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Old 11-11-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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I'm a european who is going to move to the states in august 2012 and one of my three choices is Victoria.
What can you tell me about it?
Any pros and cons?

Is it a liberal and tollerant community?

How is it comparing to Chicago, Illinois, US and Grand Forks, North Dakota, US? (these are my two other choices).

Tell me as much as you can

I am into liberal and tollerant community since I'm gay and would be a foreigner there. I am Icelandic for that matter.
Also I would wish the place to be very nice, with friendly people.
I'd like to avoid rednecks and possible gangs.
I wanna come back to europe alive

Also night life is important to me!
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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I'm a european who is going to move to the states in august 2012 and one of my three choices is Victoria.
What can you tell me about it?
Any pros and cons?

Is it a liberal and tollerant community?

How is it comparing to Chicago, Illinois, US and Grand Forks, North Dakota, US? (these are my two other choices).

Tell me as much as you can

I am into liberal and tollerant community since I'm gay and would be a foreigner there. I am Icelandic for that matter.
Also I would wish the place to be very nice, with friendly people.
I'd like to avoid rednecks and possible gangs.
I wanna come back to europe alive

Also night life is important to me!
first off Victoria is not in the STATES!!!! check the map.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Oh gosh sorry. I meant to say north america, the states just popped up somehow.

No offence...
You could have replied my questions though
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Oh gosh sorry. I meant to say north america, the states just popped up somehow.

No offence...
You could have replied my questions though
I would break down your decision like this:

1) Don't go to North Dakota.

2) If you place a high value on being near nature including salt water, evergreen forests and mountains, and prefer smaller (not tiny, but not huge) cities, go to Victoria.

3) If you place a high value on nightlife, want to try living in a really big, diverse city with at least two established gay neighborhoods and where the majority of the parts of the city you'd be living in is quite gay friendly, choose Chicago.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, which includes Seattle and generally gets lumped together with B.C. because it's a very similar culture. I liked it and I think you'd like it, too, but personally I like Chicago better for the simple reason that it's bigger and, in my experience, more diverse and has greater experiences.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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You mentioned "redneck". it all depends on what your definition of "redneck is"

In Canada it can take on a whole new meaning

CCGRA > Central Canada Gay Rodeo Association
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Dang, some of those cowboys look pretty good !
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Chucky, how do you feel about rain and dark cloudy days? You'll get a lot of that in Victoria .

It's a beautiful place but I don't know if it will have the nightlife you want. From my experience (I lived there 4 years) I think they will be very 'gay friendly and tolerant', as will much of Canada (I can't speak for the sticks though).

If it's an option, Vancouver might suit you better - any others want to pipe in on this?

Of course, Toronto has the gay pride parade etc. and it's own gay neighborhoods so it's a nobrainer but that option may not be on the table for you.

Good luck!
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Victoria is fine for small size city living just like Bellingham. You can easily find a place to get away from it all, but still have some city living comforts. If you want something a bit bigger but still in the same general area, Seattle or Vancouver might be more your thing. But I do think the Pacific Northwest is the best place to live, but I'm a little bias because I live here :P
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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I've never been to Victoria but I would go with Chicago.
I have a feeling you think Chicago is full of gangs and violent (based on media/movies). It's not. Sure there are rough areas and gang activity but that is a small part of the city. Lots of great restaurants, nightlife, and gay culture. Not sure I would want to move to Victoria as a young gay man?
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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OP what is it that has narrowed your options to those three places?
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