Do some research also about internet ability if you intend to keep in touch with family back home. My family has had to resort solely to SMS for the duration of their stay in Canada due to internet foibles; they can receive email (sometimes garbles), but no attachments; they cannot send email no matter what they do, with any of the accounts they have. Apparently a lot of people have been caught out unprepared for this. Just something to note. Canadians here on APUG could no doubt shed some light on this irritating hobble.