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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$1,375,000
706 Ocean Park Dr, tofino, British Columbia

706 Ocean Park Dr

Tofino, British Columbia

Custom built home in a quiet family-oriented neighborhood. A lot of love was put into the design and finishing of this true Tofino gem. Vaulted wood ceilings and large exposed wood beams greet you as you enter the home into the custom kitchen with local sitka spruce slab island and fir countertops, side by side stand-alone stainless-steel fridge / freezer and built-in wood bench dining area. Great living room with cozy wood stove, sunny window seat and built-in office area, with direct access to the covered rear deck and yard. Also on the main level is a small workshop/extra storage room and large 2pc bath off kitchen w/ loft storage. The spacious second level has vaulted wood ceilings with skylights and offers an additional living room which walks out to the upper rear balcony overlooking the backyard. 2 bedrooms, and a full bath are on the second level, with ladder access to a large loft space and bonus sleeping room. There is a separate studio which can easily be added back into the main home, with its own entrances from the side or rear of the home. The studio has its own kitchen, full bathroom and living space with a loft bed. Great for home based business or in-law suite. The exterior of the home is lovely with mature landscaping, raised flower beds, green house, rain barrel water collection, partially fenced backyard with firepit area, covered side yard with surf shower and wood/kayak/surf storage. Below the main floor of the house is 3.5 foot heated crawl space, with a heat pump and ample additional storage. Great location, walking distance to multiple beaches, surf, and amenities. Dont miss this opportunity to live in this friendly locals neighborhood, one of the few areas of Tofino that does not allow short term rentals. Email tia@realestatetofino.ca for more info or to book a viewing. Seller will review offers May 31. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1961 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$319,900
2305 596 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

2305 596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is the premier hotel in Ucluelet, BC. Steps from the Pacific Ocean, this stunning top-floor suite is located within the East Beach House. A corner unit with south-west facing views allows for ample sunlight and additional privacy. This modern, well-designed 507 sq. ft. studio features tasteful accents of wood & stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a large sun deck. Encompassing a calming colour palette, open living space w/ custom pull-out couch, king-sized bed, Miele kitchen and spa-inspired bathroom w/ jetted tub and rain shower. Fully unwind and relax with the excellent onsite management team. Resort amenities include a restaurant, lounge, boutique shop, full-service spa, two outdoor hot tubs, plunge pool, fitness room and conference/event spaces. Committed to sustainable tourism practices. Nightly rental only and must use onsite Management. View website for more info on resort - www.blackrockresort.com. Please reach out for an info package! (id:31311)

1 Bathroom 507 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$1,825,000
370 Gibson St, tofino, British Columbia

370 Gibson St

Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino Home for sale with many options: Enter the main home up on the second level where you will find large kitchen, dining and living areas, 2 bedrooms, 1 w/ an ensuite, main bathroom, and laundry room, . Balconies off kitchen/dining area to overlook a floral garden oasis and hot tub! Very large Primary bedroom w/ ensuite perched up on the third floor-plenty of lounging space with another two balconies flanking North and South. At ground level on the 1st floor you will find a large mother in-law suite incorporating a substantial kitchen/dining, family room, bedroom, w/ in suite laundry. Stroll around to the side door on ground level to find your renovated licensed short term rental studio suite. Property comes equipped w/ a playhouse at the rear of lot for endless fun. Location is just a couple blocks up from town center, near skate park, across from school and at the end of a road with easy access to Tonquin Beach and the connector trail. Call for your information package today! (id:31311)

5 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 2930 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$220,000
1142 Seventh Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1142 Seventh Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

This Salmon Beach lot is currently home to an RV (value not included in evaluation price ).. The lot is level, cleared, has hydro and septic holding tank installed. Lots of privacy, lovely grassed yard. This lot is a gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of neighborhood. Salmon Beach has a private boat launch, tennis court, basketball court, playground with easy access to the winter surfing grounds, salmon fishing, scuba diving and is one of the best places to kayak in the world. (id:31311)

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$525,000
104 250 Hemlock St, ucluelet, British Columbia

104 250 Hemlock St

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Welcome to this beautiful 787 square foot condo, featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom. All the stainless-steel kitchen appliances, washer, dryer, and hot water tank are 2 to 5 years old. The white kitchen has a pass-through with attractive wooden ledge to the open living and dining room. A sliding glass door in the living room leads out to a large grassy area and a private patio. There is a separate room for in-suite laundry and storage. You can park right in front of the suite or in the parkade behind. For investors, monthly rentals are allowed (no nightly rentals) and the suite is currently rented month-to-month through a professional management company to excellent tenants who would love to stay. This building overlooks the scenic small craft harbour. Stroll down to one of the picnic benches, where you can relax with your morning coffee, and soak in the mountain and water views. The Edgewater has recently completed all new walkways and a new roof was completed less than a year ago. Across the street is the local gym/sauna/swimming pool and it is a short walk into town. The natural beauty of the trails, forest, beaches, and ocean are all close by. Experience life on the west coast in stunning Ucluelet. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 787 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$1,100,000
38 1431 Pacific Rim Hwy, tofino, British Columbia

38 1431 Pacific Rim Hwy

Tofino, British Columbia

2 bedroom 2 bath condo in Tofino's only beachfront complex zoned for nightly rentals on beautiful Cox Bay. What an opportunity! This is one of the highly coveted top floor units on the south side. It is an end unit, allowing for slightly more interior sqft plus an extra large exterior deck. Whatever your viewing pleasure - sunsets, storms or surf checks - you can do from the comfort of your own home. This unit also features 3 lock off storage units, including one that is tall enough to fit a longboard. The onsite management team is excellent and takes care of every aspect of operating the resort so all you have to do is come and enjoy yourself. There are no restrictions on personal use and this unit already has multiple dates blocked off so you can start enjoying it immediately. Common facilities include a hot tub, fitness centre, lounge and lookout tower. Offers are being considered May 24. For more information on resort facilities please visit www.coxbaybeachresort.com (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 763 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$895,000
346 Yew St, ucluelet, British Columbia

346 Yew St

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Home for sale in beautiful Ucluelet. Opportunity for long or short term rental. 4 bed/2 bath in total. One bedroom secondary suite, separate entrance and ensuite laundry makes for a great mortgage helper or perhaps an Airbnb. The other doorway opens to large entrance and boot-room, with door to large workshop and stairs up to main living area where you will find an open and bright kitchen/living dining space. Southern facing deck accessible from kitchen/dining for evening BBQs. Home & large garage/shed sit on a .26 acre lot & can be accessed by both Yew St & Matterson Rd. Convenient central location: short walk to town centre, school, community centre, Big Beach, Little Beach and Wild Pacific Trail. Coach house potentially may be a future option upon further investigation w/ District as Multi-Family zoning was encouraged in the recent OCP. Upgrades: renovated kitchen, newer roof, balcony/deck, windows etc. Call for information package & view the virtual tour multimedia & video! (id:31311)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1957 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$1,998,000
1217 Sunset Point Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1217 Sunset Point Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Live the coastal dream on this rare oceanfront lot. This 0.67-acre property is truly one-of-a-kind. Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean combined with the wild, rugged coastline. South-facing for ample natural light and mature trees throughout the property. You will have an unobstructed front-row seat to storm watching, whales breaching, and breathtaking sunsets. Situated at the end of Sunset Point, this private, gated community really allows you to relax and slip away into nature's wonders. A Geotech report is available to help with the placement of your dream home. Close proximity to the heart of Ucluelet and the renowned Wild Pacific Trail. (id:31311)

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

For sale
$2,399,000
1071 Pacific Rim Hwy, tofino, British Columbia

1071 Pacific Rim Hwy

Tofino, British Columbia

Forest living at its best. private 1.23 treed acres high above the tsunami zone, custom built main dwelling with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths.. wonderful long views seaward over the tops of trees from the decks and bedrooms, 3rd story meditation room to sit and dream for hours. eclectic building style fits perfectly with west coast modern. the forest cabin lower down is perfect for a caretaker or extra family member. Cosy 2 bedroom + den ... lots of space for creativity and crafts, an additional studio building for stand alone art endeavours. extra storage buildings and workshops. This property is a must see. (id:31311)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 3843 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

For sale
$259,000
1054 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1054 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

South-west exposure, level lot with ocean, eagle and mountain views, steps to boat ramp and Little Beach. Enjoy the original 31' trailer with one bath, one bedroom, one kitchen, approx. 250 SQF (built about 1992) and portico approx. 100 SQF with ample space for boat and RV parking and/or build your dream cottage with spectacular panoramic views on the second floor. Rainwater catchments system and Cistern; Sewer holding tank underground. Salmon Beach is a great recreational area about a 30-minute drive off the highway. Here you will enjoy life in a gated community with two great beaches, a boat launch, play park and tennis court. Salmon Beach is a beautiful place giving you access to some of the best sport fishing grounds anywhere, Barkley Sound offers the Broken Group Islands, nearby, paddle boarding, it is one of the top 10 places in the world to scuba dive or dawn a wetsuit and snorkel. Message now for a detailed information package. (id:31311)

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

For sale
$2,280,000
561 Campbell St, tofino, British Columbia

561 Campbell St

Tofino, British Columbia

Property and business for sale! Amazing opportunity to own a house, retail shop, and run a fishing and marine excursion business in TOFINO's commercial district! Steps away from the waterfront with an ocean view, Clayoquot Ventures is an established business (est. 1996). Completely turn key, they are equipped with 5 reliable boats. Inventory is available for purchase. They offer fresh and salt water fishing, multi day tours, and marine tourism tours. Seasonal business, high season is May - September. In terms of online presence, the brand has excellent online reviews and a professional website. Approx 12,389 sq ft lot size, 800 sq ft commercial retail store space, and 350 sq ft top floor living area. Please contact the listing agent if interested. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 1950 sqft

Grand Central Realty

For sale
$849,000
1001 Seventh Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1001 Seventh Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Breathtaking one of a kind Salmon Beach property. Walk on waterfront! Large entryway, door to a 3 piece bathroom, spacious and open living/dining/kitchen area with upgrades to kitchen in 2016. From kitchen/dining area walk onto covered deck to take in the beautiful expansive ocean views. Upstairs there is a sleeping area in the loft where one can enter into a south facing bedroom with ocean views out three of the four sides, a must see in person! Bonus: Included is a beautifully decorated, recently upgraded guest trailer perched w/ view! Two pathways to a very large beach area. This property is your little beach get away. Boat launch into the Barkley Sound a couple blocks away. Adventure biking, fishing, seabreezes and your beautiful ocean views to have cocktails at your Gazebo viewing deck just steps from the walk on waterfront. Views of Barkley Sound from this property are hard to put into words! Click the aerial video link! Call for information package and book your showing today! (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 856 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

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