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Hey man im from toronto too and i just got in and I'm going. I went out to visit it in February and it was so sick. Ive got a couple friends out there in first and second year and they all love it. From what ive seen i think its sick. if you have any questions you can message me
With regards to the workload, it very much depends which faculty you're in. I haven't seen an undergrand arts/social science program anywhere in Canada that has a really demanding schedule. If your an engineer, things might be different. But as Laura said, set your priorities and you'll have time for what you want to do (whether that be bars/parties or skiing). The locals are 45mins-1 hour away by car from the campus, Whistler just about 2 hours 15 mins-2 and half hours. I think Whistler is worth it. The $430 pass saves you a fuckload of money to buy bus tickets up there/chip in for gas with friends. As a skier, having a car in Vancouver definitely helps. The transit system is ok for UBC/Downtown, but not very good getting to the North Shore (local mountains).
I'm from Vancouver and went to onterrible for University (Western). While it was a lot of fun, part of me always wished I stayed here in Vancouver and went to UBC. I would have skied a whole lot more. And that's important. One of the best things about going to Western was it was a new place, and new friends and all that, which is something you'd already be getting out here. You'll just spend more money than staying at home.
With regards to Calgary, I love that city. But its balls cold in the wintertime and the skiing isn't as good as Vancouver. If you were moving for a job Calgary makes more sense as you'd be there year round and get to enjoy summer there (and stampede) and there are a ton of jobs that pay very well. For school though, I say leave onterrible behind and come all the way out West.
no problem man if there is a spot in the car to be filled i say why the fuck not. and there is no way i'm telling the waitress at crystal we're ordering any less than 100 wings so the bigger the crew the better.