I know you've probably heard it a million times before, but please if you could give some ideas it would be much appreciated.
I am currently living in Ontario but have wanted to move out to BC for quite some time. I was out there briefly last summer/fall but did not get loads of time to explore all that I wanted. I came en route from Calgary by bus and ended up in Vancouver. Did not get a chance to visit Victoria, but from what people tell me I'm fairly certain I would like the place.
I am contemplating making a move next year this time (April/May) and am hopefully going to be in the position to find a teaching job in French (yes, I know there are not many regular teaching jobs, hence the reasoning behind looking for French in particular). If I can't find a teaching job then I do have a bit of a medical background - office secretary, medical transcription, etc. and would be interested in that if I had to. If all else fails then I have a PADI Scuba Instructor licence which may come in handy.
SO, the big question is much like everyone else's that is pondering a move. Where can I settle that is not crazy expensive for rent but still be relatively close to the ocean (i.e. diving locations). I don't really want to live in Vancouver, but am wondering about the Island and/or Sunshine Coast. Is there anywhere that is "affordable" with good weather/temps, and also not too far away from basic necessities such as hospitals, grocery stores, etc.?
I have heard that Courtenay is not bad, but I really have nothing to go by. I've done some research on the outskirts of Vancouver but none really appeal to me. I'd really appreciate some constructive comments.
Thanks in advance.