What is ‘Island Time’?
It’s a philosophy that puts people above all other priorities for the day. And, it’s a special feeling that encourages you to stop for a moment to watch an eagle soar, take a deep breath of clean ocean air, and scan the horizon for ideas. What else would you call a laid-back lifestyle that is a fusion of wilderness and cosmopolitan sophistication?
Vancouver Island communities are home to many cultures and peoples from across Canada and around the world. Vancouver Island is a place where many different viewpoints find a common ground in appreciation of nature and a simpler, more wholesome life.
As you drive from town to town, you may notice a common theme of “caring and sharing”. From the numerous coffee houses to the open artist studios that dot the main streets from Victoria to Port Hardy, Islanders are focused on living their best life and ensuring that their own community benefits from personal synergies. The result is an ethos that permeates every day work and play; a humanistic approach to life and the environment.
Our local builders are second to none when it comes to crafting masterpieces in cedar, spruce, and hemlock. Here, you’ll find many examples of West Coast architecture, post-and-beam, and log homes. The hillside topography of the eastern coast of the Island means that an ocean view is a common feature that you may want on your wish list.
City dwellers may want to consider Victoria, a small city with several universities and one of the most walkable downtown areas you’ll find anywhere. Further north, the Cowichan Valley offers a rich cultural heritage and peaceful waterfront living. Nanaimo is the next largest commercial hub after Victoria and has a vibe all its own with a university and a harbourfront that is ideal for summer fun. Parksville and Qualicum are tourist and retiree havens that feature sand beaches and sweeping views of the Strait of Georgia. Courtenay and Comox have world-class skiing and the Island’s second international airport with direct connections to eastern Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Vancouver Island communities are varied and diverse. Where would you like to live?
Please visit some of the links in the sidebar to learn more about the Island and the real estate opportunities here. If you would like more information, our office directory will help you connect with a real estate professional in the community of your choice.