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1. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

Hey im doing the working holiday visa for Canada in 2009. Just looking for some general advice and recommendations on types of jobs to look for, where are the most exciting places to live/work etc. Things that are a must see/do! Basically anything worth 22 and male if that helps!

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

Well, the Okanagan is nice.

Everyone loves Montreal...That would be a cool place to live.

Vancouver if you like skiing Lots and lots and lots of bar and restaurant jobs there because there is so much construction that all the young folks have gone that route rather than work in a club. EASY to find a service job there. And commonly considered the most beautiful city in Canada

(That ainĀ“t true, by the by. Drop the city exactly as it is in the Prairies and no one would look at it twice. Boring city in a beautiful setting)

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

I'm getting my Canadian WHV for '09 too :) not heading over until June though, my first job is gonna be at a summer camp. Hope to find resort work in the winter.

4. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

Thanks for the replies...

Yeah gonna be heading over around July myself...should be cool. Havnt really thought much about work yet, was thinking about resort work in Tofino for the summer...wouldnt mind working at a ski resort either!

Dunno about Montreal, I heard you need french to get work there? Iv also been considering staying in Halifax for a few months, anyone recommend this?

Also how is Toronto?

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

Why would you choose Tofino? Are you a surfer? Tofino is pretty isolated...Though it is a nice place.

I have never worked in Montreal, but there is a fairly large English community..On the other hand, I bet QUebec has a bilingual law with workers. You are right to be dubious.

I was born and raised in Toronto and I love it there. Lots of service work there too, I'll wager. But it's all urban. To the north are some of the most spectacular lakelands I have seen and it is great for canoeing and camping, but it takes a while to get there. There is a great music and club scene in Toronto, and a fantastic art gallery and museum. Lot's of interesting ethnic neighbourhoods. It's on Lake Ontario, so there is water, though the lake *used to be* pretty grungy. They have a set of islands in the lake that is great for a day out of cycling or walking around. It used to be all park. I hope that is the same today.

Good luck out there

6. Posted by rhysv (Inactive 22 posts) 8y

Mac what are you interested in doing? Canada is a big country and has a wide variety options available. I just got back from my second trip there. The sky's really the limit with what you can do its just what inspires you.

7. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

Quoting Piecar

Why would you choose Tofino? Are you a surfer? Tofino is pretty isolated...Though it is a nice place.

Yeah I surf a bit, but as far as I know theres only surf there in the winter and as you said its pretty isolated, thats why I am considering Halifax instead. I heard Tofinos busy in the summer though?

I basically want to travel around a bit, spending a few months in each place...not sure if many people do this but I think it would be a good way to see the country. Im definately gonna spend some time in Vancouver and Toronto...and a ski resort sounds good but i also want to stay somewhere that i can surf(halifax?), at least for a few months.

Oh and I want somewhere with good nightlife too;)

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

I'd think of elsewhere than Tofino then. I'm not sure why it came into your head. There's a lot of burnout ex hippies hanging around there smoking pot and talking about how Bohemian they are. I know because half of them are from the film biz in Vancouver, when I spent a lot of time working in and I had to listen to 'em

Saskatoon has a good jazz and blues scene. Banff used to be great GREAT!!! GREEEAAAATTTT!!! but then they changed the signs to Japanese first and got a McDonalds and now the place blows.

WHistler is cool but expensive. Lots of clubs up there though.

WInnipeg has a burgeoning nightlife....but there is a song called "Portage and Main, 15 below" and that ain't hyperbole.

I don't know what to tell you.


9. Posted by jazzfizz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi people!
i am soon to finish education (outdoor education BTEC) in Bristol in England and hope to jet off to Canada....i want to travel around anything from 3 months to a year. British Columbia definetly appeals along with many other places. i was wondering if anyone has any names of outdoor centers or companies that employ for work....both winter and summer as i am a keen skier and also experienced in many land and water based activities. i heard about camp america but looked into it and it looks a bit too mainstream and not really properly outdoor sports.i think Whistler would be a challenge to get work and to live as the olympics and all next season.
any help would be much apprechiated......