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Thinking of moving to Newfoundland - help and advice welcome

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Irish Fella

Ireland

#1 Jan 11, 2007
I've never been to Newfoundland before, but I've round Canada a good few times and met many Newfies, all of whom I found to be very friendly and funny individuals and I've been wanting to visit there for years. But what I'm actually thinking now is going one step further, actually moving there!

See, I'm currently looking for someplace I can immigrate to though not too unfamiliar so as to ease the transition. Newfoundland, from what I can ascertain from some Newfie friends I worked with in Canada, as well as from the internet and elsewhere, is very much Canada with a Celtic flavour, with much of the music & culture of my native Ireland (the aspects of Ireland I always miss when I travel) but infused with a positive, healthy Canadian attitude.

Climate wise it also seems pretty similar to here; rainy, cold, but not artic by any stretch of the imagination. But other than that I'm utterly lost so if you all could please help me out with a few questions that would be great.

1. What kind of housing prices are we talking about? Say in St John's? To rent, to buy? I mean houses now, not apartments. And how would that compare with smaller, less populated areas?

2. My girlfriend has worked in the tourist trade for many years, both here in Ireland and elsewhere - would there be much tourism work available in Newfoundland? What would be the main nationalities of tourists coming to Newfoundland?(She's also multilingual)

3. I run a small business here in Ireland - how easy, and indeed how feasable, would it be to set up a small shop/business in, or just outside, a city like St Johns?

4. I'm a lake person, are there many lakes in Newfoundland for fishing, boating, etc? Are there any places you could maybe rent boats from to go out on the lakes?

Yeah, loads of questions - but please, please help me out.

Thanks.

Corey

Calgary, Canada

#2 Jan 23, 2007
Hi. I think I can help you out, on some of your questions, anyway.
Housing prices in St. Johns, when I lived there last year, hovered around the $100,000 mark, could go 20k either way. Now, that's the average price in an average neighborhood. To rent a house, could be between 700 and 1200/mth, depending on what you want. In the less populated areas, sometimes 300-700/mth can rent you one. Depending on condition and location, you may be able to buy one for 10-60k.
Newfoundland is in the grip of an economic downturn, work is scarce, and wages are not up to par with the rest of the country. The tourisim industry supplies work for a few for 2 mths/yr. It is not a good place to look for work in this field.
People from all over visit NL, but lately, more British and americans are buying up cheaper homes in less populated areas, using them as summer homes.
As far as owning a business goes, well, hard economic times hurt many business owners. Luxuries are hard sells on the island right now. Also, in St. Johns, or "Town", as we call it, low employment rates contribute to an unusually high number of armed robberies. Scary. Rarely does anybody get hurt, though.
NL is practically covered in lakes, but we call them ponds. Lakes are holes in rubber boots (you'll understand the joke once you go there). But yeah, ponds are everywhere here. If you're going to move there, it may be in your best interest to buy a boat and motor, depending on how much you're going to use it. You can still get good boats built in many parts of the island, the craft is not totally lost. those who still do it, do it very well.
Hope this helps. Cheers from the Rock.
Alison Kay

St. John's, Canada

#3 Jan 25, 2007
Irish Fella wrote:
I've never been to Newfoundland before, but I've round Canada a good few times and met many Newfies, all of whom I found to be very friendly and funny individuals and I've been wanting to visit there for years. But what I'm actually thinking now is going one step further, actually moving there!
See, I'm currently looking for someplace I can immigrate to though not too unfamiliar so as to ease the transition. Newfoundland, from what I can ascertain from some Newfie friends I worked with in Canada, as well as from the internet and elsewhere, is very much Canada with a Celtic flavour, with much of the music & culture of my native Ireland (the aspects of Ireland I always miss when I travel) but infused with a positive, healthy Canadian attitude.
Climate wise it also seems pretty similar to here; rainy, cold, but not artic by any stretch of the imagination. But other than that I'm utterly lost so if you all could please help me out with a few questions that would be great.
1. What kind of housing prices are we talking about? Say in St John's? To rent, to buy? I mean houses now, not apartments. And how would that compare with smaller, less populated areas?
2. My girlfriend has worked in the tourist trade for many years, both here in Ireland and elsewhere - would there be much tourism work available in Newfoundland? What would be the main nationalities of tourists coming to Newfoundland?(She's also multilingual)
3. I run a small business here in Ireland - how easy, and indeed how feasable, would it be to set up a small shop/business in, or just outside, a city like St Johns?
4. I'm a lake person, are there many lakes in Newfoundland for fishing, boating, etc? Are there any places you could maybe rent boats from to go out on the lakes?
Yeah, loads of questions - but please, please help me out.
Thanks.
You are a little off about the climate. I don't believe it is similar to Ireland. We get a lot of snow.
Irish Fella

Ireland

#4 Jan 29, 2007
Hello again.
Thanks a million for all your help, you've helped fill in what was just a vague image in my head.
So, I guess, like anywhere it has its problems though I'm not going to let that set me back.
As for snow, yeah we don't get much, if any, here in Ireland. Maybe the occasional sprinkle of sleet, or the odd drift of flakes that melt instantly in contact with the ground, most I can remember is having maybe 12cm of snow once, which, I'm sure every Canadian who reads this is laughing heartily whilst the words "you call that snow?" are forming in their minds.

Corey, I see you're from/living in Calgary which helps me with my next question. Though I've travelled a bit through Canada I've only ever wintered in Alberta, been up to Banf, Lake Louise, Jasper etc, but was mainly based in Calgary.
Chinooks aside I've found the winters there to be cold, but not damp. See I can take extremely low temperatures so long as it's dry. In such climates I find it's cold but not uncomfortable; as long as you wrap up well, the cold doesn't penetrate.(Plus, once you do get back inside everywhere's heated thanks to the abundance of natural gas the province is sittign on)

In Ireland, however, even though we rarely get snow (and like I said the snow we do get is, well, pathetic) and though the temperature rarely dips any lower than -1c, I find it's actually way,*way* colder than Alberta because of the high moisture level. In Ireland we've so many different ways of saying how the cold "gets into you" and it does - into your body, into your chest, into your bones, and no matter how much you wrap up you still feel it.

Am I right to assume, therefore, that Newfoundland, as it is more of a coastal region, has the same damp cold as Ireland rather than the dryer climate of Alberta? Or, to put it another way, does the cold "get into you?"

(Calgary was also the first place I ever encountered a humidifier. I mean we have plenty of dehumidifiers over here but using a device to actually pump moisture *into* your house struck me as one of the most bizzare concepts I've ever encountered. You wouldn't be using such strange contraptions in Newfoundland right?)
Alison Kay

St. John's, Canada

#5 Feb 4, 2007
What's a humidifier?
Just joking!
Feb. 4 5:10 PM weather conditions on the Avalon Peninsula are:
Blizzard-like conditions alternating with sunny skies. Temp of 18.9 F (-7.3 C) Looks like only a foot or two of snow on the ground-we had rain yesterday and the night before. I think the killer here is the wind. It is a damp cold but the high winds really drive it through you.
fred

Oakville, Canada

#6 Feb 27, 2007
retireing to nl in about a year, have visited and love it. looking for a place were i can hunt and fish but still be near a town, would like to be on a pond. would like help narrowing down the search.
how long does it take to become a resident of nl
mark from arizona

Tempe, AZ

#7 Jul 8, 2007
any home building in canada any where
Kitten

Canada

#8 Sep 19, 2007
I am looking to buy a house in either Cornerbrook or St.Johns. Can anyone suggest which neighborhoods would be best? I would prefer to be outside of, but close to town.
Renee

Canada

#9 Oct 4, 2007
Kitten wrote:
I am looking to buy a house in either Cornerbrook or St.Johns. Can anyone suggest which neighborhoods would be best? I would prefer to be outside of, but close to town.
My house is for sale privately in Kelligrews/Conception Bay south just minutes to St. John's. If you are interested in learning more, email me at [email protected]
Lukeysboat

Buffalo, NY

#10 Oct 6, 2007
I am from St. John's..a great area to live is in Torbay, only 5 minutes outside of the city if that. So you have the city life and when you go home you ahve that small-town fee, right next to the ocean. Best of both worlds and the housnig out there is still very reasonable. I think it will skyrocket soon as St. Johns seems to be extending closer and clser to Torbay. It may be an investment!:)
kat

Fergus, Canada

#11 Oct 13, 2007
Kitten wrote:
I am looking to buy a house in either Cornerbrook or St.Johns. Can anyone suggest which neighborhoods would be best? I would prefer to be outside of, but close to town.
In the CB area, Townsite is a good neighbourhood, but I hear the Pasadena and Deer lake are becoming more popular.(I would pick Pasadena over Deer lake, I think.) Humber Valley area is nice but pricey.
KLS

Calgary, Canada

#12 Dec 2, 2007
I would love love love to live in Newfoundland. I'm from Alberta and I really want to go somewhere completely different but not actually leave Canada. So Newfoundland is one of my first choices. Right now I'm a student in Edmonton and I hate this city. I have realized that the only cities I could actually live in and not hate are Saskatoon and Winnipeg...and so I'm wondering if St. John's is anything like these cities or more like Edmonton? Or should I be looking to rural Newfoundland?
Jeff Heiskell

AOL

#13 Feb 10, 2008
Curious about moving to Newfoundland. Simple job of some sort, small home. Is this viable?

Tennessean in US looking for a change.
Nightflyer

Canada

#14 Feb 13, 2008
fred wrote:
retireing to nl in about a year, have visited and love it. looking for a place were i can hunt and fish but still be near a town, would like to be on a pond. would like help narrowing down the search.
how long does it take to become a resident of nl
What do you mean by.... " resident of NL"??. Your posting isp says Toronto.....IF you are a Canadian citizen, why would you be concerned about how long it takes to get residency status?...Newfoundland is part of Canada.

Just a little humor. A friend of mine, who is from/born Ontario, asked me a few days ago about the long drive to Newfoundland. He asked about "how long of a wait is it at the borders??"

"What borders..." I replied

He said, "Well, you know, driving across the other provinces like Quebec, New Brunswick and Nocva Scotia....."

I said..." Geez, man, the borders are imaginary lines. We're all one country, they aren't international borders!! There's no customs etc...between the provinces. Are you serios?..like what man....You honestly don't know that...."

Poor guy has never been outside his own province and knows nothing about his own country....wow!
Marylandman

Fredericton, Canada

#15 Sep 12, 2008
Newfoundland is a great place! You should move there, definetly.
Helen

Kemptville, Canada

#16 Jan 17, 2009
Just found this forum and reading with great interest. I too have dreams of Newfoundland. Never been there, but have met many fine natives here in Toronto.

I'm a musician, currently working for myself in Toronto entertaining seniors and long term care patients. I have a well estabilished little business here and now I'd like to take it on the road. I'd love to experience Newfoundland for a year. Toronto is killing me.

I'd like to move around a bit, make friends, maybe rent rooms in houses for short periods.

Are there many nursing and seniors homes? I love the music scene and would like to hear the locals play, possible join in. Any suggestions? Thanks Helen
Alicia

Toronto, Canada

#17 Apr 11, 2009
I'm currently seriously looking into moving to Newfoundland. I'm finishing up college and have officially decided i hate the busy lifestyle. i hate everything about Cambridge and I want to move to the coast.

I'm looking to move to a small town that is able to sustain itself [i don't want to gave to drive 2 hours to get groceries] that is on the coast. We have a few towns in mind but i'd love to hear your suggestions.

Is it feesable to find a small town like this, and be able to find a job for me and my fiance to pay for rent/etc? Neither of us are looking for any special job, just something to keep us going.

Any ideas?
mama on the move

Bedford, Canada

#18 Apr 29, 2009
we are currently in hfx. we are very interested in moving to nl. we have never been. i want to be somewhere close to a town (walking distance)for groceries,french immersion school for my child, looking to rent, no vehicle, simple job to support the two of us. i'm an older mom wanting healthy, fun, and a community based atmosphere for my child.

can anyone recommend a town/city that might fit this bill? we would even consider house sitting for awhile to get a step over to the rock.
moving to Newfoundland

Henley Brook, Australia

#19 Jun 2, 2009
My husband is from Newfoundland, I am from Australia, we met in Australia and he has been living here ever since. We have just decided to make the move to St Johns for a couple of years so our 2 kids can get to know the other side of the family and experience a bit of Newfie culture and a whole lot of snow. We are heading over in November and are very excited. My main question is what is there for young kids and mums in St Johns? Here in Australia we have playgroups and mothers groups and all sorts of great groups that we can join and meet other families - does anyone know if there is anything like that in St John's
Thanks
sarah

Dundalk, Ireland

#20 Jun 25, 2009
I am a newly qualified general nurse from Ireland and was approached by an agency offering a job in Newfoundland.
My family and I are considering the move we have two young children aged 7 and 8 years so it would be a big move!!.
Can anyone direct me to some websites that could give more information about Newfoundland as we know very little about the place! The agency said that my husband would get a job easily he is a plasterer although what I have read to date seems to conflict with what I was told!?
Are the summers there quite warm or alike the irish summers damp and unpredictable? What age do children start school? OOh so many questions to ask!!!

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