How many people need live in a place before the franchises’ radars light up?
It feels like McDonalds and Starbucks are far from paying attention to Ucluelet, West Coast Vancouver Island. This pleases me.
It’s not that franchises lack character. It’s that they have a very specific one and the cozy, homey, community feel of the place is quickly changed and replaced once a Starbucks opens on the corner(s).
It is quaint here. It is sweet. And though I’m sure there are different opinions among the locals regarding the growth of Ucluelet, I cannot help but hope it does not change dramatically, because it is specifically that tiny-ness that brings visitors like me all this way. Here I feel I can breath freely and experience the world.