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Vancouver has a temperate maritime climate with weather conditions that tend to be warm and dry in summer (June to August) and cold and rainy in winter (December to February). The average temperature in summer is 73°F (23°C), and in winter 41°F (5°C). The city experiences the mildest winter temperatures and relatively low levels of snowfall compared to other Canadian cities. However, Vancouver experiences some of the highest levels of rainfall, and expats can go for days or even weeks without seeing the sun. It goes without saying that an umbrella and raincoat are essential items in a Vancouverite's wardrobe.
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"Vancouver is an incredible city that has something to offer everyone. There is a tremendous amount of outdoor activities available, clean air, great restaurants, friendly people, and safe neighbourhoods."
Read more about American expat Cyrus's experiences in Vancouver.
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Expat Health Insurance
With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.
Aetna International, offering comprehensive global medical coverage, has a network of 1.3 million medical providers worldwide. You will have the flexibility to choose from six areas of coverage, including worldwide, multiple levels of benefits to choose from, plus various optional benefits to meet your needs.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.