It really depends on what part of the island you are on. The east coast of the island tend to have more fog and rain in the summer time, while the west coast, corner brook area, usually has pretty nice, clear sunny summers. I live on the west coast, and winters (snow I mean, lol) can last about 5 months. We usually get our first REAL dump of snow in late december, and all that snow usually melts away by april or may. We get A LOT more snow then the st. John's area, which is a down side of living here. Its hard to get around sometimes in the winter because of the snow, but if you have a good pair of studded tired to get up the MANY hills here covered in icy snow, you'll be fine. The good thing about all the snow here is there is SO much you can do. Snowmobiling, cross country and down hill skiing well into April, ice fishing, snow shoe tracking, carnivals, lots to do. St. Johns winters are wetter and have less snow then us, which is also good. Snow clearing on both sides of the island are not really great, but it must be hard to keep up with all the snow fall we get on a daily base sometimes. So, if I could suggest this... live on the west coast, Corner Brook and surrounding area during the summer, and live on the east coase, St. John's and surrounding area during the winter, you will be happy! Neither of the places get FREEZING weather that you get on the prairies, I use to live in Calgary and know how cold it can get there, BUT, the cold we get here in the winter is a damp cold with a lot of wind so it seems to penetrate your body more. On the praries you get the frost warnings in winter with "your skin will freeze in this amount of time if you go out", Here, we get the snow squall and wind warnings. Like I said, I live on the west coast of the Island, and I, myself, dont like living here or on the east coast of the island. I would much rather live in the big city like Calgary, where you can hop on a bus and a train and go just about anywhere with so much more to do there then on the island, but you as the next person, and they will say they would never leave the island. And to find out how many people go away, only to move back home, because they miss the Newfie life So much! I'm not one of them. Give me 200 dollars and a place to stay, and I'd be on the next plane or train to Calgary.How is the weather compared to prairies?
We are sick and tired of the looooong and freezing winter
Living in Newfoundland, you have to be prepared to have happy stranger stopping you on the side walk to talk to you about how great the weather is that day, and prepare again to walk down the same road, and be stopped by a grumpy old person complain about you stepping on their lawn. Newfoundland has its great friendly pepole, but it also has its share of very grumpy, VERY nosy gossips. The good thing is, there are more friendly people then not. But the not so friendly can really get to you sometimes, and living on an island, its almost definite you will run into them again. LOL!
The arts and music in Newfoundland is an awesome experience. Especially in ST. Johns. The night life there can be pretty fun. They have George Street and others where you can party all night long, then head to someones house you don't even know, to party some more. Corner Brooks night life is, to say the least, lacking for the younger person and a little behind the times. It has a COUPLE good clubs, but nothing like George Street in St. Johns. We have one theater here, that is split in half to make two very small theaters. We have a bowling alley. We have bars where people go to talk and drink and sing Karaoke. <rolling eyes>. Corner Brook is a GREAT place for the retiree, but if your young, St. John's is the place to be. As for the rest of the island, I really cant say much about it. Because I dont know much about it. Oh, and as far as housing, Newfoundland is one of the cheapest places in Canada. Good luck and have fun!!!!