Tofino, British Columbia

Vancouver Island, located off of Canada’s Pacific Coast and situated north of Seattle, is known for its mild climate, outdoor lifestyle, breathtaking scenery, and thriving arts communities. On Vancouver Island’s southern tip lies Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. With its boat-lined Inner Harbour, neo-baroque Parliament Buildings, grand Fairmont Empress Hotel and English-style gardens, this city is popular with both tourists and homebuyers. With abundant parkland, Vancouver Island is a popular destination for hiking, biking, and camping. The island’s rugged west coast is also well-known for outdoor activities such as surfing and kayaking.

Central Vancouver Island

Stretching along the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island, the Central Island offers visitors glorious parks, sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures, tranquil lakes, exceptional golf courses, and fabulous fresh and salt water fishing.

Central Island features Vancouver Island’s second largest city, Nanaimo. A fun-filled and energetic city, Nanaimo is known for its commercial success and lovely harbour. The word “Nanaimo” is derived from the Coast Salish word “Sney-Ny-Mous” which means “meeting place.” Famous for its varied landscapes and more than 24 outdoor parks, Nanaimo boasts one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada.

Nanaimo is also the mid-island transportation hub to and from the British Columbia mainland. BC Ferries has daily sailings from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver on the Mainland) and Duke Point to Tsawwassen on the lower British Columbia mainland. This makes Nanaimo easy to travel to, and a great central location to set up base for tours of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The new Island Highway (Highway 19) hugs the coast from Nanaimo up to Fanny Bay, the northernmost point of Central Island. It’s always a visual treat to look across the Strait of Georgia at landmarks on the mainland and enjoy the miles of scenic, sandy beaches.

North of Nanaimo and just off Highway 19 is the protected harbour of Nanoose Bay. The local marinas, one as large as 400 berths, are a destination for visitors throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The Nanoose Bay area is a vacationer’s paradise, offering a wealth of activities including sailing, windsurfing, fishing, tennis, diving, hiking, canoeing, and much more.

Oceanside

Exiting off Highway 19 onto the Oceanside Route Highway 19A takes you through seaside communities with homegrown hospitality and an abundance of activities and accommodation to choose from. Parksville marks the beginning of Oceanside country with the focus on the outstanding waterfront. When the tide is low, vast stretches of sand beckon to sandcastle builders and beachcombers. As the tide comes in, the water is warmed by the hot sand and is perfect for swimming. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, just south of Parksville, features a fine 2 km sandy beach, wooded stands with great nature trails and birdwatching opportunities. Arts and crafts in the Parksville area are world-renowned and feature a diverse selection of paintings, pottery, and jewelry. Feel free to relax in the sun, play in the water, stroll along the shoreline and play a round of golf. Parksville has something to please everyone.

From Parksville you can head west along Highways 4 and 4A through the pastoral Coombs area toward Port Alberni (Pacific Rim). Coombs old-fashioned country stores are scattered around Coombs Emporium and Frontier Town. The small stores sell crafts, knickknacks and many antiques. Don’t miss the grass-covered roof of the old market that is home to several grazing goats!

Island hoppers can also enjoy Gabriola Island, accessed from Nanaimo by BC Ferries. The island is partly residential but also holds large expanses of forest with abundant wildlife. Long stretches of unspoiled coastline can be explored.

Nanaimo & area communities to explore

Cassidy Coombs Errington Gabriola Island Lantzville Nanaimo Nanoose Bay Parksville Qualicum Beach Traveling to different island climates and natural settings of Vancouver Island is one of the pleasures for visitors to the Central Island region. Shop, eat and sleep in style while exploring a historic harbour city of Victoria. Dine at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant on Protection Island. Hurtle down forested mountain bike trails. Canoe across placid blue lakes. Smile at the delightful sight of goats on the grass-covered roof of a country market in Coombs.

Nanaimo

Nanaimo

Nanaimo, the Island’s second largest city, has evolved into a lively urban centre with its smartly restored downtown and walkable harbor front.

Many visitors arrive in Nanaimo via its ferry terminals, floatplane services, cruise ship terminal and revitalized airport. Great hiking and cycling trails, kayaking and boating opportunities, ziplines and even a bungy jump zone are within walking distance of downtown. Explore the Old City Quarter before catching a passenger ferry to Protection Island for a pint at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant. While you wait for your meal, the kids can even fish through the floor of the restaurant.

Outdoor pursuits are available wherever you’re based on the island. Milner Gardens and Woodland is one of Vancouver Island’s favorite public gardens. Scuba divers can explore artificial reefs in Nanaimo’s harbour. Meet locals and their canine companions on beachside promenades. Golfers can roam between 19 courses in the region while their non-golfing partners opt for whatever pleases them: shopping, culinary tours, birdwatching and kid-friendly outings to wildlife and barnyard petting zoos.

Southern Vancouver Island

The South Island includes the pastoral Saanich peninsula and a rugged southwest coastline framed by postcard views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the towering peaks of Washington State’s Olympic Mountain range. With so many must-see attractions, it’s tempting to settle into comfortable lodgings in the city of Victoria (British Columbia’s capital, “the City of Gardens”) and explore this end of the Island at leisure by car or on foot.

Steeped in rich history, the city of Victoria combines old-world charm with new-world experiences. Picturesque 19th century heritage buildings house galleries, boutique shops, cocktail lounges and brewpubs. The year-round events calendar is marked by diverse festivals and a pulsating live-music scene. Victoria has an extraordinary assortment of cuisine, ranging from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, waterfront pubs and gourmet food trucks. Local chefs capitalize on an abundance of Island meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. And drink menus invariably include outstanding locally made wines, ciders, beers and spirits. Pick up the Craft Beer Map from a Visitor Centre to plot a tour of the city’s many taphouses and regional breweries.

From international destinations such as the national historic site of Butchart Gardens to hidden gems like Canada’s oldest Chinatown, your days in the region can be as busy or relaxed as you want. Marvel at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s natural history, First Nations and pioneer exhibits. Shop downtown or visit seaside neighborhoods like Oak Bay and Estevan Village to experience a British High Street experience with a modern twist of style and culinary expertise.

Many visitors unpack at once to wander the city at their own leisure. Other visitors balance the urban pleasures with daytrip excursions. Head north into Saanich for a roadtrip tour of farms and wineries, stopping for a waterside lunch in Brentwood Bay, a visit to one of Canada’s most beloved public gardens or a tour of Sidney’s many book stores and unique boutiques.

The South Island invites spontaneity and unplanned agendas. Although it’s the most populous area on Vancouver Island, it’s still quiet enough to attract residents who treasure peace, serenity and all kinds of holistic opportunities to stay fit and healthy. There are also numerous parks, easy-access beaches, recreation facilities, yoga studios and two of Canada’s best family hiking and biking routes, the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, available for visitors to enjoy.

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2 2390 Pacific Rim Hwy, ucluelet, British Columbia

2 2390 Pacific Rim Hwy

Ucluelet, British Columbia

This great home is located a few minutes out of town and offers 960 square feet of finished square footage and a 560 square foot unfinished addition that boasts a wood-burning fireplace. The home has two bedrooms, one bath, a huge kitchen/eating area and a cozy living room. Some features of this home are a huge kitchen looking into the cosy living area, plenty of windows, mixed flooring of linoleum, carpet and laminate, laundry in the home and a new roof in 2010. One of the best deals in town! (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1480 sqft

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$450,000
1167 Helen Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1167 Helen Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Majestic Ocean Kayaking is a well - established business of long term Ucluelet residents. This tourism oriented business includes inventory. Purchase of this business would entail a lease at the current location or the business could be moved to a new location. Majestic Ocean Kayaking is well known for their professionalism and wonderful Broken Group of Islands tours. On site harbour tours are also offered from this waterfront location. See more on the website www.oceankayaking.com. A detailed information package is available. Financial information is available to pre - qualified buyers on the signing of a non - disclosure agreement. (id:31311)

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$999,000
21 860 CRAIG Rd, tofino, British Columbia

21 860 Craig Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

1 bedroom townhome in sought after South Chesterman Beach Homes. Ground level entry with 2nd level open concept kitchen/dining/living area, 3-piece bathroom w/soaker tub & large front-loading washer/dryer, 1 bedroom, and a balcony. 3rd level private loft acts as a second bedroom. Updated wood flooring on the main level, and newer stainless-steel Samsung appliances throughout. There is an exterior storage locker right outside of the unit, for all your toys. Steps away from world renowned Chesterman Beach, enjoy waterfront living at a fraction of the cost! A fantastic place to call home or visit, move in and enjoy beachfront living, have as your home away from home, or rent out long term and hold for the future. Easy access for surfing, sunsets and beachcombing with amenities such as coffee shop, surf shop, grocery, yoga studio ect, 5 min drive away. Some pets allowed. Short term rentals are not permitted (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 992 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

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$296,000
460 Orca Cres, ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Orca Cres

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Brand new mobile home for sale in the Whispering Pines Park in beautiful Ucluelet. This new 2-bedroom home provides affordable living in a great location and could be your starter home or personal getaway. The open plan kitchen and living area is great for entertaining and the bay window will allow plenty of natural light into your space. High efficiency electric furnace to keep you cozy in winter. If you are looking for affordable housing in Ucluelet, this is it. Bank financing available. Price is plus GST. (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 672 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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$1,549,000
1351 Eber St, ucluelet, British Columbia

1351 Eber St

Ucluelet, British Columbia

This 6500 SQ FT waterfront lot on Ucluelet Inlet is currently home to Larsen Diesel. There is a .32 acre foreshore lease with a 120 X 12 wharf, three 40 sections of steel floats with a 60 X 48 approach. The main building is steel, two storeys, and 35 X 50 or 3500 SQ FT. There are two other structures that account for another 1550 SQ FT. As you can see from the photos this is a very long-time diesel mechanic operation. The ground is either concrete or asphalt. There is an older Stage 1 environmental report available and there are no glaring issues. What do you vision in this location? Ready to be repurposed or a mechanics wonderland. The business and inventory could be available if desired. The zoning is R1 residential but is lawful non-conforming Waterfront Industrial. Call or email for an information package. (id:31311)

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$299,000
Lot 24 Pass Of Melfort Pl, ucluelet, British Columbia

Lot 24 Pass Of Melfort Pl

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Bare land for sale in beautiful Ucluelet! Come check out the potential on this building site where zoning currently allows for a single family dwelling and either a secondary suite or a bed and breakfast or a home occupation. Location is tucked near the end of the peninsula in the Wild Pacific Cove neighbourhood, a bare-land strata that offers quick access to the Wild Pacific Trail's Lighthouse Loop, as well as common property access to the beach - all just a short walk from home! Services are all underground and available at the lot line. A creative home design to maximize view lines is definitely easier when you're one of the last ones building. If one were to plan their build right, there is very good potential to attain ocean views from upper living space! (id:31311)

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

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$1,890,000
615 Pfeiffer Cres, tofino, British Columbia

615 Pfeiffer Cres

Tofino, British Columbia

Large home with outstanding views and a great location. Corner lot out of the tsunami zone, 7 bedroom and 5 bathrooms in total split into 2 suites, with a separate garage. Built in 1994, just under 3400 sq ft, with many upgrades, including this year, a newly renovated kitchen with corian countertops and stainless steel appliances, and brand new high efficiency furnace, heat pump and air exchange system. Majority of bathrooms have been renovated and include heated tile floors. The main living area on the second level is where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Inlet and surrounding mountains from the balcony. Very bright and spacious with separate living areas off either side of the kitchen. The master bedroom boasts his and her closets, great views right from the bed, and decadent ensuite bath w/soaker air tub and separate shower. There are 2 more bedrooms and a second bathroom on the main level. The entrance is on the lower level, where there is an additional bedroom, and laundry room. The separate suite has a total of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, open concept kitchen/dining/living, and views from the patio. At the rear of the property, you will find ample parking in front of the separate garage. The garage is nicely finished, with a vaulted exposed wood ceiling, 2 loft areas, storage room and a 2pc bath. Just off the garage a sunny deck offers you everything you need to enjoy life on the west coast! Take off your wetsuit in the private outdoor surf shower, then hop in the hot tub, or relax your muscles in the sauna. This property is in a prime location, just minutes walking distance to coffee, restaurants, elementary school, groceries, and shopping. (id:31311)

7 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 3839 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

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$1,649,000
311 Olsen Rd, tofino, British Columbia

311 Olsen Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

3 bedrm 2 bath home with character in Tofino's historic Crab Dock neighbourhood. Located a stone's throw from the dock and zoned for home occupation and /or nightly rentals, this property would be great for a water - based home business or guest house style accommodation. A spacious front porch welcomes you to this charming home, while the extensive use of locally sourced wood throughout creates a cozy interior reminiscent of a wilderness lodge. There's inlet views from the 2 bedrms upstairs, a 2nd floor balcony provides the perfect spot to watch the sunrise, while the expansive backyard with deck & hot tub is a private, sunny sanctuary. An additional benefit is the 420sgft studio with bathroom on site. Looking for a home to raise your family? Then carry on the tradition of the two previous local owners. Your kids will grow up fishing off the dock and paddle boarding in the harbour; and walking to school, the skatepark & downtown. An extra bonus with latent value is that this property is zoned duplex and could be developed as such. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2655 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$274,000
317 596 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

317 596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

This one bedroom suite is located on the third floor of the main lodge at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. It features 764 square feet of luxury living space complete with fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean. There is a full kitchen with Miele appliances, the bathroom has a soaker tub and a separate shower and the unit is fully furnished and equipped. This full service resort boasts a restaurant, lounge, spa, gym facility, outdoor pool and hot tubs, conference rooms, and a wine room overlooking a dramatic crevice. The resort is close to all of the town's amenities including Ucluelet's community centre, Big Beach Park and The Wild Pacific Trail. The suite is rented nightly as a part of a boutique resort hotel, participation is mandatory. Please call for complete details about this opportunity. (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 764 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$309,000
1110 6th Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1110 6th Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Ocean View lot for sale at Salmon Beach which is just a short drive to Ucluelet and Tofino. This property has been fixed up to an amazing west coast retreat! Well equipped lot with a shed that has been refreshed to a very comfortable and attractive interior space. It would make a great writing or art studio, workspace or office. Hydro is connected, water collection system in place, a septic tank installed with VIHA approvals as well as a fenced in patio and out door ''cook shack''. Many loads of blue chip for the driveway and very well kept yard. It sits high and dry with ocean views to the SW and SE. Small three-piece bathroom on site will allow you to enjoy your property while you perhaps may plan to build on the remainder of the lot, where there is plenty of room for your cabin on level ground. Or, pull up your travel trailer and start using this lovely location instantly. Call for information package or book a showing today! (id:31311)

1 Bathroom

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$2,825,000
1310 Lynn Rd, tofino, British Columbia

1310 Lynn Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

Custom built home with successful B&B + cabin located on 0.56 acres across from North Chesterman Beach - Tofino's most sought after location. The main home was built in 2007 & features 3 lavish B&B suites + 2 bedroom residence for an owner/operator. Each suite overlooks the rainforest & features deluxe ensuite bath, separate sitting area & fireplace. The 1350 sq ft attached residence will not disappoint with a bright kitchen & granite countertops, generous bathroom with soaker tub & separate shower, woodstove & private deck. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath cabin built in 2017 is an impressive living space featuring tall ceilings, heated concrete floors, solid wood cabinetry with granite counter tops, luxurious soaker tub & custom tiled shower. Privacy is a focus of this property & all spaces have been orientated w/ this consideration, the surrounding rainforest & natural vegetation have been preserved to ensure exclusivity. This property is perfect whether you are looking for a lifestyle change, family retreat or investment. The beach is only steps away! Time to make your dreams come true. Offers will be considered September 12. (id:31311)

7 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 4150 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$1,098,000
B 930 Hardy Pl, tofino, British Columbia

B 930 Hardy Pl

Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino 1/2 Duplex, four years young, located just minutes from the schools, shops, restaurants, marinas and beaches. This ideal floor plan features open concept living on the main floor including a 2 piece powder room with 3 bedrooms, laundry and 2 bathrooms on the upper floor. Quality construction and finishing is evident and includes hardy board exterior, electric forced air furnace plumbed for a heat pump, 4 ft crawl space, maple hardwood flooring, modern design kitchen that includes good quality stainless steel appliances. There is a lovely cedar deck off the main living area ideal for outdoor relaxing and entertaining. There is room for your rv/boat, a single car garage and additional parking. Located in the Yew Wood development this home is ideal for a family, vacation home or a rental investment property that offers excellent value. There is six years remaining on the New Home Warranty (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1436 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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