B.C. Best Places to Retire Thread.

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

  1. yamalama

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  2. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    I don't have a road bike and I mostly ride my mountain bike on easy trails so I can't answer definitively. I would guess that there are a couple of months a year that would be difficult for a high mileage road rider due to either snow or the sand and gravel that comes with it. Groups of road riders are very common the rest of the year.

    There is a group at my work that ride their mountain bikes on the south slopes just about year round.

    In addition, there are plans afoot to convert the rail path from Kelowna to Vernon into a multi-use path that would be fantastic for riding. This combined with the KVR would create an almost continuous path from Penticton to Vernon that would avoid the highways and busy streets.
  3. Steve G.

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    Did you say the KVR is now open to bikes? I got a bit of a razzing last summer on a section by Kaleden. Bunch of hippie tree huggers with their dog running loose.
  4. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    There are a few sections of the KVR that are officially closed to motorized vehicles. Myra Canyon Provincial Park has been closed for a while and the section closest to Naramata was supposedly closed last year, albeit with lots of protests to keep it open.

    As far as I know most of the rest is open. I've seen some signs posted on the section near Beaverdell, but I believe those are unofficial signs posted by some of the bicycle groups.

    To be fair, I've seen evidence of yahoos on ATV's and dirt bikes tearing up the road bed and I think said yahoos are also not being very courteous to hikers and cyclists but they are likely the small minority that will eventually spoil it for everyone else. For the life of me I can't figure out why someone would want to tear-ass down the KVR. It's not exciting from a riding perspective. It's a rail-bed for Christ-sakes. Not a tight curve or bump in sight. If you want to ride aggressively there are lots of other areas available that are more exciting.

    It is however a pleasant scenic ride and anytime I've been on the trail I stop and chat with the hikers and cyclist and I've never gotten any grief from them.
  5. Steve G.

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  6. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Here: http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/kelowna-british-columbia/

    I have see most group riding in East Kelowna through the orchards where there is limited traffic. There also seems to be some races in that area throughout the summer.

    Also, there certainly is no shortage of cycle shops - they would be able to point you toward group riders.

    J
  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    No need to be sorry.. he's not being depressed by 39 days straight of rain and he's got lots of great snowmobile weather. For the cost of a Vancouver home he can have a few houses in PEI and several others around north america to escape, should he wish to do so.

    People in Atlantic Canada aren't as envious as many in BC think...

    Cool story though.. and fuuuck, that's a lot of snow..
  8. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I kind of get it, you hate B.C. , and that's OK not everybody likes the climate out here.. I don't recall ever seeing 39 days of rain where I live, that would be an epic event, as didn't Noah only need 40 days of it to float his boat?
  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Don't hate BC. The best place on earth plates really bugged me though..


    45 days and 39 days of no sun.. I counted..


    i left this thread after i had nothing else to provide to incoming retiree's.. but another dig .. pun intended, and i had to reply.

    I'm a military guy and just asked my 8, 13 yr old, and wife if we want to go back to BC this summer or 2016. All 3 said we'll take the -40 here and the wife said fuck no...:huh
  10. Steve G.

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    Ah yes, retire to Barrie, Ontario after a long life's toil in BC. Second best laugh today. First laugh today was having the rear tire step out on my XR650 Honda on some gravel heading back from breakfast. Today.
  11. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    B.C. is a big place, I bet it has the most climatic zones in Canada... Cold dry sunny winters go to the Chilcotin, wet and overcast, Prince Rupert, competing for hottest summers in Canada you got Lytton, Lillooet, Osoyoos, they're hot without the mugginess... You can pretty much pick your climate and move to that region of the province.. Even from one end of Vancouver Island to the other you get different weather... This year for the most part has been warm with a series of rainy spans... Between the wet spans we get a span of dry sunny weather, which is what we are enjoying for the last 10 days in a row... Yesterday was a sunny 14C in C.R. with people out in shorts, today was 10c tomorrows forecast is 11C in fact the 14 day trend shows the sun for most of the days... Last winter {2013-2014} was one of the driest winters and sunniest we have ever seen on the coast, it took till February to get some snow on the hills..



    This was January 2014
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    These 3 were from the end of November 2013, I sold this house near the North Island to move to the Central Island, part of the reason was for the warmer dry summers.. I gave up warmer drier winters as a tradeoff...
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    I do miss these sunsets from my old place..
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    For me the coast is the best place, year around playground with not much snow shoveling, but when we do want to play in the snow, an hrs drive gets you there... What it comes down to is what floats your boat, for me it is living on the coast...
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  12. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I'll be retiring to NFLD...+2 there today, thank-you.

    It's even more funny how more people are flocking to TO and Ontario as a whole, why is that when temps are so cold..
  13. Newbusa

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    Got me. There has not been a week this winter when I have not enjoyed a ride on one of my bikes. And that is very important for my sanity:lol3.

    I know the population of Vancouver Island is growing so some people like it here:D.
    But to each his own, that is what makes us all different. So if you enjoy where you live, it's all good.:freaky
  14. Steve G.

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    Oh geez, BC govt. must be giving out one way bus tickets back home to welfare scuzz again. Good investment I think??
  15. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    It would be Vic or Comox.
  16. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    We'll there ya go, well done. Your West Coast friendliness has shawn through again. And have you even been to the east, and I don't mean Calgary... :lol3

    I've been called lots of stuff over the years and while wearing a Canadian flag on my left shoulder for the past 25. Can't say I've ever been called welfare scuzz though.. :huh

    Welfare Scuzz... I'll look forward to meeting you for a beer sometime so we can further discuss this...

    cheers,
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    B.C. is a big place, I bet it has the most climatic zones in Canada... Cold dry sunny winters go to the Chilcotin, wet and overcast, Prince Rupert, competing for hottest summers in Canada you got Lytton, Lillooet, Osoyoos, they're hot without the mugginess... You can pretty much pick your climate and move to that region of the province.. Even from one end of Vancouver Island to the other you get different weather... This year for the most part has been warm with a series of rainy spans... Between the wet spans we get a span of dry sunny weather, which is what we are enjoying for the last 10 days in a row... Yesterday was a sunny 14C in C.R. with people out in shorts, today was 10c tomorrows forecast is 11C in fact the 14 day trend shows the sun for most of the days... Last winter {2013-2014} was one of the driest winters and sunniest we have ever seen on the coast, it took till February to get some snow on the hills..- Gunner Buck

    Heading out to your neck of the woods for a scouting trip in a couple of weeks:clap I can't wait to sell the snow plow and buy an umbrella, That will leave a lot of gas money to ride on:deal How are the bugs? can I loose the fly swatter and off too?
  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Hardly a bug to be had. Never used any spray the whole time we were there, and camped nearly every weekend from Mar till Nov.
  19. Steve G.

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    Just having fun Maggot, nothing personal. Plus, this actually happened a few years ago as our welfare ranks exploded here in BC.
  20. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    re: road bicycles in the Kelowna area.
    We were in Kelowna yesterday. Talked to an avid roadie.
    He said the local loops are incredible. He had just returned from a 75k ride with 20 other roadies. Lots of group rides out of the coffee shops and bike shops.
    Some great independent coffee shops.
    We saw dozens of people out on road bikes, pounding the early-season pedals.
    The rest of the athletes were up Silver Star or Big White, with glorious sunny spring conditions.
    Me I'm gonna head up Apex today. Best snow around, with a cross country ski season that typically ends Apr 15. Almost 2000 metres in elevation.
    The motorcycles are out and about. My Super Tenere is in the shop. Me resisting the urge to register the KTM, until we get out of Dodge(Penticton), 33 days and counting .......

    I urge anyone that is riding through Kelowna to get off of Hwy 97 and check out the city. You might be pleasantly surprised. We certainly were.