What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?

There should be no difficulty finding everyday necessities in Vancouver. There are malls and smaller boutiques that carry designer wear, European-style clothing, electronics, food and a host of other products. Visit Vancouver .com for more information.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?

There are clothing stores for every size, shape, age and taste, so there should be no problems shopping for clothes.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?

Expats frequent the same stores the locals go to; Safeway,Sobeys and London Drugs , are a few.

Most residential areas have grocery stores and farmers' markets in close proximity and they operate year-round, offering fresh produce and many other items. For quick shopping, there are numerous convenience stores that stay open late in the evening.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?

Most household items and cleaning products can be found at any grocery store. Larger items such as home furnishings, appliances and electronics can be found in the larger department stores, as well as other local stores or malls.

Here are a few of the many stores where you can find them:

  • IKEA

  • Sears Department and Furniture Store

  • The Hudson Bay Company (a.k.a. The Bay)

  • Home Depot

  • The Bombay Company

  • Ethan Allen Stores

  • Rona Home and Garden Superstore

  • Wal-Mart, Zellers, and Winners 

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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?

Vancouver has a wide array of shopping options around the city and on the outskirts. Some factors that might come into play when trying to decide where to shop are:

  • Travel time and location

  • hours of operation

  • Availability of parking at or near public transportation routes

  • Delivery program for home furnishings and appliances

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