, one can quickly change air in natural parks, each one more grandiose than the next.

As one of the richest and most prosperous countries in the world, Canada offers a multitude of professional opportunities as well as a wide choice of very enjoyable coworking spaces. In most of its larger cities, you'll also find temporary office space and casual cafes.

Canada's best cities for digital nomads

Canada's economic and commercial lung, Ottawa, the administrative capital, is a good starting point for digital nomads wishing to enjoy all that the country has to offer. With a population of almost one million, Ottawa is a large and vibrant urban centre. What's more, Ottawa has a great deal of natural wealth, as seen in its parks, gardens and other green spaces, unlike other major cities around the world. You will also find many workspaces where you can sit quietly with your laptop.

Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, is another city that is very popular with digital nomads. It is one of the most economically developed cities in the country, even though there are countless parks, museums, rivers, and historic districts that you should explore during your stay. Winnipeg offers not only a comfortable and serene environment for remote working but also a wide selection of leisure activities to keep you occupied during your free time.

Canada's second-largest city, Montreal is the urban centre of the province of Quebec. It is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic cities in North America. It is particularly popular with French and French speakers from around the world. Montreal represents a fascinating mix of North American and French cultures, making it the ideal choice for digital nomads whose hearts swing between the two shores of the Atlantic. Huge contemporary skyscrapers overlook the historic buildings of Old Montreal, which dates back to the 18th century. In this city, you will find a wide selection of French-style cafes, restaurants and fast food chains, not to mention very pleasant coworking spaces for all tastes!

Internet and coworking spaces in Canada

Canada has a very good internet connection with an average download speed of 18.64 Mbps. It ranks ninth in the world for mobile download speed. There is still a significant difference between the speeds you will benefit from in the East and in the West of the country. Toronto and Ottawa are known for providing the fastest connections at an average speed of 22 Mbps. In West Vancouver, on the other hand, the maximum speed is 16.36 Mbps.

In Canada, you will also have a wide choice of workspaces from coworking to temporary offices and cafes with Wi-Fi access.

Coworking spaces in Toronto

Foundry 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

Stop 24-7, 4284 De La Roche St.
NEXUS Workspace, 4529 Clark Street Suite 300
The Station, 5333 Casgrain Ave # 102
Espace L (women only), 5333 Boul. Saint Laurent
Montreal CoWork, 4388 rue Saint-Denis # 200

Leisure in Canada

Canada has many vibrant cities offering a variety of leisure activities, including museums, exhibitions and various cultural events organized throughout the year. In the vast majority of the country, the winter sports play a major role. You can enjoy skiing, cross-country skiing, snow biking, snowshoeing and ice skating in most places where you will stop in Canada. You will also have the opportunity to discover beautiful landscapes and national parks with great diversity. Banff, Jasper and Stanley National Parks are some of Canada's must-sees. Lake Ontario, Horseshoe Falls, Peyto Lake, and Lake Minnewanka are also very popular.

A must know before heading to Canada

Nationals from most countries must obtain a visa to travel to Canada. The visitor visa application can be submitted to the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country. Upon arrival, immigration officers will tell you how long you will be staying by stamping your passport. Most visitors are eligible for a six-month visa.

Useful links:

Visit Canada
Map of Wi-Fi Zones in Canada

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