Welcome to Crofton, British Columbia
It is a peaceful night, the sky awash in multiple shades of pink, gold and purple. I wander along the Crofton Seawalk and down to the beach, my dog on leash by my side, my camera in my hand. It has been eight years since I made the move from British Columbia’s Fraser Valley to the Cowichan Valley. And I have not regretted it for one moment.
People expressed surprise when I told them I was moving to Crofton, British Columbia, located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. I was leaving family, friends and a career to head to a small village of approximately 2,500 people, where I had only a few acquaintances. But I had visited this area many times in the past 30 years, and I fell in love with its many parks, trails, beaches and bays. The beauty of the region, the friendliness of the people and the slower pace of life made me long to call this place home. And so I made the move.
In no time at all, I felt welcomed. Neighbours handed sun-warmed tomatoes to me over the fence and showed up at my door with jars of homemade jam. On the sidewalk, strangers stopped to chat. Children petted the dog, and teens nodded a greeting as they raced down the street on their skateboards. Acquaintances phoned to invite me to local events or to suggest I stop by for a glass of wine. Small town living at its best.