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westcoastnortherner Sat 11-Feb-12 16:45:32

So I noticed that there is a thread for America 2012, and I thought it would be nice to have a Canadian one too. So we can chat or if anyone has any questions I'm sure someone will be able to help...

I moved to Victoria, BC three years ago I have two DC'S and I am a SAHM.

HerRoyalNotness Sat 11-Feb-12 16:51:02

Hi there! We're in Montreal, have been here 3.5yrs. I work and have 2 boys. One born here, one in UK. Thank goodness this winter has been mild so far but missing the lack of snow on the other hand. I remember last year we were shovelling it every other day.

duchesse Sat 11-Feb-12 17:01:36

Aaah, missing Canada (we were in Montreal for 15 months 2003-2004). Had the most amazing time despite the coldest winter for a long time (reached -40C for about 3 days). Would love to go back... Have some lovely friends there.

<waves wistfully>

westcoastnortherner Sat 11-Feb-12 17:37:02

Hi! Montreal sounds lovely, it's on my list of places to visit smile

As for the winter here, it snowed for a couple of days last month, and it was total chaos... The Victorians are not used to snow lol

HerRoyalNotness Sun 12-Feb-12 03:09:58

I was here first time round in 2004 too, for 6mths. I still remember my first winter withe huge fluffy snowflakes coming down and Me walking around with a stupid grin on my face. We lived in BC 2 years ago too for 8mths, so beautiful up there. Quebec is totally different, a bit scruffy and no mountains to speak of, humid in summer too. We're enjoying it and I look forward to the boys learning more French, one starts school in sept, but it itchy feet are almost getting the better of me.

Jnice Sun 12-Feb-12 05:42:11

Hi, we moved from uk to Vancouver in 2004 with our then 1 y/o DS. Since then we have had two more DSs. We love it and want to stay.

Am rather jealous that the uk are getting a proper winter though. None of that here.

Nice to chat with other expats in Canada!

crazyforbaby Sun 12-Feb-12 06:11:05

Hi! We brought our children to Vancouver four years ago. We have bought a house and the children have settled in really well. I am really looking forward to a trip home next year. smile

duchesse Sun 12-Feb-12 11:08:26

Where did you live Notness? We were in Somerled Ave in NDG, very near that school that everyone wants to get into (we didn't!). The children went to Willingdon, 2 blocks away from our house. Had an absolutely fab year.

westcoastnortherner Sun 12-Feb-12 16:04:15

We will probably have to move to the mainland this summer for DH's work... I may well be asking advice soon about places to live. We looked at Maple ridge, you seem to get quite a bit for your money in that direction.

outofbodyexperience Sun 12-Feb-12 16:22:00

Morning all!
We've been here for two and a half years this time, but spent three years here before as well. Three dcs and currently unemployable locally apparently... hmm so have lots of volunteering stuff going on and am finishing my MSc I started in the UK by distance...

Albertan Rockies. Tis beautiful but unseasonably warm at the mo. Plenty of snow on the hills though and the skiing is awesome. grin

Dh is currently looking for a new job, so there might be a bit of a shake-up chez out soonish, but we probably won't move tbh. The kids are settled and it's a great place. (we have PR so no TWP ishoos)

Am toying with the idea of getting a houseboat on the Shuswap in the summer... Anyone done it before?

outofbodyexperience Sun 12-Feb-12 16:24:02

We had two weeks of -40 in Jan, duchesse grin. Tis bee yoo tiful now though. grin (not holding breath. Three more months of winter yet...)

Fizzbungle Sun 12-Feb-12 23:14:30

Hi all I'm in Victoria with DH & DS I am a SAHM moved here 14 months ago. Very homesick at first now I love it here!, never imagined I would say that what a difference a year makes smile

westcoastnortherner Mon 13-Feb-12 01:09:19

Hi Fizzbungle I was really homesick the first year too!

Where in Victoria are you? We are in Langford.

Feel free to PM me if you are ever in need of any advice (eg. For good schools, a British butchers, kids activities) or a chat x

HerRoyalNotness Mon 13-Feb-12 01:51:08

We're in Victoria village in westmount duchesse. Which school do they all want into? Our eldest will go to Roslyn this Sept. it seems to be a great school, and as our company doesn't pay private any longer, we hope it is!

jenrendo Mon 13-Feb-12 03:38:22

Hello! We moved to Toronto in Sept 2011 and are loving it so far. It's only for 2 years with DH's job but we're going to make the most of it. He's off to Montreal today for the week on business and I'm jealous that I didn't get to go with him and also a bit lonely sad

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Mon 13-Feb-12 03:44:26

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lemonpoppyseed Mon 13-Feb-12 12:32:01


I've been in Toronto for nearly ten years; I moved here with my Canadian husband, and we now have a 1yo DS. I love it here!

Fizzbungle Mon 13-Feb-12 17:49:07

Hey Westcoastnortherner i'm in Vic West/Esquimalt so not to far away I will pm you for some ideas if that ok. smile

westcoastnortherner Mon 13-Feb-12 18:26:31

No problem Fizzbungle! smile

Also i'm not sure if you did this last year or not but be a tourist in your own town is back on

As is dine around Victoria ( this was good value last year)

westcoastnortherner Mon 13-Feb-12 18:27:48

I'm very excited, My Mum flys out on Saturday, with marmite, tea, hugs and baby sitting woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

crazyforbaby Mon 13-Feb-12 22:14:15

Did you say your Mum is bringing over TEA, Westcoast? You jammy thing, I'm so jealous! My Mum is coming over in April with one case full of tea bags, then I can chuck the Red Rose out!

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Mon 13-Feb-12 22:35:23

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outofbodyexperience Mon 13-Feb-12 22:48:08

Lol Annie, we had birds last week. grin

I'm sad to confirm that the ils largely ship bisto gravy granules. We manage everything else....

There are expat shops in Calgary but they are extortionate! And I can't be arsed to do the drive anyway. I did learn that one liquor store stocks pimms though...

Marmite <blee>

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Mon 13-Feb-12 23:12:57

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westcoastnortherner Tue 14-Feb-12 02:33:28

We do have expat shops here and shops like thriftys have alot of british stuff, but it can be expensive, its free when mum brings it over ;)

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