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If you are looking for more information about life on Vancouver Island and are considering making the move here, look no further.

More and more young individuals and families, as well as small business owners, have been investing in real estate on Vancouver Island. There was once a time where it was an area that was mostly considered desirable to live in by those who were wanting a quaint area to retire in. Now, that has changed and the island has become a place that is enjoyable and has many activities and things to do for those of all ages.

There are many reasons why people choose to invest in real estate on Vancouver Island and we’re going to tell you about a few of them.

With the island being so close to Vancouver itself, many buyers are choosing to invest here because it is known to be more affordable than purchasing a home on the mainland. By taking a short ferry ride, you can easily get to the city of Vancouver and yet avoid paying the extremely high costs of living there permanently. This is an awesome opportunity for those looking to purchase their first home within the Vancouver area as it has become quite a tough market especially for those who are just entering into it. Many of those who are choosing to purchase on the island are looking to reduce their debt or save a considerable amount of money on their mortgage payments. This also means if you are looking for an investment property and something that will cash flow, this is a great area to do so as well.

As much as the prices of homes on Vancouver Island are much more affordable than property in the city of Vancouver itself, the lifestyle is also something to be excited about. If you love the outdoors, you will never be shy of things to do. Surrounded by ocean and lush green forest, Vancouver Island is the perfect place for activities such as hiking, mountain biking as well as any water sports you can think of. For those interested in starting a business, it is very feasible to do so here, therefore, being an amazing opportunity for recently graduated students, entrepreneurs or those of any age who have decided they want to start something of their own!

Travelling to the Island?


Air

Air Canada
WestJet serves both the Victoria and Nanaimo airports.
Tel: 1-888-247-2262; 250-360-9074

Harbour Air
Depart from Vancouver Downtown Harbour, Vancouver Intl Airport and arrive in Victoria, Nanaimo, or Maple Bay
Tel: 1-800-665-0212; 604-274-1277

Helijet
Scheduled service between Victoria Harbour, Vancouver Harbour and Vancouver International Airport, and schedules daily flight between Nanaimo and Vancouver.
Tel: 1-800-665-4354

WestJet
WestJet serves both the Victoria and Nanaimo airports.
Tel: 1-800-538-5696; 403-444-2301


Bus

Island Express Bus
Island Express Bus provides passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island points, from Victoria to Campbell River, and Tofino on the west coast, and BC Ferries’ services at Buckley Bay. Island Express Bus and IslandLinkBus are operated by the same company.

Pacific Coach Lines
Pacific Coach Lines offers a first-class luxury motorcoach service daily between downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Squamish and Whistler. The bus service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria (via BC Ferries) that was previously operated by Pacific Coach Lines is now operated by Wilson’s Transportation (See below).
604-662-7575; 1-800-661-1725


Ferry

BC Ferries

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Nanaimo

  • Sailing Time: 2 hours
  • Sailings: 8 daily round trip sailings between Nanaimo and Tsawwassen
  • Vehicles and Passenger Walk On
  • Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal is located 39 km south of downtown Vancouver on the BC mainland.

Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Nanaimo

  • Sailing Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Sailings: 8 daily round trip sailings between Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay
  • Vehicles and Passenger Walk On
  • Horseshoe Bay is located 25 km northwest of downtown Vancouver on the BC mainland.
  • Departure Bay is located 4 km north of downtown Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

For bus travel between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria via BC Ferries, call Wilson’s Transportation

Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay

  • Sailing Time: 25 minutes
  • Sailings: 9 daily round-trip sailings between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay
  • Car Capacity: 16
  • Ticket sales end 3 minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles and 5 minutes before for walk-on passengers.