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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.

Victoria

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.

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

Vic­to­ria har­bor pho­to ©Carolyn B. Heller