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Is moving to Vancouver Island a good idea?

Is moving to Vancouver Island a good idea?

Are you looking to find a relaxing lifestyle? A move to Vancouver Island might be a great choice!

Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful regions in Canada, with a great climate. It is situated in beautiful Pacific Northwest Canada where they have mountains, lakes, forests, and the ocean - all with amazing places to explore. The island is 456 km in length and 100 km in width at its widest point, and 32,134 square kilometers in area. The climate is the mildest in Canada, with temperatures on the coast even in January being usually above 0 °C (32 °F). In summer, the warmest days usually have a maximum of 28–33 °C (82–91 °F). 

All of Vancouver Island is a retirement destination for many Canadians and an ideal summer vacation spot. At the same time,  more young families, single professionals, baby boomers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are migrating to towns like Nanaimo, Cedar, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Saltair, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, and Mill Bay every day. The Island is known for its natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, and family-friendly communities. 

So why do people come here?

1. Outstanding outdoor recreation of the Northwest Coast

You will admire the natural beauty on the island. Some of the most popular outdoor recreation and lifestyle activities are:

  • Beach and ocean activities: It is an island, and therefore no shortage of beaches here, and of course no shortage of fun beach activities. There are a lot of great spots for surfing, kayaking, or snorkeling. If you prefer more mellow activities, simply long strolls and beachcombing will be very enjoyable.
  • Hiking and walking: There are over 120 beautiful forests and provincial parks, and therefore there are hiking trails for different levels. Here are some suggestion from Lonely Planet.
  • Winter activities: During winter months there is still no shortage of activities you can enjoy. Storm watching in Tofinio or downhill ski/snowboard from Mount Washington will definitely fulfill your winter with amazing experiences. Did I mention hot springs? There are great hot springs for you to release your stress. 

2. Lifestyle

As mentioned at the beginning, Vancouver Island lifestyle is more relaxing and laid-back. If you need to head back to downtown Vancouver for business or other reasons, you can be there in minutes by seaplane or ferries. There are also a lot of Northwest culture and art you can appreciate. You can even enjoy a yoga meditation retreats or spa in some of the world best facilities. Here are some suggestions from Tripadvisor.

3. Affordable real estate

Compared to Metro Vancouver, real estate is more affordable and more bang on your bucks. For people seeking to downsize or lighten their debt load, Vancouver Island provides great opportunities for you to do so. It also offers incredible value to people wanting to maximize their lifestyle. For people seeking investment properties, some neighborhoods can still offer you great cash flow. 

Want to know more? We have top Real Estate Professionals ready to assist you with the transition locally on Vancouver Island. I would love to connect you and ensure you obtain the best services to help you into your new Northwest coast lifestyle!


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