About Us

Who are we?

We are the Traslers, a family of five plus dog and cat, who live in Coquitlam just outside Vancouver in British Columbia.  The five humans are: Jools (too old for rollerblading), Damian (too young to know he is too old for rollerblading), Laurel (19, and still the world’s greatest Dr Who fan), Katie (16, film maker in development) and Lily (13, about to embark on the adventure of High School).

Why start a blog?

When we emigrated from the UK in March 2009 we were greatly assisted by some lovely people and at the same time astonished by the lack of information available to us.  Much of what we did before and after we arrived was based on guesswork and pure luck.  By starting this blog we hope to share some of the things we have learned about emigrating with a young family, offer some links to our favourite “helpers” and perhaps even open some discussions with some real, live people.

Of course, our views are based on our experience, which may be very different to yours.  Where possible, we will verify our facts but mostly this blog is made up of our opinions gathered from our time in Vancouver.


Moose, a dog of dubious parentage but lovable all the same



  1. I’ve just found your blog, and we’re (hopefully) on our way to Canada from South Africa. Vancouver is our first choice of destination, but who knows where we’ll land up?! just for good measure, and to learn as much as I can, I’ll be following your blog.

  2. Hi, we are a family of 6, and became BC Residents last November, at the moment we are still in Ireland…are we crazy not to make the move? My husband works for HP and I am an Art Tutor working with people who have disabilities. Our three younger kids would travel with us…13, 9 and 8. Need some advise on jobs

  3. Hi Helen, welcome to the blog! Not moving at the beginning of the winter may have been a wise choice – Vancouver is not at its most welcoming in the rain, but spring is nearly here. There are lots of IT companies centred around Burnaby, and downtown – can your husband get a transfer? All the municipalities offer programs for people with disabilities and there are many organizations and charities – networking is key in job hunting here, so any contact you can make with them will be helpful. Most jobs are posted on internet sites like Monster, Craigslist, Workopolis and BCJobs, and there are lots of recruiting agencies who helped me when I arrived. The agencies will help “Canadianize” your resumes. Keep in touch and let us know what progress you make – I’ll see if I can come up with anything else at this end!

  4. hello !
    great blog!
    Me and my wife are living in Toronto, Ontario. We HATE it here now.

    We are definitely wanting to move to Beautiful British Columbia,
    we currently rent here a 1 bedroom apartment and are saving our money to build our first home over there in British Columbia,
    we had a talk with a friend today that lived in Port Moody for 14 years, originally from Mexico.

    do you know Port Moody at all?

    Me and my wife have our own online business so we work from home and do not have to worry about traveling anywhere for work.
    we do NOT have any children. just the 2 of us.

    we love peace and quiet and would want to live on a large property and build a custom home close to the ocean shores, beach, with lots and lots of privacy.

    we do not want to be close to other homes.

    what city or town/ village would you recommend for us to look at besides Port Moody?

    or somewhere on Vancouver Island?

    we are into living a very healthy lifestyle with regular physical fitness, very healthy diet and love to cook 99% of our own meals from scratch.

    i hope this is enough information for you to give us some guidance on where to look to move in British Columbia.

    we are planning to come there to British Columbia for a visit for 1 month, next April or May, 2018 and plan ahead to make appointments with relators and real estate agents and home builders.

    we are open to buying a home that is already built if it is just a few years old. we love modern homes with all the comforts and luxuries available.

    1. Hi there! Thank you for visiting the blog! We live very close to Port Moody and spend a lot of time there. It is a beautiful little town, with lots of amenities. The main consideration however, is the new SkyTrain line which is now running from downtown Vancouver through Port Moody to Coquitlam. We have been advised that we can expect significant development over the next 10-20 years along the route of the SkyTrain, and that is impacting property prices and the availability of building land. I would suggest, if you would like to be near water and within reach of Vancouver, you look at Belcarra and Anmore (very expensive). If you are hoping for a quiet life away from any city bustle, then further out into the valley, beside the Fraser River and Harrison Lake (Agassi and Harrison) is beautiful, but Harrison is a tourist spot in the summer due to the hot springs there. For those who truly want to escape, there are many wonderful islands – Salt Spring is a real foodie paradise – or the Sunshine Coast around Sechelt. You might also like to take a look at Squamish, up the Sea To Sky Highway, or the other places along the Howe Sound such as Lions Bay. I hope you find your perfect BC home!

      1. I just realized how acclimatized I have become! It is true that once people settle in one area of the Lower Mainland or on the Island, they tend to forget all the other areas. The advice above is based on my preference which is to be close to the mountains and the city so I focus on the Burnaby/Tri Cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam) area. However, if you want a quiet community and access to the sea, and you don’t need to commute anywhere, you might also want to look at Tsawwassen in Delta which is the most southerly area, close to the US border. It has a lovely climate and beautiful beaches, and some opportunity to buy land for building. There is also White Rock, which is busier and gets more tourists but a lovely community, and Steveston in Richmond (again, lots of tourists in the summer, but very pretty).

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