sfmc and John, thank you for your replies. Yesterday I realized that when I posted this thread, I was basically asking permission from knowledgeable strangers to move away from my friends and family. I am at a point in my life where I have maximum flexibility in my options. I’m young-ish (32, with only a few gray hairs ), an IT job that can be done remotely, and no debts or liabilities tying me down to any particular place. I’ve been mulling over this decision to move, specifically to British Columbia, for a couple of years now. The future is unknowable, and I’ve come to realize that remaining flexible will make adaptation that much easier. Within the framework of staying fluid, all I need to decide for myself is what I want from life over the short term and to go for it. In the immortal words of Gandalf the Gray: “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”
sfmc – I’ve spoken to my parents before about building ecologically focused homes before. I really think it could be a growth industry if they position themselves in the right place at the right time. All those McMansions are going to be awfully expensive to heat in the future.
John – I would prefer to remain in Canada. It has a lot going for it, as you say. I’ve lived in Prince George and Kelowna, and overall I have a lot of love for that beautiful province. I’ve lived in Winnipeg most of my life. I’m headed to Cargill, ON for a weekend blacksmithing course, and I’m interested to see what that part of the country is like. The Ottawa region is also very lovely.