Part of my Seniors Real Estate Series


As a designated Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES), I know that heath care concerns are at the top of the list when older adults consider making a move.


But as a Comox Valley Realtor, I also know that moving to this part of Vancouver Island means your health – and that of your loved ones – will be well cared for.


As part of my ongoing series of articles on Seniors Real Estate, I've gathered some information on many of the local health resources and services available in the Comox Valley. With our new hospital and plenty of practitioner and wellness options, you can rest assured that relocating to the Comox Valley benefits everyone’s health.


The new Comox Valley hospital

In consultation with local and provincial governments, the new 153-bed hospital is in East Courtenay near the Valley’s main population base. Located near the North Island College and a future fire hall, it is on major arterial roads and is easily accessed. Construction is slated to be complete in September 2017. Click here to take a virtual tour of the construction and site.


With a price tag of more than $330 million, the new hospital will continue to offer all the services currently available in the region and promises to introduce new, specialized services. This will also improve Island Health’s ability to recruit and retain physicians and other health care professionals. 


St. Joseph’s General Hospital is the current regional hospital; it and the Hospice Society will continue with their partnership for the development of a Hospice/Palliative Unit on the St. Joseph’s site.



Finding a family physician in the Comox Valley

While finding a family doctor can be a challenge in some Vancouver Island communities, this is not typically the case in the Comox Valley. Often your own physician, family friends and relatives will make suggestions, but if you don’t have any recommendations, visit the BC Doctor Directory for contact information.


For listings and contact data for local dentists and eye doctors, visit BC Dental Association and Optometry BC websites.


Island Health

The publicly funded body that provides health care and support services to Island residents is Island Health, formerly known as the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). With more than 18,000 healthcare professionals, 1,900 physicians, and over 150 care centres, their motto is “Excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.”


Through a network of hospitals, clinics, centres, health units and residential facilities, Island health provides a wide range of services, including tests and treatments; ongoing care and wellness; end of life care; Aboriginal and First Nations; children and youth; and seniors. For a comprehensive list of their services, click here.


Other Comox Valley Health resources

The Comox Valley Nursing Centre is also a great local health resource. A service of VIHA’s Primary Care portfolio, the Nursing Centre provides care in the following areas, chronic disease management; health promotion; provision of health information, including a lending library and web access; and community development and community empowerment. They can be reached by calling (250) 331-8502.


Home and Community Care provides a range of health care and support services to eligible clients living in the community. In-home and community-based services offer support for improving health and quality of life, and helping people remain independent and in their own home for as long as possible. They can also offer advice on options for residential care and assisted living. Get in touch with the Comox Valley office at (250) 331-8522.


Comox Valley Senior Peer Counseling – Seniors Supporting Seniors can be contacted at (250) 871-5940.


The Comox Valley Diabetes Education Centre can be reached at (250) 339-1568.


Know that whatever your health concerns may be, there are professionals in the Comox Valley who are willing and able to support you and your family.


For more information on any part of living in and moving to the Comox Valley, please contact me, visit my website or go to my Facebook page.

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Plus a look at the Comox Valley real estate market

One of the questions I commonly get asked is, “How’s the Vancouver Island real estate market these days?”


In my 25 years as a Comox Valley Realtor I can honestly say that the past few years have been some of the best for both Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley specifically, and the future continues to look positive.


But don’t just take my word for it, let’s look at some numbers from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB).


Home prices have gone up across Vancouver Island

Demand for housing on the Island and throughout BC is being driven by a provincial economy that is outperforming much of the rest of the country, which has had a net positive effect on the housing market.


Across Vancouver Island, benchmark prices for houses, condos and apartments are up from 2016. In fact, according to VIREB, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the Comox Valley in January 2017 was $400,000, up 20 per cent from that period the previous year!


Inventory continues to be a challenge for Comox Valley Realtors

The past year has seen a decrease in the number of units for sale in the Comox Valley, and stats for Vancouver Island show a reduction of available properties of more than 35 per cent.


What does this mean for you?

If you’re a buyer, you need to act right away when you find the right home and be prepared for the possibility of multiple offers. The buying process may take a little longer because the inventory is low. Essentially, be patient but also be prepared to act quickly.


If you’re a seller, the ball is in your court because it’s a seller’s market. So act now – because real estate is cyclical and this won’t last forever! My new seller’s guide offers great tips on how to sell your home fast and get what it's really worth; click here to download it.


Whether you are buying, selling or both, let me help you get what you want. For information on Comox Valley Real Estate, get in touch through my website or visit my Facebook page.

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Part of my Seniors Real Estate Series



The Comox Valley has tonnes of recreation options for people of all ages.


One of the best things about being retired is that you finally have the time to try some new activities or spend more time doing the things you love. And, in fact, studies show that keeping our brains and bodies active goes a long way to ensuring a successful and healthy retirement lifestyle.


Living in the Comox Valley makes it easy to ensure you get the physical, mental and social stimulation you need as you enjoy this new phase of your life.


In speaking with my clients, the area’s multitude of leisure and recreational options is a big part of why so many people choose to retire in the Comox Valley. Well, that and the weather, the location, the nature, the beauty . . .


Here’s a sampling of just some of the many local recreation associations, groups and activities for folks who are 55-plus.



Comox Valley clubs and hobby groups for seniors

Without a doubt, one of the best places to find out about or take part in events, clubs and general goings-on for retirees in the Comox Valley is through the Evergreen Club.


Based out of the Filberg Centre in downtown Courtenay, the club provides leisure activities for those 55 and over. Activities and resources include a computer lab, with training available; special events, such as dinners, dances and presentations; as well as sports & fitness activities, like table tennis, cycling, golf, snooker and more.


Evergreen also offers members a chance to take part in musical pursuits, such as recorder and ukulele clubs, choirs, dances and singalongs. Cards and games, a broad range of hobby and craft clubs – cameras, books, stamps, genealogy – not to mention quilting, knitting, painting and other opportunities ensure there’s something for everyone’s tastes!


For a nominal annual fee, members have a chance to participate is numerous activities, get discounts on trips and special events, receive a monthly newsletter and more. Contact the Evergreen Club directly at 250-338-1000 or visit their website at


D’Esterre House in Comox offers similar recreational pursuits. Located on Beaufort Avenue near the Comox Marina, the club opened in 1975 with ten members and has grown to about 800 current members. With a broad range of clubs and activities including everything from yoga and tai chi to soapstone carving and carpet bowling, it’s no wonder the centre is so popular!


Join in the fun and become a member for $30 a year and you’ll get access to a variety of clubs and activities, as well as food services and the chance to guide the direction of the Association as a member of the Board of Directors. Contact them at 250-339-5133 or through their website And make sure to check out their monthly newsletter and activity schedule.




For some people, retirement means the opportunity to give back to the community and volunteering is the perfect avenue. Not only is volunteering in the Comox Valley a great way to meet people and make a difference, but it provides a means to develop or build upon skills and knowledge.


Whether you live in Comox, Courtenay or Cumberland, there are organizations that would love to make the most of your volunteer contributions. Volunteer Comox Valley is a quick and convenient way to see what openings are out there. Be sure to check out their community directory, events calendar, training and educational opportunities and volunteer registry.



Recreation rules in the Comox Valley

Keeping active keeps you younger – so maybe that’s why recreation rules. Whatever your background or interests, the local recreation centres have got you covered. Simply click on the links in this sentence you’ll get connected to Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland recreation facilities and programs. Find out about all the different ways you can keep involved in community while promoting your own health and well-being.


And if you still haven’t found something that suits your own particular interests or skill levels, grab a copy of the Comox Valley Recreation Guide and have a look in the Community Directory on the last couple pages. There you’ll find a comprehensive listing of scores of clubs, organizations, groups and services. While the listing isn’t available online, the recreation guides are available at the all the community recreation facilities.


As a Comox Valley Realtor for 25 years, I know that recreation, volunteer and leisure activities are a great way to quickly feel like you’re part of your new community – and our region certainly has plenty of options! Hopefully this resource will help make a move to the Valley easier for you, your family or friends.


Buying, selling or considering your options? Please feel free to contact me about any aspects of Comox Valley living. Visit my website to look at other informational blogs or find out more about my experience and qualifications as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®. Keep up to date with current listings and make sure to check out my Facebook page. And, finally, don't forget to download my new guide, Seller Guidebook – Information for Home Sellers.



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Part of my Seniors Real Estate Series

When it comes to real estate and housing options in the retirement years, it’s usually about downsizing and being closer to amenities and activity opportunities.


Fortunately, here in the Comox Valley, there is a wide spectrum of housing options available to those who are 55-plus.


At one end of the range, there are simply smaller homes or adult developments that offer little or no care; at the other end of the spectrum, one can find facilities that provide continuous care. And then there are numerous options in between. Regardless of your situation, we can find something that works.


Whether you’re looking for independent living options, adult orientated or assisted living complexes, as a designated Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) and long-time Comox Valley Realtor, I have the inside scoop on all the area has to offer. Following are just some of the many possibilities for your current and future needs.


Retiring in Comox

Of course, the great thing about most of the retirement options in Comox is that they’re within walking distance of all amenities in the downtown core or just a short drive! You will find groceries, medical professionals, the library, restaurants, coffee shops, bus stops, the marina and a golf course!


In terms of independent living, there are many selections to choose from within Comox for condos, townhouses and single family homes that are smaller and require less maintenance. Apartment-type condos and patio homes can start around $250,000 and go up to the $600,000 range depending on location and views. Cambria Gardens, Capistrano, Comox Place, The Landmark, Fairway Place, The Portside, Harbour Place, Comox Quay and Emerald Shores are just some of the condo options. Parkwood Estates, Brookside Estates, Spinnaker West, Abbey Lane, Balmoral Manor, Windsor Court and Chelsea Court make up a few of the patio home options. Ocean Pointe in downtown Comox offers condos and patio homes!


For those interested in forms of assisted living or care homes, Comox is home to Berwick Comox Valley, Stevenson Place and Quadra Gardens. Want to find out more about any of these Comox retirement options? Just ask!


Retirement and 55-plus living in Courtenay

Like Comox, Courtenay has a wide variety of choices for those looking for independent living.  Corinthia Estates, Britannia Place and Crown Pointe in Crown Isle Golf Course Community are popular choices, with their location on the golf course and close to the Crown Isle Shopping Centre, Costco, Home Depot, the community college, the new hospital and the aquatic centre!


In downtown Courtenay, Parkside at Riverglen offers a combination of condos and patio homes along the picturesque Puntledge River. Centrally located across the bridge from Lewis Park, it also features easy access to shops, the library, Sid Williams Theatre and bus stops. Price ranges for condos, townhouses and patio home in Courtenay are similar to (and sometimes lower than) those in Comox.


Other retirement concept residences that offer varying levels of assistance include Comox Valley Seniors Village and Casa Loma, Glacier Lodge, Abbeyfield House and Cummings Home. Feel free to contact me to find out more about any of these!


Retirement and real estate in Cumberland

While Cumberland doesn’t have any specific adult developments, there are new subdivisions that feature attached townhouses as well as smaller single-family ranchers. For those seeking increased care, there is some subsidized housing (Centennial Place and Union Square) within the village for folks 55 and over, as well as the Cumberland Lodge.


Whether you’re thinking about listing your Courtenay or Comox home for sale or you're looking forward to an Island retirement in the Comox Valley, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let me help with this new transitions phase.


As an SRES Realtor, I know what’s involved in every aspect of selling your existing house and finding the perfect new home for your situation.


Selling, buying or just looking for more info on Comox Valley Real Estate? Let’s work together. Contact me, have a look at my website or visit my Facebook page.


And if you are thinking about selling, don't forget to download the following:

SELLER GUIDEBOOK – Information for Home Sellers.

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Thinking of selling? Now is the time to list!

Is your family ready to move to something bigger? Maybe your knees are telling you it’s time to find a rancher. Whatever the reason, if you’ve been thinking about listing your Courtenay, Comox or Cumberland home for sale, the time to act is now!


Here are three good reasons to list your Comox Valley property today!


Beat the rush – Summer is coming!

Generally, spring and early summer are thought of as the prime selling seasons, with good reason – longer days, more sunshine, warmer weather and the approaching end of the school year.


Not only is spring a nice time to be out looking at houses, many home buyers are thinking ahead to the summer. It’s a good time to move for the kids as they don’t want to spend their summer holidays house hunting instead of playing in the sun. The sooner the better, both for Buyers and Sellers!


Demand is high – especially for Vancouver Island homes and properties

As we all know, buying in the Lower Mainland is becoming more difficult. As such, the Island has seen an influx of buyers within the local real estate market. People are looking at homes from Victoria to Campbell River. As prices increase in the bigger cities, smaller communities are looking more and more attractive.


Supply is low – it’s tough to leave the Comox Valley!

As a Comox Valley Realtor, it’s difficult when there is a lack of supply on the market! After all, people are moving into, not out of, our fabulous region. When supply is low it becomes a Seller’s market – so you’re in the driver’s seat. Hopefully you will receive your listing price and your home will remain on the market for only a short time.

Whether you’re a retiree looking to downsize or you have a growing family that needs more legroom, I can help sell your existing home and find you the perfect new home to meet your situation.


Selling, buying or just looking for more info on Comox Valley Real Estate? I can help. Contact me, visit my website or go to my Facebook page.

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Work with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

How my SRES® designation helps clients


Photo: Nathalia Bariani                


If you’re a senior and thinking of buying or selling, you may want to consider working with a designated Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®). Something, conveniently, I happen to be!


Whether you’re retiring and down-sizing, moving to be closer to grandchildren or finally getting that view property you’ve always dreamed of, as an SRES® Realtor® I have the knowledge and experience to help with every aspect of your move.


What SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist®) means

An SRES® agent has had specialized training to help you every step of the way, from financing to marketing to understanding emotions involved in making certain life changes.


As an SRES® designee, I bring a customized approach to marketing and selling your property. I will work closely with you to explore housing options that serve your current and future needs.


Additionally, I also have working relationships with numerous other professionals – such as Anne Delaney of Delaney Relocation and Home Support Services – who are also well versed in helping people with their later life moves.


No matter what questions you may have, I can help you find answers. 


Why I became an SRES® Realtor®

Becoming an SRES® real estate agent just made sense for me. I continually strive to upgrade my education to better serve my clients. As a former registered nurse, I have always been drawn to caring for people in all aspects of their lives. So being recognized as a Realtor® who works with seniors or people nearing retirement is something that seemed a natural fit.


If you or your friends and family are looking for a Realtor® who understands the seniors housing market, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.


In fact, I can help with any inquiries about real estate in the Comox Valley. Be sure to check out my Comox Valley Real Estate and MLS listings and visit my Facebook page.

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As a relocation specialist, I know how to help with your move


For members of the military and RCMP, moving is a necessary – not to mention hectic – part of life. As an Approved Service Provider of the Integrated Relocation Program and registered with Brookfield Global Relocation Services, I’ve been helping military and RCMP families relocate throughout my career.


I know military transfers can be stressful and that no two moves are alike. But I also know the process and understand how to help.


Whether you’re moving cross-province or cross-country, in the summer or in the winter, there are steps that you can take to make this change as smooth as possible. And the great thing is, once you get here you will love all that the Comox Valley has to offer!


Relocation Step 1: Get started right away

Obviously, you will receive plenty of information regarding all aspects of your transfer through your relocation advisor. It can seem overwhelming, but it’s important that you get the ball rolling right away. From doing paperwork to gathering moving boxes, keeping on top of things will make you feel more organized and in control.


Relocation Step 2: Choose the right Realtor®

Having the right Comox Valley Realtor® will make your military or RCMP transfer so much easier. First and foremost, make sure you find someone who has relocation experience. It’s a busy time so you want to ensure your needs will be well looked after. Testimonials and referrals from friends and work associates are always a good place to start.


You may want to interview a few real estate agents before settling on a final choice. Things to keep in mind during your initial conversations: are they listening to your thoughts and concerns; do they respond in a timely manner; are they well versed in the process and knowledgeable about the community; are they someone who works well with your family?


Relocation Step 3: When house hunting, know what you want but keep an open mind

Having chosen your Comox Valley Realtor®, make sure you have had a good conversation prior to your trip about what your requirements are. Let them know your itinerary to ensure they’re able to promptly and effectively serve your needs. That being said, don’t be afraid to “look outside the box” if they suggest new ideas. When you have the right Realtor®, you feel good about putting your trust in them to find the right place for you.


Relocation Step 4: Do your homework about your new community

A little knowledge is a good thing; a lot is even better. Don’t wait until your House Hunting Trip to find out about your new community. By learning about all that your new location has to offer, you can feel less overwhelmed upon your arrival. From recreation opportunities to the local shopping and entertainment options, it’s nice to have a lay of the land and get excited about future plans! In fact, feel free to check out some of my recent blogs about what makes Comox and the rest of the Comox Valley so great, including its beaches, hiking areas, festivals and entertainment.



I’d be happy to guide you through this busy time with confidence. My knowledge of the process will take the worry out of this part of your relocation.

Please contact me to find out more about local real estate opportunities or have a look at my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.

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A time of year when the Valley really shines!


Finally, it’s winter . . . YAY!


Unlike the rest of Canada, Comox Valley residents count the days to its arrival rather than its exit. Of course, the rest of Canada can’t boast about a world-class alpine resort, year-round golf, all-terrain biking options, snowmobile trails galore and clearest visibility scuba diving!


Mount Washington – winter wonderland, indeed!

Obviously, Mt. Washington Alpine Resort offers many of the things we love about winter. Snowshoeing, tubing, snowboarding, and downhill and cross-country skiing will keep you fit and busy throughout the winter months. No matter the weather or day of the week, there is plenty to see and do slopeside on Vancouver Island’s largest year-round family resort.



Other Comox Valley winter recreation


Valley-wise – meaning sub-alpine – there are numerous other activities to choose from throughout the year, such as golf, hiking, biking and kayaking. But have you ever tried winter scuba diving? As they say, it’s always a nice day below the waves, and wintertime offers excellent visibility.


And for your dining pleasure . . . Dine Around Comox Valley


In my books, it’s also always a good time to eat. But Dine Around Comox Valley means mid-February to mid-March is an especially good time! During this annual month-long event, local restaurants offer special menus at a special rate, leaving your palate pleased and senses satisfied.




Yes, around here winter means a whole lot more than cozying up with books near a fireplace, although we make sure to fit that in, too! With all this, you’ll find yourself wishing winter in the Comox Valley came more than once a year!


Isn’t it time you started looking forward to winter? Feel free to contact me to find out about real estate options in the Comox Valley. Or check out my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.

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Congratulations to Nicole Abbott, winner of last month's photo contest giveaway with the amazing shot above! I loved the contest entires so much, I've decided to do another contest.


I'm giving away a $100 gift certificate to local garden centre Art Knapp!

To enter, upload your photo through THIS LINK


I want to see your best outdoorsy photos. Do you have a great shot of your last hike, run, bike, kayak adventure? Submit it for a chance to win! Contest ends November 30th and winner will be drawn in early December.


Check out the other awesome entries from our last contest below:


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Planning on retiring to the Valley? So much to see and do!

Ahh, retirement – finally a chance to spend more time doing what you love!


And what better place to retire than the Comox Valley? With its beautiful location, desirable West Coast climate, affordable housing and bevy of resources and activities, the area has a well-deserved reputation among retirees of all ages and backgrounds. Whatever retirement means to you, you’ll love what the Valley has to offer!


Comox Valley recreation opportunities for everyone – not just retirees!


No matter your age or activity level, there’s always plenty to do ’round these parts. Conveniently situated between ocean and mountains, favourite Comox Valley outdoor activities like skiing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife watching will keep you busy throughout the year.


And that’s not to mention the golf! With so many courses to choose from, you could hit the links at a different spot every weekday! In terms of indoor fitness options, the area is served by two indoor pools, ice rinks, a curling club and two top-rate community fitness centres, as well as numerous private gyms and yoga studios.


Click on these links to find out more about just some of the Valley’s recreation options:


Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

Lewis Centre

CV Aquatic Centre

CV Sports Centre (ice arenas and pool)

Comox Community Centre

Comox Valley Curling Club

Active Comox Valley


Arts, culture and entertainment in the Comox Valley


If you’re thinking about retiring in the Comox Valley you’ll be happy to know that the Comox Valley is home to a vibrant cultural community. From galleries to live entertainment, festivals to performing arts, museums and education, artistic opportunities abound.


You can learn to express your inner singer, dancer or painter through numerous clubs or organizations or just choose to enjoy others’ performances or exhibitions at various local venues. Drawing on and building upon a strong sense of community and volunteerism, the Valley arts scene is sure to inspire you!


Here are links to a few Comox Valley cultural gems:

Comox Valley Art Gallery

Sid Williams Theatre

Courtenay and District Museum

Comox Valley Community Arts Council


Oh, and did I mention the farms and vineyards, the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, the Vancouver Island MusicFest, local parks and gardens . . . I could go on, but won’t.


Planning on retiring or just looking for a change in pace? Why not make the Comox Valley your community?


Please contact me to find out about real estate options, or browse my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.

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The Comox Valley offers fantastic walking and hiking trails for all levels



One of the best things about living in the Comox Valley is the opportunity to hit the trails any time of the year. From a laid-back stroll along the seaside to a dawn-to-dusk workout up Mount Albert Edwards, there is something for everyone in this Land of Plenty.



Relaxed routes abound throughout Comox Valley Parks


 Trying to choose a favourite walking or light hiking trail in the Comox Valley is like choosing a favourite child – it simply can’t be done. I find the best approach is to think about where you want to wander. Seal Bay Park allows for ocean vistas among towering conifers, Wildwood and One-Spot Trails offer that meadowy-country feel, while the Lazo Wildlife Park appeals because of the interesting flora and fauna.


Then again, why not check out the Comox Valley Regional District’s Parks page for a good list describing locations and attractions of various Valley parks? Start at the top and do them all!



A mix of hiking opportunities at Mount Washington’s Paradise Meadows


The trails that make up Paradise Meadows are varied both in terms of length and difficulty, but their beauty is consistent. Ranging from three to more than twenty kilometers in distance, they’re well worth the drive up the mountain. So pack a lunch and make a day of it! Make sure you’re prepared for alpine conditions and, of course, if you’re thinking about heading up between November and March, you’d better pack snowshoes, too!



Looking for a hiking challenge? Strathcona Provincial Park hits the mark


There are numerous advanced hikes within the snow-capped peaks of Strathcona Park. BC’s oldest provincial park offers hikers both day trip and overnight backpacking challenges. Mount Albert Edwards and the Comox Glacier are perennial local favourites that will test even experienced hikers. Like with any remote hiking areas, these trails are not necessarily maintained, natural hazards exist and weather conditions can change quickly, so plan accordingly!


Whatever your ability or energy level, you can find a trail to fit the bill within the Comox Valley.


Looking for a property in the Valley that also fits the bill? Feel free to contact me about local real estate at 250-338-3888 or check out my MLS listings.


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Send me your Comox Valley “outdoor” pic to win a $100 gift certificate to Valhalla Pure


From Paradise Meadows to Kye Bay and literally hundreds of spots in between, there is SO much in the Comox Valley that gets us playing outside.


I want to see what you love most about getting outside in or around the Comox Valley. Share one of your favourite photos that you’ve taken in one of the Valley’s spectacular settings and you will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate from local outdoor store Valhalla Pure Outfitters.


Click here to submit your photo


Got a great shot of you enjoying a bike ride, or maybe your dog splashing through some tidal pools? Whatever it is that gets you outdoors in the Comox Valley, I want to see it. Heck, I may even use it on my website, Facebook page or other promo materials.

Simply click here to enter


The contest runs through September and October and a winner will be drawn in early November.

So get out there and start snapping!


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Whether walking, swimming or combing, living near a beach is a lifestyle in the Comox Valley 

Life’s a beach. Or it can be if you want it to be – especially when you’re living in the Comox Valley


There’s something undeniably magical about living near water. From the smell of the sea and the soothing sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline to the ever-changing visuals of a running river, water makes our senses come alive. It’s no wonder so many people desire waterfront property, whether it be by the ocean, a lake or a river, and that destinations like Vancouver Island are so popular.


Fortunately for us, the Comox Valley is blessed with an abundance of choices when it comes to accessibility to the water. Here are just some of my (and my dog’s) favourite water spots. 


Comox Peninsula beaches are salty and sweet – Kye Bay, Point Holmes, Goose Spit


The beaches of the Comox Peninsula have something for everyone, depending on the day and the activity. If it’s looking for sand dollars and flying a kite on tidal flats, Kye Bay is hard to beat. However, if you’re into exploring intertidal pools bustling with marine life, Point Holmes is the place to be. Feel like getting active? A refreshing dip after running the steps at Goose Spit should fit the bill – then again relaxing by one of the Spit’s firepits (pre-stocked with wood) might be easier.  


Rivers mean never having to say you’re salty – The Puntledge


Not only home to the occasional prehistoric marine reptile (fossils only, don’t worry), the Puntledge River offers an impressive array of trails, rapids, falls, and swimming holes that keep swimmers, trail runners, fishers, tubers and paddlers happy throughout the year. It’s one of the Comox Valley’s true gems. Whether exploring at Nymph Falls, swimming at Stotan or paddling at Puntledge Park, there is plenty of scenery and activity to keep everyone in the family happy.


The Valley’s Great Lakes – Comox and Maple Lakes

Of course, maybe getting out in a canoe and dragging a fishing lure behind you is more your speed – enter the lakes of Cumberland. Surrounded by conifers, 20-hectare Maple Lake is a lesser-known Valley treasure. Stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, the lake is for non-motorized boats only, which helps ensure there is always plenty of wildlife to enjoy. On the other end of the size scale is the majestic, glacier-fed Comox Lake. Its various swimming, fishing and paddlesport offerings have helped make Cumberland a relative recreational Mecca.


Take it from me, regardless of the time of year, there is always something to see and do at water’s edge.


Looking for an ocean view, waterfront property or something near the river? Contact me to find out about real estate opportunities in the Valley, or feel free to browse my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.


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Enter to win a $100 gift card


Don’t miss this chance to savour the spectacular views and sensational food of Blackfin Pub – on me!


Just like my Facebook page and sign up here to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate for the Blackfin Pub at Comox Marina. And don't forget to share a link to this post on your own timeline!


Click here to sign up before the end of August


When you sign up, you’ll also get the chance to sign up for my quarterly Comox Valley e-magazine, in which I‘ll share with you all the great reasons to love living in the Comox Valley. It’s a veritable win-win. Click here to sign up now!


Best of luck!


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 Why Comox real estate listings are attracting much more than retirees these days


Thinking about buying a home in Comox? If not, perhaps it’s time you did!


Once thought of as an idyllic seaside retirement village, the town of Comox is quickly outgrowing its sleepy reputation. 


Today’s Comox by the Sea offers a full oceanside experience, with a little something for everybody – providing, of course, you have the energy and exuberance to take it on! From kiteboarding at Goose Spit to fine dining and even finer shopping, Comox has a lot more going on than you may have heard. It’s no wonder Comox real estate, including some phenomenal waterfront real estate, is perennially popular! 


For a taste of the aquatic pursuits for which so many in the Comox Valley flock to Comox, start at Goose Spit. The town’s most accessible beach, Goose Spit is the local go-to for sports like stand-up paddleboarding (“SUP”ing), kayaking or just plain swimming. On hot summer days, the spit feels almost tropical – hence the locals’ nickname of “Little Mexico” for one of its sandy inner beaches. When the wind picks up, so do the sailboats, kite boarders and windsurfers; with calm water on the inside and chop on the outside, Goose Spit offers a challenge for all skill levels.


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If you don’t have experience to tackle these activities by yourself, you can sign up for a sailing or SUP course from Compass Adventure, situated in the heart of Comox Bay Marina Park. (They also rent SUPs, kayaks and sailboats.)


And since you’re at the Marina anyway, you’re going to want to pick up some of the freshest seafood on the planet at Comox’s own Fisherman’s Wharf. Depending on the season, you can purchase prawns, shrimp, salmon, tuna and halibut directly from the local fishermen who ply the shimmering waters of the Salish Sea.


Of course, when you’re living in the Comox Valley, you’re not going to want to cook for yourself all the time – especially not with so many great restaurants within a short drive or stroll! Comox once again has you covered, from gelato to sushi, Indian to Italian and contemporary to just coffee. As an added bonus, many Comox eateries feature oceanside patios from which to enjoy the Comox Valley’s locally produced (and often award-winning) food and drink.


Want to win a gift certificate to the Blackfin Pub, home to the finest Oceanside patio in the Comox Valley? (Join my mailing list and you could win a $100 gift card to the Blackfin Pub in Comox. A winner will be selected September 1.) 


Get out and explore the Town of Comox


After indulging in any or all of the above, hike off your meal on one of the many trails etched into Comox’s impressive geography. Some wind their way through towering firs; others hug the contours of the sea or weave through the eclectic boutiques of downtown Comox. Stop in at one of those shops for a self-guided walking tour brochure; while you’re at it, stroll along Comox Avenue to see the unique treasures that await the casual seaside shopper.


When you make Comox your home, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the many festivals Comox hosts each summer, celebrating everything from fine art and First Nation culture to local shellfish and seaside shenanigans. On August long weekend alone (“Festival Weekend” in Comox), you can take in as many as four different festivals.


The Town of Comox – this cosy little community perched on the edge of the ocean – has a heck of a lot going on. Make time to experience everything Comox has to offer.


Want to make Comox your home? Contact me to find out about Comox real estate opportunities, or browse my Comox Valley real estate and MLS listings.


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Summertime is festival time in the Comox Valley, and we just so happen to have one of the Valley’s most anticipated festivals coming up on BC Day weekend.


The Filberg Festival, July 29 to Aug. 1, 2016, is the Comox Valley’s premier arts festival, “celebrating the best of arts, crafts, and music.” And I have two 4-day festival passes to give away to one lucky winner. All you need to enter is an email address.


Simply click here for your chance to win.


The Filberg Festival features lively entertainment, a wide variety of artists and artisans and an eclectic selection of great eats to keep you fuelled. It all takes place in the historic Filberg Park, overlooking the pristine waters of Comox Harbour and the majestic Beaufort Mountains.


Whether you’re a longtime Comox Valley resident or you’re just beginning to discover all that our community has to offer, I invite you to contact me with any of your questions about the local real estate market.

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Year-round festivals are just one great reason to make the Comox Valley your home


The mid-morning sun glistens off the majestic Comox Glacier. The refreshing aromas of cedar forests and ocean breezes mingle in every breath and the energy of an entire community pulses through the warm spring air. It’s festival season in the Comox Valley!


The Comox Valley, nestled between mountain and sea on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, has been referred to as the “Valley of Festivals,” and with good reason. The idyllic region boasts more than 50 annual festivals and events, and during the summer months it’s possible to attend a different festival every weekend.

From the bounty and beauty of the Valley’s farms, rivers and ocean to the diversity of arts and culture in the region, the Comox Valley has much to celebrate. And never ones to take life too seriously, Valley residents are always keen to throw a party.


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After a winter spent skiing, snowboarding and golfing (that’s right, six of the Comox Valley’s golf courses are open year-round), summer is ushered in with a solid jolt of adrenaline with the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Adventure Race in late April. Participants begin on the snowy slopes of Mount Washington and finish on the shimmering waters of the Comox Marina. While there’s never a shortage of über-fit hard bodies at the Snow to Surf, the main attraction is the lively entertainment, boisterous beer gardens and jovial socializing down at the marina throughout the day-long event.


Later, months of pent-up exuberance explode in June, July and August as revellers from all over Vancouver Island and the mainland converge on the Comox Valley for the Valley’s biggest and most anticipated events.

Vancouver Island MusicFest (July 8-10, 2016) is a three-day celebration of roots and world music from around the globe, and is the largest music festival on Vancouver Island. Far from just another outdoor concert, MusicFest features six stages sprawled out over a vast area of fields and forest hugging the shores of the gently flowing Tsolum River. Bedouin Soundclash, Tegan & Sara and Don McLean are just some of the internationally renowned performers that have graced the stages of MusicFest in recent years, and the 2016 line-up is expected to be just as impressive with rockers 54-40 headlining Sunday night.


Want to win tickets to MusicFest 2016? Click here for full details


Not to be outdone, Atmosphere Gathering is an intentionally small music festival held annually in the Village of Cumberland. The 2016 festival takes place August 19-21 and will feature a diverse line-up of eclectic performances and a variety of workshops.


On BC Day weekend, festival-goers descend on the picturesque town of Comox for two iconic Comox Valley summer events. The Filberg Festival (July 29 to Aug 1, 2016), a 4-day celebration of the arts, features some of the best Canadian arts and entertainment in a spectacular oceanside setting. There’s always a lively turnout exploring the myriad booths and displays, taking in the live music or simply enjoying the ambiance from a sunny spot on the grass. With crafts and activities for kids and lively musical performances, the Filberg Festival is a definite must-see on the Comox Valley festival circuit.

Comox Nautical Days (July 30 to Aug 1, 2016), which takes place the same weekend at the Comox Marina, features it own brand of fun and frivolity. The annual event features a popular bullhead fishing derby, the always-hilarious Build, Bail and Sail, rides and games for the kids and a 4-mile road running race – the longest continually held footrace in BC.


In the Comox Valley, the fun never stops


Between the major summer festivals, visitors and residents of the Comox Valley get their kicks at events such as the wine festival, beer festival, whisky festival, shellfish festival and fall fair – not to mention the classic car show, artist studio tours, and summer concert series. The list goes on and on . . .


As autumn descends on the Comox Valley the raucous summer festivals make way for craft fairs and harvest celebrations, which eventually fade into winter fairs, cultural or solstice celebrations and winter alpine events. Valley residents, of course, are still active as eve – hiking, skiing, golfing and kayaking their way through the mild Vancouver Island winter.


If you listen closely, however, you can just barely catch the buzz of budding anticipation slowly building into a crescendo of exuberance that will once again erupt into another lively summer in the Valley of Festivals.


Interested in real estate opportunities in the Comox Valley? Contact Leah Reichelt, your connection to the Comox Valley lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of.

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Find your ideal waterfront home in the Comox Valley   


Picture this – your home sits on the ocean, surrounded by tantalizing views that never grow old, fresh clean air and opportunities aplenty for truly experiencing Island living on your doorstep. You embrace the tranquility, you walk the shoreline with your loved ones, you fish, swim, sail, enjoy all that the ocean has to offer, and then enjoy a quiet drink on your patio overlooking the deep blue beyond.


Here’s a fact that will pique your attention: the Comox Valley has more waterfront living than you might expect.

From the Valley’s southernmost point at Fanny Bay to its northernmost edge at Black Creek, there are many enticing waterfront real estate opportunities that offer the life you’re looking for.


Waterfront property in Fanny Bay/Buckley Bay/Union Bay

These small, historical hamlets are located in and around Baynes Sound on the southern edge of the Comox Valley. Known for luscious oysters, shellfish and other culinary delights, each little town has a relaxed, artsy vibe with some beautifully designed waterfront homes featuring exquisite views, modern living and invigorating sea breezes.


Waterfront property in Royston:


A little community with just the right mix of action and relaxation, Royston offers plenty of oceanside real estate opportunities for water-loving folk. With coffee shops, markets, pubs and more, and only minutes from downtown Courtenay, Royston has all the trimmings of waterfront bliss and should well be on your radar if you’re looking for waterfront property on Vancouver Island.


Waterfront property in Comox: 13,000 strong and located on the southern coast of the Comox Peninsula on the Salish Sea, Comox is a spectacular little town boasting first-class amenities and overlooking the iconic Comox Glacier. There are myriad oceanfront real estate opportunities interspersed along the perimeter of the peninsula, offering the very best of West Coast living in the Comox Valley.


Waterfront property on Williams Beach/Miracle Beach: Nestled in a pristine area of second growth forest just north of Merville and Black Creek, this area is one of the few remaining sections of Crown Land on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Quiet, quaint and chilled, there are some beautiful waterfront houses along the foreshore that will encourage your imagination to run wild.


Want to learn more about waterfront living in the Comox Valley? Contact Leah Reichelt at RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty for exceptional real estate service with a smile! 

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Simply sign up to my mailing list before July 1 for a chance to win:


To kick off July on a high note, one lucky subscriber to my mailing list is going to win a pair of single-day tickets to see headliners 54-40 and the rest of the line-up of MusicFest performers on Sunday, July 10.

Canadian fiddle phenom Ashley MacIsaac and fellow Canuck Serena Ryder will also be performing on the mainstage at the concert bowl on Sunday, and many other top performers will be performing throughout the day. Just click here to sign up for a chance to win!


And it gets even better!

When you join my mailing list, you’ll be treated to a variety of articles on living the dream in the Comox Valley, including the best beaches, awesome ways to have fun outside in the Valley and the best spots for oceanside living. It’s like a subscription to a Comox Valley lifestyle stoke mag for free! Plus you’ll always have the inside edge on what’s going on in the Como Valley real estate market.

And if you win, you’ll spend July 10 experiencing roots and world music from across Canada and around the world, including MusicFest headliners 54-40.

Vancouver Island MusicFest features six stages, with more than 75 concerts and workshops, kids activities, eco-education areas, workshops, crafts and local food. It’s a truly unique musical experience.

Enter to win now by signing up here.

This contest runs throughout May and June; a winner will be selected early July. Good luck!

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Simply sign up to my mailing list for a chance to win

“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in the Twelfth Night.

Play on indeed with a chance to win two single-day passes to Vancouver Island MusicFest on Sunday, July 10, simply by signing up to our mailing list.


Why join my mailing list? Because it’s it will do much more than keep you up-to-date on Comox Valley real estate (although that’s part of it). You’ll be treated to a variety of articles on living the dream in the Comox Valley, including the best beaches, awesome ways to have fun outside in the Valley and the best spots for oceanside living.


And if you win, you’ll spend July 10 experiencing roots and world music from across Canada and around the world, including MusicFest headliners 54-40. Vancouver Island MusicFest features six stages, with more than 75 concerts and workshops, onsite riverside camping, kids activities, eco-education areas, workshops, crafts and local food. It’s a truly unique musical experience. 


Enter to win now by signing up here.


This contest runs throughout May and June; a winner will be selected early July. Good luck! 

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