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Cross Border Love

Couples battle geography and the immigration system to be together.



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What asked about the unique challenges, which stem from an international relationship, Ryan responds, saying what makes dating internationally distinctive is that you are not seeing the other person in their normal life.

"Whenever you see each other you are on vacation," he says. "Then, once you are in the proximity that we are now, every day is day-to-day life. But the fact that we had lived in such close proximity before that on the boat ... we have something to base it off of. It is not straight out of nowhere. I can see that for some couples that could be really difficult, if they don't have that kind of previous experience with the person."

Jade nods her head in agreement and then goes on to describe this new phase of their relationship like this: "We are forging a new way together. I feel like a pioneer in my own life."

Aussie connection

And a story on cross-border love in the Sea to Sky corridor would not be complete without a mention of a Canadian-Australian couple, seeing as the mountain resort town attracts many an Aussie ski fanatic each snow season, with many permanently settling in the region.

Tessa, 36, is Australian and Adam McLoughlin, 37, is Canadian and their first encounter was at a party on Vancouver Island back in 1998. They describe it as love at first sight, but then, after only a few snatched moments together over the period of a month or so, Tessa had to go back to Western Australia.

Three weeks later Adam landed in Australia.

"I didn't come over to see Tessa — I came to travel, and landed on the opposite side of the country from her," states Adam with a grin. But in due course, he gravitated towards Western Australia, where they lived together for four months before he returned to Canada.

When asked how they knew it was time to take the next step, Tessa admits it just fell into place. "We just liked hanging out together and we were a good team, but then what happened is I wanted to come to Canada to be with him, but I could not get another working visa."

And so, in 2000, they got married at Elk Falls in Campbell River, B.C., and then, sponsored on a spousal visa, Tessa ultimately obtained Canadian citizenship a few years later. Living in Whistler for five years, Tessa and Adam bought a home in Squamish in 2005.

The couple illustrates the characteristics of their international relationship.