As the high costs of rent and real estate on the west coast push people to live in ways they never imagined, one man is finally seeing his dream of west coast living come true, making the move from four wheels to four walls.
Brenden Wilkie came to the west coast from Ontario two years ago, arriving in a broken down van towed from Merrit to Whistler.
Upon arriving, he was stunned to find it was unaffordable even with a job
“That’s where it all began. I was cheffing and managing a restaurant, The Southside Diner in Creekside, and I was living in the parking lot behind the Southside Diner for about going on five months,” he says.
At one point it was Wilkie, his two dogs, and a friend in a Nissan Altima.
Now, priced out of urban areas he’s gone north, this week moving into a two bedroom in Port Hardy where he’s mulling three job options.
“I’m having options of jobs and life’s really affordable. I think this has got to be, besides the really, really northern mainland, some of the cheapest cost of living in B.C.”
Wilkie says it seems impossible to find affordable places, especially that allow pets, in any larger B.C. cities.
But says the shift for him has finally meant a happy ending.