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Newcomers Guide to Internet Plans in Canada

Discover Canada’s “Friendliest” Cities

Did you know? Canada will be treated to a breathtaking solar eclipse. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of North America, including several provinces in Canada. 

During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks out the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth and creating a surreal spectacle in the sky. So mark your calendars and get ready to witness this rare celestial event—it's an astronomical experience you won't want to miss!

Newcomers Guide to Internet Plans in Canada

Embarking on the quest for the ideal internet plan in Canada can feel like navigating a complex maze, especially for newcomers. Check out this straightforward guide below to help you navigate this digital landscape.

Understanding the cost: Internet plans in Canada vary in price based on several factors, including speed, data limits, type of connection, and your location. On average, plans range from $72.09 with speeds ranging from 25 Mbps to 3 Gbps.

Determining your needs: Assess your internet usage patterns, considering factors like streaming habits, the number of connected devices, and household size. This evaluation will guide you in selecting the appropriate speed and data limit for your plan.

Budgeting: Aim to allocate around 1% of your income to your internet plan. 

Researching providers: Familiarize yourself with the major internet service providers (ISPs) in Canada, such as Bell, Rogers, Virgin, and Vidéotron. Explore the coverage, offerings, and customer reviews of each provider in your area.

Understanding plan details: Take the time to review the terms and conditions of each plan, paying close attention to data limits, contract terms, and any additional fees, such as installation or equipment rental charges.

Making your selection: Choose an internet plan that aligns with your budget, usage requirements, and provider preferences. Consider factors like reliability, customer service reputation, and available discounts or promotions.

Optimizing savings: Explore opportunities to reduce costs, such as self-installation, payment method discounts, or bundling services with other household utilities.

Monitoring usage and payments: Stay mindful of your data usage to avoid exceeding your plan's limits and incurring additional fees. Set up automated payments to ensure timely bill settlement and maintain uninterrupted service.

Need a break from the digital world? Why not venture into the great outdoors—no Wi-Fi required!

P.S. Need free internet? Libraries and cafes can be your best friends!

Things To Do Around You:

Join us at the Savour Food & Wine Show, Atlantic Canada's premier culinary event on March 28 at the Halifax Convention Centre! Celebrating its 20th year, indulge in over 70 of Nova Scotia's top restaurants and beverages. Don't miss out on this ultimate gastronomic experience! Get tickets

In Montreal, you can relieve stress uniquely through rage rooms, such as Combat d'Archers and Sports de Combats, where individuals or groups can demolish various objects, from electronics to glassware. You can even bring your own items to smash upon entering the rage cage. Get tickets

Experience the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating our vibrant arts and culture scene outdoors from March 29 to April 25, 2024. Embrace the transient beauty of the city as it awakens to the arrival of a fresh season! Learn more

Immerse yourself in an exclusive evening of polar bear insight at the Calgary Zoo, featuring dinner and presentations from our expert team. Limited tickets available for select dates from March to May 2024. Get tickets

Edmonton's Downtown Dining Week is about to launch, featuring a wide array of participating favourites from March 20th to the 31st. With multi-course menus priced at $15–$65, it's a perfect opportunity to explore new culinary delights while supporting local establishments. Learn more

Toronto, get ready for the unparalleled "The Art of Banksy" exhibit, featuring 120 captivating pieces worth $35 million. Don't miss this chance to experience the world's largest collection of privately-owned Banksy art, showcasing the influence of this iconic artist. May 29 at the Lighthouse Artspace in Toronto and Get tickets

Discover Canada’s “Friendliest” Cities

In terms of hospitality, Canadian cities often stand out for their warmth and friendliness. But what makes one city more inviting than another?

A recent study by Betway Insider has examined various factors to determine which Canadian cities truly embody the spirit of neighborliness. From analyzing factors such as resident happiness, positive city sentiment, and volunteerism rates, these findings reveal the friendliest destinations across Canada.

  1. Toronto, ON
    Known for its multicultural vibrancy and bustling urban life, Toronto ranks high in volunteerism with over 93,510 individuals seeking opportunities. However, it surprisingly lands 16th for happiness (45.97%) and 8th for positive sentiment, showcasing a discrepancy between charitable acts and overall satisfaction.

  2. Vaughan, ON
    A family-oriented suburb north of Toronto, Vaughan emerges as the second friendliest city in Canada, boasting the highest happiness score (59.67%) and second-highest positive sentiment. Its strong community spirit and family-friendly atmosphere contribute to its welcoming reputation.

  3. Vancouver, BC
    Renowned for its scenic beauty and laid-back lifestyle, Vancouver ranks third in happiness and fourth for positive sentiment. Despite its allure, the city faces challenges with housing affordability and cost of living, reflected in its 14th position for happiness (46.47%).

  4. Ottawa, ON
    In the capital city, residents enjoy a high quality of life amidst historic landmarks and natural beauty. While specific data is not provided, Ottawa's reputation for community engagement and cultural diversity likely contributes to its overall friendliness.

  5. Montreal, Quebec
    This vibrant cultural hub, offers a dynamic blend of history, arts, and cuisine. Although not ranked individually, Montrealers are known for their warmth and hospitality, fostering a lively and inclusive atmosphere.

Bottom line
These rankings offer valuable insights into the diverse landscape of Canadian cities, highlighting the importance of community engagement and quality of life in fostering a friendly atmosphere. Where would you like to visit?



New to Canada? Stay connected with an affordable Canadian phone plan.

With Virgin Plus, you can enjoy affordable data with coverage across Canada and get 1000 long-distance minutes* to keep in touch with everyone back home.

Plus, signing up gets you access to Member Benefits so you can get deals on things you love like food, fashion and entertainment. Need we say more?

Click the link below or visit a Virgin Plus store for details. 

*Valid for calls made from Canada to Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Netflix-Featured Restaurants Across Canada

Discover Canada's celebrity hotspots with Netflix in your neighbourhood! DateNight features maps of restaurants in Canadian cities that appear in popular TV series and films available on the streaming service. Explore these spots for your next date night and dine where the stars do.

Brix & Mortar, nestled in Vancouver's vibrant Yaletown heritage district, offers a picturesque setting for the memorable first date between Lara Jean and Peter in the teen romantic comedy "To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before." 

In Toronto, The Lakeview Diner takes center stage in Season 3, Episode 1 of "The Umbrella Academy." Here, Viktor and Marcus engage in a coffee-fueled conversation, set against the backdrop of the diner's classic aesthetic. 

Montreal's culinary scene shines in "The Recruit," where the stylish "Geneva" restaurant featured in Episode 7 of the debut season is none other than Loam. Located in Old Montreal, Loam's sophisticated ambiance and delectable cuisine provide the perfect backdrop for Owen and Maxine's dinner.

Venturing back to Vancouver, Junction, a lively LGBTQ+ bar in Davie Village, sets the stage for an unforgettable outing in "Firefly Lane." Here, Kate and Tully introduce their friend Sean to the vibrant nightlife of the city.

Lastly, in "Single All The Way,"Maman's Montreal location transforms into a chic Los Angeles cafe, where Peter enjoys a cozy video call with his family. The cafe's elegant decor and inviting ambiance capture the essence of a trendy urban hangout, adding authenticity to the film's portrayal of modern city life.

Everything you need to know about the 2024 Juno Awards

Get ready for the 2024 Juno Awards, Canada's most prestigious music awards ceremony, airing live from Halifax's Scotiabank Centre on Sunday, March 24!

This marks the first time the Juno Awards, akin to Canada's Grammys, have returned to the city since 2006. Hosted by Nelly Furtado, the event promises a star-studded lineup of performances by Allison Russell, Elisapie, Aysanabee, the Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, and more. Get the Full List of Nominees (Watch).