It seems that wherever one chooses to live there are trade-offs. Take BC’s lower mainland for example. Vancouver brags about having some of the best scenery anywhere and that’s true. They’re on the ocean and they have the Coast Mountains. Winter temperatures are mild. The trade-offs are very high house prices, extremely congested traffic and high fuel prices.
Driving in Vancouver is not much fun and neither is paying $1.50 a litre to gas up your vehicle. And that’s for regular. You can drive just over the U.S. border and fill up in Blaine, Washington for 97 cents a litre where gas station owners say business is booming from Canadian customers. Part of the problem in the lower mainland is due to the weakened Canadian dollar and part of it is lack of supply. Supply could get even worse if Alberta follows through with its threat to cut off oil exports to B.C. if that province continues to obstruct the Trans Mountain Pipeline project. I remember being in Europe 10 years ago and gas was somewhere around $2.00 a litre. I thought then I was pretty lucky to live where I do. Well, scenery and mild winters aside, I still feel lucky to live here all things considered. We may have colder winters but remember, it’s a dry cold!