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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.

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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