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1. Posted by Cosmo. (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

Alright people?

A new member here (believe it or not this site was recommended on a football forum in ireland!!)

A bit of a dilemma.

Planning on heading somewhere for the year in january (saving the bucks first!!) and tossing up between Canada, New Zealand and america!!)

Swaying towards canada at the moment but dont know too much about it!!

Would people recommend it? (someone told me it was a bit boring!!) - want to head somewhere that will be good craic (will probably start in toronto if i decide to head over)

Whats the job situation over there? Would many people be willing to employ a paddy ;)?

Thoughts please to help me make up my mind................

Cheers!

2. Posted by Cosmo. (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

'and tossing up between Canada, New Zealand and america!!)'

Sorry correction - canada, NZ or Australia

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I can tell you that it gets pretty cold in Canada in the Winter.

4. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Don't come to Canada in Jan if you're not into winter sports.

5. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 11y

January is SUMMER TIME in Australia & NZ so 'come on down'. If you pick Oz, start in the Southern States and work your way North. Stay away from Northern Australia Jan - April as there is a high possibility of lots of rain, including cyclones(hurricane). By Northern, I mean Brisbane and above.
Victoria / Melbourne is great with fantastic beaches and night life as is NSW / Sydney. Of course central Australia is fantastic from May onwards (too hot earlier).
OZ is a BIG country so plan your travells well. If you have the time / cash, why not take in NZ too, it is only a 4 hours flight. I havn't been there but plan to do so & all the reports have been great.

The Queensland Coast route is fantastic so see if you can take that route up to Cairns 7 Cooktown.

Hey what about 6 months down under & 6 months in Canada?

In any case have a great trip wherever you go.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Canada is not always "Cold" in the winter! On the west coast it is rather pleasant in the winter, if a bit damp

The summers are warm and pleasant through-out the country. ;) Unless you are hitting the North Pole. (Magnetic)

I am certain the Irish can handle the weather of Canada! So I say come to Canada! We are the Home of the free and the land of the brave... oh wait that is the United States. I guess that means we are home of the igloo's and the land of the toques

If travelling across the second largest country in the world while being witness to some of the most pristine wilderness the world has to offer, and safe, clean and friendly cities... though skip Montreal there are lots of crazy people there... <ninja face>

7. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

If your looking for a job.... skip the East!! Its like a giant exodus of Newfies here in Alberta...!!

Seriously though, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding work in any of the bigger cities... Van, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal... even some of the smaller ones... It depends what you want to do!

If your up for it you can work on the ski resorts, but I would definetly try to settle that before you leave, and it may be hard come mid season... And if your a strong lad, and your up for it, I can certainly find you work doing seismic, you'll be hiking all day in the mountains for a month straight... you'll only pull in about $2800/month... You'll probably get to ride in a helicopter everyday too! And believe me, its very intense!! Everything is paid for too... except clothing, which you'll need if your working in the winter!!

Other then that, I would say just come on over... If your looking for things to do in Alberta I can certainly help ya,

Kevin

8. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Believe it or not, its not boring in Canada. We're a very multicultural and huge country, and you've got india, china, jamaica, mexico and everyother nationality whereever you go. Theres mountains, hills, lakes, oceans, beaches, praires,cities snow and yes summer. And unlike our neighbourh to the south the legal drinking age is 19 (18 in Quebec).Wether you like camping and sports, or eating and drinking theres something for everyone.

As for finding a job, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job in January, its the middle of the ski season. Try Whistler, Victoria, Banff or Quebec(if you speak french) there are a lot of resorts hiring and if you don't mind being outside the city you often get free or cheap accomodation. I've done it before, and everyone gets together and has a lot of fun, believe me. and you save a lot of money. I wouldn't look in toronto, not for january.

try hospitalityjobs.ca, you can find jobs posted for people from other countries.

Oh, and by the way, if you're afraid of the snow and the cold, it never snows in most parts of BC, and is usually above 0 degrees. There is however a lot of snow in Quebec.

9. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

oops, i mean hcareers.ca. I need sleep.

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Alberta is 18 as well... And I don't know where you went in BC but it snows in most of it