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3 Must-Dos for Newcomers to Succeed

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Did you know? 👑 Victoria Day, celebrated across Canada, is observed as a day to honour Queen Victoria's birthday on May 24th, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of the monarchy and a symbol of Canadian identity.

This year, Victoria Day falls on May 20th, and it's affectionately dubbed "May Two-Four." This playful nickname references both the holiday's date and Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a "two-four"). It's a fitting nickname for a relaxing long weekend!

3 Must-Dos for Newcomers to Succeed Financially in Canada

Moving to a new country like Canada is an exciting adventure. Yet, amidst the excitement, there's the maze of managing finances in a new land. Here are three  “must-dos” to not just survive but thrive financially in the Great White North.

👣 1. Establishing Your Financial Footing
Picture this: You've just landed in Canada, and your first order of business is to set up a bank account. It's like laying down the foundation for your financial future. While there are plenty of banks to choose from, the "big 5" reign supreme. Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC, RBC, and TD offer a plethora of financial services, from basic chequing accounts to investment options and credit cards. 

💰 2. Crafting Your Financial Plan
Start by understanding the lay of the land – literally. Housing, groceries, transportation – they all come with different price tags in different Canadian cities. So, before you dive into spending, arm yourself with knowledge using nifty tools like cost-of-living calculators. 

Then, craft your budget. The 50/30/20 rule can be a great help. Allocate 50% for essentials, 30% for indulgences, and 20% for savings and debt repayment. Oh, and don’t forget your sinking and emergency funds. 

🗃️ 3. Managing Your Financial Paperwork
Gather essential documents such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN), bank account details, credit cards, driver's license, and proof of education and professional credentials. Familiarize yourself with tax procedures, employment records, and insurance policies to ensure you're prepared for any financial situation.

💡 Bonus Tip: Knowledge is Your Currency
In the world of Canadian finances, knowledge is your most potent weapon. Attend financial literacy workshops, devour online resources, and soak up advice from seasoned pros. And remember, if something sounds too good to be true – like that "get rich quick" scheme you stumbled upon online – it probably is. When in doubt, trust your instincts and consult trusted advisors.

With these three steps, you'll not only survive but thrive financially as a newcomer in Canada!

Things To Do Around You:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort's Pipe Mountain Coaster reopens on May 31st until September 4th. Don't miss the chance to experience the coaster rides through the scenery of Revelstoke, BC! Get tickets

Indulge in Sunday bliss at the Sunday Variety Vintage Market, May 19th & 26th, 10 AM - 5 PM, at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Find treasures and unwind! Learn more

Embark on a thrilling adventure at Cobb’s Adventure Park! Join this long weekend, May 18th at 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary. Meet kangaroos, enjoy games, delicious bites, and mini-golfing fun! Get tickets

Experience the heat of Latin rhythms at Montreal's Olympic Park on May 25 & 26 for FUEGO FUEGO! Join us for two days of electrifying performances by top artists like Maluma and Rauw Alejandro. Get tickets

Savour the flavour at Barrhaven Ribfest and Poutine from May 17-20, 2024, at Clarke Fields Park in Ottawa! Indulge in ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and more plus enjoy live music. Learn more 

Rock out with April Wine at Casino Nova Scotia's Bruce Guthro Theatre on May 25, 2024! Get ready for a night of classic hits and unforgettable performances! Get tickets



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🏕️ Reserve Your Summer 2024 Camping Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Canada's breathtaking campgrounds. Whether you're seeking a serene lakeside retreat or an adrenaline-fueled adventure in the wilderness, these picturesque destinations offer the perfect setting to unwind and reconnect with nature (Skyscanner).

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Nova Scotia
From May to October, visitors can indulge in a myriad of activities, including camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking. With secluded beaches and stunning coastal views, this park promises endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
Whether you prefer yurt camping, backcountry adventures, or pitching a tent overlooking Clear Lake, this park offers something for everyone. With its close proximity to Winnipeg, you can easily combine your camping trip with a visit to Manitoba's capital city for a truly memorable vacation.

Kiwanis Oceanfront Camping, New Brunswick
Choose from wooded or ocean-view campsites and enjoy amenities such as hot water showers and recreational facilities. With whale watching, fishing, and kayaking opportunities nearby, there's no shortage of outdoor adventures to embark on during your stay.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
With its convenient access from major cities like Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, this wilderness paradise offers a plethora of camping options, from developed campgrounds to backcountry sites. Whether you're skiing in the winter or canoeing in the summer, Algonquin Park promises endless opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure.

So pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and escape to one of these beautiful campgrounds for an unforgettable outdoor retreat in the heart of Canada's wilderness.

Campfire Recipes for Your Next Outdoor Getaway

Camping season has arrived, beckoning adventurers to the great outdoors for thrilling hikes, serene lakes, and starlit nights around the campfire. Fellow campers, CountryLiving has curated a collection of easy and scrumptious camping recipes to elevate your outdoor dining experience.

🍫 S'mores Three Ways:
No camping trip is complete without the quintessential s'mores, but why stick to the basics? Elevate your campfire dessert game with our decadent variations: indulge in Strawberry S'mores, elevate the chocolatey goodness with S'mores 2.0, or satisfy your peanut butter cravings with Peanut Butter S'mores.

🍍 Campfire-Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake:
Impress your fellow campers with this five-ingredient wonder that transforms a campfire into a gourmet kitchen. With caramelised pineapple and a hint of smokiness, this upside-down cake will have everyone asking for seconds.

🌽 Grilled Corn with Mexican "Street Style" Topping:
Spice up your campfire cuisine with this zesty twist on grilled corn. Slathered with tangy mayo, sprinkled with chilli powder and cotija cheese, and garnished with fresh cilantro, this Mexican-inspired dish is a fiesta for your taste buds.

Toasty Cinnamon Twists:
Cap off your outdoor feast with these irresistible cinnamon treats. Easy to make and oh-so-satisfying, these twists of buttery dough coated in cinnamon sugar are sure to become a family favorite.

Happy camping and bon appétit! 

Montreal Transforms into Retro California 🌴

Montreal undergoes a Hollywood makeover for Ryan Reynolds' latest film, "Mayday." The Village now resembles San Diego, with palm trees swaying and vintage cars lining the roads. Keep watch for celebrity sightings, especially Ryan Reynolds. It's rumoured that his wife, Blake Lively, often accompanies him during shoots, adding to the fun of catching a glimpse of the star couple. Check it out.