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4 Beautiful Small Towns In BC You Can Move To For A Lower Cost Of Living​

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Vancouver’s cost of living might have you dreaming of greener, and cheaper, pastures. Luckily there are some stunning small towns in B.C. that come with a considerably smaller price tag compared to Vancouver – or Victoria for that matter.

Living Wage for Families in BC calculated “the hourly amount that each of two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses.”

In the bustling city of Vancouver, you’ll need to make at least $24.08 an hour to support a small family of two working parents and two kids.

That doesn’t even include having some left over for savings or paying off debts.

Unfortunately, Living Wage for Families in BC didn’t list any communities that had a living wage that equalled the minimum wage — but these small towns are at least more affordable to live in than Vancouver.


This picturesque small town in the West Kootenay region is surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature.

The living wage in the town is $20.54, and it has a lot to offer.

It’s still not a big city, but there are some tasty-looking restaurants and cafes here too.


This little town is in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island — around an hour and a half from Victoria.

Here you’ll get the benefits of small-town living, but you’ll be close to a city. The living wage in the Cowichan Valley is $23.53.


Trail is technically a city, but it has a small population that usually comes with a small town. The living wage there is $21.13, and it’s another Kootenay community, so you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty.


The Comox Valley living wage is $20.26, and the town of Comox is pretty stunning. This spot is another Vancouver Island gem, meaning people living here have easy access to some pretty stunning adventures.