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Angela

Cambridge, Canada

#61 Jun 24, 2011
Katie wrote:
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Jump at the chance. The whole island is one big family and they will welcome you with open arms. Extremely friendly people, though not intrusive. We just came home 2 days ago from a holiday there and we fell in love with the place, we're moving there after the school year - only because it starts in a month. They told us that St. John's is 'booming' construction is a major thing there, so he shouldn't have any trouble with work. Hopefully that's the side of the island they have posted you on. The Corner Brook side is very 'tourist', so avoid that if possible. See you there.
I have to say, your comment on avoiding the Corner Brook area, is very wrong. I would suggest you looking at the "tourist" numbers in Newfoundland, and you will see more people visit the St. John's area, then anywhere else in Newfoundland. We have the Humber Valley, "the best ski hill east of the rockies", and the VERY occasional cruise ship that comes to Corner Brook, but its not nearly as "touristy" as St. Johns. And even if it was, which it isn't, what would be wrong with that? More jobs? Dont make one part of the Island look bad, just because you love the part you are in!
Angela

Cambridge, Canada

#62 Jun 24, 2011
Prairie People wrote:
How is the weather compared to prairies?
We are sick and tired of the looooong and freezing winter
Thanks!
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.

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!!!!
Elizabeth

Whitby, Canada

#63 Aug 24, 2011
I'm a single, early forties woman, just back from NL for the third time and every time I come home to Ontario I say that's it, I'm gone.

I have no family there, just friends, so I would be giving up a whole lot here...family, lifelong friends, a house and good job. On the other hand, my job is my life, I abhor the rat race, I barely have time for friends and family that live 5 minutes from me and that is the not the life I want to continue living.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone(not originally a Newfie) who has relocated and what your experiences were; the good, the bad and the ugly. I would be going to the St John's area as that is where I have friends.

Thank you
kevin g

Summerside, Canada

#64 Sep 2, 2011
wanted to go there for awile never got there but looking pretty good
kevin g

Summerside, Canada

#65 Sep 2, 2011
always wanted to go just don't know anyone heard it was beautiful
sharen

Bolton, Canada

#66 Oct 24, 2011
Hi I have lived in newfoundland most of my life. The weather is quite unpredictabe. People joke that we have all four seasons in one day, meaning we could could get sun, rain, snow and fog all in a day. St. John's gets alot of damp foggy weather and newfoundland is ususally windy. Not the greatest weather. In small towns there is not alot of activities for children. Hockey is a big thing. In the bigger communities there are more activities and groups for kids to join. Work is not plentiful but plastering is sort of self employment so if he is good at it he would get jobs forsure.
Jenn

Sudbury, Canada

#67 Dec 4, 2011
I am a mother of one, living in Sudbury,Ont. My Fiance and I are looking at moving to St. Johns Newfoundland, early in the new year...but we have ?'s most of them have been answered just from reading other peoples posts, but we do have a few that i have not been able to find answers too....like what is the health care system like there, how do we go about getting health care there? Here it's OHIP, we have the health cards, but is it the same there, and if changes do need to be made where do we go to get it done? Do we wait til we get there? Also what are the schools like? And as for jobs, how are jobs within the areas of child and youth work or social work? Would really appreciate any info people could give.
Woods

Kitchener, Canada

#68 Mar 16, 2012
I have lived in Newfoundland, Halifax, PEI, And Fort Mac, Nowhere compared to Newfoundland, it's absolutely beautiful and has THE BEST people, I recommend anyone to move here.
Dontknow

Scarborough, Canada

#69 Jun 8, 2012
Found you guys on Google search. I want to get out of Toronto and wondering where to go for advice on moving.

I read a lot about labor shortage plus NL is exactly the climate I like.

I would be driving a cargo van to there.

Anyone know where cheapest places to rent are and what town/city I should target?

Are their employers there that accept out of province applicants and wait for or even help you move?

Or should the first be with those employment centers that help you find work?

Thanks
Lori from Van

Abbotsford, Canada

#70 Oct 7, 2012
Elizabeth wrote:
I'm a single, early forties woman, just back from NL for the third time and every time I come home to Ontario I say that's it, I'm gone.
I have no family there, just friends, so I would be giving up a whole lot here...family, lifelong friends, a house and good job. On the other hand, my job is my life, I abhor the rat race, I barely have time for friends and family that live 5 minutes from me and that is the not the life I want to continue living.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone(not originally a Newfie) who has relocated and what your experiences were; the good, the bad and the ugly. I would be going to the St John's area as that is where I have friends.
Thank you
Hey Elizabeth...your post read just like it was coming out of my keyboard. I also am a single, early 40's woman who is interested in making a move to NL. I have never been there though but have read, researched and decided it is where I want to relocate to. I'm curious if you went ahead and made the move, and if so, how is it going there?
Mary

Moncton, Canada

#71 Feb 9, 2013
Please read this before you decide to see what peoples attitudes towards people from away are before you make a decision. I wish I knew this before I came because I have been through 2 years of hell and regret it. I have lived all over Canada and the US and have never encountered this anywhere. Other than that, the scenery is beautiful.
http://thescope.ca/rant/newsflash-newfoundlan...
Jasmen

Saratoga, WY

#72 Apr 25, 2013
Hi
William

Toronto, Canada

#73 Jun 8, 2013
If you were'nt born a mainlander you've definitely become one. You call us stuck in the past? If living in Toronto means living in the future, then leave me in the past any day.
martimes-bound

Laguna Niguel, CA

#74 Jul 25, 2013
im freshly 18 and have been thinking of moving to newfoundland since I was 10. the beautiful landscape and artistic free spirited people are so alluring. the festivals held their are magnificent, along with the comedy. the winters cover the land with a blanket of snow. and during the summer, the weather effects your mood. its a very low key low pressure place to live ( well in St- John`s) and the people are beyond friendly
Annio

Toronto, Canada

#75 Aug 15, 2013
KLS wrote:
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?
Nothing like Alberta...Period! I've lived in St. John's for 12 yrs. It is a Harbour city; boats from all over the world tie up for supplies. A colorful hilly artsy 5 star place! You can wear your rubber boots anywhere and feel good about how you look! Wind in your hair?... not a problem. You'll blend in well. Great bars, great places to eat, and minutes from the wild Atlantic coastline.
Go for it!!
Alpha

Winnipeg, Canada

#76 May 24, 2014
Have an opportunity to move from Winnipeg to St. John's. From what I can tell I can't afford to move there and the winters are just as bad.

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