So you’ve done the tourist stuff, and you’ve flirted with a few one-off activities and events. Maybe you’ve seen a museum or two, or dipped a toe into the world of water-sports, or fulfilled that childhood Musketeer dream by trying a spot of fencing.
If you’re ready to put down roots in your new community, or if you just miss the comfort of a predictable routine, you’re probably ready for The Commitment. It’s time to discover some activities that require a little more effort and a lot more time, and hopefully you’ll meet some awesome new people along the way.
There are so many options here, and of course you can start your search by Googling sports or activities you love and finding clubs or classes in your area. I want to give you a few suggestions, as there’s a good chance there’s something out there that you simply haven’t heard of yet:
If your main goal is to meet people:
- GirlCrew is an app (and Facebook group) aimed solely at women, and its mission is simple: to help women connect with other women in their areas. The Vancouver crew is quite active, and they frequently host events for newbies.
- Meetup.com is based on a similar idea, but the focus is much more on activities. Looking for a cycling group, or a board game night, or a brunch club? Sign up and find your people.
If your main goal is to do something new:
- Join your local library and sign up for the book club. If you’re close to the Central branch in downtown Vancouver, welcome to the library of your dreams.
- Buy an annual membership to the Vancouver Art Gallery, and snigger every time you think of their unfortunate acronym. It’s $90 for a year.
- Sign up for a night-class at BCIT. They offer heaps of part-time programmes, and it’s all stuff that will look great on your resume.
- Sign up for a part-time art class at Emily Carr. They offer courses across lots of different disciplines, from Illustration to Textile Arts.