What sucks about Victoria, BC? Why should I not move there?
June 7, 2013 10:08 AM Subscribe
My sister lives in Victoria BC and has spent years trying to convince my wife and I to move, telling us how beautiful it is, how bike-friendly and walk-friendly the city is, and how we simply must drop everything and move there immediately if not sooner.
posted by Sternmeyer to Society & Culture (34 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
We politely listened and ignored her requests until last year. I had to go to Victoria for a training program for my work in mid-February. I got on a plane in a city with two feet of snow and -18C, and landed in a city where the flowers were already out and the grass was green. I came home rather impressed and two months later my wife and I flew down for a week's vacation. Turns out my sister was absolutely right, and it seems like a wonderful city. We loved every moment of our week there, and had a great time. We didn't have a car for our trip, but we found no difficulty using transit and walking. We spent every moment doing something and left with a huge list of things to do the next time we came down.
So we came back to our home and spent a year thinking about moving to Victoria. We have been spending a lot of time considering the possible challenges and obstacles, but our "con" list is very short compared to the "pro" list. For personal reasons, work is a nonissue for us (my work doesn't need me to be any specific place, her work is extremely transferable, especially somewhere with an aging/retiree population). Our household income is somewhere between 120K - 150K $CDN and relocating wouldn't reduce that, in fact it is likely that my wife's income would increase. We are quiet and introverted people, we do not want or need an active nightlife scene. We enjoy walking, hiking, the outdoors, animals, eating well-made food and cooking same. We have no children and have taken surgical steps to ensure that situation never changes. The city seemed made for us, and my sister is now telling us "I told you so" when the subject comes up. Also whenever the topic of moving arises, my wife gets the most amazing look of joy on her face and shouts "DO YOU REMEMBER THE BABY DUCKS?" because we had some incredible duck-related experiences in Beacon Hill Park.
I've talked to a number of people who live there or have lived there, and every single one of them has told me that if we can, we should move there and never leave. I've only heard two criticisms, one from my sister regarding her opinion that there are too many single women competing for too few single guys, and one from an erstwhile friend who claimed that everyone in Victoria hates strangers and treats new people like trash (I didn't find this to be the case and have never heard it anywhere else). I also found an online forum filled with insane rants about how awful Victoria is, but it was so over the top that I disregarded it as an outlier.
Do you live in Victoria? Did you live in Victoria? Please tell me why I wouldn't want to live there. Is it awful in the winter? Social issues that were not apparent to us? There has to be something wrong with the place, something I haven't thought of. Otherwise my wife and I are pretty likely to pack our lives up and relocate. Even after a year's cooling off period we are still rather excited by the idea.