A Highly Subjective View of Big Cities Vs. Small Towns

I often hear¬†about people who yearn for the “slower pace” of a small town compared to a big city. I can’t relate. While I too enjoy a slow-paced life, I would much rather live in a big city than a small town and do not find them to be as fast or as stressful as…

Prince George, British Columbia

My husband and I lived in Prince George for five years. We thought we might settle there, but it was not to be. That’s okay though, because I was tremendously relieved when we moved on. Most of the people we encountered socially in Prince George were friendly, kind, and incredibly generous. When our car broke…

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Salmon Arm is where I currently live. It was not my choice to move here; circumstances gave me¬†very few options. A lot of people who live in Salmon Arm absolutely love it and think it’s paradise. I’ve heard stories about people passing through on vacation and falling in love with the place and deciding then…

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo is the furthest east and the furthest south I’ve ever lived. I really liked it. We had an affordable yet safe apartment on Westwood Drive in Kitchener and lived a quiet, peaceful life. We knew we would only be there for a couple years while my husband did a postdoctoral fellowship so we didn’t…

Regina, Saskatchewan

I was not thrilled when my husband told me he had a career opportunity in Regina, Saskatchewan and asked me how I would feel about moving there. I had visited Regina once many years before on a road trip with my mom and had found it to be pleasant and friendly, but I nonetheless found…