Canadians bees… Tell me a little bit about your hometown!

posted 2 years ago in Canada
Post # 2
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1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve lived in BC and Alberta. I love love love living in BC. I had to live in Alberta for school and then work for a few years, and I really hated it there and was dying to come back to BC. I found a job in the Southern Interior, which is only a few hours from my hometown (also in the Southern Interior), and I love it here and am never ever leaving. Unfortunately, the job market in BC for school teachers is pretty bleak, unless you speak French (nobody in BC speaks French ever, but they have to teach it in schools so French speaking teachers are in high demand). BC, specifically the interior (ie. not Vancouver, not Vancouver Island, not the north) is, in my opinion, the best place on earth, and not just because I grew up here. It’s beatiful, has great weather (all four seasons), and generally good people.

Post # 3
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779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen's Lakeview

Well in comparison to the US…FREE HEALTHCARE is a big bonus to living in Canada! Haha. 

As far as each place in Canada, it depends on where you go. Each province/place has its advantages and disadvantages to living there, so depends on your personality, and what sort of lifestyle you’d prefer as well. As far as the views, you can’t really go wrong with any place. 

Job Market for educators/principals…also depends on where you go. DH graduated in 2009 from teaching at a university in Ontario. He moved to Saskatchewan and got a permanent, full-time teaching job right away (and has been there 7 years already). People he went to school with, and even his cousin who is a teacher, are still working in Ontario, in temporary contracts, and substitute teaching. As far as principalship though, you’d probably have a better chance. That being said, the further north you go (which comes with a decrease in temps during the winter months, just an fyi), the better chance you have at something permanent, full-time. Don’t know if that helps much or not. 

Where in particular are you looking?

Post # 4
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1994 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in Ontario and I love how upity up my city is. Big things happen here. Our universities are top notch and the lifestyle can range. You can be a hippie, career woman, big shot, whatever. Everyone has a niche here. We also have a huge sports community making it (somewhat easier as far as Canadian sports goes) for scholarships.

It can be a little snobby where I live, though. We have a lot of old money. Think Vanderbelts, Waldorfs and things like that so there’s social circles within social circles, but climbing is easy enough if you wish!

Our insurance and phone bills are ridiculour, though! Our housing market is still expensive, too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

My hometown is actually in Brunei, but I’ve lived in Alberta for close to 15 years.

Like thelibrarylady: , I would love to live in BC, particularly in the Okanagan area. (A dream for both DH and I)

Economy in Alberta is very bleak at the moment. (Don’t come here, lol!) Lots of construction workers who came from Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba are all moving back. Other provinces seem to be doing better as the weaker Canadian dollar means more exports.

Small towns do provide a better quality of living, but jobs are more scarce. Prince Edward Island is a place I’d like to visit yet. Montreal seems to be nice — from recent visit.

With educators, a lot of the times, you might have to sign up as a substitute teacher before they’d offer you a permanent contract.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Cynderbug:  I see your wedding was in BC, where did you get married?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Vancouver reporting in, completely agree with 

thelibrarylady‘s assessment of the teacher situation here. There is a huge supply of teachers and a much smaller demand. I have several friends who are teachers and they keep making the class sizes bigger when it isn’t needed. Many teachers must be substitutes for years and pay their dues that way.  

My family has been in Vancouver for many generations. There is no where else in Canada I’d rather live, but it’s so expensive… Vancouver will always be my home, but I occasionally fantasize about moving to Alberta when oil prices get better…

Post # 9
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Helper bee

rosesareyellowandpink:  I live in alberta and really like it here (I’ve been here for 6 years). But like PP said, the job market sucks. I lost my job a couple of months ago and was lucky to find another one so quick.

I grew up in BC. Specifically the Okanagan. I love it there. The summers are incredible – the lakes, sunshine, mountains…. I moved away because there are not a lot of jobs there. My family is still there so I go back quite a bit.

What province are you closest to?

Post # 10
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275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Love love love Canada! Lived in Alberta for most of my life and I agree that economy is a little harsh but totally depends on your industry. I’m in the Human services field and there is no shortage of work! Even the Government of Alberta who’s in a “hiring freeze” are still hiring. I just accepted a position and start next week! 

Yes, definitely free health care and its nice to live in a country without shootings every month! That would be so scary. 

Post # 11
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699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Canadian living in the US.  Just want to chime in to say that healthcare in CAD is most definitely not free – you pay for it via taxes.  Also, I would choose being treated in the US over CAD any day; in my experience doctors are much more thorough here and you don’t have to wait forever for an appointment.  Love Canada, but very thankful to call the US home.  

Post # 12
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779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen's Lakeview

rosesareyellowandpink:  Haha when I say freezing temps I mean FREEZING temps…Often this time of year I experience -30 to -50 C (-20 to -40F..if my math is correct) where I live! We’ve been pretty “mild” this year so far but still…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

mnanch:  I would love work for GOA. Please PM me if there are any Financial Analyst positions. 🙂 I work for a provincial crown corp at the moment.

rosesareyellowandpink:  Oh, lucky you found something so quick! I can’t agree more about the Okanagan. I think to work and live there, we’d have to find something that caters to the seniors who retire there.

FutureMrsW2015:  Right now, it’s about -10C (14 F) where I live.

thelibrarylady:  I got married in Valemount, BC! Really would have preferred Jasper, AB for proximity (4 hours away from the city I live in), but for 1.5 hours west of Jasper, the prices were a lot better, plus we had the whole town to ourselves. Long drive — but it was in between for all families in BC/AB.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Cynderbug:  I’ve never been to Valemont but it does look a lot like Jasper, which is stunning, but absurdly expensive. The annual Alberta Library Conference is in Jasper, and it was also on the way to my hometown from Grande Prairie, where I was last living, so I’ve been there lots! I’m also getting married in the BC Rockies, but much much further south, in Cranbrook.

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