It has been two weeks since I moved from Ontario to Vancouver Island. I literally landed at midnight and stepped into a new chapter of my life, in a community where I had only spent three hours before nearly two and a half months ago.
I had only seen my new home in the morning mist of an early April day, so it was a complete surprise and gift to discover the beauty of the mountain range on the other side of the water. Comox Valley is an amazing place, a hidden gem on an already breathtaking island. Yet, this was only the beginning of many revelations that would make me realize how the three Cs, as I like to refer to them, Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, would happily align with another C, myself.
I have traveled to many places on this planet, but here, I have discovered an ease and flow. I meet some of the friendliest people by simply walking around or taking the bus. Each, in their own unique way, by the telling of their own life story, welcomes me to their community. Maybe because I am a "tale of two cities" myself, two countries (France and Canada), two languages (French and English) and two cultures (European and North American), I feel right at home with a community that is primarily originally from elsewhere.
Still, I also understand why this area has been called "The Land of Plenty" by its indigenous people. There is a unique mix of air, light, water and land, which carries its own signature energy....welcoming you home.