I think you will always get mixed reviews. Some guys loved the good old days and are mad about every change and other guys make the best out of it and have great success.
I have lived in BC for almost 4 years now and it has been a blast. I originally thought I wanted to be in the East part of the province but I am extremely happy where I am. It's really nice to be closer to the coast.
I was part of HBC but got a little tired of it, still good info there and some great guys as well.
I have not hunted up near FSJ so can't help you there but I love the hunting opportunities that BC offers, dream come true for me.