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.


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, 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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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)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 672 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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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 storey, and 35 X 50 or 3500 SQ FT. There are two other structures that account for another 1550 SQ FT. Currently occupied by marine mechanics, all equipment and parts will be removed. The ground is either concrete or asphalt. There is an older Stage 1 environmental report available and there are no issues of concern. What do you vision in this location? 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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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, guest house style accommodation or staff housing. 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)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2655 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

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1310 Lynn Rd, tofino, British Columbia

1310 Lynn Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

Custom built home + 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 top floor, lavish bedrooms overlooking the rainforest with deluxe ensuite baths, separate sitting areas & fireplaces. The ground floor features a bright kitchen with granite countertops, generous bathroom with soaker tub & separate shower, living room & private deck. There are 2 flex rooms on the ground floor that can be used as additional bedrooms, rec rooms or office. 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. (id:31311)

7 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 4150 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)

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9 625 Hellesen Dr, tofino, British Columbia

9 625 Hellesen Dr

Tofino, British Columbia

In one of the newest complexes on the peninsula, within a short walk from world renowned Chesterman Beach and ease of access to Tofinos amenities, this 1443 sf 2-storey deluxe townhome is bright and located in a rainforest setting. Large windows allow for a well-lit space. Main level is an open concept living area, paralleled by storage, a 2-piece bathroom and entry to a private patio that is wired for a hot tub. Finishes include quartz counters, LVT wood plank flooring, broadloom carpet, stainless appliances, an electric fireplace and 9 ft ceilings. A large master bedroom and heated tile ensuite are on the 2nd floor with dual sinks and a tiled glass shower. A 2nd full bath is shared by the additional 2 bedrooms. Laundry and further storage round out the 2nd floor. There is heated outdoor storage and 2 parking spaces in front of the unit. These townhomes have a heat pump to cool / heat and high value insulation. A perfect home for a wide range of potential owners. Check it out. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1443 sqft

Sotheby's International Realty Canada (Vic2)
Sotheby's International Realty Canada

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1045 7th Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1045 7th Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Salmon Beach home for sale with beautiful east and southern exposure. Expansive ocean views into the Broken Islands that are a must see in person. Situated only a few blocks from boat launch. Great vacation property if you like to visit Ucluelet and Tofino on the regular: fish, surf, sup, kayak, canoe, dirt-bike or simply lay on the beach! Comfortable home with plenty of room for accommodating friends and family. Larger lots on 7th Avenue allow for larger home along with desirable privacy in back yard and ample of space to park your fishing boat. Lovely landscaping and sunny southern exposed deck! Hardwood floors, 2x6 insulated walls, in house laundry, two three-piece bathrooms, close to 500sqft crawl, open, spacious kitchen dining/living area. If you enjoy the west coast for your get away, this rec-village allows you to skip the expensive hotel rooms. No more dealing with having to schedule around ''no vacancy'' - come at a moments whim, have your own oasis out here on the west coast! (id:31311)

1 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1880 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

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D 1627 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

D 1627 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

The Blue Room is a very popular local restaurant with a great view of the Ucluelet Inlet. Situated in the centre of town, easily accessible across from the CO-OP and next to the brew pub, a very high traffic location. The indoor space is 22 seats and the outdoor is 28 seats, both are licensed. Currently the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only so there is lots of room to increase hours and revenue. This is a share sale, all equipment and assets are included. The restaurant is in a leased premises. Information package is available, financials upon the signing of a non disclosure agreement. (id:31311)

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1154 2nd Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1154 2nd Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Ocean view property for sale just short drive to Ucluelet & Tofino. Overlooking the Barclay Sound, thoughtful design, well-built home w/ large viewing deck & balcony off bedroom, solid teak floors, maple cabinets, custom sandblasted granite backsplash depicting actual ocean scape. Gorgeous/unique large windows to take in trees, eagles, islands & ocean views. 10,000gal H2O collection w/ double filtration system. Hardie panel & Starline vinyl windows. Spray-foam insulation plus heating/cooling heat-pump keeps home warm in winter & cool in summer; minimal hydro use to keep home at comfortable temp. Propane hooks up on decks & under kitchen for propane stove if desired. Large entry to store outer wear. 144sqft accessory building w/ hot H2O on demand for laundry, plumbing rough in for bathroom & hook up for a generator. Bonus 539sqft crawl w/ 6'3'' height w/ windows. Access to boat launch, marina, fish, beach, & surf! Not just your ordinary cabin, but a place to really relax in true comfort. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1539 sqft

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)

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19 625 Hellesen Dr, tofino, British Columbia

19 625 Hellesen Dr

Tofino, British Columbia

Bright three bedroom, three bathroom - unit in Sea Otter Place. The main level hosts an open concept kitchen/dining living area, with two piece bath, storage room & direct access to a private rear patio. The second floor offers a spacious master bedroom, with his & her closets & a deluxe ensuite with quartz countertops, heated tile floors, dual sinks and large shower, also on the second floor are two more bedrooms & a full bath. Deluxe finishing's include a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops & stainless steel appliances & a cozy electric fireplace. Outdoor storage & parking for two cars right in front of the unit. Central location, just minutes walking distance to multiple beaches and amenities. This property would make a perfect family/starter home. Short term rentals prohibited. (id:31311)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1423 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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1142 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1142 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

Outstanding, very private, summer cottage large enough for all your whole family. The main cottage has three bedrooms, one with the cutest kids beds, watch corner of the front room living space is home to a two person reading nooks. Propane fireplace in the living room, very lovely kitchen. This cottage is very beachie and extremely well thought out. The semi-attached Bunkie is home to another full bathroom, laundry and a fourth bedroom upstairs. Three awesome outdoor living spaces, a sink, counter in the BBQ area. Propane on the front deck for your outdoor firepit. The list goes on so watch the video, look at the 360 degree tour and pour over the photos. This is a fantastic summer home. (id:31311)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1200 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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14 203 Boardwalk Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

14 203 Boardwalk Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

[] One of our Premier Cove two-bedroom suites situated on Spring Cove and has a large living area on the upper floor with vaulted ceilings. You will love the exceptional waterfront/forest views. The extra-large deck enjoys an outdoor dining area and gas BBQ. The open concept living area is very spacious with the see-through fireplace between the living and dining areas, fabulous for entertaining. The unit is being offered fully furnished, there is a double size pull-out sofa bed, for extra guests and comfy chairs and has a queen-sized bed in each bedroom with flat screen HD TV. The suite has two bathrooms with stand up shower, one bathroom also has a large double soaker jetted jacuzzi tub. The unit has its own laundry, HD TVs, and WIFI with high-speed fiber optic internet throughout. The fully outfitted kitchen includes a full-size oven, stove, fridge, microwave and dishwasher, granite counters tops, bar stools, double sinks, and plenty of cabinets. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1350 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)

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16 203 Boardwalk Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

16 203 Boardwalk Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

[] One of our Premier Cove two bedroom, suites situated on Spring Cove with the bedrooms on the entry level and the living area on the lower floor bringing you closer to the waterfront and nature. You will enjoy a large waterfront/forest view deck with outdoor dining area and gas BBQ. The living area is very spacious with the see-through fireplace between the living and dining areas. The unit is fully furnished, there is a double size pull-out sofa and a chaise lounge by the fire for relaxing with a book. Each bedroom has a queen-sized bed with flat screen HD TV dresser and night tables. The suite has three bathrooms with stand up shower, one bathroom also has a large double soaker jetted jacuzzi tub. The unit has its own laundry, HD TVs, and WIFI with high-speed fiber optic internet throughout. The fully outfitted kitchen includes a full-size oven, stove, fridge, microwave and dishwasher, granite counters tops, bar stools, double sinks, and plenty of cabinets. (id:31311)

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1230 sqft

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)


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