In less than five minutes from our rental home:
- I can walk to the grocery store, a really great grocery store.
- I can walk to the cafe, where we can get beans roasted on that day, any day of the week.
- I can walk to the ice cream shop, coincidentally called Big Dee’s.
- I can walk to the silversmith, where I traded some chocolate for a new backing for my silver earring.
- I can walk to the lake, where there’s an off leash dog park with a plethora of happy dogs.
- I can walk to the library. I can actually hit the library with a stone, if I threw one. This is also true for the cafe.
- I can walk to gourmet pizza, flippin’ good tacos, epic cheeseburgers, and local craft beer.
- I can walk to the outdoor gear shop, and get experts to modify the fit of my ski boots (OMG, so much more comfy now).
- I can walk to more than 20 amazing and inspiring murals.
- I can walk to… Okay, you get the point.
It must sound like I live in the downtown core of some big urban area.
Truth be told, this place has a population close to 11,000. That’s a tenth of the size of what I’m used to.
This place has one main street (Baker St., for those who know it well).
This place feels like it has it all, without the crowds, the noise, the traffic (or the roads). I do remember more folks and tourist flocking here in the summer, but still.
Besides the fact that friends here, new and old, keep telling us we should move here, Nelson definitely has an upper hand on a major difference between it and our home in Nanaimo:
From Nelson, I can drive to the local ski hill in 20 minutes or less.
On Vancouver Island, the closest place to catch a chairlift is Mt. Washington, an hour and 40 minutes drive from our home.
That’s a big deal.
We’ve got the rest of March to enjoy the close proximity to all the things, including the ski hill and fresh pow (hopefully).
And then what?….
To be determined.
P.S. The incredible apartment pictured above is NOT our rental space, but it is for rent. Next time I want to blow $8K for a month of luxury, I know who to call.