When we moved to Victoria in September of 2008, I didn’t know much about the Canadian west coast. All I knew is that it was 5000km away from all my friends and family and it barely snowed in the winter. Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, therefore, not on the mainland of Canada. Here are a few things I can now tell you about island living:
- Get ready to experience “island driving”! It took me about a year to get used to people driving at the same speed in both lanes of the highway, therefore, not allowing you to pass. Also, people don’t know how to merge or park properly either. When people drive for 30mins or more, they consider that a LONG commute! Oh and , the highway has traffic lights on it (therefore, not really a highway IMHO).
- If you want to get off the island, you need to get on the ferry or on a plane, not other way to go about it. The ferry is EXPANSIVE, but still cheaper than a flight.
- There are frequent Tsunami warnings for the island and I still don’t have my emergency plan pack ready in case of a disaster. Bad Mama, I know!
- In the winter, the weather pattern consists of the following: 3-5 days of rain, 1 day of sun, 1 day of wind storm and repeat for about 6 months.
- You don’t necessarily need to buy a winter suit for your child, but a mud suit is mandatory for the winter! Same goes for rain boots!
Island living can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but we do get to experience wonderful scenery:
There is a wind warning in effect for central Vancouver island with gusts of winds up to 100km/h. I’m hoping Ben will be able to fly home tonight. But if not, at least I want him to be safe!