Leaving Victoria on a sunny Monday morning we boarded the ferry in Swartz Bay for the 1 hour 40 min ride to Vancouver. Read more
As every nomad has no doubt experienced, without having a home base, finding rentals can sometimes be a challenge. During our far-flung global travels, it was never a problem finding short-term accommodations. However, with international travel at a grinding halt, we found ourselves searching for medium-term rentals, this was not quite so easy.
Returning to Calgary in June 2020 we were fortunate to rent a townhouse from a friend of a friend, which carried us through for 5 months until October. We did not wish to overstay our welcome and were able to find another lovely townhome to rent for November and December. By the time January rolled around, we departed Calgary for Vancouver Island in search of milder winter weather. Finding holiday rentals on the island was quite easy because we were only looking for 2-month and 1-month stints. We found the same situation in Osoyoos, it was off-season so not only did we find a great rental property, but at very inexpensive rates.
In early March, and planning our return to Calgary for May 1st, we had accommodation all arranged. We were going back to the place we rented last November and December. That was until we got the surprising news that our landlord was reneging on our arrangement, leaving us 4 weeks to find somewhere else 😞 That may seem like a long time but booking an extended stay in Calgary was a challenge! Using Airbnb for 5 months is way too long with their fees becoming outrageous. Going the traditional rental route was also a challenge because we require something fully furnished, with all utilities in place, not a common offering.
Extensive hours and days of research ensued, emails back and forth with potential landlords and eventually, our search was successful. We used the website https://www.rentfaster.ca/ refining our search with filters for fully furnished, all utilities included and in our preferred neighbourhood close to family and friends. We were able to do a live video tour with the property owner and once satisfied that it suited our needs, we signed on the dotted line.
Whew, we have a place to call home until September 30 at which time we are cautiously optimistic that international travel will be possible once again. Fingers crossed we can be nomads again soon…..
Victoria’s devotion to farm-to-table local produce and range of multicultural flavours enticed us out of our apartment much more than usual. For some reason, our social floodgates opened while we were here, Read more
Victoria is the provincial capital of British Columbia and is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, established in 1843 and named for Queen Victoria. The city is home to the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest Chinatown in North America, after San Francisco. Read more
There are two well-known multi-use pathways originating in Victoria, the Galloping Goose and the Lochside Trail, both former railway lines Read more
During our two months in Qualicum Beach, we originally planned a day trip to Tofino. Realizing this would involve at least 5 hours of driving, Read more
It’s hard to believe how quickly the past two months have gone by since we arrived on Vancouver Island. We have enjoyed time with family and friends, spending most mornings at the gym and taking a day off Read more
Well, we are on an island 😊 Not a warm and sunny island as we would have liked, but being here at sea level we have escaped winter in the mountains. Read more