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

posted 3 years ago in Canada
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • 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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

thelibrarylady:  Right in my neck of the woods ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m from Kimberley!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m in vancouver. I’m a teacher and the teaching situation here is bleak, thanks to budget cuts. Love Vancouver though!!!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

 

 

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Plus my job has excellent benefits so that covers the rest.

Post # 24
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Busy bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Yes, join us! I love Canada and I honestly don’t think I’d ever leave the country ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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. 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee

 

rosesareyellowandpink :  

I lived in Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton. I am currently living in Vancouver.  I have also been to New Brunswik, Acadia, Calgary, Kamloops and Vitoria.

I am a Science Education Specialist in UBC and the eduators in UBC (including myself) have contract positions. Also, they find ways to pay people less here. My ex-neighbour was a high s teacher, and he seems happy with his job. Besides the job market, it is very difficult to make friends in Vancouver than other cities. Also, people live her for a short period and then move because of the expensive lifestyle. 

My educator friends in Edmonton are doing very well. The salary is higher and the lifestyle is cheaper (gas, insurance, etc). Edmonton is my favourite city because it is easy to make friends there. It is a colder place but the bildings are very warm. I  know a professor who hasa  family in Edmonton but he works in the University of Saskatchwan because of the pay. While I lived there there were advertisements for teachers in private schools.

I know a math professor in Calagary who found Calgary to be much cheaper and nicer than Edmonton. The weather in Calgary is slightly warmer than Edmonton. The city is also prettier and larger. The pay is also high in Calgary. Also, taxes are lower in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

Victoria has similar weather to Vancouver but it is cheaper. I don’t know any educator in Victoria though. It is a very quiet and safe city. 

Toronto is a really great place to live as well. But I wasn’t in an academic environment there. I know a professor in Toronto. She seems happy there. The rent is fairly expensive in Toronto but the bus transit is very convinient. While I was living there, I saw advertisements of principals wanted for private schools there. 

Halifax has three universities. the city is mostly filled with professors and students. I find that the high school students don’t see much diversity before getting to university level. 

New Brunswick is mutilingual, and they expect the professors and teachers to know French in Moncton. 

The Northwest territories is hiring people from different job sectors. They are paying higher than most of the cities but that is the coldest location in Canada. 

I enjoyed every city that I lived in. My advice is to apply for job positions all over Canada, and see what attracts you the most. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee

(EDIT – just realized how old this post is…undecided  )

 

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