Keep the comments and stories coming. We come from all walks of life and have different stories to tell. I’ve loved living in Vancouver all my life until recently, traffic, cost of living, and the Ambleside boat launch closure are the 3 biggest issues. Definitely first world problems as I’ve travelled to many countries and we have it pretty good here comparatively. Owning a boat and having a father to help with costs would be amazing. There aren’t many people in life you can get into a life long working arrangement like that. Money and friends/family usually don’t mix. Due to the recent boost in real estate prices as a younger guy wanting to own a home it has become overwhelmingly unaffordable. I can buy a box on the 6th floor in a Surrey condo or get outta dodge. Recently I had a discussion with a developer buddy. He told me if I want to own a detached home it’s easier for me than it was for him 20 years ago, I highly doubt that. The wife and i would need to work 3 jobs to save up for a 20% down payment, then maintain those 3 jobs to keep paying the mortgage. Bye bye life, no more time OR money to fish. Someone asked me once “What makes you happy? I said fishing. They said well then “go fish”. Ok! Just trying to plan ahead for balance of time and money to afford to stay happy. On Monday I’m signing mortgage papers and heading to the island. Any of you on the island who have a job that offers a great balance of time and money hit me up... or fishing buddies.