A Sense of Place

Have you ever thought about how living in a place can shape you and the life you live?

I live on the southern tip of an island.  It is a big island; big enough that I’ve never actually driven far enough to see the northern towns of Port Hardy, Port McNeil and Coal Harbour.  Still, living on an island means that I am limited to where I can go by car.  And it also means that unless I want to limit my entire life to staying put on that island, I’ll need to travel by ferry (less costly) or by plane to see other parts of the world.  IMG_4851

Ferry travel shapes our lives here on Vancouver Island.  So much that my preschoolers’ play frequently features ferry boats.  They build ferry boats that have room to carry cars and people.  They create ramps for cars and people to walk or drive onto the ferries, and they even rescue people from the water, tossing in life preservers.  It is a pleasure to watch the ferry boats become more complex with moving parts and new ways to transport people and vehicles.










Here, we all understand what it means to wait for a ferry.  To miss a ferry and for those of us who’ve spent our lives using ferries as a means of travel, we know how it feels to be the last car on the ferry.

How does the place you live influence your life?  What methods of travel are popular where you live? How do children come to understand their sense of place in your community?  What is your sense of place in the world?

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13 thoughts on “A Sense of Place

  1. My country, Belarus, has no access to any big bodies of water, and still people rarely go anywhere, so living on an island sounds like “a dream come true” to me. I guess having flat open plains for a landscape has made my people less curious about the world, cause you kinda have seen everything there is to see xD at least that’s what Belarusian landscape makes you feel.
    Are you happy living there?

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    1. It sounds like our landscapes are in sharp contrast. I do like Island life. I lived on the mainland before but Vancouver B.C. is almost a city of islands with bridges everywhere. Sometimes I feel limited by the ferry travel as it costs a lot so taking a car on the ferry is not something I would do often. We can walk on the ferry but when we get to the other side we are limited to public transit or taxi. Bikes are an option too. I guess the most limiting part is driving trips. I do like to be able to just get in the car and drive for days. Or I like the idea of it, anyway. Mostly the island has everything we need but if we were ever cut off for a long period of time I doubt we could sustain ourselves. It is very nice to be close to the ocean. Sometimes I think too close as many of us can take it for granted. It is too easy to forget that life is not the same for everyone.

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      1. Thank you for your answer. That could be scary being cut off on an isolated island, I can’t even imagine that😓 the commute does sound troublesome too. Why did you move to an island then, if you don’t mind me asking🙂?


      2. My husband is Chinese, and I guess that explains it😁 it was a big change but
        people in love do the craziest things without realizing, and that’s exactly how it happened with me. Except for the rush hour crowds, I’m loving everything about this place🙂

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