I GREW UP in the Vancouver area and lived in Kitsilano and the West End for most of my twenties before leaving in 2007 to travel and live in Australia. After I was gone for a while I knew instinctively that Vancouver was no longer my home. When I returned in 2010 I knew as soon as I stepped out of YVR that indeed I was meant to live elsewhere. I eventually found my home in Nelson, about an 8-hour drive east of Vancouver — a small city of 10,000 on the shores of a lake, completely surrounded by mountains.

It’s not so much Vancouver itself that I dislike; I’m just done with big city life. I relish the smaller community, the friendliness, and nature being literally right outside my front door. And the fresh mountain air. But there’s no doubt in my mind that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has everything — ocean, mountains, parks, culture — except the weather. The above video footage, captured by a quadcopter, is proof of that. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, but I still wouldn’t want to live there.