I would argue that Alberta is the bubble. An oily coloured bubble. I travel for work a fair bit and most places I visit are more like Halifax than Calgary or Edmonton. The place closest to Calgary or Edmonton was the Bay area in California during the '90's if you want to talk bubbles. Ottawa used to be a bit of a bubble during the late 90's and into the 2000's, then Nortel "happened" and more recently Harper cut a ton of federal jobs. Now Ottawa is worse off than Halifax as far as a bright future is concerned (they will still be OK because of that big clock tower that sits in the middle of their downtown). Ottawa is part of my travels for work - I have a ton of friends originally from Nova Scotia who live there now. It always used to be, "why'd you move back to Nova Scotia?" when I visited. Now, all I hear is, "I keep hearing all these good things about Halifax." In the last year, I've had 2 friends make the move back (with their young families). I moved back about 8 years ago and in that time, we were the only ones in my group of friends who made the move. So, yes, you can head off to Alberta for a better life for you and your family and that is just fine. You will have a good time and a great life, I'm sure; just... don't shit on Halifax. It's not dying; with the shipbuilding contract, and as Big Al pointed out, the recent announcements from IBM and contracting firms, bigger things are coming to Halifax than you seem to realize. There is still a bunch of back-ass-edry going on, but there is more of a voice getting that to change than there ever has been. I love living here and have this optimistic feeling that we're on the cusp on Halifax really charging out and changing to that vibrant city we know it can be.