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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1287 Helen Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1287 Helen Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Single family home in central Ucluelet with many nice renovations. Main level entry through a fully fenced front yard. Three bedrooms and renovated bathroom, drywall, new flooring all on the main floor. Downstairs has has plenty of renovations including drywall, flooring, a new bathroom and a woodstove to keep you cozy. Great yard front and rear plus a large deck. Secondary suite is possible in the walk out basement. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1936 sqft

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$1,250,000
1639 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1639 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Here is an exceedingly rare opportunity to invest in a piece of commercial property in the very heart of Ucluelet. This 9600 square foot vacant lot is located on Ucluelet's main street with extremely good exposure to traffic both on foot and driving. The zoning allows for almost anything and the intent of the CS1 zoning is to offer a mix of commercial, residential, tourist commercial accommodation, personal services, restaurants, bistro/café, commercial recreation, and entertainment. This property has brilliant potential to add to the amenities that are already in existence. Behind the property is a recently created and beautiful public parking lot. It boasts beautiful mountain views and there will be inlet views from the first, second and third floors of the future building. Make sure to click on the video tour! (id:31311)

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$1,250,000
1639 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1639 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Here is an exceedingly rare opportunity to invest in a piece of commercial property in the very heart of Ucluelet. This 9600 square foot vacant lot is located on Ucluelet's main street with extremely good exposure to traffic both on foot and driving. The zoning allows for almost anything and the intent of the CS1 zoning is to offer a mix of commercial, residential, tourist commercial accommodation, personal services, restaurants, bistro/café, commercial recreation, and entertainment. This property has brilliant potential to add to the amenities that are already in existence. Behind the property is a recently created and beautiful public parking lot. It boasts beautiful mountain views and there will be inlet views from the second floor of the future building. (id:31311)

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$1,999,000
185 Daphne Pl, tofino, British Columbia

185 Daphne Pl

Tofino, British Columbia

Beautifully designed, large family home for sale in a great location. Perched high up on a hill out of the tsunami zone, and minutes walk into town or school. This stunning 2815sq ft home built in 2020, ticks all the boxes. The main living area is on the second floor boasting a gorgeous open concept kitchen dining living area w/direct access to the front balcony where you can take in inlet and mountain views while tending to your BBQ. Enjoy the unique mix of high-end, custom finishes, such as solid wood wide plank alder flooring, 4 thick reclaimed bowling alley wood kitchen countertops, and a huge kitchen island made from reclaimed basketball flooring from the Port Alice high school finished with a custom resin finish and inset with a shuffleboard for your enjoyment. This extremely bright and spacious room has multiple seating areas, and a great pantry off the kitchen. Master bedroom with walk in closet, and decadent esuite bath w/heated floors, separate shower and luxurious jacuzzi tub. Also on the second floor, main bathroom w/heated floors and second bedroom. Third level finished attic space offers a fantastic place to unwind at the end of the day. Large area with even better views up Lemmens inlet, ample seating area, fuse ball table, bar, and 3-piece bathroom. Ground level entrance with a large, finished garage w/full bath, also wired for a sauna and a second EV charger. There is a separate 1 bedroom + office suite on the lower level with in-unit laundry, and heated floors. Separately fenced backyard areas, with covered back porches for the main home and suite, outdoor EV charger, and ample parking. The main home is currently running as a successful vacation rental, and there are fantastic tenants in the suite. This house is being sold inclusive of all furnishings, turn-key ready to move in and enjoy or continue renting out. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 2815 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

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$1,750,000
16 1383 Thornberg Cres, tofino, British Columbia

16 1383 Thornberg Cres

Tofino, British Columbia

Carefree oceanfront living on Chesterman Beach. Architecturally unique oceanfront condominium project built to high standards. Unit #16 faces straight into the Pacific Ocean affording the very best of ocean views. Two bedrooms plus den/bedroom, set back approximately 100' from the beach, great for families. Slate entry, hardwood fir floors, propane fireplace. Recycled fir custom cabinets in kitchen. Stainless appliances; stove, fridge with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, washer & dryer. Sunny deck off of the upper bedroom and lower deck off of the living room for watching the sun go down or barbecues. Storage locker and carport. The project amenities include well-maintained grounds, and ample parking. Neat, tidy & easy to maintain for endless enjoyment, with unlimited beach access. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2700 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$815,000
Lot 10 Kvarno Island, ucluelet, British Columbia

Lot 10 Kvarno Island

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Live your DREAM off-grid, waterfront lifestyle here! This incredible 5-acre waterfront property on Kvarno Island, located in the Ucluelet inlet, is just a 5-minute boat ride from the centre of town. Hidden within the trees, you will find turnkey custom-built 725 sq. ft. (approx.) cedar shake cabin. Perfect for an individual or a couple who wants to escape the crowds but appreciates the comfort of being close to town. Primarily post & beam combined with cordwood construction, every touch was built with efficiency and the environment in mind. South-facing for ample natural light and completely private. Inside you will find a tastefully decorated open concept living space with high sloped ceiling and large windows that make you feel like youre right there in the forest. Slate countertops with high-end Fischer & Paykl appliances - drawer dishwasher, cool drawer refrigerator and front-load, under-counter washing machine. Ample heat and hot water is provided by an Esse 990 cast-iron cookstove. There is a strata-owned common well that can supply water. Electricity is produced by 9 - 330 W Photovoltaic solar panels and if needed, a backup generator for peace of mind on stormy days. Current septic is a combination of compost/weeping bed. Permitted septic system encouraged. Just down from the cabin is a mature, large deer-proofed garden featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, some covered by greenhouses. There's also a chicken coop and not to be missed, an old growth cedar stump, hot water outdoor shower. Additional site on the property fitted with water & power for a possible future small guest house. Shared strata dock used to moor your boat on the island. Cell service available and internet via satellite. Time is needed to organize a boat ride or showing **Note please check with your lender before taking a tour** (id:31311)

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

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$2,649,000
748 Odyssey Lane, ucluelet, British Columbia

748 Odyssey Lane

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Stunning custom-built oceanfront home for sale in Ucluelet. Facing SW to the open Pacific, the property is on a no-thru, private strata road among other large properties. Steps from the Wild Pacific Trail, it features an expansive oceanfront deck, adjacent surge channel, nearby rocky outcroppings and tidal pools. The home features a large open-concept great room w/wood-burning stone fireplace w/timber mantel, dining & custom kitchen w/quartz counters, stainless appliances and custom pantry. Vaulted ceilings & polished concrete floors with radiant infloor heating complete the main level. The master suite occupies the top floor - again w/ocean views - a beautiful ensuite w/infloor heating and walk-in closet w/custom organizer. Zoned vacation rental, this home incl a 569 sqft self-contained, 1 bdrm furnished suite which can be rented nightly. An attached garage and stand-alone sauna bldg w/outdoor shower complete this amazing home. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2106 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$209,000
318 596 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

318 596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

This studio suite for sale in Ucluelet is located at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort & Spa. The resort is situated on a stunning piece of oceanfront property surrounded by old growth rainforest and the Wild Pacific Trail. The suite features calming interior and clean line finishing and is fully furnished and equipped ready for your enjoyment. Resort amenities include a grand entry lobby with expansive ocean view through a two story curved glass wall, a large Great Room with a wave bar, a 120 seat restaurant, fitness center, hot tubs, full service spa and the largest conference facility in the region. Please note full time residence is not permitted. Information package available. (id:31311)

1 Bathroom 482 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$859,000
202B 151 Eik Rd, tofino, British Columbia

202b 151 Eik Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

A lovely pied-a-terre on the water close to downtown Tofino Village. 1 bedroom of luxury living, fireplace, propane stove, king size bed, corner unit with large deck. Watch the sun come up as the waterfront comes alive with birds, boats, planes, people and many others. commercially zoned for legal short term rentals. good returns. Mostly furnished except for owners artworks and some other items. Kayak and canoe storage... covered carport. 40 sq ft outside storage locker. Live there or rent out or do both. offers only to be considered on November 22 @6 pm. (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 704 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$189,000
1138 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1138 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Land for Sale, Bare lot at Salmon Beach just a short drive to Ucluelet and Tofino and all the Surfing Beaches! This lot still has a little nook of forest which will allow for some privacy for a trailer or small cabin. Potentially some ocean views from higher elevation of a build. Currently Hydro has been pulled up to a meter so power is there for you right away which is usually an up front initial cost. This property is just waiting for a buyer to call it home and make it into their own get away vacation property on the West Coast. Salmon Beach is a part time recreational village. Hydro was brought in to the lot lines, owners install septic sewer concrete tanks and water collection usually eaves troughs into holding vessels. Shaw internet can be attained through satellite. Area is gorgeous! Barclay Sound just out your back door: surfing, fishing, kayaking, dirt biking, atv'ing, fresh air and all that the sound has to offer! Call for your information package & book your showing! (id:31311)

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$575,000
105 700 Yew Wood Rd, tofino, British Columbia

105 700 Yew Wood Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

First floor condo, level entry, completed in 2020, still under warranty. Conveniently located half way between Tofino and the beaches. This west coast inspired build includes high end stainless steel Whirlpool kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, vinyl plank flooring, electric fireplace. Includes a large mudroom with additional storage, full size Whirlpool washer and dryer. Access to bathroom through both the main living area and the bedroom hallway. The bedroom hallway contains two closets. The walk in closet has been converted to a flex space (currently a nursery) with potential for office. The unit has a an 8' x 8' x 7 storage unit for surfboards/bikes/etc and the building has a hot outdoor shower for rinsing wetsuits. One parking stall included. Great morning sun with some winter views of the inlet. (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 642 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$429,900
7 1002 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

7 1002 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Your adventure awaits! Own this vacation/revenue property just steps away from beautiful Terrace Beach in Ucluelet! The 'Grey Whale' is a cozy bachelor style boardwalk unit has beautiful wood floors, post & beam accents and comes fully furnished with a queen bed, pull out sofa bed, table & chairs, fridge, microwave, and electric fireplace. There is also a full 4 piece bath. Ideally located with easy access to the beach and Lighthouse Loop. Great revenue potential zoned CS-5 which allows short term vacation rental and currently being managed by Host Genius. This unit is ready for you to enjoy or rent if you choose, recent rental income $3500-4500/month. Measurements are approximate please verify if important. GST may be applicable. (id:31311)

1 Bathroom 330 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Na)

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