I moved from Calgary 7 years ago to just north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island - a MUCH smaller centre. I thought I would be going to a fabric/sewing wasteland, but I was so wrong. Quilters are abundant in the area, but that is not my main interest. It took a while, but I have now found many creative sewers, and we are fortunate to have one of our local quilting stores cater to those of us who are garment sewing (thank you Kathy!). She not only brings in a selection of good quality fashion fabric, but also some great teachers on a regular basis - Ron Collins, Sandra Betzina, Jan Bones, etc. Calgary, now over 1 million on population has lost most of their independent fashion fabric stores, so I feel very lucky to be where I am!