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Old Apr 14th 2013, 5:19 am
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Originally Posted by Dorothy View Post
After 6 years in Perth I've gone from the hate it camp to the meh. Like you I think we'll eventually end up over east. We are now too late to go back to Canada to retire so I'm thinking a few years in a smaller centre in NSW before retiring someplace green. I think once the kids are settled in good jobs and I'm qualified we'll look at moving.
Great minds think alike. We could still probably go back to Canada, but with his work, it means Edmonton again (or northern Saskatchewan ) so Perth doesn't seem so bad in comparison. I'm thinking Melbourne right now, but we'll see how things go in the next year or so once my studies are finished.

Oh there are a couple of places in Canada I might move back to...Okanagan, southern BC. But I don't think hubby and I are old enough yet. LOL.

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Old Apr 14th 2013, 5:34 am
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Great minds think alike. We could still probably go back to Canada, but with his work, it means Edmonton again (or northern Saskatchewan ) so Perth doesn't seem so bad in comparison. I'm thinking Melbourne right now, but we'll see how things go in the next year or so once my studies are finished.

Oh there are a couple of places in Canada I might move back to...Okanagan, southern BC. But I don't think hubby and I are old enough yet. LOL.
It would be Montreall for me, but the old man doesn't speak any French so he's ruled out moving to Quebec.

Maybe Montreal's not such a bad idea after all.
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Pretty much all of the Illawarra is. It doesn't seem to suffer from the extremes that many parts of Oz have to put up with.
Here in the Blue Mountains too - all that rain is good for greeness.

Last weekend we drove out from Yass (visiting friends) to Junee and there were loads of dry, arid, brown swathes of hillside. I hadn't seen anything like that in the parts of Australia I've visited so far.
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I would move back to Halifax in a heartbeat if I could. Perhaps when my Canadian born daughter is older she will go and live there and sponsor her old Mum to come too!
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Here in the Blue Mountains too - all that rain is good for greeness.

Last weekend we drove out from Yass (visiting friends) to Junee and there were loads of dry, arid, brown swathes of hillside. I hadn't seen anything like that in the parts of Australia I've visited so far.
Yass and Junee? Okay very funny, but what about some place names you haven't just made up for fun?
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Old Apr 14th 2013, 9:09 am
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Yass and Junee? Okay very funny, but what about some place names you haven't just made up for fun?
They're both pretty much on the way from here to your's

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It would be Montreall for me, but the old man doesn't speak any French so he's ruled out moving to Quebec.

Maybe Montreal's not such a bad idea after all.
I lived in Montreal for 10 years and it would be my pick of Canadian cities as well. We'll be there in July for a month visiting the outlaws. There's heaps of festivals going on in the summer, good food and I really like the down to earth, unpretentious humour of the Quebecois. My OH's family have a chalet outside Montreal on a lovely lake with water so clean you can drink, so we'll be spending a few days canoeing, chopping firewood, beaver trapping (well, maybe not) and fishing.

I love Australia, but I could certainly live over there provided I could go somewhere warm for at least half of the winter.
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I lived in Montreal for 10 years and it would be my pick of Canadian cities as well. We'll be there in July for a month visiting the outlaws. There's heaps of festivals going on in the summer, good food and I really like the down to earth, unpretentious humour of the Quebecois. My OH's family have a chalet outside Montreal on a lovely lake with water so clean you can drink, so we'll be spending a few days canoeing, chopping firewood, beaver trapping (well, maybe not) and fishing.

I love Australia, but I could certainly live over there provided I could go somewhere warm for at least half of the winter.
That's why 1/3 of Quebec ends up in Florida for the winter. My aunt and uncle even used to have a condo in Fort Lauderdale.
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I lived in Montreal for 10 years and it would be my pick of Canadian cities as well. We'll be there in July for a month visiting the outlaws. There's heaps of festivals going on in the summer, good food and I really like the down to earth, unpretentious humour of the Quebecois. My OH's family have a chalet outside Montreal on a lovely lake with water so clean you can drink, so we'll be spending a few days canoeing, chopping firewood, beaver trapping (well, maybe not) and fishing.

I love Australia, but I could certainly live over there provided I could go somewhere warm for at least half of the winter.
Jealous doesn't begin to describe how I feel. Summer in Quebec is gorgeous.
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Canada and Australia cannot be compared.
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Old Apr 14th 2013, 5:28 pm
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Having lived in both I would say they offer a comparable standard of living. Australia has higher wages but the cost of living is proportionally higher. Aus economy is currently doing better as Canada has a conservative government which thinks austerity is the answer. That being said, Aus is set to get its own conservative government in September with a similarly simplistic/misguided view of how the economy works.
Rubbish! Australia was doing FAR better when we had a conservative government. Since labor came in, we are now have almost $300 Billion worth of debt with nothing to show for it, and unemployment rates are on the up. Austerity measures means living withing your means...like all households have to do if they don't want the bailiffs to show up.
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Well I wasn't expecting that many replies so soon, I guess you must have all got out of bed whilst I was in work (time difference). Thanks for taking the time to reply everyone, this has given food for thought. As it stands I am still pressing on with Vancouver area but I do need a plan B up my sleeve and Perth seems like a good one!
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Rubbish! Australia was doing FAR better when we had a conservative government. Since labor came in, we are now have almost $300 Billion worth of debt with nothing to show for it, and unemployment rates are on the up. Austerity measures means living withing your means...like all households have to do if they don't want the bailiffs to show up.
So you think the Australian economy should have just kept powering ahead when the Conservatives handed over government on the eve of the world's most severe economic downturn in 80 years? You're delusional.
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depends on what accent you wana hear everyday.
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Old Apr 16th 2013, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by Dorothy View Post
Perth and Vancouver are very different places, so you might be wise to look at just what it is you're looking for. Crime happens everywhere. Perth is not as crowded, but it is increasingly frustrating with the lack of infrastructure to support the growing population.
I used to live in Washington State and personally I find Vancouver very, very boring. It's good for walking though, and isn't overcrowded at all which is surprising considering the number of high-rise apartment buildings. The shopping scene is a tragedy though, and even all the big Vancouver malls are really bad and would make any Sydney Westfield mall look like paradise. Having Whistler nearby might be a plus, but you really need to go to Vancouver before you make the move. I knew I wouldn't last more than a few months there before I'd want to catapult myself out of there.

Not sure about crime, but a decent amount of beggars downtown harassing people in stores after dark, and if you venture into the historic area called Gastown then take the wrong corner and you end up in 'zombie town', where hundreds of doped-up zombies literally roam the area, making you feel like you're on the film set of the "Walking Dead."

I wouldn't look at the outer suburbs either as we'd have to redefine the word 'boredom' all over again.

Sorry that I cannot compare directly to Perth as I only know Vancouver. Now I haven't been in Toronto but it's meant to be a much more thriving and exciting city, so you might want to look beyond BC.
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