MAP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
Located off the coast of British Columbia is one of Canada's most valued destinations: Vancouver Island. Here nature is cherished, and history comes to life. No matter what the time of year, there are ample ways to spend time on this diverse island. During the winter it provides some of the best skiing in North America, and Vancouver Island slopes are second to none. During the summer months, Vancouver Island will accommodate any golfer with over 50 courses nestled in mountains and forest, along beaches and beside breathtaking lakes. No matter what your passion, whether its fishing, camping, surfing, hiking or whale watching this scenic island will provide one of the nations finest outlets to so many activities.
Ocean view and ocean front opportunities here seem endless and VERY well priced.
The Vancouver Island/coast region is the second most populous economic region in the province, accounting for 17.6% of the provincial population, covering 9.1% of the total provincial land mass. With a population base of 750,000, Vancouver Island varies from small rural communities to modern urban centres like Nanaimo. The island stretches approximately 500km long and 200 km wide, with 3440 km of spectacular coastline that ranges from rugged to sandswept. With a landmass of 32,261 km, Vancouver island is comparable in size to Holland.
MAP OF NANAIMO
No longer just a "Mill Town" Nanaimo is among British Columbia's most liveable cities, having a favorable balance of lifestyle, employment and investment opportunities. A growing population of 78,271 (2004)
Famous for its nautical flavor and redeveloping waterfront with promenades, parks, boat launches, eateries and ocean view condos.
Centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 111 km north of Victoria, Nanaimo is the regional service centre for mid and north Vancouver Island.
This growing community is is in the midst of change and redevelopment. It enjoys a skilled and educated labour force, an impressive infrastructure network and many nearby recreational and cultural amenities.
Nanaimo is an excellent place to live, work and do business. With improved transportation, many are seeing Nanaimo as a home base to commute to greater Vancouver. All this in the friendliest climate in Canada, surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world.
Ocean view and ocean front opportunities here seem endless and VERY well priced. Nanaimo is located on the east side of Vancouver Island off the southwest coast of British Columbia and is the largest North American island in the Pacific Ocean. The Vancouver Island/coast region is the second most populous economic region in the province, accounting for 17.6% of the provincial population, covering 9.1% of the total provincial land mass. With a population base of 750,000, Vancouver Island varies from small rural communities to modern urban centres like Nanaimo. The island stretches approximately 500km long and 200 km wide, with 3440 km of spectacular coastline that ranges from rugged to sandswept. With a landmass of 32,261 km, Vancouver island is comparable in size to Holland.
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Old City Quarter, Cedar, Chase River, Yellow Point, Lantzville, Gabriola Island
MAP OF LANTZVILLE
Lantzville, pop. 3,763 A picturesque seaside community in a village type setting on the east coast of Vancouver Island,
COURTENAY, COMOX AND CUMBERLAND
MAP OF COURTENAY
MAP OF COMOX
The Comox Valley is situated mid-way on Vancouver Island's East Coast. It is bordered on the west by the Beaufort Mountains with its breathtaking Comox Glacier and Strathcona Park, and on the east by the Strait of Georgia, Comox Harbour, and Baynes Sound. The Valley extends south to Fanny Bay and north to the Oyster River. Within its boundaries are the municipalities of Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland.
Komuckway means "plenty" in the local Native tongue and there certainly is plenty of wildlife and natural resources in the Comox Valley. European settlers adapted the name to Komoux, then finally to Comox. Comox has long been a proud Military Town, with roots going back to it's first Navel Training Base in 1876. Today the Canadian Armed Forces base operates the airfield and the Bi-Annual Airshow attracts people from across the continent. The Town of Comox is located directly East of Courtenay, extending out onto the Comox Peninsula that creates the Comox Harbor. The Comox land area is 14.20 square km (5.48 square miles or 1420 hectares) Comox was Incorporated on January 14, 1946. According to BC Stats annual population estimates, the population of Comox in 2003 was 11,937.
Both Courtenay and Comox have intertwined economies with residents using services from each area regardless of their home location. The most seaside-like community of all of the jurisdictions within the Valley, Comox has many marinas and water based businesses and attractions. The Town is home to the Canadian Armed Forces Base CFB Comox 19 Wing, St. Joseph's Hospital and the B.C. Ferries terminal to Powell River.
Courtenay is a cosmopolitan center with excellent shopping accommodation and restaurants.
The City of Courtenay has the second largest population of the four main regions within the Comox Valley, after the combined rural areas A, B, C & K of the Regional District. It serves as the regional center for business, recreation, and tourism. Incorporated on January 1, 1915 the City, according to 2001 Stats Canada information, covered approximately 17.02 square Kilometers of land area. (1702 Hectares or 6.57 square miles.)
Courtenay's population grew by over 45% between the 1991 and 1996 census years giving it the distinction of being one of the fastest growing communities in the Province. This is one of the contributing reasons that the Comox Valley Provincial - Electoral Riding Boundaries had to change for the recent Provincial Election. According to BC Stats annual population estimates, the population of Courtenay in 2003 was 20,340.
High growth, along with the new four lane Island Highway expansion to Campbell River and access to both water and air links to Vancouver, indicate that the City of Courtenay will play a large part in the future development of the Comox Valley.
Mt Washington, Town of Comox, Comox Peninsula, City of Courtenay, Courtenay East, Courtenay North, Courtenay South, Courtenay West, Cumberland, Merville/Black Creek
When coal was discovered here in the last century, the area suddenly enjoyed the popularity of a gold-rush town. Coal was a precious commodity needed to fuel the large fleet of British navy ships, which sailed the Pacific. Cumberland was formed and was soon swelling with entrepreneurial miners and get rich quick hopefuls. Chinese labour was hired and a thriving city of 10,000 people was quickly established. Over time the population declined to its present numbers. Cumberland owes its existence to the large amounts of coal discovered in those early years. Interestingly, opportunities now exist that could revive the coal mining attributes of this quaint and respected community
Today Cumberland is considered a Historic Village, and is located approximately nine-km to the South West of Courtenay. It is the oldest of the three larger communities within the Comox Valley and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1998. Cumberland had a population of approximately 2618 in 2001 and covers about 29.74 Square km in land area. (11.48 square miles, 2974 hectares). Today the village is home to a variety of shops and services, including a unique Museum, an auction house, antiques and collectibles, live entertainment venues and a variety of restaurants. Situated against the Beaufort Mountain Range it is an excellent location to access the numerous parks and trails located just to the West. New boundary expansion in 2002 has added 22 sq km to the Village. According to BC Stats annual population estimates, the population of Cumberland in 2003 was 2,747.
City of Courtenay
Courtenay Recreation - Lewis Centre
Cumberland Recreation Institute
Comox Recreation Department
Comox Valley Sports Centre
Comox Valley Aquatic Centre
QUALICUM BEACH, DASHWOOD, QUALICUM NORTH, BOWSER, DEEP BAY
MAP OF QUALICUM BEACH
With a unique village atmosphere Qualicum Beach is very proud of its many awards for its gardens and schools, you wont find the usual chain stores here. Although claiming the “oldest average pop. In Canada ” (people tend to live longer here) they can also boast about the accolades and awards for all levels of schools K-12 in a very caring and involved community. Arriving by plane, train or automobile you wont be disappointed and don't forget your golf clubs. Including such neighborhoods as
“Qualicum Woods” A friendly family oriented neighborhood developed in the 70s and 80s convenient to town.
“Eaglecrest” and its golf course was developed with golfers in mind in the 70s, an upscale neighborhood just minutes to town.
“Chartwell” a newer development with many fine homes recently incorporated into Q.B. is very popular.
“ Hermitage Park ” located within a short walk to town and schools is ideal for convenience with a very nice cross section of homes
Qualicum Beach is located on the sheltered eastern shores of Vancouver Island, just 40 km. North of Nanaimo, on Highway 19 or 19A. Qualicum Beach is well endowed with recreation facilities for a community of its size. Greenspace and parks provide many opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy a park setting and participate in a variety of recreation activities. Qualicum Beach also has many neighbourhood and regional parks for passive and active use.
Qualicum Beach gently spreads in front of one of the most pleasant small towns on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Pause here at any of the numerous beachside pullouts and smell the salt air intermingled with the perfume from the many private and public floral displays.
Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce
Town of Qualicum Beach
School District 69
Neighborhoods and nearby communities:
Located just across the Little Qualicum River is a mix of homes generally on septic and a good community water system recently upgraded.
Qualicum North (Bowser and Deep Bay)
This is “Lighthouse country” a scenic area along the Oceanside route. An area on the verge of discovery for its beauty and access to golfing, boating and fishing. (link to Arrowsmith golf course?) Properties range from modest rural acreages and very affordable homes at “Little Qualicum River Village” to gorgeous multi million dollar waterfront properties. For boaters, “ Deep Bay ” offers moorage private and govt., tidal grid, launch ramp, store and a restaurant. A favorite spot to launch and explore Denman and Hornby Islands .
Deep Bay is in Lighthouse Country, or the Baynes Sound area, which also incorporates Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay , Bowser , Fanny Bay and Buckley Bay
MAP OF BOWSER
The small waterfront community of Bowser is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island overlooking Georgia Strait.
PARKSVILLE, NANOOSE BAY ERRINGTON, COOMBS
MAP OF PARKSVILLE
Bordered by ocean and sheltered by mountains, Parksville boasts one of the finest climates in Canada
The City of Parksville is located on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island. With a population of 10,323 (census 2001) and a trading area of just under 40,000 residents, the City of Parksville and the surrounding communities that make up the "Oceanside Region" are a lively collection of seaside communities.
Parksville is centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is approximately 2.5 hours driving from Victoria BC, and Pacific Rim National Park and is a short 45 minutes from the BC Ferry terminals in Nanaimo. The corners of Vancouver Island are yours to conveniently explore and enjoy from one central island location - Parksville.
Residents place a high value on their community's spectacular natural setting, surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers. Together, municipality and community strive to maintain and enhance the quality of life they now enjoy. And they make sure to have fun!
MAP OF NANOOSE
A peninsula of land bordered on one side by 6km long Nanoose bay and Georgia Starit on the other. For boaters Nanoose offers marinas such s Schooner Cove facing Georgia Strait a first rate modern marina with hotel + Fairwinds golf course close at hand. Surrounded by beautiful homes on a rocky rugged landscape, “Fairwinds” has a stunning setting with ocean and golf course views galore. The Nanoose bay side, home of the Canadian forces maritime experimental test range. A torpedo testing range in operation since 1967 please check “Whisky Golf” test range on your charts and call for activity. “Rocking Horse” is a quaint area and very suitable for horse lovers with horse friendly land and lots of trails. “Red Gap” is the local center for shopping and has a mixed selection of homes from modular to marvelous. The rural community of Nanoose Bay is a hot spot for golfers, clam diggers and water sports enthusiasts. Nanoose Bay enjoys a country atmosphere while being close to the city amenities of Parksville and Nanaimo. The peninsula's large, protected harbour is a popular destination for visiting boats from around the world, and is home to an assortment of marinas, one as large as 400 berths.
MAP OF ERRINGTON
A rural area just outside Parksville (area F) this is an eclectic area of farmers, artists and crafts people
In the shadow of Vancouver Island's mountain spine, this tiny village was first settled by Duncan McMillan, who named this new settlement after Errington, a small village in England's Northumberland county.
Now home to an eclectic assortment of farmers, artists and craftspeople, Errington is also the gateway to the Englishman River Falls in the magnificent Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.
MAP OF COOMBS
Coombs, made famous by the “goats on the roof” is a very popular stopping point for tourists and locals alike to shop not to mention the Coombs rodeo and fall fair. A mostly rural farming areawith lots of room for horses, biking and hiking with Mt. Arrowsmith close at hand. A popular stopping point for tourists on the way to the west coast, the little village of Coombs is dotted with several heritage buildings, small gift and craft shops and antique stores.
MAP OF SAN PARIEL
A hidden gem of a neighborhood minutes from Parksville bordered by Rathtrevor Prov. Park, the beach and the Englishman river. An area developed in the 70s and 80s with a mix of modest to gorgeous beachfront homes is hard to beat.