Moving to San Diego from Canada

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 The coastal city of San Diego is best known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate. It’s also home to Balboa Park, the site of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND California. If you’re contemplating a move from Canada to San Diego, contact Trans Canada Movers to help get you and your household across the border with ease.

We have many years of experience helping Canadians make the move across the border and can help you with all the documentation you’ll need to have ready. We’ll also provide you with our helpful guide for moving from Canada to the USA so you’ll be well prepared for your move. We’ve got the ultimate San Diego city guide right here to help you learn a little more about your new city. Keep reading to find out about some of the neighbourhoods and activities San Diego has to offer.


Why Move to San Diego

Visit San Diego even once and you’ll see that it more than earns its nickname as “America’s Finest City.” With near-perfect weather and gorgeous beaches, San Diego is the ideal place to be for people looking to experience sunny days and warm weather year-round. We’ve made a list below of more reasons to make your move to San Diego.

  • The Hiking. Whether you’re an avid hiker or an amateur, San Diego offers a plethora of scenic hiking trails. Try Torrey Pines in Del Mar if you’re after an ocean view or challenge yourself to Potato Chip Rock in Poway for incredible views. There’s also the San Elijo Hills for a few different trail options including one up to Double Peak, the highest point in San Diego County.
  • Museums and the San Diego Zoo. San Diego is home to a variety of museums including science, art, history, and more. You’ll find many in Balboa Park along with the famous San Diego Zoo—one of the prettiest zoos in the world. You can get a year-round pass to the zoo for a surprisingly affordable price.
  • Craft Beer. If you thought you’d miss the craft beer scene in Canada, think again. San Diego boasts one of the best craft beer scenes in the world. You’ll find just about every type of brewery you can imagine, from the elite Stone Brewing Company with its beer gardens, to the Lost Abbey and Stumblefoot Brewing Company that are more tasting-room-in-a-garage type establishments.
  • Laid Back Lifestyle. Flip-flops are a wardrobe staple in San Diego. In fact, casual comfort is key. Stock up on tank tops and surf-inspired tees and sweatshirts to pair with the flip-flops and you’ll fit right in with the seasoned locals.


The Best Areas to Live in San Diego

There are many great neighbourhoods in and around San Diego to choose from depending on what you’re looking for. From family friendly neighbourhoods to lively nightlife areas, we’ve rounded up some of the best ones for you here.

  • Hillcrest is historically LGBTQIA-friendly and a local favourite. Situated just a few minutes from downtown and Balboa Park, Hillcrest boasts both vibrant nightlife and pedestrian-friendly streets. 
  • North Park will have craft breweries and art galleries just steps from your home if you choose this neighbourhood. North Park is particularly popular with young professionals, hipsters, and students and is home to some great locally-owned coffee shops and restaurants.
  • La Jolla is a scenic beachside neighbourhood that is popular with both UC San Diego students and recent college grads. It offers shopping, restaurants, and bars to keep locals from needing to trek south to the city centre. You’ll also find great hiking trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve here.
  • Normal Heights is a quaint residential area northeast of Balboa Park. It has plenty of coffee shops, gastropubs, and antique stores to visit as well as Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park.


What Locals Love About San Diego

Just in case everything we’ve mentioned thus far aren’t enough reasons to fall in love with San Diego, we’ve rounded up a few more local favourites. Some of the places and events locals include:

  • The neighbourhood of Ocean Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Catch some waves year-round or visit in June for the annual Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off and enjoy performers, arts and crafts vendors, and delicious cooking.
  • The close proximity to some great getaways is very enticing for locals. Two hours northeast brings you to Big Bear Mountain for winter activities while Mexico is just 25 miles to the south for Tijuana or a quick flight to Cabo.
  • Outdoor living is huge in San Diego. With such great weather, it’s easy to see why! Your patio will become your favourite room outside of the house and you’ll be able to grill all year round.
  • Along with outdoor living are year-round outdoor activities. Wide stretches of sandy beaches are uncluttered in the winter months to enjoy a walk along the ocean or some surfing. There are also calm areas for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and other ocean activities.


Get Moving to San Diego with Trans Canada Movers

Moving to another country involves a lot of work to ensure everything goes smoothly. With Trans Canada Movers, your move is taken care of so you have one less thing demanding your focus. We’ll take care of the logistics so you can focus on finding your new home and getting settled in San Diego. With years of experience helping Canadians make the move to San Diego, Trans Canada Movers will ensure your cross border move is as efficient and stress-free as possible. 

Get started with our convenient Moving Calculator, request a custom quote from us, or contact us for more information. Together, we’ll make your move smooth.


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