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Victoria & Vancouver Island

Photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

If you like the idea of the relaxed, West Coast life, but you pre­fer a less urban envi­ron­ment than Vancouver, look at some of British Columbia’s other regions.


The provin­cial cap­i­tal, Victoria, located on Vancouver Island across the Strait of Georgia from the city of Vancouver, is an up-​​and-​​coming com­mu­nity. It’s large enough to have plenty of restau­rants, pubs, and cul­tural activ­i­ties, but small enough to be neigh­borly. The cli­mate is mild, and golf­ing, sail­ing, hik­ing, and cycling are just a few of the activ­i­ties that res­i­dents enjoy.

Vancouver Island

Elsewhere on Vancouver Island, you’ll find smaller cities, beach towns, and log­ging com­mu­ni­ties. And between Vancouver Island and the main­land, the waters are dot­ted with islands: the Gulf Island chain. In these island spots, tourism is a big busi­ness, but so is telecom­mut­ing. Many artists and entre­pre­neurs have set­tled on B.C.‘s islands, adding a vibrant cul­tural dimen­sion to life here. And when the surf’s up or the sun shines, island res­i­dents can get out­doors fast.

Victoria & Vancouver Island relo­ca­tion resources:

– Excerpted (in part) from the book, Living Abroad in Canada. To read more, buy the book.

Victoria har­bor photo ©Carolyn B. Heller