You might be able to get a Working Holiday visa or something and spend a year thnaeicg English in Vancouver sometime. That's certainly a feasible idea, if you could land a job As far as big cities go, Vancouver is certainly one of my favourites. My city of Victoria is across the water from there, and has the West Coast scenery without all the traffic and less crime than Vancouver (although we have our fair share of both). One thing I like about Victoria is that it's not too big and overwhelming. One downside is that there are a lot less opportunities for jobs.