Hans, if it helps, you couldn't pay me enough to fly the old 100's out of YYZ or YUL long term. You're very right. At those bases, the overnights are marginal at best. Its a lot of flying and a lot of shenanigans (not the fun kind) and a lot of work. I almost always bid to avoid the 4 day pairings that come up out that way in our bid pacs.
Out west? Totally different operation. 4-5 leg days. the occasional 6, but only if they've included a ycd or yyj turn (piece of cake) with reasonable overnights. The vibe is generally much more mellow too. I'll gladly do any and all of the overnights we get. I've found great eats in every single spot and theres always some entertainment. Sudbury and Northbay they are not!!
Hopefully YYZ sees a return of the CRJ and it's associated flying in the future.
I've been doing this as, if not a bit longer than KP. Started flying in 2002! My dream job fell apart too. I had little interest in the airline biz, but I'm enjoying the hell out of the classic in YVR and Jazz in general. Out here, I watch the RJ and Q bid pacs. While the RJ would be a bit better, I'd hold the very last seat. No thanks. the Q? Not a bloody chance. It look atrocious from the lifestyle perspective for me.
Hope you find what you're looking for!
You know I've heard that before. You're not the first to say that the difference between YUL/YYZ and YYC/YVR is very different. I have never flown out there, but it would be nice to try. I'd move there for an RJ job. If I'm going to bite the bullet and move out West, to be at the bottom of the list, I might as well do it on a plane that I want.