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Is one better than the other? Things to think about


Do you like the character and charm of an older house or the clean lines and openness of a new one?


There’s nothing like being the first owner of a brand-new home – everything is in pristine condition and you’re the one breaking things in. Then again, some homes get better with age or allow for the opportunity to do some renos and get things exactly how you want them – maybe at a lower price.


Making the decision to buy a new or older home can involve numerous factors. Of course, if you’re looking for a specific location or in a seller’s market you often don’t have much of a choice.


But for those who are getting ready to look at potential homes, here are some things you may want to consider as you try to decide what’s the best fit for you.



Buying a previously owned home


Older homes have a lot going for them, not least of which is their quality construction and character. They’ve proven through the years that they can stand up to time, and the craftsmen who made them not only paid attention to detail but also likely inserted some unique character and even interesting architectural features, such as archways or stained-glass windows.


While the houses themselves can be smaller, often the size of the lot is larger than newer ones and the vegetation is matured – no waiting for five years for that hedge to grow! As well, the neighbours and neighbourhood are established, so amenities are nearby, and zoning changes are less likely.


But it’s not all roses and sunshine. Older houses might have been constructed when one garage was plenty, and people tended to have less “stuff,” therefore storage could be an issue. Wear-and-tear happen to all of us, so typically there is more maintenance and upkeep. Because of their often-excellent location, a “vintage home” may actually be pricier than a new one farther afield.



New house on the block

Imagine not having to think about roofs for fifteen years and water heaters for seven – there’s something to be said for that! The latest energy-efficient heating systems and windows will undoubtedly save you money. And often there is a builder’s warranty that comes into play, which adds peace of mind.


But new houses settle, no matter what type of soil they are built upon, and that settling can cause cracks in foundations, walls and door frames. Hopefully, your builder is quick to respond to warranty repair requests. Plus, your house may look just like your neighbour’s, which looks just like their neighbour’s . . . Additionally, your new home may be located farther from “downtown.” New homes also mean more taxes charged on the sales price, which can really add up. But, hopefully, maintenance fees will be less for quite a few years, and that can help balance things out.



Other things to think about

Move in dates tend to be more flexible with older homes, after all, a delay in construction isn’t going to happen. Moving into a new neighbourhood may also mean a certain amount of other construction occurring around you.


Fortunately, in the Comox Valley, there is good opportunity to buy either new or old. Talk to your realtor to see the latest listings and start thinking about what matters to you.



Please get in touch if you want to discuss this or other real estate consideration. And visit my Facebook page or website to keep up to date on the latest Comox Valley listings.

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What’s going on and where’s it happening?!


I know, I know . . . you ‘re thinking “Comox Valley nightlife? Is that an oxymoron?”


And maybe if you were here in the 1990s, you might be forgiven for thinking that way. But these days, there are plenty of things to do after dinner.


After all, we can’t all stay in our cozy Comox Valley homes all the time, right? So here is a collection of suggestions for when you feel the need to get out and about.



Musical options

Whether you like to listen to music or perhaps prefer to make it, this Valley has got you covered. Numerous establishments offer entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, such as Cornerstone Taphouse; the Waverley; the Griffin Pub; The Whistle Stop; Roy’s Towne Pub; and The Flying Canoe. Most of those places offer karaoke evenings and many also host drop-in jam nights. And where there is music, there’s often dancing, so feel free to get up and boogie!



Theatrical productions

If theatrical entertainment is more your style, check out the offerings at the Sid Williams Theatre. “The Sid” has been keeping us all entertained for years. Dedicated to the stimulation and enhancement of artistic, cultural and recreational activities in the Comox Valley and surrounding regions, the theatre hosts everything from local dance groups and choirs to international films and entertainers. Have a look at their schedule of events and you’ll find something that suits.



Start recreating

Of course, some of us enjoy getting out and getting active in the evenings. For the physically inclined, the local recreation options are plentiful. The pools and skating rinks always have lots to do and details are on the CVRD website at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca. Plus, there is a wide assortment of great programs offered through the awesome recreational facilities in Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland.



If you want more info for events on specific dates, the What’s On Digest listings are a great resource.


As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in the evening if you go out looking for it. Have fun!


As always, feel free to contact me to find out more about living in the Comox Valley as well as local real estate opportunities. And please check out my website or visit my Facebook page

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Consider these 5 factors


We all know that location, location, location is a big part of real estate success, but you’ll find that timing comes into the mix fairly regularly, too.


Generally, it’s thought that late spring/early summer is the best time to put your home on the market. And certainly, for many parts of Canada, the thought of heading out into a blizzard or onto frozen roads is more than many can handle.


But there is something to be said about getting your place listed before the competition gets out of hibernation, such as it is on the balmy West Coast.


So, when you’re thinking of listing in the Comox Valley, you may want to consider a few more factors than just the weather outside and talk to your experienced realtor to get the inside scoop on when to list.


5 things to think about if deciding when to list

Mortgage rates and economic trends: This one isn’t a huge determinant unless there has been a significant stock market or economic disruption. Truthfully, month to month, housing prices don’t tend to vary significantly, that is more a trend that happens over the long term. Yes, an indication that changes in mortgage rates may spark a light under some, but most people don’t list it as a make-or-breaker.  


Market supply and demand: Again, generally, this is another longer-term trend, but it’s good to keep an eye on it. Your realtor can keep you apprised of whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market and suggest price and listing advice accordingly. That being said, it’s likely better to get your home listed before the competition gets too stiff, so listing in January and February may be a good strategy.


The dead grass factor: Obviously, it’s much easier to create some curb appeal when the lawn isn’t soggy and the trees have some leaves, but when your yard is looking great, so is everyone else’s. After all, we are still comparing apples to apples, no matter the time of year.


Buyers’ attitude: Even though interest in homes does increase in the spring and summer, those looking in the earlier part of the year are often ready to make a change and make it now! If you are looking for a focused and committed buyer, the ones you see in the early part of the year often fit the bill.


Location, location, location: Depending on where you live, selling times can fluctuate . . . or not. For example, cities known for their retirement populations don’t see as much end-of-school activity as other areas. And sunnier climates face less variation in selling times. For us in the Valley, our relatively temperate weather and year-round recreation opportunities mean we aren’t impacted as much by climate trends as other areas of the province and the country. 


Is now the time to list your home in the Comox Valley?

Even though the indications are that the Valley is heading into a more balanced real estate market than we have seen for several years, I have been in and heard of multiple offers already this year! I personally have quite a few buyers ready to go and not enough homes coming on the market to give them a good choice.


Although the spring market is the time of year when the highest number of sales occur in the Valley, it’s also the time that the majority of homes come on the market. I always feel it can be beneficial to list before the spring rush when the listings are not in abundance and the competition is less. Chances are, you can sell your home relatively quickly if priced at fair market value.



I’m always happy to discuss any of the mentioned factors and local trends, so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about listing your home.


For more information on this and other house-related topics, please get in touch. And don’t forget to visit my Facebook page to see the latest Comox Valley listings.

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Resolve to get involved this new year


Are you one of the British Columbians who contributes more than 100 million hours toward volunteering for countless causes each year? If you are, way to go!


If you’re not a volunteer, then maybe this is the year to get out there and give it a try. Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right fit because of your work schedule or family obligations, but here in the Comox Valley there are plenty of chances to get involved and lend a hand.


Not only will your community benefit when you help out with worthwhile projects and organizations that need it, but you’ll get rewarded, too.


Here are a few good reasons to get involved with volunteering, as well as some ideas about where to start.



The upside of volunteering . . . not that there’s a downside!

If you’re new to the Valley, there’s no better way to meet people and make connections in the community than by volunteering. Not only that, volunteerism has been shown to improve overall health, especially outdoor activities that involve physical movement, and it can be helpful in battling depression and decreasing social anxiety. You can learn new skills, add to the local economy, keep physically and mentally fit, and enjoy a sense of empowerment and fulfillment.


What’s not to love about all that?



Volunteering in the Valley

No matter where in the Comox Valley you live, there are regional, provincial, national and international organizations that would love to make the most of your skills and knowledge.


Get involved and get active with Special Needs Recreation and Courtenay Recreation.  They happily welcome volunteers for their numerous programs. Like the snow? The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports appreciate skiers who can help folks facing challenges hit the slopes. But if you’re more comfortable in the garden, get in touch with the people at the Gardens on Anderton


If you like animals, there are several options. Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding works well for people interested in helping others and working with horses. Some physical ability is required, but experience isn’t necessary. If you prefer smaller animals, maybe the Valley SPCA and KittyCat Pals would be a good fit. The nice people at MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre always like having help with special events and public education – and they provide the training!


For those who aren’t sure they can make a regular commitment, the summer festivals are a good place to begin. Nautical Days, the Filberg Festival and MusicFest all rely on volunteers to help keep things running smoothly.


And any of the numerous associations that hold runs and walks typically can always use marshals along the routes, so you may want to get in touch with an organization that you feel a connection to and give them your contact info.



Like all communities, those that make up the Comox Valley have many wonderful events and associations that count on volunteers to succeed – so get out there, get involved and get growing your community.


Questions about any aspects of housing and living in the Comox Valley? Get in touch through my website or my Facebook page. For specific real estate inquiries, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

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Décor designs and styles coming your way this year


In an effort to keep up with the latest home décor styles, my wonderful assistant Jean and I scoured the European fairs this past fall so we could bring you all the latest buzz.


No, not really. But, wouldn’t that be fun?


Instead, we’ve scoured the worldwide web and done a little research on what the latest and greatest things are in interiors. And we’ve come up with some of the larger themes to be hitting the magazines and wholesalers this year.


Following are a few of the design highlights that you can expect to see in 2019.


Natural woods add finish

I’ve always loved the look of natural woods, whether raw and heavy or light and airy, and they seem to be making an impression again. In the kitchen, their light surfaces give a clean, relaxed feel as opposed to more sterile steel or white. In the rest of the home, they provide a sense of warmth, both in terms of colour and feel. The Scandinavian influence is noticeable, so time to show off that teak furniture again.


Colour me pretty – and naturally

Earthy colors, especially reds, yellows and tans have been hot for a while, but things get a little more autumnal with dusky pinks and burnt terra-cottas getting increased attention. And sage green also sees some time in the spotlight, particularly in the powder room, as do indoor plants and herbal motifs on pillows, walls, tiles and more. Fake or real, you’ll want to get more greenery going.


Keeping it real

That sense of authenticity behind real wood and greenery also shows up in other pieces of décor. Hand-woven textiles, hand-made ceramics, hand-blown bottles all emphasize a crafty feel.


And many of those finishing pieces will have an international touch. East Asian, South American and West African designs will offer inspiration in 2019.


Comfort mixed with some glamour

Large, padded couches are making a comeback on some fronts, because who doesn’t like to be comfortable? But to dress things up a bit, velvet is back on the scene. While you don’t want to go overboard, one or two pieces offer a vivid contrast to some of the other more natural elements.


Look up, way up

Apparently textured or tiled ceilings are a thing. Not exactly convenient to get at, but, hey, what the heck? And on the way there, you might as well put up a nice wall hanging featuring geometric colour blocking.


One last thought . . .

In my opinion, the most important thing to remember when looking at design trends is function. If you have a white cat, forget about the royal blue velvet couch. Have toddlers? Don’t invest in marble floors. Unstable on your feet? Less furniture and fewer area rugs might be a good idea.


Sure, it’s fun to buy new things, but make sure you really like it or need it – a couple years from now it may slip out of style, but functionality is always in.



For more information on other house-related topics and living in the Comox Valley, please get in touch. And don’t forget to visit my Facebook page to see all the latest listings.

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Vancouver Island real estate for 2019


It seems like I say this annually, but the past year has been another busy one on the Island and in the Comox Valley. Local realtors were kept very active, buyers were on their toes and a little stressed at times with multiple offers and sellers, for the most part, were happy.


With 2018 coming to a close, let’s take a closer examination of how things are looking heading into the new year.


Moving to a more balanced market

According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB), this past year behaved as expected with some moderation coming into play, as opposed to the record-setting paces of 2016 and 2017. Generally, there is a slight decrease in demand; that, plus modest inventory increases, are helping the Island’s housing market transition from one favouring sellers to a near-balanced market.


It seems that increasing interest rates and governmental cooling measures, such as the mortgage stress test, have started making an impact.


Prices steady and slightly up around the Island this past year

Even with the lower demand, compared to this time last year the benchmark prices of single-family homes continued to rise, up about 12 per cent Island-wide and 9 per cent in the Comox Valley. However, slight price reductions from October to November were posted in the Comox Valley.


Multiple offers are slowing down

Island Realtors® are starting to report a slow in the occurrence of multiple offers, which is good news for those looking to buy. According to VIREB, sellers may need to curb their expectations.


“Realistically pricing your home is important in any market, but when fewer buyers are competing for a property, sellers need to be far more strategic,” says Don McClintock, 2018 VIREB President. “Overpriced homes take longer to sell, so it’s a good idea to consult a local REALTOR® who can help determine the optimal price for your property.”


Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling, in or out of the Comox Valley, working with an experienced Realtor® will ensure you’re making the most of your real estate opportunities.


I hope you and your loved ones have a happy and relaxing holiday season and all the best for 2019!


To find out more about living in our wonderful Valley, contact me any time through my website or by visiting my Facebook page.

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Decadent, delightful and downright delicious


Just in time for December, my wonderful assistant Jean and I are sharing some of our favourite seasonal recipes – think of it as our gift to you!   


Nanaimo Truffles

These bite-sized Nanaimo bars made into truffles will disappear very quickly. Fortunately, this recipe makes about forty, so you can hide a few for yourself. A little fiddly but this three-step process is well worth it, and they make a great hostess gift.


Truffle centre:

6 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp milk

4 Tbsp vanilla custard powder

2 ¼ cups sifted icing sugar


Cream butter, then combine milk and custard powder and add to butter. Mix in icing sugar. Mixture should be fairly stiff. Refrigerate half an hour. Then roll into small balls about the size of a large grape.  Place on a foil-lined cookie tray and refrigerate.


Biscuit layer:

2/3 cup butter

5 Tbsp white sugar

½ tsp vanilla

1 egg                    

5 Tbsp cocoa

2 cups graham wafer crumbs

1 cup coconut                   

½ cup chopped nuts


Place softened butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in a bowl. Set bowl in pan of boiling water. Stir mixture until butter has melted and is the consistency of custard. Mix wafer crumbs, coconut and nuts together. Add to the cocoa mixture.

Take a level teaspoon (5ml) of crumb mixture, press flat in the palm of your hand and wrap around the truffle centres. Put in the freezer for 1-2 hours (or overnight).


Chocolate layer:

1lb (500 g) good quality chocolate


Melt chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Be careful to stir and watch that water doesn’t boil, as chocolate should not be really hot. If you do this chocolate will stay smooth and glossy.

Dip each truffle in chocolate. Using a slotted spoon or a seafood cocktail fork, lift truffle out of chocolate. Tap gently to remove excess chocolate and place on foil- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until set.


Cranberry Blackberry Sauce

Sweet and sour and so, so pretty!


3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup blackberry jam (or jelly)

½ cup apple juice

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves


Place all ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to incorporate the melting jam with the other ingredients. Gently simmer for 20 minutes or until the cranberries are tender and just beginning to fall apart. Cool to room temperature, cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta in Balsamic Vinegar

This is another family favourite that makes it to our Christmas table every year; the recipe serves about 4 to 6 people.


1 lb Brussels sprouts

2 slices pancetta, quarter-inch thick and diced into half-inch pieces

2 tsp butter

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

½ tsp sugar

salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


Remove tough stems and any wilted outer leaves from sprouts. Cut in half lengthwise and steam until just tender. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add diced pancetta and sauté until just crisp. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add sprouts and toss until well-coated with pancetta-vinegar mixture. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Bon appétit and the happiest of holidays to you and yours!

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‘Tis the season for markets and fairs


No matter where you go, November and early December mark the time of year when the Christmas craft markets start popping up. And while fairs and markets aren’t exactly exclusive to the Valley, our active, artsy community ensures they’re a step above in terms of quantity and quality.


It’s not hard to find plenty of options for the coming weekends, but here are a few unique ones to choose from.



Fiesta World Craft Bazaar

Make sure to check out this Valley favourite! Held annually at Courtenay’s Filberg Centre, this year’s market takes place November 17th & 18th. For just a $2 admission, you can support more than 50 local and global organizations and businesses that are selling fair-trade products. These vendors work directly with the artisans in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. There truly is something for everyone – from Christmas ornaments to Tibetan carpets, books and posters, games and toys, clothing and jewellery. Not to mention the chance to enjoy some delicious ethnic food cooked by local immigrants. It’s a lot of fun!



Stagnhare

And while you’re in town on November 18th, head over to the Native Sons Hall and take in this favourite. It runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and is $5 at the door, but kids 12 and under are free. Word has it that Santa will be making an appearance – I guess he likes to shop local, too!



Gnarly Little Christmas Craft Fair

Speaking of fun, this market gets more popular every year. Lewis Centre will be the place to be on December 1 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Featuring youth crafters aged 9-19, over 30 vendors will be showcasing wares that include baking, crafts, woodwork, jewellery, stocking stuffers and more. You can even time your market visit with Courtenay Rec’s Children’s Christmas Party (ages 9 years & under) that starts at 2:00 pm and features Captain Thunderpants and, of course, Santa! 



Elevate Winter Bazaar

The seventh annual fair is being held at the Courtenay Legion Hall on December 7th & 8th. Looking for something different, such as quirky broaches and buttons, Indigenous designed and screen-printed clothing, succulents art, wood carvings and Day of the Dead glass-beaded bracelets? This is the place. Forty carefully selected local makers, artists and artisans will be there from 4:30 to 9:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday.



Merville Hall Christmas Craft Fair

This year the annual Merville Craft Fair will be held on December 1 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Big Yellow Hall. Chocked full of delightful crafts for everyone’s shopping pleasure, just head up the old Island Highway and take in a nice selection of Christmas chattels.



Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair

This classic market happens December 1 and 2 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hop on the ferry and make a day of it. Two halls, more than 80 vendors and a shuttle service make this one a worthwhile endeavor.


  

And, as always, the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market happens on Saturday mornings right up to Christmas.


Wherever you go, you’ll be sure to get in the spirit, so get out there and have fun!


For more information about all aspects of living in the Comox Valley, visit my website or my Facebook page. And for specific real estate questions, please feel free to get in touch!

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Save money and stay warm!


With those long, dark winter nights and colder days on the horizon, it’s a good time to start thinking about staying warm and conserving energy. Not only is it better for the planet, it’s better for your hydro bill, too.


Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, it pays to save energy. So here are some tips to keep in mind as we all start to prepare for another winter.



Take your home’s temperature

Aside from putting on a sweater and slippers and turning down the heat a notch, there are a few more things you can do with the thermostat and furnace. Before going to bed or leaving the house, turn your thermostat back to about 16°C. A smart or programmable one makes it simple to adjust temperatures through a 24-hour period. Also, keep air vents and baseboard heaters clear of furniture and appliances so things work more effectively. And keep your furnace tuned-up and filters clean to improve efficiency.


Avoid heating unused rooms by shutting doors and any warm-air supply registers. And don’t waste energy by heating uninsulated areas like garages, attics and crawlspaces.



Work the windows

Start by opening and closing the curtains. When the sun is out, take advantage of its rays. Then shut the blinds as the sun sets and things begin to cool to reduce the chill you may feel off them.

If your windows are drafty, use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on the outer frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window. A tight seal will reduce drafts.



Start a fire, then close things up

Fireplaces and stoves can be great sources of heat, but when not in use a chimney can act like an open window, so make sure the damper is closed. If you can, check to see if the flue damper seal is snug.


If you don’t use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue. If you do use it, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.



Speaking of air . . .

Make sure you change your ceiling fan’s airflow direction. In winter, use the fan to push warm air down toward the floor.


And seal air leaks by applying caulk or weather-stripping around doors and windows. While you’re at it, take a good look around the house for other leaky areas, such as gaps around pipes, chimneys and recessed lights, as well as any unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.



A couple other things to think about

  • If you throw down an area rug, that will both help to insulate your floors and cut down on noise.
  • By turning down your water heater temperature to the warm setting (120°F), you’ll save energy and avoid scalds.
  • If your heating system allows, adding a humidifier may let you to turn your thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. (Aquariums and houseplants naturally add some humidity.)
  • And, finally, if your house is cold, don’t crank the heat up to high to get things going. The house will warm up at the same rate regardless of the temperature setting, so just set it to where it’s supposed to be and perhaps get close with a hot water bottle for a while.


Hope this helps you to stay cozy this winter!


For more information about all aspects of housing and living in the Comox Valley, visit my website or my Facebook page. For specific real estate questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Have you visited these new(ish) Courtenay restaurants?


I don’t know about you, but I think enjoying good food is one of the best parts of life. And the great thing about living in the Valley is that it makes it so darn easy to do just that.


With scores of restaurants in the region, serving everything from the exotic to pub fare, you know you’ll find something to suit your taste.


Just in Downtown Courtenay alone, there are numerous eateries, a handful of which are relatively new kids on the block. Check out these fresh spots where you can tuck in and chow down.



Pizzeria Guerilla and Taqueria Guerilla are the offspring of the well-loved Guerilla Food Co. The taqueria is located next to Gladstone Brewing at Cliffe and Fourth and offers mouth-watering creations that you’d never imagine on your own. It took over that prime location from the Pizzeria, which is now located on 5th Street near England Ave. Whichever one you visit, you’ll be glad you did!


For something completely different, go up 5th and around the corner onto Fitzgerald to a new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho 54. Delicious spring rolls, noodle soups and sesame balls await you. You can even sit outside, when the weather allows, and enjoy the savoury flavours.


Bisque restaurant has actually been around for quite a while but just moved to the corner of Cliffe and 6th this past summer. Their fresh West Coast menu has many faithful followers. Though their locale is new, you’ll still get the same great food and service.


Il Falcone took over the old Tita’s location on 6th Street off of Fitzgerald about a year ago, and it has received much well-deserved attention and praise. Sumptuous Italian dishes rely on local ingredients to truly shine – and they do!



Wherever you go, you’ll be in good hands. Have fun and don’t forget to save room for dessert! 



For answers to all your questions about life in the Comox Valley, get in touch! And please visit my website or my Facebook page to see all the latest local listings.

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Fire prevention for homeowners and renters


Did you know that Fire Prevention Week occurs every October?


Each year in the second week of that month, fire departments across Canada and the US get the word out in an effort to bring awareness to fire prevention and safety. They know that knowledge and understanding are key to keeping families safe.


Of course, we all need to do our part, too. So here is a list of some basic things each of us can do to ensure we prevent fires from impacting our lives and our loved ones.



  1. Have a plan. Home fires can spread quickly and engulf a small home in minutes. Having an escape plan is vital. Ensure each room has an escape option, particularly bedrooms. Make sure you have a meeting place and that every member of the family knows how to get out and where to assemble. Then practice your plan every month or two. 
  2. Install and check smoke alarms. This is an easy and efficient way to keep your family safe. Put alarms on every floor, in hallways and every room. Test the alarms each month. If possible, use interconnected smoke alarms because if one sounds, they all sound.
  3. Get a fire extinguisher and know how to use it. There are many different types of extinguishers. It should be light enough that all family members can use it and good for different fire types, including electrical and grease fires. You should have extinguishers for the kitchen and the garage, at least. To use, remember the word “PASS”: Pull the pin; Aim low; Squeeze the lever slowly; Sweep from side to side.
  4. Know how to put out a grease fire. Kitchens are the site of many home fires. If a grease fire starts, never douse it with water or other liquid, as this can create steam explosions and cause the fire to spread. If the fire is contained to a pan, throw baking soda or salt on it from above, not the side. You can also cover the pan with a metal lid or a baking sheet. If neither work, get out of the home and call 9-1-1.
  5. Use caution with candles. Never leave a candle unattended. They should be kept at least 25 centimetres from anything that could catch on fire, such as curtains, blankets or furniture. Use sturdy holders that won’t tip easily.
  6. Practice electrical safety. Ensure any electrical work is done by a licensed electrician. Don’t plug major appliances, e.g., refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, into an extension cord. Don’t put electrical cords under doorways or carpets. Any area where electricity could come in contact with water, such as the laundry room or garage, should have fire safety GFCI outlets. 
  7. Use fireplaces and woodstoves safely. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year to remove soot and debris that could become a fire hazard. Keep any flammable materials, such as blankets and rugs away from the fireplace. And never leave kids alone near a working fireplace or woodstove.
  8. Use space heaters safely. As with stoves and fireplaces, ensure there aren’t flammable items nearby and that kids and animals aren’t unattended near the heaters. Also, check the cord for cracks or frays.
  9. Close your door. Closed doors can slow the spread of fire, heat and smoke.
  10. And if there is a fire in your home? Leave your things and get out. Yell “Fire!” several times and call 9-1-1. If there is smoke, stay low. Check doors and door handles for heat, and if there is heat, look for an alternate exit. If you are stuck in the room keep the door closed and put a wet towel at the bottom edge. Open a window and try to signal for help. 


If you have questions about fire alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors or fire extinguishers, I encourage you to visit your local fire department.


Stay safe!



As always, feel free to find out more about any aspect Comox Valley living by getting in touch. Visit my website or my Facebook page to keep track of all the latest listings.

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And our community has some great options!


We all know that being active is a great way to stay healthy.


Aside from the obvious physical benefits, such as stronger bones and muscles, it can also help you mentally and cognitively by reducing stress and improving concentration, mood and self-esteem.


In the summertime it’s easy to exercise, but as the darker, wetter days approach, scheduling enough activity through the week can be more of a challenge.


Fortunately, in the Comox Valley we have some excellent facilities that offer a multitude of options for people looking to keep moving. And, even better, they all offer a great chance to socialize and get to know others in the community.



Comox Valley Recreation Centres

Not only is the Valley blessed with a plethora of outdoor activities to take pleasure in, we get to enjoy great recreational facilities and programs in Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland. Click the links to check out all their awesome offerings. From excellent gym facilities (even a climbing wall out in Cumby!) to amazingly diverse group activities (Cha cha, anyone?), there are sooo many ways to get moving.

Not to be forgotten, the Black Creek Community Centre also has a new gym facility. Now people in North Courtenay, Merville, Black Creek and beyond can get easy access to cardio and strength-building machines, weights, a cross-box system and more without having to venture into town! 



Plus, there are the pools and arenas!

The CV Aquatic Centre pool and the Sports Centre pool offer lessons, open swims and aquacize classes at various times, but did you know you can even take your kayak into the pool? It’s a great place to work on your rolls, exits and entries! And there are the occasional introductory scuba diving lessons. You’ll have to contact the pools to confirm dates and times as the schedules do change occasionally.


The Sports Centre also has two full-size ice rinks, so lessons and open skates, as well as drop-in hockey, will keep you winter sport folk happy – and busy!



Well, I guess there are no more excuses not to head out and get moving this fall and winter. Have fun!


For more info on the Comox Valley and all it has to offer, get in touch! And don’t forget to check out my website or my Facebook page to keep up on all the local goings-on.

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9 Simple tips to help your home show better


You never get a second chance to make a first impression.


While that may or may not be true of meeting new people, it’s definitely true of selling your home.


Even in today’s seller's market, there are some basic and simple things that you really should do in order to make the most of any potential opportunities that come knocking on your door.


Here are nine easy ideas to try when you’re ready to start showing your home.


  1. De-personalize: We all know that you have a beautiful family and talented youngsters in your midst, but the fact is, buyers don’t want to feel like their stepping into someone else’s life. They want to picture their own reunions and beautiful grandkids. So, take down your treasured heirlooms and albums for now and avoid having house-hunters be distracted by your family’s awesomeness.
  2. Improve your curb appeal: The first part of that first impression is the approach to your home. If your porch paint is peeling, the grass is overgrown and driveway is cluttered, people may just drive on past without bothering to set foot inside. Take a little time to tidy, power wash and paint. Invest in some flowers and a new doormat and get them feeling warm fuzzies before they step across the threshold. 
  3.  Fake more storage: You know how when you were a kid and your mom said to clean your room and you’d shove everything in the closet? Don’t DO that! Storage space is important, so create a look of more space by emptying your closets. Rent storage elsewhere, if necessary. You should try to have 20 to 30 percent open space in your closets before holding showings.  
  4.  Let the sun shine in: Nothing beats natural light. Not only does it flatter any area, it also creates a sense of openness that gives the illusion of a larger room. So, open those curtains and clean those windows!
  5.  Appeal to the senses: Use comfy textures, chemical-free smells and relaxing sounds to create a nice atmosphere. A soothing fountain, cozy blankets and pillows and fresh-brewed coffee will do the trick. Avoid going overboard with scented candles and schmaltzy music.
  6.  Fix the quick fixes: Tighten that doorknob you’ve been avoiding. Paint the baseboard and cover scuff marks. Check for drippy faucets and re-caulk the tub. All those little things can start to add up, and people don’t want to think about a long to-do list when they have just got over a big move.
  7.  Focus on the bathroom and kitchen: Kitchens and main bathrooms see a lot of traffic and get a lot of attention from potential buyers. If you’re going to focus on one or two areas, these are them. Now is not the time to do a reno, but some paint and new light fixtures are relatively inexpensive and easy.
  8.  Rearrange your furniture: If your room is small, pull the furniture away from the walls to give a more spacious look. Consider putting a piece or two in storage. That recliner may be comfy, but it’s big! In living rooms, symmetrical arrangements (two lamps, two chairs, etc.) can be appealing to the eye.
  9.  Clean, clean, clean: Most importantly, you should have a clean, tidy home. Reduce clutter and put a shine on everything you can. Do it yourself or bring in the pros, and then keep it that way. It truly will pay off in the end.


More questions about selling or buying in or out of the Comox Valley? Get in touch! And make sure to visit my website or my Facebook page to see all the latest listings.

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Head out and about to enjoy local critters


With the recent appearance of a transient orca in the Comox Bay, it got me thinking about how lucky we are to live on this beautiful coast full of amazing wildlife.


From the majestic grandeur of whales to the fascinating lifeforms that populate the local tidal pools, there’s so much life going on throughout our wonderful Comox Valley.


Following are a few of my favourite spots and a quick rundown of the interesting creatures that inhabit them.



Paradise Meadows

Okay, so I know I’m supposed to be talking fauna, not flora, but lovely, lush, low-growing bushes and beautiful wildflowers make this area a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Of course, squirrels, chipmunks, whiskey jacks and other critters also appreciate the vegetation.


Bring along your binocs and scour the alpine hillside for the elusive Vancouver Island marmot. Chances are you won’t see any, they’re on the critically endangered species list after all, but you may see signs of their main predators – golden eagles, coyotes, wolves and cougars. 



Courtenay River Estuary

This gorgeous area is home to a nice collection of animals, too. Seals, herons, geese, red-wing blackbirds, various ducks and cormorants, eagles, and the occasional bear and cougar all spend time down here. With a couple different viewing areas off Comox Avenue and throughout the Courtenay Air Park, it’s easy to catch a glimpse of waterfowl and mammals as they nibble on a smorgasbord of sea grasses, fish and marine invertebrates.



Intertidal life

Some of the best viewing of intertidal life is down near Point Holmes around the time of summer solstice. With acres of shore to explore, you’ll have a chance to view all sorts of urchins and cucumbers, sea stars and dollars, limpets, crabs, barnacles, mussels and more. Bring a camera, but tread lightly and leave things where you find them, please. You’ll be astonished at the variety and amount of sea life living amongst the rocks.



More marine adventures

For larger marine life, such as grey whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and dolphins, you’ll usually have to head off-shore. There are a few local marine adventure tour businesses that know just where and when to take you.


No doubt about it, when it comes to wildlife, this is the land (and sea) of plenty.



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There are races afoot all year long



I know, I know . . . the thought of pulling on the old runners and pounding the pavement in these dog days of summer is more than many of us can handle.


So, okay, take this month off.


But you won’t want to get too far from the track because when you live in the Comox Valley, running is a year-round endeavour. And there’s always something to train for – as you can see from this collection of upcoming local races and events.


Fun fall footraces

You know how I said take this month off? You might want to reconsider that because this September sees the launch of a new off-road triathlon in Cumberland.


Touted as Canada’s toughest cross triathlon, the Dodge City X features a lake swim, mountain biking and trail run with standard, sprint and relay options. Taking place September 9th in the hills and forests of Cumberland, this event is already creating a buzz and, undoubtedly, a soon-to-be loyal following. In fact, I think it’s going to be so awesome that I hopped on board as a Community Sponsor!


And speaking of Cumberland, the Perseverance Run also takes advantage of the area’s pristine single-track, winding cross-country trails. A fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society, this is a good race for a good cause in the 12-kilometre range. This year’s race goes October 28th.  


The Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) offer a number of runs throughout the year, and typically hold the Memorial Run in late November. Keep tabs on their website for further details. 


Other annual Comox Valley running highlights

If you’ve been away from running for a while or are thinking of taking it up, keep your eyes out for the CVRR Learn to Run 5K clinic. It usually starts in the middle of January, goes for about 10 weeks and culminates in a 5K Fun Run.


The start of Spring sees the return of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. This rural out-and-back race happens at the end of March. Runners stay on the roads but get to enjoy nice views of mountains, fields and rivers.


As the name suggests, The Cumby offers people another chance to stretch their legs in Cumberland while covering 25 kilometres of mountain trails in May.


Shorter distances more your style? The Fifth Street Mile in Courtenay on Canada Day and the Nautical Days 4 Miler in Comox on BC Day are fun family-friendly events.

 

Island-wide running series

For those who are looking to move beyond the Valley, the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association has a road racing series that goes pretty much all year long with races in numerous communities. Distances range from five kilometres to half marathon.


And the Vancouver Island Trail Running Series offers, well, trail runs from April to October.



Phew, I’m tired just talking about all these races. Happy trails!


As always, please get in touch if you have any questions about local resources and real estate opportunities around the Comox Valley. Visit my website or check out my Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest listings.

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Some of the great local fishing options


I must confess, I’m not really an “afishianodo” when it comes to favourite angling holes, but I do know there are many great spots worth visiting in our Valley.


So, I’ve done some research and talked to a few friends in order to compile this little list. And while the chances are you won’t see me out there, you will find there are plenty of folks who appreciate the local scene. And some may even be willing to share a few of their trade secrets.


Fish the Comox Valley lakes

Situated between Courtenay and Cumberland, lovely little Maple Lake is a beautiful place to spend a day. Surrounded by conifers, the 20-hectare lake is for non-motorized boats only. Stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, you can fish from the shore or hop in a canoe and drop a line.


Wolf Lake is located about 16 kilometres northwest of Courtenay and is accessed from Duncan Bay Logging Mainline. Fishing is excellent from April to June and September to October. The lake is stocked regularly with cutthroat trout, and you can also catch rainbow and Dolly Varden there.


Magnificent, glacier-fed Comox Lake offers fine freshwater fishing for trout and char throughout the year. Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char and kokanee or freshwater salmon all enjoy its waters. Like Wolf Lake, the peak seasons are spring and fall. With less tourists and boat action, anglers can relish some solitude and easy access to launch facilities. Just be aware of the strong winds that tend to come up in the afternoon.


River fishing in the Comox Valley

Come fall, the anglers show up in droves along the popular Puntledge River, though there are a few rivers that enjoy autumn runs. To find out what’s hot and when, I suggest you give the folks at Gone Fishin’ a call.  


Head out to sea or cast from the shore on the Comox Peninsula

The waters off of Comox and up toward Campbell River are renowned salmon fishing grounds. Whether you’re looking for charter opportunities or have your own boat, the area will not disappoint. Regardless of the time of year, there’s always something to catch and enjoy in the region. And while you’re out there, you may want to drop a prawn trap or two. Again, the people at local fishing stores and charter businesses will provide you with great tips on where the fish are biting.


If you don’t have a boat, beach casting for salmon is popular here in the Valley. When the Coho and Pinks show up around mid-July you’ll see many local fly fisherfolk trying to catch the elusive salmon from King Coho Beach and around the corner to Point Holmes.



Yes, there are numerous fishing opportunities that you need to explore in the Comox Valley. As mentioned, the local fishing and tackle shops are invaluable resources. And local guides will be great sources of information and can show you where to fish and what to use before venturing out on your own. Remember to always check weather reports and fishing regulations, as there are regular closures and openings for fresh and saltwater fishing.


Have fun and good luck!


Please get in touch if you have any questions about Valley life and Comox Valley real estate. As always, you can reach me through my website or my Facebook page.

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The Comox Valley will quench your thirst with award-winning libations

I don’t know about you, but summertime puts me in the mood for an outdoor deck, a light savory snack and a glass of something smooth and refreshing. Conveniently, one of the pleasant things about living in the Valley is that local libations abound.


Between the various craft breweries, wonderful wine producers and a couple of distinctly different distilleries, there are local liquid refreshments for every palate.


The Comox Valley is home to a wonderful selection of unique and award-winning offerings. If you haven’t had the chance to get out and sample some or all, or even if you have, here’s a handy reference of home-grown producers and regional festivals.


Become acquainted with Comox Valley breweries

It used to be that the Comox Valley was known for its agricultural aptitude, but more and more its being recognized as an excellent place to get some well-crafted beer. There are three breweries (for now!) that cater to the local and visiting folk.


Forbidden Brewing Co. in Courtenay invites hop appreciators to “explore the limits of honest beer.” And Gladstone Brewing in downtown Courtenay is sure to please you with their ales and lagers. A little farther out in the Valley, Cumberland Brewing is worth the trip to tipple a jar or two.


And make sure to check out Tapped – Beer Food Music. Mount Washington's annual beer festival includes a variety of craft breweries, beer seminars, live music and a pig roast and/or BBQ. And all while taking in the beautiful mountain vistas overlooking Strathcona Provincial Park. It takes place September 21 this year; for more info on specific times, visit www.mountwashington.ca.


And it wouldn’t be October without some sort of beer-y event, such as Beerfest, sponsored by the Courtenay Rotary. Dates aren’t confirmed yet for the coming year but keep an eye on local media and the Discover Comox Valley webpage as the time approaches. The various breweries always get into the action by holding Oktoberfest celebrations.


Visit Valley vineyards

Where to begin?

 
Regardless of where you start you know you’ll enjoy a good finish when you sample anything from Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery, Blue Moon Winery and Ciderworx and Coastal Black Estate Winery. Check out their websites to get details on their delightful offerings and times for tours and tastings. Beautiful scenery and beautiful tastes make these spots a favourite summertime destination


In terms of festivals, there are a couple to choose from. The first annual Wine-Chocolate-Cheese-Beer Festival held in July 2017 at Merville Hall was a giant success and is eagerly anticipated this coming year. Visit the events calendar on the hall’s website to confirm the date and times for this year.


And on August 31, 2018, you can head up the mountain for the Alpine Wine Festival & Wine Pairing Dinner at Mt. Washington!


Discover local distilleries

Just up the Old Island Highway near Saratoga Beach you’ll find the fabulous Shelter Point Distillery. Makers of whiskey, vodka and liqueurs, the picturesque distillery creates distinctive artisanal spirits from barley. Located at the ocean’s edge, the farm enjoys a mountain-fed aquifer that supplies the pure spring water that goes into their spirits. It’s a great place to check out.


Back in Courtenay, the folks at Wayward Distillation House are purveyors of gin and vodka. And their special ingredient is, wait for it, honey! Who knew?! Balancing tradition with creativity, Wayward is the first distillery in Canada to use honey as the base for all its spirits. They, too, offer tours of their establishments, so have a look some time.


And don’t forget to mark your calendar in the New Year when it’s time for Comox Valley Whiskey Fest. Typically held at the end of January or start of February, the tasting room showcases about 60 varieties of single malts, blends, bourbon and rye, as well as marvelous appetizers.



Well, I’m parched. How about you?


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BC regulatory body aims to further protect consumers

 

 

BC’s Superintendent of Real Estate has approved amendments to the Real Estate Rules. Starting June 15, 2018, a number of new amendments will come into effect.

 

Most notably, that’s the date after which dual agency will no longer be permitted. Realtors will no longer be able to represent both a buyer and a seller at the same time in a single transaction.

 

As well, additional approved rules amendments incorporate the Real Estate Council of British Columbia's English language proficiency requirements for new applicants into the Rules; require that new remuneration disclosures to sellers include a dollar amount; and create new rules to address conflicts of interest where a licensee finds themselves potentially working with multiple parties that would constitute dual agency.

 

The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) is a regulatory agency of the B.C. government that carries out the regulatory, oversight and enforcement duties of the Superintendent of Real Estate. The OSRE is putting these amendments in place to protect the public and increase consumer confidence.

 

 

How will these new changes affect consumers?

Except in the rarest of instances, the new prohibition on dual agency means that the licensee you’ve been working with can’t act for a buyer and seller on the same transaction. Unless you’re in a location where there are limited Realtors to choose from, this likely won’t have significant impact on you as a buyer or seller.

 

This and the other changes are for the protection of the consumer. If you have any questions regarding the new regulations, please feel free to get in touch.

 

As always, I’m happy to discuss any aspect of buying, selling, moving and living in the Comox Valley. Please contact me, check out my website or visit my Facebook page if you have any real estate questions.

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*But were afraid to ask

Strata. You’ve heard the word, but do you really understand what it means?

 

If you’re thinking about making a move or getting into the market for the first time, strata housing could be an option – like it is for more than 1.5 million people in BC. So, here’s your chance to learn more about it.

 

Following are some of the big questions people have about strata. Read on and get informed!

 

 

Strata housing – what is it?

 

Strata housing typically includes apartment-style condominiums and townhouses, but also can refer to duplexes, fractional vacation properties and single-family homes in bare land strata corporations (“strata subdivisions”). Different kinds of strata developments include industrial, commercial, residential, bare land or a combination there-of called mixed-use.

 

For people living in strata housing, there are unique roles and responsibilities that differ from renting an apartment or owning a non-strata home. Strata owners have sole possession of their unit or lot but own the common property areas together with others – this collection of owners is called a strata corporation. All members in this corporation must pay strata fees and comply with the Strata Property Act and the strata’s individual bylaws.

 

 

What are strata fees?

Strata fees are (typically) monthly payments made by the strata corporation to pay for the common expenses of the development. Individual fees are assessed by taking the total cost of the strata’s expenses and dividing that by the particular unit’s entitlement of the strata lot. Meaning, the larger the square footage of the individual’s home, the bigger fee they pay.

 

Fees are collected and put into two funds, as mandated by the province: an operating fund for general yearly expenses such as garbage, water, building insurance, etc.; and a contingency reserve fund (CRF), typically used for intermittent or future upgrades and expenses, e.g., a new roof, replacing gutters.

 

 

What are strata legislation, bylaws and rules?

Owners and residents in all BC strata properties must the follow the province’s Strata Property Act and regulations as well as the specific strata corporation’s bylaws and rules.

 

These rules and bylaws affect a strata lot owner’s rights and responsibilities (and those of their tenants and visitors). They act as guidelines for what it will be like to live in that corporation – and this is a big part of what makes strata living different.

 

Bylaws can cover many different areas, including strata lots and common areas, and are to provide for the control, management, maintenance and use of the lots, common property and common assets of the strata corporation.

 

Rules can be created to govern the use, safety and condition of the common property and common assets. Rules cannot govern the use of strata lots, only bylaws can do this. Strata corporations typically enforce bylaws and rules using fines.

 

 

What’s the difference between a strata corporation and a strata council?

A strata corporation is seen as a single legal entity with all the powers of a “natural person who has full capacity,” meaning the corporation can sue or be sued, enter into contracts and hire employees. The owners of the strata lots are the members of the strata corporation.

 

The strata council is the elected executive body for the strata corporation. They act as the managing body for the corporation and make the daily decisions that enable the strata to operate smoothly and according to the regulations, bylaws and rules. Duties can include: calling and conducting meetings, preparing the budget and financial statements, collecting fees, obtaining adequate insurance, etc.

 

 

What are depreciation reports?

Depreciation reports help the owners in a strata corporation plan and pay for the repair, replacement and renewal of common property and shared assets, such as roofs, windows, elevators and roads. A depreciation report helps strata owners figure out what they need to do to protect their investments – and it also provides valuable information to prospective purchasers! Always ask to see the most recent depreciation report when considering making an offer on a strata lot.

 

 

To find out more about strata living in BC visit the provincial government’s website. The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association (VISOA) also has a very helpful website for those who are strata owners or potential ones.

 

If you have any other questions about strata living or Comox Valley real estate in general, please feel free to get in touch through my website or visit my Facebook page.

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Set up camp at spots near the lake, beach and rivers

 

Just in time to start planning a quick summer getaway, here’s a list of local camping options in and around the Comox Valley. Not exactly roughing it (there’s hiking in Strathcona if you want more of a challenge), this list gives a nice variety of locations from which to choose.

 

So, pack up the chocolate and marshmallows and get ready to hit the road!

 

 

Miracle Beach Provincial Park

Miracle Beach is located about 20 km north of downtown Courtenay and is the perfect campground for families looking to get away. Campers of all ages will enjoy nice facilities and a beautiful sandy beach. More than 200 large family-oriented campsites offer plenty of room for trailers, tents and campervans. As with most provincial campsites, reservations are required and can be done at the provincial government website.

 

For the self-sufficient, Miracle Beach offers drastically reduced rates in the off season. If you’re fully prepared to camp without amenities you may want to check it out.

 

 

Cumberland Lake Park Campground (Comox Lake)

Another family-oriented park, it has 62 sites both with and without hookups. The nice lakeside location offers a concession and boat launch, as well as great swimming with an enclosed swimmers-only area.

 

 

Kin Beach

Located in the Comox Valley and overlooking the Strait of Georgia, Kin Beach Provincial Park offers a large day-use area with picnic facilities and a playground, as well as an 18-site campground. Visit the website to get more information on making reservations.

 

 

Bates Beach Oceanside Resort

Full RV hookups as well as cozy and peaceful tenting sites on a truly unique oceanfront setting, Bates Beach makes for a nice and convenient camping trip. Have a look at their website at www.batesbeach.bc.ca.

 

 

Pacific Playgrounds Resort and Marina

This beautiful Saratoga Beach RV park can accommodate everyone. With 201 fully serviced and spacious sites, there are both family- and adult-oriented areas. Tenting sites are also available with power and water only. Choose from spots that are shaded, sunny and/or on the river.

 

 

Puntledge River RV

Just a five-minute walk from downtown Courtenay, this park is located in the traditional territory of the Comox First Nation and provides a safe, natural family camping experience that incorporates the historic and cultural traditions of the Comox People. Located adjacent to the Puntledge River, the campground includes the Nim Nim Interpretive Centre and I-Hos Gallery Kiosk. Check it out at www.puntledgerv.com.

 

 

Saratoga Beach Resort

This resort is on the lovely sandy Saratoga Beach about halfway between Campbell River and Courtenay. With a store, children’s playground, sandpit, large campfire pit, covered gathering place with fireplace, 31 fully serviced RV sites enjoy both its beauty and comfort.

 

 

Seal Bay RV Park

Offering a choice of 70 natural, spacious sites in a peaceful setting, all Seal Bay sites have full hook-ups, hydro, water, sewer and cable, as well as picnic tables and firepits. And there are now 12 new wilderness tenting sites available from April to October, each with their own water tap. 

 

 

Whether you’re from out of town or just looking to get out of the house for a few days, there’s plenty to choose from on this list. And make sure to share it with your friends and family!

 

Please contact me if you have any questions about other local resources and real estate opportunities within the Valley. Check out my website or visit my Facebook page to keep apprised of all the latest local listings and activities.

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