Whether you are moving to a whole new city or just a new neighborhood, its never easy! The faster you get to know your new neighbourhood, the sooner you will feel at home again. There are a couple of ways you can get to know your new surroundings. Here are some of our favorites!

Maps and guidebooks

Although you might think a guidebook is for tourists, you would be surprised how helpful these can be to help you get to know your new surroundings. A guidebook to your new city will tell you what the main attractions are, the best places to eat and even a little bit of history. They can help make great weekend adventure plans and feel more comfortable in your area. You can get FREE ones at the tourist office of city information centre. Pick up maps, transit guides and ”things to see” guides. Many have coupons for discounts on visits to sites and restaurants.

Community Centers & Libraries

It could be your local YMCA or city’s recreational center, either way these locations are filled with information about community events for you and your family. Taking part in these types of activities can help introduce you to new people in your area and become part of the action. By signing up for a brand new library card, you will automatically have a sense of belonging and be able to take home new reading material to learn more about your new area or simply have a good read!

Subscribe to a local newspaper or magazine

Here you will be able to learn about community groups, events and activities going on in your area and stay up to date with current events. You should be able to find information about your local paper online or at a nearby bookstore or library. Many of the activities may be free of charge, such as outdoor concerts, art exhibits, charity rib fests, etc.

Welcome Wagon!

Yes, they still exist. Contact them for a delivery of coupons and information about your city and neighbourhood. You can receive coupons for paint, restaurants and other services.


Sometimes the best way to discover your new city is to just explore! Be a tourist in your new city. Take a weekend and make it your goal to try a new restaurant, coffee shop and find a gym you want a membership to. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or introduce yourself to your new neighbours if they are outside enjoying the weather. You can literally walk up and down the streets to find where you can do groceries, pick up materials for a renovation or do some great shopping! Enjoy, this is your new neighbourhood!


Many gyms offer a one month free trial period. Tourist offices will provide free maps, guides and suggestions. Use your smart phone, computer (or access one at the library) to access sites like ”Living Social” or ”Dine To” to get deals on restaurants and other services in your area.