The best place on earth?

Yes, Vancouver is pretty.

But “the best place on earth”? I gotta admit this licence plate did nothing to make me fall in love with BC:

Seriously?

Yes, it’s nice, but I don’t think that the “best place on earth” would have the third most unaffordable housing market in the world. It’s great to have mountains and an ocean, it’s great to be pretty, but you can’t drink the ocean or eat the mountains, and nice scenery won’t put a roof over someone’s head.

What amazed us, was simply the cost.

Everything is more expensive. Food, Gas(1.30/litre versus 1.15 in Toronto), and shelter. Shelter is so very expensive. Shockingly expensive.

While we would love to live somewhere new, to explore the west coast of Canada, it’s hard to rationalize the cost, increasing our housing costs from 25% of our income to over 50%, and sacrifice what we have. Here, in our little bungalow, we have 6 playgrounds in a 4km radius of our house, swimming pool, community centre, library, 3 elementary schools, running trails along a ravine, hockey rink, tennis courts.

We don’t have a mountain, but, I don’t ski anyway.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 23:35:36

    It is expensive here in Vancouver. But I do love it so. To be fair, the plate refers to BC, not just Vancouver. It’s like judging Ontario on Toronto. There’s many, many less expensive and just as beautiful places to live in BC than Vancouver. Just saying. 🙂

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    • lovecupcakesandrunning
      Nov 14, 2011 @ 16:22:37

      I think for me, it’s a little like the pretty girl in the class, someone truly beautiful doesn’t need to wear a Tshirt that says “i’m pretty”, and the best place on earth wouldn’t use “the best place on earth” as their slogan. IF that makes sense….

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