Wednesday, July 1, 2015


When Ali & I toured BC twenty years ago, long before we moved here and before we’d put serious thoughts to starting a family, one of the strongest impressions we had of the place was family-friendliness.

Everywhere we went, we saw facilities, parks and playgrounds, and people having fun as a family. This was a stark contrast to the “adults only” and “children should be kept out of the way” attitudes back home, which we had never even noticed as (at that time) a childless couple.

Every so often, I’m reminded of that childlike attitude to fun that prevails here - one of the drivers for our move over ten years ago. We’ve just returned from the Canada Day parade through Sidney this morning. Yesterday evening we watched a glorious fireworks display from the Sidney pier. I was struck yet again by the happy and casual atmosphere throughout the town as all generations mingle in a friendly and trouble-free atmosphere.

Long may those attitudes prevail.

Happy Canada Day.


  1. I think a community can be judged by the way they treat their children.

  2. Alex, I think we do indeed.

    Stephen, good point.

  3. Sounds like you made the perfect choice to relocate there. Both for you and your family. Your children seem to be benefiting the most, what with all the great outdoor places to camp and hike through there. Sounds quite idyllic!

  4. Happy Canada Day to you's a great place innit?

  5. I love hearing and watching children play. May children prevail! <3


  6. David, I constantly marvel at how well we ended up given that it was so much a shot in the dark.

    Delores, indeed it is!

    Elizabeth, I agree entirely.


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