But I have no idea what The Pas is like, just know that its on the latitude as Edmonton(area I'm familiar with) on a river and on/near a reservation.
If anyone can give me an details, like whats the economy like, weather, housing, general attitude, shopping, anything! that would be wonderful.
Thanks in advance!
FWIW, I just saw on the news tonight that there was a substantial fire at the University of the North so I don't know how that's going to affect the operations there. And a last random tidbit, one of the midwives from the practice here in my town left here to go be a teacher up there in the aboriginal MW program. She was a great MW... not sure if she's still there.
Mama to my 3 wild things.
I'm going to have to do some web searching to find out more about this fire. I hope it doesn't affect the program either
Midwifery student , Mama to my 4 amazing kids.
I've actually worked at UCN in the past, as does my mom. My sister is taking the nursing program there.
As for the fire, it was nothing. They're redoing the roof and some tar caught fire. It was not substantial by any means. They're still cleaning up from the water damage, but classes are continuing as usual.
The midwifery program is still just starting up. I don't know the details, but definitely give them a call and they'll be more than happy to help you out.
As for what The Pas is like...well, I'll never move back there. It's your typical small town, so if you like that, then you'll probably like The Pas. Personally, after living in a city for a few years now, I can't stand all the petty small town back-biting and gossip and whatnot that goes on, but you'll find that in most small towns.
Yes, The Pas is along a river, with the reservation on the other side. A paper mill is the major employer there, along with UCN itself.
The weather - freezing cold winters (-50 is not unusual) and gorgeous summers. The summers are particularly nice due to the surrounding area. Clearwater Lake is half an hour out of town. The lake is beautiful and has a couple nice beaches, plenty of fishing, that sort of thing. The Caves are lots of fun to climb around in. Lots of outdoor things to do. Trapper's Festival in February is the big winter event there - something to take your mind off the cold and snow.
I don't know much about the housing specifics, but there are a lot of options - housing in town, housing out in the country if you don't mind the 10-15 minute drive (we did this when we lived there temporarily last summer - rented a place out in the country on 5 acres, the privacy and space were very nice), renting right near the college, living in residence, etc. It will depend also, of course, on your family situation.
Shopping - hah! It's much improved since Walmart and Canadian Tire opened in Flin Flon (1.5 hours' drive north of The Pas). There's not a lot in The Pas itself. Giant Tiger, Extra Foods, a couple grocery stores, Ardenes, Warehouse One, True Value, a health food store, a couple other stores. People tend to head to Winnipeg (6-7 hours' drive south of The Pas) every so often to stock up on what they need, because it's often hard to find what you need in town despite how hard they try to push the whole "shop local" thing. There's a few gas stations, plenty of fast food places, a couple restaurants, several playgrounds, and an excellent public library (I might be biased, as I worked there for 7 years, but I really haven't found a library as good as that one anywhere else). UCN has a good bookstore to pick up supplies you need for school.
General attitude - well, as I said, lots of typical small town politics. Everyone knows everyone else and your business is everyone's business. I don't have the patience for that sort of drama anymore, so I wouldn't settle down there, myself, but UCN does offer excellent programs and would likely be more than worth it for you.
Hope that helps and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have about the town. Good luck!
Cynthia, loving my husband Isaac, my silly boy Jacob (Apr 07), my sweet little Luke (Dec 09), and my darling Lily (Aug 12)
Doula mama, medic daddy and Tenley Harper born naturally 11/29/11
Either way, it seems like I'll need to move quite far to get the training I need. As it is right now, I still need to get certain programs done and I don't have the money for them yet. Don't qualify for a lot of grants and loans either.
I need a sign to let me know I'm heading in the right direction.
btw, thanks for your help everyone. It was nice to hear some personal opinions on the area.