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Anyone have any experience working in Northern BC. is the money worth it to work up there?
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It's mostly trades/oilfield/natural gas up there. A lot of work relating to the Site C dam they are building. For most people in that they're happy to make 75-100K nowadays, some even a bit lower. Fully ticketed, experienced tradespeople can exceed that obviously, though with the abundance of cheap labour across the country nowadays it'll be harder than before.

For Fort St. John, housing is expensive being an oilfield town. I had one job offer that offered me an additional $1000/month tax free living allowance if I was willing to go up there- hints the living cost differential. Then you have the usual characteristics of such- overflow of lonely men running around with few women, and the few are difficult to trust. Lots of hookers and drugs. Few amenities in comparison to your usual cities. Mostly a work town. Word on the street is it's a "Rig Pig" town so a lot of the people up there are not the best. Nevertheless if you keep your head down, work hard, and have strong ambitions, those aspects won't bring you down.

My old supervisor quit to work up there to haul water, gets 700/day through the union- though that's on the upper end and union work can be very shaky. I thought about going there myself as I could easily find work, but have a home here in Edmonton now and go to school part of the year. I'm very busy with lots of work, just am looking for more dollars.
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I think economy is still slow there.
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What do you consider Northern BC?
Some people thing Prince George is northern, but it's only half way up the province.
Fort Nelson is true northern.
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If you want to work in a remote northern community, why not Whitehorse or Yellowknife? They are bigger cities than what you're looking at, you'll probably get better opportunities and because they are territorial capitals, they do have better access (flights).

Also Quesnel is south of Prince George, which never gets considered part of "northern BC."
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Neverone wrote:
Mar 24th, 2017 10:01 pm
If you want to work in a remote northern community, why not Whitehorse or Yellowknife? They are bigger cities than what you're looking at, you'll probably get better opportunities and because they are territorial capitals, they do have better access (flights).

Also Quesnel is south of Prince George, which never gets considered part of "northern BC."
It depends on what OP does/is looking for. Ft. St John is busy because of that Site C dam they are building and all the pipeline work. But it's mostly trades related.
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I lived in Prince George for too many years. There is work there, and from there on north, but the one thing you may find is that the weather can be against you. But that all depends on the importance of weather in your life. Eventually it got to me. There's nothing you can do about it other than leave. If you are okay with it, then head north.

I'm not a fan of Quesnel, just me. Very affordable though. Not growing and not dying.

I've seen a bit of Fort St. John but not enough to comment. A fair bit more expensive to live there but get there before the oil boom takes off again and the prices take off with it.

Atlin! Wow, are there jobs there? If so and you like remoteness and the outdoors, get your butt up there. Absolutely beautiful part of Canada. If I wanted that kind of life, nothing could beat Atlin.
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lovetolearn wrote:
Mar 29th, 2017 8:23 am
Also Prince Rupert,
Vanderhoof
I worked in Prince Rupert many years ago, in the fishing industry putting myself through university. Lots of drinking there and lots of issues with natives, but overall a very friendly community as it`s at the end of the road and somewhat isolated. I would pick it over Terrace or Prince George any day, simply because of it`s friendliness.
I never lived in Vanderhoof but spent a lot of time there with forestry. Lots of farmers, ranchers and loggers there. A little more religious than other communities.

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