I quit my job banking position in 1998 and have done contract work mostly since (I have a husband who pays me to stay with him in South Carolina, LOL). He quit his in to take a year off and ski in 2002; he lasted 4 weeks. He is always in demand though, I have to really hunt for a job or contract in today's economy. You have some money, you'll be fine.. enjoy a winter off. We ended up moving to South Carolina when he was given an offer to work for who he does now and I can't work here, if I could, I would be back at work. Sometimes (not at first but more in the last three years), I really miss the security of that every day 9 to 5 job I left.
Here's some tips... If you do have trouble when you go to get a job then do some schooling in the IT field. So when you are looking you haven't fallen behind on new technologies and you can explain in interviews how you have been using your time to improve you abilities, something you didn't have time to do while working.
If there is some other field or position that you always wanted, apply for it.. Now is the time to go in and explain to an employer why they should hire you, how much you want it and how much enthusiasm you can bring to the position as it's new and exciting to you, and how they will get a mature, reliable person.... you were going to retire but realized that you really need to still keep busy.
You have a diploma of some sort. Vancouver, like Ottawa, is a hot bed of Government jobs. Most positions do not ask for a related diploma but merely you have a 2 year diploma of some sort as a minimum. Keep your eyes on the Government of Canada jobs. Search them on the job bank under Government Positions and you can get the all across Canada listings. These jobs usually pay a reasonable salary, with good benefits and holidays, with weekends off for skiing. Often when in the position they will have programs like job share. Share you full time job with someone that wants to work partime and you can both work part time. Interesting things like that and often they have contract positions. Possibly you could find some contract IT work for them.
You are moving 1.5 hours from Vancouver! That has to be the biggest job market in Canada right now. My brother moved to Victoria last year, was hired on the phone when he couldn't find work in Ontario. He has a pretty nice job for a small company on the island and loves the green living and outdoor focus of Victoria. The skiing is a little far though if you're on the island.
I try to work a contract at least every year so that my resume stays current and I have been working.
If all else fails, you can try and find a rich older ski wife that will look after you, or younger! LOL, have fun for the winter, you've already quit.