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Old 06-03-2012, 05:00 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I might consider living/working in Halifax, NS, Fredericton or Moncton, NB, or possibly a rural area/town for 6 months next year. I'm attracted to the rustic scenery, fall foliage, down to earth traditional people, experience a white Christmas in the north, the closeness to the NE US, the natural wilderness of the area, as well as Quebec and Newfoundland.

I'm Australian, 26, have a degree in town planning although only one year experience in that field so I won't be doing a profession related job there. I've worked at Toys'r'us as a customer service/floor person for a grand total of 6 months. According to the agencies I've spoken to I shouldn't have a problem securing casual employment. I plan to find a job on one of the ski resorts in BC or Alberta later this year, work there about 6 months, and then try somewhere in Eastern Canada.

Just wondering if there's a big job market for Aussies, Brits, and others who have the working holiday agreement with Canada in the Maritime provinces. I'm allowed to live and work for 2 years on the working holiday visa (no limit to how long I can work, although I want to take off at least 2 months to travel, if I'm lucky enough).

Are the cities of the Maritimes exciting places to live/work/play? What about opportunities in rural areas? Are there any ski resorts in the Maritimes? I'm assuming I'll get something in the retail/hospitality industry. If I did work out in the country or in a smaller city like Moncton, would I require a car? How do long-term rentals work?
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Moncton isn't the most happening city, it can get quite boring there. However, I've only been a tourist there so maybe people who live there know where the fun is at.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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Moncton is a bilingual city so being able to speak French is a big advantage in getting a job. You may have better luck in Halifax. As far as ski resorts, there are a few - but they are small like the hills they are on:

45 minute drive from Moncton: PoleyMountain.com | Online Home of Poley Mountain Resorts Ltd.

1 hour from Fredericton, NB: Welcome | Crabbe Mountain

About a 1 hour drive from Moncton (located in Nova Scotia): Mountain - Ski Wentworth

About an hour from Halifax, NS: Welcome to Ski Martock - Home of Atlantic Canada's Best Snow
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Moncton is a bilingual city so being able to speak French is a big advantage in getting a job. You may have better luck in Halifax. As far as ski resorts, there are a few - but they are small like the hills they are on:

45 minute drive from Moncton: PoleyMountain.com | Online Home of Poley Mountain Resorts Ltd.

1 hour from Fredericton, NB: Welcome | Crabbe Mountain

About a 1 hour drive from Moncton (located in Nova Scotia): Mountain - Ski Wentworth

About an hour from Halifax, NS: Welcome to Ski Martock - Home of Atlantic Canada's Best Snow
Actually come to think of it I would probably start there in the summer anyway. After working in a ski resort out west I'd probably want something new.

Although Toronto would offer the best urban life, I actually prefer to experience the more pastoral charm of the Maritimes. The coastal scenery is very beautiful, although we have beaches aplenty here...swimming is probably out of the question there anyway. I wanted to visit when I was in the NE US but lacked time. I would probably finish up there at the end of 2013, so would get the see the Fall colour. It would be awesome to also spend a white Christmas up there, maybe in Quebec City if I'm lucky!

I would probably lean towards Halifax. I mean I know it's not a huge city, but it'd be a good mix of city life with country hospitality/rural scenery. I lived in a small town of 2,000 for a year so I know what small small town life is like!
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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...The coastal scenery is very beautiful, although we have beaches aplenty here...swimming is probably out of the question there anyway....
Not at all. Shediac has the warmest water north of Virginia, USA due to the Gulf Stream

Town of Shediac
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: CFL
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Hello Trimac,

I've seen you mention in a few threads that you are planning a working visit but haven't seen you discuss the paperwork involved. Most people can't just come and visit and work. They must get work visas that aren't the easiest to get. In your case you are fortunate that you are from Australia as they have a special arrangement but there is still some paperwork involved. https://www.whpcanada.org.au/
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