The Lazy Rando World Headquarters has moved to Victoria BC! After 15yrs in Calgary I had the opportunity to move to Vancouver Island so I jumped on it. I’ll be doing the same work just from a new location. I’ll also be back in Calgary a fair bit as the company I work for is maintaining their corporate HQ in Alberta.
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island…shown at the red pin in the image above. It’s a ferry ride away from both Vancouver BC and Seattle WA. It’s also very close to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The climate is similar to Vancouver’s, but with only 50% of the rain and a lot of sunny days. In fact it is the northern most North American city that has a Mediterranean climate.
Victoria is situated on a small peninsula about 30kms north to south and 19kms east to west. This means we are surrouned nearly 360 degrees by the Pacific Ocean and lots of beaches. Not surprisingly Vancouver Island is a sea kayaking mecca as well as one of the nicest spots in the world to kiteboard. The bike touring and mountain biking are world class as well. To top it off Victoria is one of the most bike friendly cities I’ve ever seen that wasn’t in Europe!
I’m really excited to explore the island and to be able to sea kayak, SUP and kiteboard at home…=-)
There are a few downsides of course:
- Victoria is wetter than Calgary.
- The cost of living and taxes here are higher.
- Leaving the island is a minimum of a $40 ferry ride with your car…more for my trucks.
- The job market here isn’t as strong as Alberta.
- I’m 4-5hrs away from Whistler, Mt. Baker and Mt. Washington for snowboarding…rather than 2hrs from great ski hills in Calgary.
The low cost of life in Alberta is one of the main reasons I haven’t left prior to this. When considering the move to Victoria I had to ask myself – do I want the cheapest lifestyle or the most fun?
I have a new mailing address and a new cellular #…all my emails have stayed the same…if you need a contact info update drop me a line.