Thursday, 20 July 2017

Marine Parks in Coastal BC

The coast of BC has over 40 designated marine parks. These are parks that include both water and land areas but are generally accessible by float plane or boat only (with some exceptions). Many of them allow wilderness camping but only a few offer even basic services (an outhouse, water, campsites).
Rebecca Spit Marine Park, accessible by road as well as boat on Quadra Island.
These marine parks run along the entire coast of BC and among the numerous islands that dot the coast. They are an attraction for boaters, kayakers, hikers and many others. The largest marine park on the coast is the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, off the NE coast of Vancouver Island, which consists of dozens of small islands and the waters around them. This park is very popular with kayakers and people whale watching.

Marine parks often provide a welcome refuge for people traveling along the coast, and are common meet-up spots for boaters.  Desolation Sound Marine Park, along the central coast, is very popular with boaters due to its protected waters, easy access to the Discovery Islands and its beautiful beaches.
private properties within Desolation Sound Marine Park

Some of the remote and recreational properties we have listed through the BC Oceanfront office either border or are very near to marine parks. A select few are even lucky enough to be private property within a marine park - very rare.
flying over Surge Narrows Marine Park

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

BCO Coastal Gems: Quatsino

If you have spent any time talking with Ed, or looking at our website/facebook page, you know that we have an affinity here for Quatsino. This water access community on the north-west coast of Vancouver Island embodies much of what makes great island living.

Quatsino is inside Quatsino Sound, about a 40 minute boat ride to the open west coast waters off Vancouver Island. It is most commonly accessed by boat from Coal Harbour, although you can also launch at Port Alice and even Winter Harbour.

Quatsino was at one time part of a large coastal network in the region, when canneries, mines and logging were extremely active. With its protected waters and easy access, it is still a chosen spot for many outdoor enthusiasts.

There is an active community there, with approx, 20 year-round homes and a higher number of seasonal residents. A road connects the community from one end to the other, and there is power to the community - an unusual bonus in water access communities.

Add to the convenience and amenities the beauty of the region and you have a magical coastal place.

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fires and Fog Zones

Coastal BC, including Vancouver Island, is known for its rainfall. Those rains feed the amazing temperate rainforest that blankets much of the coastline, and is the cause of the nickname The Wet Coast. However, while much of the year can be wet it isn't wet all year. The beauty of the west coast is that summers are often warm and dry.

Warm and dry summers are wonderful for those who live here, making the trade off of warm, wet winters a good one. However, dry conditions are not always a good mix with people and forests. Wildfires happen naturally enough with lightening strikes during dry weather. Wildfires from human causes are a problem. 

Most summers, if the conditions are typical, the province implements a fire ban. This year the ban went into effect at noon today (July 6) for all of the coast. No campfires, no backyard fires, no beach fires.

Unless, that is, you are in the fog zone. This is something else particular to the coast, a slim stretch of coast along the open ocean that gets a lot of fog and damp air, even when the rest of the coast is experiencing warm, dry summers. The fog zone is exempt from the fire ban.

The dry weather also greatly impacts our forestry and reforestation workers, as work can be shut down in the summer if it is felt that the dry conditions cause danger with the machinery or risk from fires. Salmon bearing rivers are impacted as well, and rivers with dams are carefully controlled to make sure there is still enough water in the system for salmon habitat not to be damaged.

As true islanders and west coasters, we here at the BCO office will make the most of our warm, dry summer - even if it means no campfires for a while.

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Transformations on the Shore 2017

Campbell River's annual chainsaw carving competition completed ahead of Canada Day this year. The competition is a great showcase of what makes Campbell River such an unusual place on the island - it is a coming together of artistic and resource communities that is rarely seen outside of the coast. The large cedar logs are provided by a timber company for the carvers; accommodations and meals are often donated by local businesses; and volunteers take care of the site through-out the event.

Every year there is something different to see, and this year was a very creative year indeed. Again there was a blend of local and out-of-town carvers as well as a good mix of male and female carvers. It is fun to go down during the event and watch the different carvers work. After the competition the majority (although some are moved right away) of the carvings remain on display along the shoreline for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

Kate's favourites from 2017:

And the winner!

If you get the opportunity it's worth a visit.

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lifestyle Space

Lots of people move to Campbell River, and the central/north Vancouver Island region, because of the lifestyle opportunities. Camping, boating, kayaking, hiking, atv-ing, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, fishing - the list goes on; as a home base, this region offers some of the most accessible outdoor activity area anywhere. Within 45 minutes of town one can be on a ski hill, at a beach, enjoying a lake, fishing a river, camping in a forest, or exploring the ocean and islands off shore.

With all that recreation, however, comes equipment. And if you are moving here to take advantage of the great outdoors, thinking about where you are going to keep your equipment is important.

Are you thinking of downsizing so you can spend time RVing? Then you need to have somewhere to store your RV. Coming here to fish on the ocean or lakes? Will you have a boat and if so, where will you keep it? Skis, ATVs, mountain bikes, kayaks - all need a place to sit when not in use.

Listings in this region should tell you if RV parking, extra outdoor space and good storage space is available. Most properties allow these types of outdoor items, although there are still some neighbourhoods that do not, so check if there are any covenants on the title restricting property use.

When you come to the area, come prepared to take advantage of all it offers and make sure your home allows you to easily access what you need. Whether that means a sturdy pair of walking shoes or a state-of-the-art RV beside the house is completely up to you!

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Elk Falls, Vancouver Island

Elk Falls has long been an attraction for people visiting the Campbell River area. Two years ago, the local Rotary Club funded a suspension bridge and new trail to view the falls. This is proving to be a popular spot with locals and tourists. It provides clear views of the Falls as well as a look down the narrow canyon that follows from the Falls.

The walk to the bridge from the brand new parking area takes you through a forested area, along easy trails. 

To get to the bridge itself be prepared for some steep stairs. The stairs take you down further to a viewing platform (almost directly across from the old platform) which gives an amazing view of the Falls and the river before it. 

Of course, the star of the show is Elk Falls, on the Campbell River, the third and largest of a series of falls (Deer and Moose being the other two).

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

2nd Annual Royal LePage Campbell River Salmon Derby

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, ROYAL LEPAGE Advance Realty will proudly put Campbell River back in the spotlight with the 2nd annual Royal LePage Advance Campbell River Salmon Derby with over $20,000 in cash and prizes including a $5,000 cash prize for the largest Salmon!
This event is sure to attract hundreds! The Foreshore/Robert Ostler Park in downtown Campbell River will have a day full of activities arranged for family fun. It will also be the event headquarters where awards and dozens of prizes will be distributed later in the day. Food trucks, live music, fire truck, face painting, kids zone with Bouncearama, slides, carnival games, fishing games and more...
With local being the main theme, ALL funds raised at the ROYAL LEPAGE Advance Campbell River Salmon Derby will be donated to two great local causes. The Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation that will benefit The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society (Rose Harbour and Ann Elmore house) supporting local women and children in need and Campbell River Salmon Foundation supporting local rehabilitation and enhancement of local salmon habitat.

Entry fee is $40 per person, online (Preferred registration) or in person, cash only please Tyee Marine, River Sportsman and Royal Lepage Advance head office. Website Ticket Sales Close at 10pm Friday June 9th.
Last year the event raised over $47,000 and awarded $20,000 in cash and prizes.