Let's admit it, Vancouver Island is a pretty sweet place to visit but have you ever tried living there? I have. I spent 7 years on Vancouver Island so I feel pretty qualified to write this article.\nSEE ALSO: 29 Things That Will Confuse The Fvck Out Of Anyone Who’s Not From Victoria\nThere are so many things about the island that change once you go from tourist to resident and I have laid them out for you below.\nFace it, you're an Islander now.\n1. You talk about road tripping to Tofino every summer.\nBut you never go.\nvia GIPHY\n2. You've had a bonfire down at Dallas Road Beach at least once.\n3. You're not surprised when your favourite restaurant goes under.\nThe next one will grow on you.\n4. I'm sorry, what's "formal wear"?\nvia GIPHY\n5. You take all the "mainlanders" to the Breakwater.\n6. You are constantly complaining about tourists every summer.\nvia Imgur\n7. You have been in a protest either intentionally or by accident.\nvia things we say\n8. You are always discovering new local coffee shops.\n9. You care a lot about the environment.\nvia tumblr\n10. You think going to Vancouver is a "big trip."\nBetter pack up an entire suitcase for the weekend!\n11. You expect to walk into at least 3 people you know when you leave your house.\nIt would be weird otherwise.\nvia GIPHY\n12. You avoid Butchart Gardens at Christmas and at rose blooming season.\n13. You only shop local now.\nAdd sustainable, natural, and ethical to that list too.\n14. You get excited to watch the Truck Parade every winter.\nvia Tenor\n15. Forget "bear aware" you are cougar aware.\nTWO-THIRDS of the cougar population exist on the island. Have fun sleeping tonight.\n16. You avoid BC Ferries at all costs.\n1 sailing wait. 2 sailing wait. 40 sailing wait??\n17. You take the cherry blossoms for granted.\nSeriously, leave the island and I dare you to find one.\n18. The line at Jam or Red Fish Blue Fish doesn't scare you anymore.\nIn fact, you only grow stronger as people give up along the way.\nvia GIPHY\n19. You're extremely against aquariums.\n20. Because you can whale watch from the shores.\nvia GIPHY\n21. You know the difficulty level of almost every hike in town.\n22. You've been waiting for a lifetime for BC Ferries to route from Victoria to Horseshoe Bay.\n23. You're 4/20 friendly.\nHey, it's island life.