Sunday, November 11, 2007

Settling in Sooke

Well, first let me introduce myself. My name is Doug and I am originally from Wisconsin, Milwaukee to be exact. At the age of 46 I have moved with Dixon to Vancouver Island in gorgeous British Columbia, Canada. We decided that a change was needed. So we applied for permanent resident status, packed up the household when that was granted and drove to Sooke, BC in a fully loaded U-haul. We arrived the beginning of October and are still in the process of getting settled in to our new home. We have a gorgeous hillside home on two acres overlooking part of Sooke Harbor but mostly a view across The Juan de Fuca Strait to the Olympic mountains in Washington state. NEVER in a million years could anyone have told me that I would be living in a glorious place like this, but here I am and still pinching myself. Along with the great home we have a wonderful hillside garden in the front yard and the centerpiece of that is a brand new greenhouse that the previous owners never had a chance to finish. SO, here I am, blogging, and I will be looking for advice on West Coast decorating and greenhouse gardening.
Thanks for tuning in and I'll be back as often as I can.


Gaby said...

Thank you for your posting in our blog!.
It sure sounds that BC is a bautiful place to live.
Congratulations on your new home! :). We're looking forward to hear more about how you're doing in your new house, the garden and the green house.
I would SOOO love to have a view and a garden!
Vancouver is definetly a place we have to look into.


MSEH said...

Good to hear from you (via the guys at Moving to Vancouver). Glad to see the list growing!


Councillor Jen Smith said...

A big welcome to you Doug and Dixie! Please let me know if you have any trouble settling in. In Sooke you will find a community, not just a home.

We are one of the fastest growing communities on Vancouver Island. If you have suggestions on how we can help ease the transition for newcomers, please contact me at

The Mason said...

I'm so glad you commented on Nick's and my blog Life Without Borders. You made the glorious trek about a year after we did, and it seems like you're discovering exactly what we did - there really is a better life here, eh? :-)

I look forward to catching up on reading your experiences. It's a year late, but "welcome to the family." :-)

The Mason said...

Oh, and P.S. A comment from your Councillor???!!! Priceless. You've got my vote Jen - well, if I could vote there, but nevertheless. PLEASE tell me you're Liberal, Green or NDP?! :-) And if you just happen to be Conservative, would you take a run for leadership, please?!

Sarah Foy said...

Hi Doug,

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story. I discovered your blog because I, too, am an American who immigrated to Canada. I am currently working on a project about people like us, and I would the opportunity to talk to you about your experiences.

I just drafted a note to explain my project and my questions for you in more detail, but I couldn't find an email address on your site or another way to send you a private message. Is this something you might be willing to send to me?

I can be reached at sarah.foy (at)

I look forward to hearing from you.

All my best,