Dog Guides on the Rick Mercer Report

Our Nanoose Bay Lions Club are proud of members Mike Williams and Lola Svenningsen who just parted with their beloved Zelda a beautiful, black Lab pup.  Zelda was is Mike and Lola’s care for 2 years as she began the first leg of her journey to becoming a Guide Dog.

We are very excited to announce that Lions Foundation of Canada and its Dog Guide programs are featured on the next Rick Mercer Report!  Be sure to watch next Tuesday, February 26th on CBC at 8:00 p.m EST.


Parksville almost ready to uncork

Local resorts in Parksville get together to offer food and wine events for locals and visitors.

Parksville’s finest beach resorts are coming together again to feature the best wine, beer and gourmet food from around Vancouver Island and B.C. at the Parksville Uncorked Wine and Food Festival February 21-24.

Hosted by The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, the culinary event offers many opportunities for those who love fabulous wine, beer and food to sample B.C. products.

Parksville Uncorked is the brain child of Shawna Broekhuizen, Beach Club general manger who gained experience during her involvement with Cornucopia, Whistler’s wine festival.

Each year the event has grown with the addition of three new tours this year plus a winery epicurean tour that involves an afternoon of touring and tasting at some Vancouver Island wineries.

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Qualicum Beach Wins National Award

The Town of Qualicum Beach has won a national award for its neighbourhood development.

The Mayor, Teunis Westbroek was presented with a “Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Sustainable Communities Award”.

Qualicum Beach is a recognized leader in community planning. Plans regarding the village neighbourhood, trails, waterfront master plan, electric vehicle charging stations and its youth and family retention/attraction strategy won the award for the Town.

The award recognizes innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development across Canada.

This gives another reason for the already proud citizens of Qualicum Beach to boast about their hometown.



Why did we move to Vancouver Island??

Why did we move to Vancouver Island??

…because it felt like home – in the BEST possible way.

We’ve always been fans. We both had Grandparents that lived here and so we knew the Island as young children.  We vacationed hear as newlyweds and marveled at its energizing wild beauty. We brought OUR children here and taught them the joy of simple pleasures.  Our oldest granddaughters learned how to walk on the same day – at the campsite in Deep Bay.  Our youngest grandchildren squeal with laughter at the Adventure Playground in Parksville  –  “the BEST park ever” and then cool off in the warm, shallow waters of a seemingly endless, pristine beach.

Kids here still have the “freedom” to be kids and adults get to be kids again too.

But the real reason we moved here was that we found THE SPOT.

THE SPOT is a block away from the neighbourhood beach where you can pick oysters off the rocks. It’s just a short stroll to the marina where you can either spend a ½ hour before work setting your prawn traps or begin a West Coast adventure on the ocean.

THE SPOT has a true Mediterranean climate. We’re not on a 100 mile diet, we’re on a 1 mile diet.

THE SPOT is minutes away from numerous, intimate venues that showcase every type of musician, artist, and artisan. Quality entertainment is affordable and plentiful.

When we first moved here we spent the first week trying to avoid rush hour – then we spent the next week trying to find rush hour – no rush hour – no congestion.

THE SPOT is just 10 minutes north to small town boutique shopping or 15 minutes south to The Mall, the movies, the “big box” stores.

The first time we saw THE SPOT we stopped our car – got out and immediately noticed the only sounds we could hear were the distant barking of a sea lion and the distinct cry of eagle overhead – otherwise nothing – maybe a little wind in the trees, waves on the shore – absolute, instant peace and tranquility.

Now and for the past six years we’ve called THE SPOT home.

Of course now that we’re official “Islanders” we’ve discovered new spots that only the locals know about.  We’ve also developed “Islander habits” – like never wanting to leave the Island – even overnight – unless it’s on our boat and most often only if we can still see the Island from the bridge.

Of course being in the business we’re in – real estate – we get to spend our work days finding SPOTS for others who crave the Island lifestyle.

If you’d like to find a SPOT for yourself or if you have a SPOT you’d like us to market –                                                                                                    just drop us a line or give us a call.

2013 A Transition Year

2013: A Transition Year

2013 is being described as a transition year by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). In its recently released First Quarter Forecast for 2013 the BCREA projects that residential housing sales in the province will edge up 5.6 percent this year – with more than 71,000 units expected to sell across the province. This number is below both the five year sales average (74,600 units) and markedly below the province’s 10 year sales average of 86,800 residential sales. By the end of 2014 BCREA expects sales to have climbed back to nearly 76,000 units.

Closer to home BCREA reported that 6,008 residential sales were recorded in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s (VIREB) coverage area in 2012 – down 5.6% from 2011. However BCREA forecasts a 4.4% increase in housing sales for 2013 to 6,275 units. This gradual upward trend is expected to continue into 2014 when 6,450 residential sales are forecast for the VIREB region – an increase of 2.8% from 2013. Average sales prices during this time frame are expected to show only modest increases. A similar gentle increase in number of sales is also expected in the Victoria Real Estate Board’s (VREB) coverage area this year, with a 4% increase expected.