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C hristian Markthaler comes from advertising. He lived and worked in Munich for 25 years, then he had enough. “Too many people, too tight.” In 2011, he packed his things and moved with his family to Lions Bay, Canada, 20 kilometers from Vancouver.
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Canada lures with freedom, great nature and cheap real estate prices. But foreign buyers often come with false expectations.
Let’s face it, as Markthaler describes his adoptive country, but we also imagine Canada: the second largest country on earth, in which not even 34 million inhabitants live on 10 million square kilometers. While in Germany an average of 229 people share one square kilometer and in Munich more than 4500, in Canada there are less than four. Infinite width, pure nature.
Infinite width. Pure nature.
That’s the way it is. That’s what Michael Gerhardt says. Although in Canada, the majority of the population lives in urban centers. But if you want to slow down your life, here is its place – or better: a lot of space. Gerhardt, born in Kehlheim on the Danube, came to Canada in 1965. Three years were planned. But then he liked it so much that he stayed. He has been working as a real estate broker in the Parry Sounder area of Ontario since 1977 and has since assisted many Germans in real estate acquisition in the multicultural country. But Gerhardt also knows that not everyone will find what they are looking for.
Christian Markthaler lives with his family in Lions Bay near Vancouver, where he not only has the mountains, but also the sea on his doorstep
Christian Markthaler lives with his family in Lions Bay near Vancouver, where he not only has the mountains, but also the sea on his doorstep : Image: Private
Until the nineties of the last century, he says, there were mainly real emigrants who wanted to start a new life. However, since it has become much more difficult to become a Canadian citizen, it is rather business people who buy a house on the lake and every year take one to four months off.