Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
thelibrarylady: The BC Rockies is gorgeous!! I like how lush BC’s Rockies are. Alberta’s Rockies are quite barren and rocky. (Plus, the grizzly bears have been pretty active around Jasper lately — so bad that Jasper banned the use of bear spray since it’s got pepper/food ingredient in it. That’s the last I’ve heard from a Jasper resident back in October 2015)
Yep, Jasper is very, very expensive. Groceries are expensive there. Maybe I should buy a national park pass this year since I’ve read that buying a pass this year will mean a free one for 2017. We never stop in Jasper — it’s expensive to even stop for a few hours.
Aw, your wedding is around East Kootenay area in BC? Hopefully the weather will be gorgeous for beautiful pictures! Early fall is going to be a nice time.
If you do go by Valemount, make sure to drop in the Valemount Swiss Bakery (cash-only; closed on Sundays/Mondays). Best pretzels and bread. We also chose Valemount as our venue mostly because it was more attractive not having to pay for park fees. In the late fall or during spawning time, you can see salmon crossing the Rearguard falls; I have yet to see this, but everyone in town was raving about it.
Post # 17
I agree with leembee: Healthcare in Canada is not free. We pay for it with our taxes and in some provinces like BC, we have a Medical Services Plan premium. Many people have it covered by their employer, but not all.
Despite the fact that wait times are sometimes excessive, we actually have better health outcomes in all categories than the US, so I’ll still take our system over yours. I think it’s unconscionable to have a system that denies care to people based on whether or not they can afford to pay. No one should have to go bankrupt because they or their child has a traumatic injury or illness.
I was born and raised in the Okanagan, BC and now live in Vancouver. I love both. In Vancouver we have the best of everything-4 seasons with winter confined to the nearby mountains for the most part. I can be up in the snow in 20 minutes but see the daffodils and crocus stems already out fo the ground downtown where I live.
Post # 18
Kootenay kid right here! I was born over in Ontario, and my whole family minus my Mum and Dad live out there. I moved out west when I was 9 and can’t imagine my life any other way. I live in the mountains, surrounded by nature, cool people, skiing, hiking, climbing, and pretty much anything else outdoors you can imagine.
Though I currently live in the Kootenays, I am moving up to Northern BC in the spring. More opportunities in my industry. I also love it up there but it is definitely not for everyone! I have worked over the entire province and I can say it is truely the best! It’s easy to find a niche here.
Post # 19
thelibrarylady: Right in my neck of the woods 🙂 I’m from Kimberley!
Post # 20
outdoorbee: Cool! I live in Grand Forks now and you couldn’t pay me enough to go back up north, I’m hunkering down here.
Post # 21
I’m in vancouver. I’m a teacher and the teaching situation here is bleak, thanks to budget cuts. Love Vancouver though!!!
Post # 22
I’m in Ontario. Teaching jobs are hard to come by unless you have a specialty – French is always a good one. There are lots of things to do here, and the weather isn’t all bad. It’s currently about +4 here (so probably around 40 degrees?). I would love to move out West but it isn’t in the cards for us. We both have good jobs here and no family in BC. We have visited PEI and it’s beautiful but a little small town-ish – so if that’s your thing it would be a great place! Check out Nova Scotia as well – slighly more cosmopolitan than PEI. Our city has reasonable housing prices and good opportunity for jobs. We won’t move from here because our family is here and we have a young family ourselves, but there are certainly more exciting places to live!
Post # 23
I’ll also add that I love the feeling of safety we have from living in Canada. I can’t imagine being afraid to send your children to school. Yes we pay for our health care with our taxes however our new government has just lowered income tax rates for most brackets so that’s a plus 🙂 I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Plus my job has excellent benefits so that covers the rest.
Post # 24
I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I love it here. Check out this gorgeous video recently shot by a drone media studio showing off the city: https://youtu.be/EM_vee0Tnas
Anyway, Halifax is great, but it’s really all of Nova Scotia that makes it a great place to live. It’s a gorgeous province, full of trees, and almost completely surrounded by the ocean. If you like hiking, we’ve got enough gorgeous opportunities to keep you covered for a lifetime. Great seafood, donairs, beer, produce, restaurants, and wine. It’s a big little province, and has the best of both worlds!
Post # 25
I’m from PEI (but live in Alberta now). I left PEI when I was 18 for school and I have to say I’ll never live there again. It’s great for a vacation but the pace is just way to slow for me and not enough accessibility to most things. I’ve gotten used to a certain lifestyle that I could never maintain on PEI. I do love love love going to the island for summer vacation though, it’s the most relaxing place. The beaches are amazing, the people are so friendly, nothing really bad ever happens there and the seafood is saaaahhhh gooooood!!! It will always be my home in my heart.
Post # 26
Yes, join us! I love Canada and I honestly don’t think I’d ever leave the country 🙂 I’ve pretty much lived in Alberta my whole life and currently live in Calgary. I like it here, but agree that the job market/economy is a little bleak right now. I personally love living close to Alberta & BC’s rockies… if you like skiing/snowboarding, we definitely get that nice dry, fluffy, “champagne” pow 🙂
I work in education. The K-12 job market isn’t that great right now and yes, teachers with some kind of French/second-language specialization/special needs training have a better chance of getting hired.
Do you already have an education degree? You might need to upgrade in order to teach with certain school boards. My friend moved from Nova Scotia to teach here and she had to take four graduate-level education courses in order to teach with our city school board. No regrets from her as she made a lot of friends in class (me included!), but just that heads up!
Post # 27
peaseblossoms: it’s actually my SO who has the teaching degree, but he’s putting serious consideration into becoming a principal. Maybe becoming ESL (english as a second language) trained would be more helpful for him… I am in the process of applying to counseling schools, and I know that here, counselors regardless of the type are always in demand.. Not sure how it is there though
you all are giving me so much to think about! Up and moving sounds scary, but at the same time I am so ready to get away from all my gun waving, anti-everything neighbors, classmates and colleagues. I feel like in the U.S. everyone is just so focused on hateing things that no one can take time to appreciate anything. My moms family is in Maine, and some parts of it are very similar to CAD (so I’ve heard) and it is exactly what we both want. I think I will start planning our trip now 😇
Post # 28
Sorry if you mentioned this but how do you plan on moving to Canada? It sounds like you are both American citizens with careers that are not in any particularly high demand. It will be very difficult if not impossible to live and work here.