I am interested in why you picked the Kootenays. I have nothing against the Kootenay area, in fact I think it is one of the best motorcycling areas in BC. The scenery is beautiful and I would love to retire there someday. I am thinking that there might be easier places to find a job in BC. Vancouver area, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, all would be easier places to find a job. I know the real estate would be higher, but you might not be able to get a house if you can't get a job. I don't know your circumstances, I am just throwing out ideas. Where ever you end up in BC, I am sure you will love it.