Having it All: Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is, of course, known for its oceanfront living, but savvy islanders know that a lake lifestyle is also possible. Here are just a few of the island’s local lakefronts to explore as you consider relocating to nearby island communities.

  • Langford Lake: with a trail network, boat launch and boardwalk.
  • Shawnigan Lake: beaches and day-use picnic areas, great trout fishing.
  • Lake Cowichan: sandy beaches at Gordon Bay Provincial Park, hiking and fishing.
  • Brannen Lake: a swimming float, boat launch and picnic areas.
  • Long Lake: a no-powerboats rule makes this a quiet sunning, swimming and rowing lake.
  • Sproat Lake: windsurfing takes flight here, with Provincial Park trails to prehistoric rock carvings.
  • Horne Lake: a boat ramp and canoe/kayak rentals, and cave tours at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park.

Lake effect: Lakeside homes can command 2.5 times the selling price of non-waterfront.