Living and working in Canada: No driver's license in the Canadian wilderness

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In a recent study, the Institut für Zukunftsstitut protested that the cultural model mass motorization is drawing to a close. Because the car - once the epitome of freedom and individual mobility - is increasingly reaching its limits. But how do the alternatives look like? In Germany, especially in the big cities, actually quite well. In other countries rather not. Nevertheless, there are also people who live without a driving license.

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Without driving license in the Rockys

In Canada, I met Jennifer Santos. The mid-thirties is Director of Public Relations and Brand Strategy at Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts and has no driver's license.

She lives and works in Calgary, but is often on the road between her company's locations, some of which are located in the Canadian wilderness (see picture below). How does she manage her life without a car?

Too old for the driver's license

Jennifer is originally from Toronto. “Very few have a car there. So I never saw any reason to get a driver's license. ” After completing her studies, however, she got a job in Britsh Columbia - and was surprised to find: “Nobody can do without a car here!”

What now? Jennifer decided against getting the driver's license: "Actually, I felt too old for it and left it alone," she explained. “Most young people who work here don't have a car either. You arrange yourself somehow and there is also a shuttle bus to the airport that you can call. ”

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Alternatives to driving

Of course, she admits, she always needs to be picked up. But being without a license also has its advantages: “I walk a lot more than people who have a car!” By the way, I also met the license-free travel blogger Jools Stone in Canada, who consequently runs a blog about train travel.

In fact, public transport in Canada is poorly developed. In the big cities, of course, there are, and there are intercity buses. And, of course, airplanes, which are the comparatively practical means of transport in a country of this size. The train service is comparatively poorly developed.

Train driving - in Canada rather unusual

As for the relationship train traffic - traffic in Canada is ordered, namely everything on the road, little on the rails, also shows a look from CN Tower in Toronto:

How paradox the use of cars in Canada can be, by the way, is shown by the example of the northern Canadian town of Churchill, known for its Polar Bear tourism: There are no roads leading into the city. Nevertheless, every resident has a car there - the cars were brought by train to the city.

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Multicultural lives

In Toronto, Canada, I also meet Karen from Trinidad, who proves to me that Multikulti is quite alive here - as shown by Toronto's alternative neighborhood Kensington Market.

Perhaps it is the way Karen, who is colored and comes from a Muslim family, comes in with a cookbook by the Austrian Wolfgang Puk and talks about a Spanish gaspachorezept, which arouses my interest.

Kensington security market

We are all multicultural

Karen tells me that she has been married to an English-born candier for 34 years. Her two sisters and a niece are also married to Canadians, the brother to an Italian. "If we are honest, everyone is somehow mixed," says the 58-year-old very pragmatically and cannot understand that there should be problems in other countries.

Because in Canada multiculturalism is quite normal. More than 50 percent of Toronto residents are not born in the country. Even policemen with turbans are normal here. The multicultural neighborhoods like Chinatown or Kensington Market are also the charms of the business metropolis. Tolerance is very important here.

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Tolerance and openness

This is exactly why Karen came to Canada: In Trinidad the weather is certainly better and the people are friendlier, but society is also more traditional. “Everyone always knew everything about everyone. Whenever I went wrong and made a mistake, people looked at me wrong, ”says Karen.

In Canada, on the other hand, she feels more free. “You can make mistakes here and are less criticized”. Emigrating to Canada, ”says Karen,“ is the best thing she's ever done. Multiculturalism worked perfectly for me. ”

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