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 introduction of a second sawmill in 1928 supported this trade until the sawmill operation came to a close in 2001 after a successful 88 year run. 

Youbou still boasts a historical background, with multiple heritage buildings still standing, such as a community hall built in 1937 and a church that's over 60 years old!

Today, Youbou is home to a thriving community as the second largest one on Lake Cowichan, supported by a variety of different jobs, such as local shopowners, remote workers and more. 

Things To Do Near Youbou

Youbou is popular for having so many recreational activities to do in the area, especially with its ideal location directly on Lake Cowichan.

Here, residents can take advantage of the many amazing opportunities for activities in the area. In the summer, hiking and biking are great ways to explore the many trails and paths in the area to fully take in the many multiple sites in the area, and fishing, swimming and other water sports are popular ways to cool off and relax when the heat proves too much.

During the winter months, ice fishing, skiing and bundling up and socializing with friends over outdoor fire pits are just a few of the many ways Youbou homeowners find to enjoy the frosty weather. 

Parks Near Youbou

Campgrounds are common sites on the shores of Lake Cowichan, allowing residents to be just minutes away from some of the best camping on all of Vancouver Island, with incredible views of the lake and the thick forest of trees beyond it. Common campgrounds near Youbou include the Pine Point Recreation Site to the north and the Spring Beach Recreation Site to the south. 

Life in Youbou feels like you're always living in the middle of a gorgeous park area, but there are certain designated parks that residents enjoy visiting as well, such as:

  • Mile 77 Park
  • Price Park
  • Swordfern Trail
  • Arbutus Park

All in all, life in Youbou is perfect for those looking to live a quiet life, connected to nature as well as your community in the heart of Vancouver Island. 

Does this sound like your ideal life? Contact Carly Carey today to find your dream home in the beautiful area of Youbou.

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