Lots of people move to Campbell River, and the central/north Vancouver Island region, because of the wonderful outdoor lifestyle opportunities. Camping, boating, kayaking, hiking, atv-ing, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, fishing - the list goes on; as a home base, this region offers some of the most accessible outdoor activity area anywhere. Within 45 minutes of town one can be on a ski hill, at a beach, enjoying a lake, fishing a river, camping in a forest, or exploring the ocean and islands off shore.
With all that recreation, however, comes equipment. And if you are moving here to take advantage of the great outdoors, thinking about where you are going to keep your equipment is important.
Are you thinking of downsizing so you can spend time RVing? Then you need to have somewhere to store your RV. Coming here to fish on the ocean or lakes? Will you have a boat and if so, where will you keep it? Skis, ATVs, mountain bikes, kayaks - all need a place to sit when not in use.
Listings in this region should tell you if RV parking, extra outdoor space and good storage space is available. Most properties allow these types of outdoor items, although there are still some neighbourhoods that do not, so check if there are any covenants on the title restricting property use.
When you come to the area, come prepared to take advantage of all it offers and make sure your home allows you to easily access what you need. Whether that means a sturdy pair of walking shoes or a state-of-the-art RV beside the house is completely up to you!
Summer on Vancouver Island is
generally warm, sunny and dry – perfect beach weather. This top 5 list is for
beaches outside of Victoria that are perfect for summer relaxing.
This stretch of beach in Parksville is popular with tourists and locals alike,
and big enough that there is room for everyone. At low tide the sandy beach
stretches for miles. This is the site of one of the province’s most popular
provincial parks, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, as well as home to numerous
resorts. No dogs are allowed on the beach in the summer months, so don’t bring
Beach: Tofino and Long Beach on the west coast of the island have many beaches
to choose from, but Chesterman is a favourite with the locals and for good
reason. With two beach fronts it is easy to be protected from any wind and to
choose what wave action to play in. Both sides are nice and sandy, and the
large space where the two beaches join gives lots of room for play.
Saratoga:Just north of popular Miracle Beach, Saratoga
Beach is home to small resorts and RV campgrounds, as well as the popular
Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Campground. Another sandy stretch, Saratoga has
stunning views of the mainland coastal mountains and is great for a swim when
the tide is coming in over the warm sand.
Bay: At the top of the island in the Cape Scott Provincial Park, San Josef is a
walk-in beach well worth the easy 40 minute walk on good trails. With an interesting
forest environment through the trails leading down to the marshy tidal area of
the San Josef River, the beach itself is a shock with its stretches of sand
broken only by amazing rock formations. This is a remote area, so the beach is
never busy (although locals from Port Hardy do like to come there on sunny
Beach: West of Sooke at the bottom of the island, China Beach is another one
that requires a short hike to reach. It is well worth it though, with a long
stretch of sandy beach, amazing views, and even a waterfall at one end of the beach
close to the day use trail. This is also the head of the Juan de Fuca multi-day
hiking trail. There is a small campground at China Beach, separate from the day
These are all sandy beaches great
for summer fun. Do you have a summer favourite?
Many of the properties we market are remote, and we love them as do our clients. They are accessed via Forest Service Roads, private gravel roads, water, and long stretches of unserviced highway. There is often no cellular service, and certainly no wi-fi. So if you are going to travel in these regions remember the number one rule: Be Prepared.
Have a spare tire! In addition, a shovel to dig out (from dirt or snow), a mat to lay down on when you look under the vehicle, and a vehicle that can withstand scrapes from overgrown shrubs and trees are all assets. Remember that having warmer temps in town does not mean there won't be snow on the ground in the more remote areas. For some areas, a saw to take apart small windfall that's across the road could be useful.
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Make sure people know where you are going and your approximate time of return. Letting people know your route ahead of time is also a good idea. We always ask people who want to just go look at a property on their own to tell us when they return. Have good maps with you so you can identify where you are, especially if you need to walk out to a more main road for assistance.
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A first aid kit is important. Extra food and water as it may take longer than you'd expect. Good footwear. Warm clothes and a rain coat (even in the middle of summer) as the weather can change quickly on the coast! And for those of you who prefer the comforts of home, a spare roll of toilet paper is nice.
lots of water on hand
We love the coastal wilderness we are surrounded by, and if you are prepared then enjoying it and exploring it can be a great way to spend time.
You've found your dream property, you've had a look at it and you've had your offer accepted. What comes next?
There is a lot of paperwork involved with buying property, but there is also a lot of due diligence involved. Whether the property is local or remote, residential or recreational, there are things about the property that you may want to have checked and/or verified before you commit completely to purchasing. These items would have become conditions in the purchase contract, and there would be a time frame included for completing these conditions.
Due to the diverse range of properties we sell in the BC Oceanfront office at Royal LePage Advance Realty, we have a wealth of resource information when it comes to the various inspections a property may require and who might be available to perform those inspections.
These could be:
For properties that aren't on a city sewer system a septic inspection could mean having someone come out and check the system, as well as verifying with the local health authority that the system has a valid permit.
For properties that aren't on city water, a water inspection insuring that water lines, wells or other domestic water sources are all in healthy, working order.
Building inspections, for all properties with improvements on them. If wood stoves are involved then certain certifications (WETT) are required of the building inspector so they can also check the wood stove system.
Docks and moorage for oceanfront properties, to insure all is in safe, working order.
Electrical systems - this can require an electrician for a basic wired system or an alternative energy systems company for off-grid power systems.
These are just some of the onsite inspections our office arranges for clients. Many of these require Ed or Shelley's attendance, and some properties can require several days of inspections depending on the complexity of the systems.
When you work with the BC Oceanfront Real Estate Team, you are benefiting from a group experienced with the logistics and inspections required for all types of properties - and we put that expertise to work for you.