I had long been thinking about moving permanently to Canada. I had been living in the Seattle area since my mid-twenties. I had come to Seattle from New York to take up a position as an aerospace engineer, working on satellite systems and robotics with Tethers. I loved my work there, and I loved the lifestyle option in Washington State.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved to go on fishing and camping trips. The problem was, in New York, it took ages to travel away from the city, and that was pretty awful, especially at times when everybody else had the same idea.
When I moved to Seattle, it was much easier and faster to get into the wilderness, and I took full advantage of that. Almost every weekend, I would go somewhere to either walk in woods or up mountains, or to spend more relaxing times fishing. It was on one of these walking trips that I met the lovely lady who was to become my wife. She was a teacher who shared the same love of outdoor pursuits, and it was not long until we started taking trips together.
We began to explore a bit further afield, and the first time we went to Canada, we were both struck straight away with the more relaxed way of life the Canadians had. Maybe some of this was in our own minds, because we were always aware that we had to return to work after our break.
The opportunities for my type of work were limited in Canada, so we did not seriously consider moving there in the early years. Then the first of our two girls started school, and we decided both would have to finish their education before we would feel comfortable about uprooting. I have to admit to being a bit of a techno-geek, and was not sure if living in a remote community would let me carry on playing with my range of electronic gadgets, so dreams of living in the wild remained just that.
When I retired from Tethers, the call of Canada was growing ever stronger. Our two kids were in two different colleges in the US. It would be just as easy for them to come visit us in Canada as in Seattle. They told us we should go for it.
My wife was equally keen on moving. She wanted to quit teaching and concentrate on her creative writing, so we finally made the big decision. She quit her job, and we put our home on the market. Our realtor advised us to de-clutter the house to help it sell.
After more than 30 years in the same home, we had accumulated a lot of stuff. Our realtor suggested hiring a dumpster and pointed us to Dumpster Rental Zone. For a complete guide regarding the best dumpster size for your needs, check out this link: http://www.dumpsterrentalzone.com/dumpster-sizes-and-service/. Once our dumpster arrived, we were ruthless in disposing of stuff we did not absolutely need. It obviously worked, because we got an acceptable offer almost immediately.
That is why we are now happily settled in a small community about an hour from Vancouver. We have been here for five years, and have never had a single regret about making the move. Both girls love our new home as well, although we do not get to see them as often as we’d like. Still, our move has been mainly positive, and we intend to stay in Canada.