Originally Posted by Nuiloa
Cost of living in Vancouver: bring lots of money
Buying a home in Vancouver is expensive. My nephew just bought a tiny starter home for $499,000.
Condos start at about $200K
Rents are $900 and up
The price of gas is a killer: it was $1.30/litre this morning - about $4.50/gallon.
The cost of food is about the same as in the US - although you have more variety
Because of the mild winters, you don't need much in the way of winter clothes.
Cars are more expensive than in the US but they last longer - we don't get rust on our cars. Mine is 11 years old and still looks like it came from the showroom (except for the side panel when I took out a post...sigh!)
Please be aware that the greater Vancouver area is a housing bubble waiting to pop. It is just that no-one knows when. Once residency/citizenship is established, it would be a lot cheaper to move to Washington State, just across the border. Commuting is tedious, but I did it for a year, every day. There are four border crossings (not including Point Roberts, which doesn't get you anywhere). It would be possible to live aboard a boat, too.
And you can always drive down to Bellingham Costco to buy gas. Everybody in BC does.
It snows in BC. Sometimes a lot. Right down to the border--then it stops.
I have a beautiful set of mounted almost-new winter tires (*) for a 6-bolt Chevy Astro that I will part with. The Astro can go with them, too.
(*) Winter tires are NOT snow tires. They are a soft compound rubber like silicone that does not get rigid in extreme cold. Do not drive on them when the temperature is more than about 40°F. There is a big difference between them and any other tire.