British Columbia’s Vancouver Island region is a large yet sparsely populated area that encompasses Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and a portion of the mainland. Much of the island comprises protected parkland with old-growth forests and rare groves of Garry oak trees. Its diverse ecosystems, from oceans to mountains to waterways, are home to some of the world’s most treasured wildlife species, including massive grey whales, orcas (killer whales), grizzly bears, bald eagles and more than 220 bird species.
Its geographic and ecological variety are also reflected in its economic diversity and strength, and have helped Vancouver Island capture international acclaim, including recognition as one of the "Top Islands of North America" in Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Readers' Choice category (2009). While Vancouver Island’s economy has long been anchored by the forest sector and government employment, the attractiveness of Vancouver Island’s quality of life and natural beauty have encouraged growth in newer industries such as tourism, high technology and light manufacturing, and attracted retirees, “urban refugees,” and a youthful population attracted to its acclaimed post-secondary institutions like the University of Victoria.
Whether you are searching for a luxury vacation home on one of the Gulf Islands, a family home in Victoria, or a home-away-from-home to spend your retirement, our Vancouver Island real estate experts can help you discover the unique character of each of the communities in this beautiful region and a place you can call home.