Which is best province among the four?
- 0Apr 13, '09 by nursemichTo all Canadians, I want to ask if which is the best province among the four: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island. Me and my fiance' is planning to migrate in Canada. I will be applying under Skilled Migrant Provincial Nominee Program. I do not have relatives in these areas and I really need your advice and comments on each of the provinces. I cannot decide entirely by the information that I have read through my research because most of it are welcoming for migrants, so I need your honest opinion on this one. Thank you.
- 0Apr 13, '09 by AirforceRNI was born in Saskatchewan...its...nice. If you like plains and really really cold winters...go for it.
Nova Scotia and PEI...both on the East coast, both beautiful. Both "have not" Provinces. I'm sure health care is in demand but its not like living in New York. Manitoba is also part of the plains and REALLY cold in the winter (plug your car in at night cold).
If it were me, I would take the East coast simply because I love the ocean and both provinces are very well known for their beauty, friendliness and easy going nature
- 0Apr 14, '09 by Silverdragon102, RN AdminI love where we live in Nova Scotia and not far from PEI although I haven't yet visited there. A lot will depend on what sort of lifestyle you want. We wanted rural and have it, there are nursing jobs within 20-40 km from where we live so for us a car is necessary so that may have a impact on choosing especially if you don't drive
- 0Apr 14, '09 by Teebee5Saskatchewan = very cold winters. Nice summers though.
Manitoba = very cold winter, threats of floods come spring and big mosquito's come summer. Nice place to visit though, I heart Winnipeg.
PEI and Nova Scotia are beautiful place, I have never been but I have seen pictures and heard lovely things.
Why not BC or Alberta? This are great western provinces!
Don't just limit yourself to east of the rockys there is still great cities to the west of them!
Good luck in making you decision.
Canada is big and different from each region you travel too!
- 0Apr 14, '09 by nursemichThank you for all the inputs. From the info you have provided I am now considering NS and PEI.
At first, I considered applying in BC and Alberta but the four provinces mentioned offer Skilled Migrant nominee program for nurses, thus, I believe it will be easier for me to migrate than the former.
I am from one of the provinces in the Philippines and I prefer living in sub urban areas, although rural area can also be considered if there's a demand for nurses where I can easily find a job. :spin:
May I also ask if it snow in all the areas of Canada? We do not experience winter here in the Philippines and I think I will need to adjust with the weather?
- 0Apr 14, '09 by Silverdragon102, RN AdminYou will find snow falls in all areas of Canada, some areas more than others. If you look at my journal (link for journals at bottom of page) you will see some pictures taken in NS. Both NS and PEI had snow storm on Sunday/Monday making things a little hard but they are geared up for it plus we find clothing isn't too expensive and again geared to the weather
Check this website out for weather Weather network
- 1Apr 15, '09 by SpritzI lived in PEI from 1986-1989 in Summerside - hubby was in the Canadian Airforce. The winters are brutal, the summers OK. Beaches are nice, lobster dinners fantastic (Mother's Day they start). You take a step back in time about 20 yrs - the island way of life is VERY old fashioned and laid back. We travelled to Charlottetown to have our 2nd child as the local hospital was VERY old and dated. On the base the wind was charted and recorded and in a year, the average wind was 30 km/hr. Our daughter had chronic ear infections until we left there which was partly attributed to the potato fields (caring of the crop additives) that fill the island and constant blowing winds (few trees). Remember, they base their entire tourist industry on a made up tale called Anne of Green Gables.
We also lived in NS, in the Annapolis Valley from 1993-1997. Again - big time winters and you get the end of all the East Coast Hurricanes up the coast. Lots of no-see'ems in the spring - snow could fall in Sept and not be gone till April/May. WE lived in a very small rural community with a small hospital. Anything major was 1 1/2 hr drive to Halifax.
Fall is beautiful in the Maritimes, the people are very welcoming and homebodies Having grown up in Victoria, B.C. the West Coast is home for me.
Good luck in your quest
- 0Apr 18, '09 by epg_peiI'm from PEI, hence the name. I think coming from the Phillipines you may have a difficult time adjusting to the weather and culture of PEI. Our winters are long, summers short and relatively cool by your standards. We have limited choices for entertainment and shopping. And there remains on PEI a cultural divide between native Islanders and what some refer to as CFAs or "come from away"s. We're getting better, but we're not there just yet, especially in nursing. It's quite territorial. The better nursing positions are difficult to secure, we have an abundance of open positions on the heavy floors and are almost constantly short-staffed. Throw in high taxes, low levels of service, and I begin to wonder why I'm still here?! If I were in your position, and had to choose between PEI and NS, I would go with NS. My , thank you and good luck!