As the provincial capital Victoria has a lot to offer. But while it would be easy to say that life doesn’t feel much like island life in the greater Victoria area, one would miss the point by doing so. A student from Calgary who had just settled to Victoris once told me that coming to Victoria requires a dramatic transition to island rhythms. “It’s a bit like stepping into molasses,” she put it. And while it does have its fair share of traffic back-ups and stop lights, what Victoria and southern Vancouver Island don’t have is an easy way to drive to Vancouver. And it seems like that’s the way most people like it.