I personally really enjoy BCIT's program. Your friends are correct, the workload is very intense. But nursing school is difficult no matter what school you attend, so don't let that stop you
I looked into attending BCIT and UBC. I had taken a year off after I finished my first degree and was ready to head back to school. I chose BCIT because, as I indicated in my earlier post, I wanted a different experience from university. BCIT's approach is very hands on, you start in clinical as soon as week 2 in Level 1. Your instructors know you by name and you call them by their first name. There is a mix of formal lecture, problem based learning (PBL), clinical labs, and online courses.
What I would do is look on the websites for each of the schools you are interested in. BCITs School of Nursing regularly has information sessions where you can attend and ask questions, plus get a feel for the campus. You can also be a "student for a day" and see what the program is all about before maknig any decisions. I specifically remember having prospective students sit in on our classes.
Hope that helps!