1. You will waste your precious time spending hours walking on beaches and checking out tidal pools.
2. You will have to put up with fresh, clean air and a constant breeze.
3. People are very neighbourly and approachable here. Expect a friendly wave with the obligatory friendly wave in return. You will have to constantly say “hi,” a tiresome custom.
4. You will have to tolerate views of lakes and the ocean as far as the eye can see.
5. Camping outdoors on “The Island” will mean almost no bugs. You will not have the pleasure of swatting, swelling, investing in bug repellent and Afterbite.
6. You will have to get accustomed to the colour green. Moss, ferns and diverse, spectacular trees are found in our forests.
7. You will take too many photos and have the challenge of selecting only a few favourite ones. One of the pictures below is an often photographed little bonsai conifer growing out of an old mossy stump.
This Fairy Lake tree became famous when Adam Gibb’s photo was selected as one of the 100 winning images from 48,000 global submissions for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012. Adam Gibb’s photo
8. Hiking with friends will consume a great deal of your time. You will never run out of places to explore. Decisions. Decisions.
9. You will want to avoid the Malahat at the end of a long weekend in the Summer. Taking the Pacific Marine Circle Route home will add stress to your day.
You will have to drive an extra hour through a beautiful rain forest, gaze at stunning scenery and endure minimal traffic.
The extra one hour drive may turn into four hours because you will want to stop and explore the beautiful sites along this route. You may possibly include a leisurely lunch in the picturesque town of Port Renfrew.
An entirely wasted day! (in Paradise)
10. And most importantly, why you should NOT live on “The Island?”
Will you be able to keep “Vancouver Island” our little secret?
I think not. Especially when you call it “home.”
Dedicated to: All the visitors that come to “The Island” each year. The people that make “The Island” their home. And to Deb, Widow Badass Blog who has discovered “our little secret.”