Living on the Island
Vancouver Island and southwest British Columbia are known for having the best climate in Canada. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness and recreational areas in the world. Summer temperatures are usually high 20s0C and in winter, if it falls below 100C, you have the consolation of great skiing and snowboarding.
Mount Washington ski resort, located 1 hr from Nanaimo and 2 1/2 hours from Victoria is reputed to have had the most snow in North America for many years. But if surfing and scuba are more your thing, you might take the stunning drive out to Long Beach, or zip up the road to Sooke for world-class conditions.
Whether you like to fish, hike, sunbathe, ski or enjoy the cultural events of a city, we have it all, complete with campgrounds, wilderness retreats, and resorts known internationally for their spas and chefs. Ferries leave hourly to Vancouver, and daily to Washington State. And the seaplanes are a pleasure not to be missed – Nanaimo to Vancouver is a gorgeous 20-minute flight.
Surrounded by beautiful beaches and ski resorts, it isn’t any wonder that Vancouver Island has been a magnet. The influx of people moving to the Island over the past 10 years has created new subdivisions and commercial developments, and for us, that means more jobs, and beautiful, ever-changing communities to enjoy.