My family was headed through the BC mountains when our brakes overheated. To make matters worse, we were caught in a hailstorm and behind a slow moving logging truck. We couldn't brake fully, so we had to pull over for a while until the storm passed, as we could not see where we driving. We pulled into an auto shop in Salmon Arm after a few minutes of rest, and there we were met by helpful staff who told us to downshift. We made it to Kelowna safely, although we were a bit shaken up from the incident.
Also, keep in mind that things will get better. After the storm, we drove through the beautiful Osoyoos and felt the warm lakewater of the late summer. The weather and views were absolutely spectacular, and all our doubts dissolved.
This was my fourth major move, out of six house moves altogether, and I found it was a lot harder to settle in. We are all a lot older now, and our lives are more complicated than when we were children. Everyone had time to make attachments in Winnipeg that were hard to say goodbye to. But the hardest part was the sheer amount of work on top of that. Our house required some renovations, many actually, and an amazing amount of cleaning, redecorating, and trips to the dump. But now, all our hard work is starting to pay off. We have more money in our pockets from doing the fixing ourselves, and we have a more beautiful and enjoyable home. It is more practical now for our family's changing lifestyle. I recommend moving without any hesistation. I also believe that anyone is capable of moving without a complete disaster or hardship, and that it can be done to accommodate children and seniors with a little finessing. But most of all, choose a beautiful, enjoyable, practical, and stunning location to make it worth your while!!! Thankyou for reading up, and GOOD LUCK :)
-Kathleen, December 2005 in Kelowna
I recently moved from Winnipeg to Kelowna, BC. For anyone who has had the experience of moving across a country or internationally, you know you have to have a lot of patience and a lot of energy. The process of moving one's home is not only the move itself, but spans over many months of fundraising, planning, home buying, packing, and arranging a moving company or movers. This process is complicated by family or friends who are also moving. I moved with my family of five, and we had a monumental amount of gear, even after paring down through 2 garage sales grossing thousands of dollars.
It is important to think clearly and be organized throughout the entire process. Delegation and good management is essential. The worst thing, the most stressful thing, is working away under poor direction or a constantly unclear and unsatisfied leader. Make sure your leader is strong, capable, and really wants to be in the position. Help is essential. Don't make a big deal about helping out, as it is not really a personal thing. Major moves are a thing that you just have to do. It is physical and tiring as much as it is emotionally and mentally draining. Cooperation and good attitude can get you through the toughest times. Staying calm and reasonable is important too, especially during the inevitable Moving Crisises:
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There are five scheduled carriers that use Kelowna International Airport- Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, Horizon Air, Regional 1, and West Jet Airlines. There are 27 non stop flights departures daily out of Kelowna. You can get rental vehicles from Avis, Budget, Hertz, or National. There is a restaurant, lounge, gift store and full custom services.