Hi Janet British Columbia, B.C. Canada is a lovely place to live.
It's my second choice after Alberta where I already live. Very
similar to Oregon, my third choice. It has a varied landscape mostly
covered with trees of various types depending on where in B.C. you
live. Everything is sandwiched between beautiful mountains.
B.C. has a little higher taxes, except Vancouver area where they can
go exorbitant. The worst thing is that it is more depressed for jobs
than many other provinces. The main industry is wood and since the US
slapped up the extra tariffs on Canadian wood, many companies have
gone belly up. This of course leaves many out of work. Tourism,
fishing , mining and fruit are also big, of which of course the
tourism would be beneficial to jewellery making. There are a lot of
artists of various persuasions throughout B.C.
It has the advantage of generally warmer weather than much of
Canada, though the interior can get much snow during the winter.
There is beautiful rocks to find, hiking, skiing, water sports on the
many, many lakes and just breathing the fresh mountain air. We even
have a few oddities to explore such as the Ogopogo Monster of Lake
Okanogan http://www.vtours.com/kelowna/ogopogo.htm, and the Sasquatch
You can grow really nice gardens that have a longer growing season
than in Alberta. You can also grow many kinds of fruit and berries.
Plus there is the island, Vancouver Island, where there is a great
concentration of artists, with the added advantage of a large
tourist visitation, including many wealthy Asian people who
appreciate good art. There is also great selling of the artistic,
unusual and interesting at Granville Island in Vancouver
Advantage for Americans is that your dollar is worth approximately
Where the snow melted to make way for more snow. Apparently until
next week. Yuck. Karen Bahr "the Rocklady" (@Rocklady)
K.I.S. Creations May your gems always sparkle.