I am a west coast girl through and through. I have lived my whole life on one of the most beautiful islands in the world- go on google Vancouver Island, you know you want to. Growing up I was a mere 10 minute walk away from a quaint lagoon that was like a personal haven. I have frolicked in the ocean, seen dolphins, whales and seals – oh my! I have been boogie boarding and surfing in Tofino; walked on Long Beach and the trails. I have camped on the ocean front and in some of the most amazing Pacific campgrounds. I have been so spoiled that I don’t think I could ever live somewhere that isn’t close to an ocean.
The city I currently live in is aptly named “The Harbour City.” There is an amazing sea walk that spans several kilometres and showcases just what life in this city is like. I won’t say that living on an island is perfect. Trust me – it’s not. Yet, I wouldn’t change it for a second. Inevitably there are times when I have to leave the island and go to the mainland for medical appointments, which means at minimum an hour and a half ferry ride. One could take a more expensive option and take a sea plane and treat oneself to some amazing scenery. However, I don’t like such confined travelling so I stick to the ferry.
Why am I boasting about the city I live in? Simple, I think living here helps my well being and therefore my health. You can’t help but be beckoned outside to enjoy beautiful spring, summer, and fall days. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you live in a city ripe with opportunities just outside your door! This city has multiple MS fundraisers a year and a community rallying around us to help us end MS. I am proud to call it home! I can hang my mask and cape up every night knowing that tomorrow will bring about another west coast day in a great city!