The lakeside town of Youbou is perfect for anyone looking to live in central Vancouver Island, directly on the banks of Lake Cowichan. 

Yobou real estate has everything from stately manors to nostalgic waterfront cottages to open lots that act as beautiful blank canvases for you to construct your ideal home on. 

But it takes more than beautiful scenery to make an area worth living in. To that end, we'll be taking a look at all the things that make Youbou one of the best places in the province to live.

Youbou History

Youbou has a rich and compelling history dating back to 1913 with the introduction of a sawmill that started the town's logging industry.

That industry kickstarted the economy in Youbou with a successful export trade. The…

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Sunset over beautiful Lake Cowichan

Located on beautiful Cowichan Lake, the town of Lake Cowichan is home to just over 3,000 people who take immense pride in calling this beautiful area of Vancouver Island home. It’s not just the stunning views and incredible Lake Cowichan real estate that draws people here. These are just a few other reasons why locals love living in Lake Cowichan.

Outdoor Living

When you own a waterfront home in Lake Cowichan, you have direct access to one of the largest freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island, which means endless opportunities for fun on the water. Boating, swimming and paddle boarding are popular activities on the lake. In addition, the Lake Cowichan area is a gateway to the West Coast Trail system and the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park…

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Sunset over beautiful Lake Cowichan

The Cowichan Lake area of Vancouver Island is renowned for its spectacular scenery, safe,  friendly communities and incredible luxury homes. When you own Cowichan Lake luxury real estate, you’re not just getting a beautiful home in a pristine setting, you’re also getting access to everything this incredible corner of the island has to offer. These are just a few things to expect when you buy a luxury home on Lake Cowichan.

Sublime Views

Most luxury homes in the Lake Cowichan area sit directly on the shores of the lake or on the banks of the Cowichan River, giving residents sweeping views of the forest and surrounding mountains and forests. Features like floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around decks allow you to soak up the scenery from the…

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With the end of winter in sight, now’s the time to start planning weekend activities for things to do in Nanaimo. 

With plenty of beaches and natural, protected parks, Nanaimo residents look forward to spring every year as a time to get back to enjoying the many popular outdoor activities that are popular here. 

To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of 4 popular outdoor activities to do in Nanaimo this spring. 

View from Neck Point Park near Nanaimo real estate

1. Take a stroll through one of Nanaimo’s many parks

Nanaimo is a perfect place for nature lovers to enjoy the many great options for parks and open spaces to explore. 

One amazing option is Bowen Park, situated directly in the heart of Nanaimo. Here, residents can stroll past the many plants bursting with incredible smells…

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The Nanaimo luxury real estate market has been booming in recent years and it’s easy to see why. This coastal city on Vancouver Island has everything a discerning home buyer could want, from gorgeous custom homes on huge lots to spectacular scenery, access to all the amenities you could ask for, and endless opportunities to live an active lifestyle. If you’re considering buying a Nanaimo luxury home, here’s where you’ll find some seriously amazing properties.


Luxury waterfront homes in Nanaimo

North Nanaimo Luxury Homes

If you’re looking for sublime scenery and easy access to all the amenities of the city, North Nanaimo is your spot. This affluent neighborhood has a wide variety of higher end homes with spacious suites, meticulously landscaped gardens and yards, and…

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Discover Nanaimo's Waterfront

Can you imagine anything more blissful than waking up every morning to the sounds of waves crashing carelessly on sandy shores, surrounded by a salty ocean breeze, with views that may leave you feeling like you’re still dreaming?

When you call Nanaimo’s waterfront home, there’s no need for imagination, a charming coastal lifestyle is your reality!

While you certainly will never tire of your beachfront properties scenery, don’t skip out on these four local Nanaimo beaches – you may be equally as entranced with the views.

Blueback Beach

Located in North Nanaimo, discover Blueback Beach, Nanaimo’s best hidden gem!

As you follow a steep set of stairs, a cozy secluded beach awaits you at the bottom. Consider…

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If you’ve ever visited Departure Bay, then you know how incredibly scenic and peaceful the community is. Located on a horseshoe-shaped bay on the eastern side of Vancouver Island just north of Nanaimo, the neighborhood boasts beautiful beaches, lovely parks, and plenty of luxury real estate.

There are a number of reasons more people are opting to invest in Departure Bay luxury homes instead of more run-of-the-mill properties. These are just a few reasons why a higher-end home in this charming waterfront neighborhood is a great investment.

Totem gates at Departure Bay with real estate in background

Prime Locations in Departure Bay

Luxury real estate in Departure Bay tends to sit on prime plots of land with incredible views of the ocean and mountains. You can find many higher-end homes just steps from…

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Perhaps you knew it as Newcastle Island, but this historical island off the coast of Departure Bay is changing it's name back to Saysutshun.

This look to the past is a historic step forward as the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced the change in 2021 to reflect the area’s Snuneymuxw First Nation heritage.

Saysutshun History & Name Change

Saysutshun was part of coal mining and stone quarrying operations from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, but before then it was enjoyed for its connection to nature. 

Part of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Traditional Territory, they called the island Saysutshun — which means “training for running” — due to its place as a training ground for warriors. 

Now, a look…

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Lake Cowichan is one of the best lakes in Canada for Boating. The water is extremely warm and the weather is amazing. If you're looking for the best lake on Vancouver Island to launch your boat, you should consider Lake Cowichan. 

Homes for sale in Lake Cowichan & Youbou

It can be really tough to find any homes for sale in Lake Cowichan or Youbou (especially if you're looking for waterfront homes) since they are in such high demand, and when they come on the market they get snapped up quick! 

I live in Lake Cowichan / Youbou in the Summer (on sunset beach) and often hear about properties coming on the market before they hit the MLS. If you want to grab your slice of heaven here on Lake Cowichan, please reach out via my contact page.


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If you love the salty sea air, sandy beach shores, and wonderfully wild terrain, then a Departure Bay waterfront home is calling your name! 

But before you answer, there’s a couple of things to consider to help you make the most out of your place. 

Keep reading to learn more…

Here’s What You Should Know About Oceanfront Homes!

The following are some tips & tricks you should keep in mind while on the hunt for your new Departure Bay waterfront home. 

Distance From Water

While you may think the closer you are to the water, the better, this isn’t always the case! In fact, close proximity to the ocean can put your home at risk of flood, due to rising tides, for example. That’s why it’s important to find a balance between distance from the…

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