My husband and I moved to QB in September of last year. We are not fully retired but we purchased our new home with a view to spending the next several years in it.
Since arriving here, we have spent several thousand dollars in the local community with respect to art for our new home, kitchen wares, home furnishings, garden plants and shrubs, hiring local companies to run gas lines, do landscaping, build fences, do car repairs etc, and we used the services of a local realtor to manage the purchase of our home.
In fact, I think we may have spent more in the last six months than most young families could ever afford to and we have always shopped locally except for those items which are not available in Qualicum Beach.
As we get closer to that suggested retirement age, however, we are feeling less and less welcome here. Some councilors in Qualicum Beach seem to feel that having a large population of seniors is detrimental to the town’s growth as they might wish to see it.
We have paid our taxes on time, neither of us has a criminal record of any kind and neither of us has ever even had so much as a parking ticket over the years.
We are both volunteers in various capacities, we live quietly, don’t disturb our neighbors and are enjoying our life here very much … except for this one thing and, unfortunately, we are never going to get any younger than we are right now.
If life gives you lemons, why not make lemonade?