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As soon as I got home I realized New Brunswick was not kidding. It wasn’t long before our provincial borders were closed to the rest of Canada, and I couldn’t return to Ottawa to pack the rest of my things.

The Atlantic bubble effect

Fortunately – likely due to tighter restrictions – the number of cases in New Brunswick remained low throughout the early part of the pandemic, while other provinces like British Columbia were hit harder. .

We had the “Atlantic Bubble”, which allowed residents to travel between Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.

Most of the country could travel from province to province without isolating itself, but New Brunswick could not. It was stricter, but the Atlantic bubble mostly worked (until it burst).

Fast forward to fall 2021, I moved to British Columbia and was a little nervous coming from a small town without a huge COVID-19 threat to the big city of Vancouver.

West Coasters seem less phased

I’m not saying people in British Columbia don’t take COVID-19 seriously, because they sure do. Especially now, with the lack of available tests and the increasing number of cases, the situation is taken very seriously by many people.

But, I think because they had dealt with a greater number of cases throughout the pandemic compared to the Atlantic provinces, they were already more adapted to it than the people on the east coast. To me, it seemed like “pandemic life” was more normal on the West Coast.

The East Coasters are super careful

Although British Columbia has a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19, people seemed to be less phased by it. While New Brunswick had far fewer cases, people seemed to be more cautious there.

It was overwhelming at first to even walk down the street with so many people. I remember going to my first yoga class in BC and being so shocked at how close other people got to me. Everyone wore masks and followed directions, but there were little things like that that seemed super weird to me.

This became even clearer when I got home for Christmas, and the Omicron variant started to spread quickly.

The cases are serious in both provinces, and British Columbia actually has more restrictions.

New Brunswick has some restrictions, like a 10-person bubble, but not many compared to other provinces.

What’s odd here is that even if you go out to dinner, the restaurants are pretty much empty. I noticed this myself and heard the same from friends – people just choose not to go out, even though everything is open.

Likewise, if you go to the gym or the mall, it’s visibly empty. Compare that to British Columbia where you have people online speaking out against gym closures.


Of course, this is all just my observation, but it seems clear to me that some East Coast dwellers are outwardly more cautious even though they have fewer restrictions. On the flip side, I have noticed that some people on the West Coast are more likely to follow the restrictions and guidelines of a T.

I think it’s because on the east coast we were so used to having low numbers that when they increased, more people regulated themselves.

In British Columbia, on the other hand, it gets more crowded and much more, and in a city like Vancouver, you will inevitably be more familiar with the other people around you.

I love both coasts, but it always manages to surprise me whenever I see these differences in behavior between the west and east coasts.

New Brunswick and British Columbia are currently facing a high number of cases and evolving restrictions, and I hope everyone stays safe no matter what coast they find themselves on.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.


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