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Old 07-11-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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I want to someday relocate to Vancouver Island because what I've realized is that I am very content and happy in nature. At the age of 27 I've become weary and sick of city life.

What I'd like to know is that will a person, who has always lived in cities(and metropolitan fast paced at that) become bored of island life? Is it just a grass being greener on the other side thing and the novelty will wear off eventually?

I am not a disc/pub nightlife person and actually prefer being a homebody. However I revel in nature, hiking, trekking, even sitting with friends....and boy is Vancouver island picturesque.

What are your experiences of the time you spent on the island(Nanaimo, Victoria et all)?
Tell me your experience. Would you, if given a chance, relocate in that life?
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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Well, yes Sidney, which is a smaller town near Victoria. Victoria is still a 'city' in itself, if you are a homebody or like nature, then the island (esp around Victoria and Nanaimo) will still be close enough to the major city-only things. Besides if you are really desperate to get into a metro city, you can take the ferry. But the island life itself is not 'boring' (in the sense of boring suburbs), not at all. It's really a beautiful place. I would live there if it wasn't for a job transfer.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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I want to someday relocate to Vancouver Island because what I've realized is that I am very content and happy in nature. At the age of 27 I've become weary and sick of city life.
This guys story you might find motivating and inspirational
Dick Proenneke, Alone in the Wilderness,
Dick Proenneke - Alone in the Wilderness - Excerpts from Full version DVD - YouTube
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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You do realize that Victoria is a very interesting city in itself? Should you become bored with up-island living you could always make a day trip from wherever on the island back to Victoria for a recharge of your batteries.

I was stationed out there at HMCS Naden for a few years a long time ago but have returned many times since and have loved every minute while there.

All of the towns north of Vic have their own charm and scenery with plenty of activities supporting an active lifestyle. And wherever you settle on the island you're within 10 minutes drive of beautiful forest.

Should you desire even more isolation from a hustle bustle urban setting then perhaps one of the channel Islands would be more to your liking. Gabriola, Salt Spring, the Penders all present wonderful opportunities to live a quiet but nature infused lifestyle.

My brother retired onto N.Pender Island and when visiting I get to use a guest room with a balcony that is level with an old growth fir with an eagles nest at eye level just 100 feet from that balcony.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I lived there for 4 years - Victoria, Sidney and where the ferry comes in from Vancouver (about 5 miles north of Sidney), can't believe that the name escapes me.

It is very beautiful for sure and there are things I miss but for me I didn't like living on and island (even a big one like that) and I could never get rid of the feeling that I didn't belong there. The weather was VERY hard for me to take but I need sun and dislike rain.

Whether you will miss the cosmopolitan city life is hard to say, everyone is different.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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I could never get rid of the feeling that I didn't belong there. The weather was VERY hard for me to take but I need sun and dislike rain.
What do you mean by "didn't belong there?" Was it the general atmosphere or the people?
Also it rains on that island? I need sunny afternoons.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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Also it rains on that island? I need sunny afternoons.
Heh, if you don't like rain, don't come to BC!
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:50 AM
 
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I only spent a week there on a vacation, both in central Victoria and also way up north at the end of the highway in Ucluet and Tofino. If getting away from the bar scene and into the nature scene is what you want that's the place. I was there at Christmas time and it was surpisingly warm - hi 30s/low 40s and rain but not torrents, just gentle rain for not all of the day. If you need sunshine, it's a rare blessing, but the overcast most of the time will bring great anticipation and joy when it comes! Tofino area up north is just spectacular mountain scenery. All very expensive, though. Have a great job or forget it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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If you dont like rainy climates you might want to look east of the mountains, perhaps northern Saskatchewan
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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What do you mean by "didn't belong there?" Was it the general atmosphere or the people?.
I just felt like a fish out of water and the grey gloomy days just about did me in. Being on an island is kinda weird too. You've probably heard of isalnd fever. It's no small undertaking to get off, and not worth it for a day trip due to the time and cost (around $100 return in a car) invloved.

[/quote]Also it rains on that island? I need sunny afternoons.[/quote]

Only for about 9 or 10 months a year . I only remember seeing a full moon once, otherwise it was always "socked in".
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