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Old Aug 15th 2013, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by rivingtonpike
Which field are you standing in in the Cowichan Valley?
The one with the water buffalo.
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Old Aug 15th 2013, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by JonboyE
If you prefer to knit some yoghurt that can be catered for too.
Dude, that's so 90s. Now it's making yoghurt from your own breastmilk

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Dude, that's so 90s. Now it's making yoghurt from your own breastmilk
while knitting
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Old Aug 15th 2013, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by james.mc

Vancouver Island is about the size of England.
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England covers 130,395 square km while Vancouver Island only covers 31,285 square km so it is nowhere near the size of England. Even Scotland is more than double the size of Vancouver Island. On the other hand, Vancouver Island is bigger than Wales.
You're right..... I don't know what I was thinking.
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Originally Posted by james.mc
You're right..... I don't know what I was thinking.
We often think of Britain as tiny compared to the size of Canada, but in fact it is about half the size of Alberta.
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Old Aug 16th 2013, 12:32 am
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Originally Posted by Shard
We often think of Britain as tiny compared to the size of Canada, but in fact it is about half the size of Alberta.
Well if size matters to the Brits and they feel well less endowed then at least the UK is bigger than PEI
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Old Aug 16th 2013, 3:45 am
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Do your relatives have no sense of humour and are they a bit sanctimonious?
You've met my sister then ?
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Originally Posted by james.mc
I'll start the ball rolling..... Maybe 'Rivingtonpike' will chime in

Vancouver Island is about the size of England. The south end of the island has climate similar to West England. This summer daytime temperatures have been ranging around 22-29 deg. During winter it rarely freezes and when it does, it doesn't stay that way for long.
Head north beyond the Malahat range and you will start experiencing colder winter weather but still warm summers.

Victoria is the Capital of BC and is a city well loved by it's residents. Talk to island residents about moving to the mainland and they'll probably look at you like you are mentally ill. Why anyone would want to live on the mainland beats me.

There are a reasonable supply of jobs around but, as is often the case in Canada, not enough skilled people to fill them. Schools vary in quality as they do in any country but there are plenty of good schools around.

Here are some threads on the area....

Places to Live and good schools in or near Victoria.
Where to live on Vancouver Island
Help!! Vancouver Island
Moving to Langford, Vancouver Island


It might be better if your family member joins the forum and asks questions directly here in the Canada section of BE.
AND it rains for about 10 months of the year!!
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Originally Posted by rivingtonpike
Which field are you standing in in the Cowichan Valley? That's where we live. Might even be standing in the same field!

It is a bit quieter out here, but if you like nice scenery, vineyards, the ocean, lakes, fishing etc, it's a great place to live. If you fight "Island Time", you'll go nuts, but if you accept that things are a bit slower than the GTA, for example, I personally think the pro's outweigh the cons.
probably the "fun day" on the 24th......
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Originally Posted by luvmeboys
AND it rains for about 10 months of the year!!
Where you live maybe!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria,_British_Columbia
With 2,193 hours of bright sunshine annually, Victoria is the sunniest place in British Columbia with the exception of Cranbook.[13] On July, 1958, during the hottest summer in provincial history, Victoria received 424.6 hours of sunshine, which is the most sunshine ever recorded in any month in British Columbia history. This record has since been broken on July 2013, with 432.8 hours of sunshine.[15] Often there is a break in the clouds over the Victoria area. Pilots use this "hole in the clouds" as a navigation aid, referring to it as the "blue hole".

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Shawnigan - and I was warned.......
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Fair enough....
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Old Aug 17th 2013, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by Shard
We often think of Britain as tiny compared to the size of Canada, but in fact it is about half the size of Alberta.

Which makes it tiny in comparison to Canada.
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Old Aug 17th 2013, 5:35 am
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Originally Posted by colchar
Which makes it tiny in comparison to Canada.
Not if you chop the top uninhabited bit off!
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Old Aug 19th 2013, 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by Shard
We often think of Britain as tiny compared to the size of Canada, but in fact it is about half the size of Alberta.
GB, 230,000 sq km, Alberta, 660,000 sq km, so more like a third.

There are tons of threads on here about Victoria, transportation is the main problem, getting up to Nanaimo with your car and then driving down from N Vancouver is a royal PITA and there is only a foot passenger ferry to Seattle. You can take a seaplane to Vancouver, great, but you can't fit your car on a seaplane.

So you're trapped there and the economy suffers as a result. Plus the traffic on Hwy 17 in Victoria is really bad at rush hour due to a lack of overpasses.
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