Moving from the west coast to Halifax?

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  1. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    So, after 25 years on the west coast I may have an opportunity to move back to the Maritimes, Halifax Metro specifically. Good, well paying professional job. Stuff I like to do. Kids are grown up so it's just the wife and I. She can easily line up work in her job as well.

    While I have a few family members who live in Halifax, I never lived there, and my days of visiting friends at Dal when I was in college never really gave me an understanding of what the place is like, since I really only saw the campus and the Liquor Dome :D

    So what have you to say? Good and bad please.
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  2. nk14zp

    nk14zp Been here awhile

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    The winters will be different.
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  3. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    do it. keep us posted.
    you are gonna miss the west coast. the "new" Vancouver? not so much, perhaps .........
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  4. Commuter Boy

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    Moto riding in the summers, wrenching, doing homesteading stuff like craft butchery, brewing beer, building shit. Yoga, hiking, etc. I'd like to get into a bit more trail riding.

    Winters were for snowboarding, travel and hitting the gym. I expect there will be more time spent in my parents woodlot in PEI helping them get the winters fuel in and making sure the shine is running properly :evil

    I know lots about the economy, I know there won't be much choice of work so folks tend to hold onto good jobs. I'm lucky to be specialized enough that a company in Halifax knows exactly who I am and came calling.

    The salt on the roads eating cars I know about. I grew up driving shitboxes that had so many rust spots they looked like they had leprosy, and more than a few with Fred Flinstone holes in the floor.....

    Keep it coming!
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  5. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    You sound like a country boy, lots of opportunities for most of your hobbies, round my spot (Annapolis valley) your first paragraph is our way of life, just toss on moonshining to complete it. Snowboarding can be done at martock, but it's just a bunny hill compared to BC. You might consider a home a little outside the city, a lot of hobby farms to get fresh raised meat, Noble Grape stocks all the beer making raw materials you could want, they carry stills too.
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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I lived in Victoria and now live in Dartmouth. With a 4 yr stint in Barrie Ont, between them. Sounds like you grew up in the Maritimes, so you understand the East coast lifestyle.
    If working in Halifax, I suggest you buy on that side of the harbour or towards Bedford, although not a huge deal if you wanted to be on this side of the bridge in Dartmouth. Lots of nice subdivision all around and easy to find areas all over HRM with acreage lots to give you space for whatever hobbies. You wouldn't have to be very far from either city or subdivision to get into dirt trails to get you across the province.

    Housing is very affordable and a buyers market, not uncommon to see nice modest homes being up for sale for months. You'll pay more taxes and most things are more expensive here. Insurance is much cheaper.

    Halifax is a nice city that'll have things going on throughout the year that'll try to get you out of the house and downtown.

    There are a few things I miss from being out west, but I don't miss living there.

    Anything specific about HRM or if you need a hand with something, let me know, or PM me.
    When would this be happening?

    Good luck.



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  7. frankcanuck

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    Kinda funny, I moved away, well I was posted to a diff. base across the country called Esquimalt :) many decades ago...I always missed all the lakes in NS and the slower pace of things, but not the economy, that's for sure! I did look at moving back last year, but I can not afford it (I'm in AB now) it would cost me twice as much.
    For you it is different, you have work waiting and it is much easier to buy in then out.....I was on the west coast 18 months before my house sold!! I would definitely buy in an area that as good real estate flow if you ever think of moving again in the future.
    If not, I would rent at first and take the time to find your forever place.....well worth doing that!!!

    all the best....good luck!
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  8. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    I didn't hear much about the " 'ker' 'perked' in front of the 'ber' " :jack when you and I had a conversation about my crap. Can you shake the ComeFromAway label with a Vancouver accent? That was my #1 reason to drop the idea of moving across the country.
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  9. Commuter Boy

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    Listen my old son, I dropped my accent like it was a live hand grenade when I first moved to Ontario, then went further west.

    Get me into a bottle of Captain Morgan or enough Moosehead Dry or Red Label and you too can experience the full glory of my native accent.
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    Calibre Been here awhile

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    We had a guy from Labrador get hired at a crap warehouse job I had in the '90s, and none of us could figure out which "country" he was from. We honestly thought he was a foreigner, his newf was so thick. Within a week or so, all of us locals were speaking newf with him. I learned so much of it ba', I handy died.
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  11. C-Stain

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    While Jimmie seems to have a bit of a pessimistic view of the Maritimes, it's not a big issue to find skilled work in many white collar fields. If your wife has Administrative or Management Experience- I have a friend who's an HR Consultant that would gladly take her CV. (She searches for people to make in the $30/hr range).

    The riding is excellent here. The Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association operates 6 Ride Parks, has a 5 Race Hare Scramble Series if you're so inclined and the Dual Sport riding is excellent. There are plenty of guys here to ride with.

    There is some Snowboarding at Ski Wentworth or Martock - but with your out west experience you'd probably call them bunny hills. Snowshoeing is starting to become a popular winter sport.

    Home prices aren't bad. And if you're working in Downtown Halifax - even a commute to Windsor/Falmouth isn't bad and the Home Prices/Taxes are much better.

    Lots of great Craft Breweies. And some craft Distilleries as well. Stanfield is an International Hub so travelling isn't an issue. The CAT runs to Portland in the summer and really... if you do it right - NB isn't a Drive Thru Province.

    The comment about Acadiens seems a bit bigoted to me - I was posted in Cheticamp and worked down the French Shore area of NS. The Acadian folks here aren't "entitled", but they do want to preserve their heritage. Different from NB as it's the only bilingual province.

    PM me your wife's area of expertise and maybe we can flip her CV to my friend and she can have work lined up before you even move.
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  12. Commuter Boy

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    Wife's a teacher. French immersion, so no shortage of jobs for her.

    The PEI Acadian contingent I grew up had their issues, but were for the most part very secure in their culture, especially in areas where they outnumbered the Anglos. I have no beef with them. Unfortunately I only speak Acadian bar French, cris de tabernac de osti!

    I was a little shocked how cheap the airfares were to the US and other parts of Canada and Europe. That bodes well for dealing with winters.
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  13. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Doesn't matter in the city! I'm from away, never had an issue with anyone over it. The only weird thing has been my house, when people ask where I live, and I tell them, they say, "oh, Richard Harris' house". Richard Harris lived in the house for 18 months! I've been here 26 years, but it's still his house. I asked when it becomes my house, I was told when I die, or move! As for not moving because you are from away...simply ludicrous!
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  14. yamalama

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    anecdote. wife's buddy and her husband moved there 3 years ago, from Vancouver.
    he was from there. they are full of regret, and planning to move back.
    they were/are treated like second class outsiders, at every turn in the road.
    YMMV. Certainly.
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  15. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    You're wife's buddy must have been a top notch A hole and pissed off people she met.

    Ahhh, the old West/East marriage....
    That scenario of the wife being from out West, the guy from the East, he wants to bring her East and they go, she hates it, and cries to return, he does it to save marriage. That's actually a pretty common occurance.

    I'm not saying moving to NS is for everyone, certainly not, especially life long west coasters, but there's no way folks out east would treat someone unfairly without reason. If anything, they'd adopt and love you.

    Like much of Canada, our cities are growing from immigration, including Halifax. Good chunk of my subdivision neighbours are of Asian descent. Fuck, we're all outsiders.

    PS.. Other than a few french guys at work, I don't know anyone who speaks french around here, nor do I hear much in public. Foreign languages are much more common. In Halifax anyway.

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  16. Commuter Boy

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    Certainly. Some folks will never fit into a community no matter where they go. In a place like Vancouver you can hide that well.

    Not so much when surrounded by nosy members of the Maritime Right To Know Everyones Business Association.

    As my Dad once said, it's not just that we're nosy, it's also that ingrained rural need to know if the new neighbor is the kind of fellow who'd help you out or check on you in the dead of winter during a power outage or not.

    Enjoying the comments good and bad, happy to hear more.
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  17. yamalama

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    wow. you sure can read a lot into sweet fa.
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  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    You can bury yourself in many parts of HRM and never speak to anyone as well. Certainly not getting away like Van or TO, but it's not like Port Hardy either.

    Went back to home to Nfld this summer for a typical visit. 3 people in front of me at a local liquor store. Fuck, the cashier knew everything about the three customers. Kids names, spouses, inlaws health, car appointments. Unbelievable. I just wanted a bottle of Screech.

    It was like, how can we each share as much info about each other in 4 minutes as we possible can, with each set talking the same time to each other to get everything out about Marg and George, Bill and Faye, and Phylis and John.

    Should have been two seperate lines. One for people who know you, one for people you don't.

    No way I could go back to that.. at least not yet.

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  19. C-Stain

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    So, @Commuter Boy

    When's the party? I need to start drying out my liver from last weekend, so knowing how to moderate my alcohol intake until you move is going
    to be important.
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  20. Commuter Boy

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    Still waiting for the words of wisdom to keep coming.

    If I get to the stage where I'm out there for an interview I'll give you a heads up.
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