B.C. Best Places to Retire Thread.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by yamalama, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Steve, I figure many here are youngish, near 60's to mid 60's and want to continue to ride, ski etc. frankly I don't give a shit about health care at this point. sure I will one day, maybe. Im very aware of cancer etc, I looked after my mom in her last decade. between my folks they had cancer 4x. Im living for what I want to do. If a major health issue comes up, I'll deal with it, move or rent closer to care etc. if its really big then all bets are off anyway and a lifestyle adjustment will need to be made. I'll work when I want as long as I want, until I can't but with major fun being the focus not work. I know my view is in a minority but I've never lived a normal life anyway ;-) In the mean time, its time to ride....
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  2. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    If you're worried about your nearest doctor, maybe you already lost the plot?

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  3. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    I'll eventually be moving at least 90 minutes away from an every-other-year specialist whom I'd rather not try and replace. It'll make for a nice day trip.:rofl
  4. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Not worried at all. I'm seeing at this moment the actual effects of living in relative isolation. My neighbour's son runs what used to be call Hills Health Ranch, in 100 Mile House, with the fires, they are with her here in North Surrey. On a side note, he's been living with a nasal issue that needs an operation, waiting now over 2 years for 'elective' surgery, he's 65. It will require a trip to Kelowna for this procedure. My cousin has been living somewhere in her camper with 3 dogs after being evacuated out of Williams Lake. She is not sure if her place is ok or not. Winters are opposite, roads often closed for various weather related issues.
    My quiet cul-de-sac is geriatric row. Everyone has had their drivers license taken away. They all are a short walk to bank, drug store, groceries, hospital, transit. Some have electric scooters. They have all found it difficult living in their multi level home, some have put in stair elevator things.
    What I'm trying to say is, lack of mobility, age related issues, etc, creep up quick. Making a plan on the 'big picture' easily while still able to physically and mentally is not living in fear or giving up, especially when we are entering a time when retiring baby boomers will overwhelm social services rendering it incapable. I value my extreme independance, and will not want to submit to complete control of the system while still mentally capable but physically challenged.
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  5. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    forget motorbikes...
    what you've just outlined above is adventure living....
    for reals
  6. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    So... Back to where.
    Hope, Princeton, Boston Bar(neat cheap houses), Hedley, Agassiz? I really like the Island, but I think ferry fare every week or two (explained elsewhere)will add up quickly.
  7. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    yes Steve I get what you are saying. Calibre, check rain fall maps if thats an issue. have you looked at Harrison ? small town for sure but decent restaurants better then some larger, resort vibe ( but with tourist's but hey that means its with going to and the scenery doesnt hurt) , pricey compared to outer lying but easy to rent if taking off, awesome big ass lake, big hot pool, dance floor haha, beach, riding right at your door, escape to yankville w/o hitting the big border crossings, doable to Van if need be. just a thought.....
  8. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Harrison is definitely in the range of what I'm looking for. Blacksmithing is something I want to do some day, so it might be a bit too subdivision-y for that. Beautiful area and homes though. Found a couple houses that would work for under 500k.
    Thanks!
  9. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    How will you survive in such a run down neighbourhood???
  10. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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  11. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    The only reason I might consider BB or Princeton is the low cost of admission. That right there would put another $200-300k into the investment portfolio on day one. I'm imagining about $1.2M to start with, free and clear. So.. Agassiz + 700k vs. BB plus an even million in the investment/Africa Twin farkle fund, lol.
    Thanks for the input.
  12. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Yep, it's a bummer having to leave the Island every week or 2 ... Good thing is that for most of us living on the island there is rarely a need to hop a ferry.. Just about everything that is available in the lower mainland is also available here, and is easier to get to...
  13. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    I would if I didn't need to connect to the GVRD at least twice a month. That part is non-negotiable and will factor into wherever I land. Otherwise The Island is perfect!
  14. Newbusa

    Newbusa Been here awhile

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    Moving to the Island you have to factor in the fact housing is way cheaper than most places in the lower mainland, and that difference buys a LOT of ferry rides.
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  15. dustin2

    dustin2 VFR800

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    Plus, bikes are on and off first. If you're heading to the mainland in a car, you're already choosing to punish yourself so what's a little more punishment?
  16. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Been here awhile

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    We just settled on a place in the Shuswap after contemplating the Island. Both are quite unique in their own way and it's been a difficult choice. In the end the Shuswap was chosen and the proximity of family and the burden of the ferry system was a big factor....as I too have to head to the GVRD fairly frequently.

    BBar wouldn't be too bad either, great riding and close enough to any/everything.

    I consider myself lucky to have these choices to make!
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  17. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    You can catch a lot of ferries for the $200+k you would save on VI real estate.

    With fires burning up the rest of BC, I'm happy to have a huge water barrier.
  18. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Get yerself a specialist doctor in GVRD. BC medical pays for my trips to see an eye doctor every 3 months, free for escorts too.
  19. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Is there still a BC Ferries discount if you have to travel to the mainland for a medical appointment? I knew some folks that milked that one pretty good for a long time. It helped that every medical appointment was a well scheduled "get all the stuff I need from the mainland" excursion as well.....

    Edit: 205'd.
  20. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    All the medical stuff we need is available on the Island so no need to travel to the mainland for appointments... The 2 new larger hospitals {Campbell River, Courtenay} are opening this fall as well so there will be more specialized treatments available locally even more reducing the need to travel out of town... The ferry pass for treatments are still available as far as I know..
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