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Old Apr 13th 2014, 1:12 am
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Reading the OP's post it sounds like yet another person who moved to the back end of beyond who is surprised to find they live in the back end of beyond. Nearly-nowhere-Nova-Scotia is where you retire to.

Calgary can be pretty dull but it ain't that dull.
Please do not insult my intelligence. I am not surprised to be living in the back of beyond. I researched extensively before moving and looked forward to the rural life. I just did not realise that the financial restraints would be such that I could never leave. (The economy of NS has changed since we moved and our change in working circumstances could not have been predicted.)
Anyway, the same could be said for someone who moved to a city and yearned for a bit of countryside on occasion but could not afford to get out. Anyone could get fed up with the thought of being stuck!
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Old Apr 13th 2014, 1:16 am
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People here in rural NS seem to be very happy socialising with their family and friends at the cottage, out boating or relaxing at the beach and firing up the BBQ in their backyard in the summer because there is no need to go anywhere else really since the weather is fab. Local events also seem very well attended so they make the most of what goes on in their community.

I have asked many Canadian friends if they won a large sum of money would they move elsewhere and nearly all have said no. It must be very nice to be so happy and content with your life - quite enviable really. Not everyone needs adventure to feel fulfilled.

Me, I love to travel and if I won a bucket load of money then I want to travel the world very slowy
Substitute NZ ( New Zealand) for NS and then I could have written that post.
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Old Apr 13th 2014, 1:18 am
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That will soooo be me this summer, when I spend a couple of days in Edmonton on the way back from camping in the Rockies!
Argh! I am so jealous and I can't find a green with envy emoticon. I am sure it will be the highlight of your trip.....
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Old Apr 13th 2014, 1:23 am
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Well the second hit I get in Google when I type in: "Nova Scotia economy" is this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle16832235/ which says NS has had a 20-year decline in its economy.

So not exactly a secret.
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Argh! I am so jealous and I can't find a green with envy emoticon. I am sure it will be the highlight of your trip.....
It will be the man-made highlight of our trip. I think it will be tied 1st with The Old Spaghetti Factory, brings back memories of our 1st night in Canada!

Where are you looking at moving to? I know what you mean about isolation. Flights are so costly. At least we have the benefit of being a few hours drive in each direction of interesting places. You can research til you're blue-in-the-face but it will ever be liking actually living somewhere. Also, every families experience and likes are different. At least you gave it a darned good try.
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Old Apr 13th 2014, 1:34 am
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I have thought long and hard about what it was that stimulated me in the UK that I cannot get here. We have always been quite self sufficient with finding our own entertainment. It is not that we look for 'laid on activities as such.' In the UK I suppose we visited different towns/rural places at weekends, visited family and had weekend breaks cheaply when we desired. A villa in Spain etc was affordable every now and again and there was just a variety of 'stuff' to do. I would love to be able to do trips to Toronto, or drive to America for short breaks' The distances are just too far to drive and the flights are just too damn expensive. I would just like the option to get away if desired. Also I am sure along with so many Brits I miss the 'banter.' The Nova Scotians are particularly insular. Many have never left the Province so any sort of comment/joke involving the most simple lateral thinking falls on stony ground. I have colleagues who come from different areas of Canada who seem to have a bit more 'life experience' and I can have interesting conversation with (often even involving humour!) I always used to look forward to staffroom talk in the UK. Even if we had not done anything ourselves at the weekend, others would share their experiences and it was interesting. Here, post weekend talk involves who run the furthest, what bootcamp they attended, what flavour of cookie dough is on sale this week and what is offer in the flyers. No one actually seems to do anything of interest. I have friends in Ontario, and they seem to be off doing stuff all the time.

Right now.....even the thought to a trip to Ikea fills me full of endorphines to the point I feel I might act inappropriately with euphoria if I ever actually got there again!
New England is only a 6hr drive, and by Canadian standards that is very close. We have vacationed in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since we lived here. Toronto on the other hand is about a 19 hr drive. Funny how it never looked that far away on the map until I got here

I find the humour here in NS is great. Lots of Cape Bretoners and a scattering of Newfoundlanders around our way and they have a similar sense of humour to us Brits. My work colleagues are a riot - it's one of the best places I have ever worked. I definitely struck lucky there

People do actually make the choice to live rural because it's a dream they have but rural living comes with lack of facilities and definitively lack of jobs - that would be the same as any other province. On the other hand there is strong community spirit and the locals put a lot of effort into community events. Just about everyone here is a volunteer with one or more organizations. The one thing us expats don't have is family, which is a very visible strong bond here.

I would imagine expats who choose to move on to a different province would not live so rural. You can't compare living in populated area in one province with living rurally in another. That's like comparing apples to oranges.
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Well the second hit I get in Google when I type in: "Nova Scotia economy" is this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle16832235/ which says NS has had a 20-year decline in its economy.

So not exactly a secret.
When we moved here 4 years ago, the company my OH worked for was very progressive, doing work all over Canada. Unfortunately the partners got greedy and sold out to a larger company rather suddenly. The working conditions, pay and promises made by the original company are now obsolete. You can only make decisions based on the information you have at the time.
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It will be the man-made highlight of our trip. I think it will be tied 1st with The Old Spaghetti Factory, brings back memories of our 1st night in Canada!

Where are you looking at moving to? I know what you mean about isolation. Flights are so costly. At least we have the benefit of being a few hours drive in each direction of interesting places. You can research til you're blue-in-the-face but it will ever be liking actually living somewhere. Also, every families experience and likes are different. At least you gave it a darned good try.
Thanks, I think 4 years is a respectable time and we gave it a good shot,. It has not all been bad. (only recently) Anyway, onwards and upwards! Looking forward to our next adventure. OH has had a couple of interviews in Ontario and I have sat the relevant qualification modifications specific to that province. Looking forward to the new challenges
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Thanks, I think 4 years is a respectable time and we gave it a good shot,. It has not all been bad. (only recently) Anyway, onwards and upwards! Looking forward to our next adventure. OH has had a couple of interviews in Ontario and I have sat the relevant qualification modifications specific to that province. Looking forward to the new challenges
Yes, circumstances change and when it's sink or swim I would definitely swim too. Good luck
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Yes, circumstances change and when it's sink or swim I would definitely swim too. Good luck
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I moved from Alberta for all those reasons, bored, depressed I think and the long endless winter------ and I skied twice a week.

Winnipeg and Edmonton I frequented regularly with work---- you couldn't pay me to live there.

BC-- bring cash!!!

About to give up on it all before homing in on NS, yes there are challenges but for us we have found our peice of Canada!!!!!

A day on a beautiful beach, feeling the sea breeze, walking the Halifax board walk, saying hello to a local and still chatting 20 minutes later, eating lobster, hiking or whale watching, having a house that comes with a parking space, watching the tall ships, tattoo, festivals, going to wineries, 45 minutes from skiing, deep sea fishing and a host of kids activities that they wouldn't, couldn't do so easily in the Uk------- batten down for the worst part of winter then enjoy the rest!!!

Everybody is different, with different needs and outlooks----- we found our place.

Will it be home for ever---- I doubt it as we explore and change but for now it suits and fits the requirements.
We are definitely spoiled for beaches here. Many to choose from but my local favourite is Melmerby. It's beautiful with warm shallow water and lovely views. Best place to hang out with friends. It's so peaceful even when it's busy. After this tough winter, I am so looking forward to summer
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I have thought long and hard about what it was that stimulated me in the UK that I cannot get here. We have always been quite self sufficient with finding our own entertainment. It is not that we look for 'laid on activities as such.' In the UK I suppose we visited different towns/rural places at weekends, visited family and had weekend breaks cheaply when we desired. A villa in Spain etc was affordable every now and again and there was just a variety of 'stuff' to do. I would love to be able to do trips to Toronto, or drive to America for short breaks' The distances are just too far to drive and the flights are just too damn expensive. I would just like the option to get away if desired. Also I am sure along with so many Brits I miss the 'banter.' The Nova Scotians are particularly insular. Many have never left the Province so any sort of comment/joke involving the most simple lateral thinking falls on stony ground. I have colleagues who come from different areas of Canada who seem to have a bit more 'life experience' and I can have interesting conversation with (often even involving humour!) I always used to look forward to staffroom talk in the UK. Even if we had not done anything ourselves at the weekend, others would share their experiences and it was interesting. Here, post weekend talk involves who run the furthest, what bootcamp they attended, what flavour of cookie dough is on sale this week and what is offer in the flyers. No one actually seems to do anything of interest. I have friends in Ontario, and they seem to be off doing stuff all the time.

Right now.....even the thought to a trip to Ikea fills me full of endorphines to the point I feel I might act inappropriately with euphoria if I ever actually got there again!
lol ..don't they all? (act inappropriately with euphoria at Ikea ..that is?) I have seen strange things there ....

so what's so special in Toronto or America? other than ppl crowding you?

Sounds as if you need to move closer to a city.. ?
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lol ..don't they all? (act inappropriately with euphoria at Ikea ..that is?) I have seen strange things there ....

so what's so special in Toronto or America? other than ppl crowding you?

Sounds as if you need to move closer to a city.. ?
I suppose there are specific things we would like to see there and trips we would like to do, but guess I am just indicating that any change would be nice. Although I lived in a city before, I loved visiting the country too. If we could get away sometimes to the 'bright lights' I would happily return to my quiet life until i felt the urge for another wee trip away. I think it is fairly normal for folk to want to get away occasionally.
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Substitute NZ ( New Zealand) for NS and then I could have written that post.
Funny I was thinking the same thing.
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Well the second hit I get in Google when I type in: "Nova Scotia economy" is this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle16832235/ which says NS has had a 20-year decline in its economy.

So not exactly a secret.
Some people say these articles are just propaganda Steve.
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