B.C. is still full of great opportunities to secure a waterfront property and build your dream getaway or forever home: here are just a few of the typical offerings at market this summer.
By Right Sizing Staff
This charming tight-knit community has affordable homes and lots, and boasts employment and business opportunities that make it ideal for young families and entrepreneurs. Recent listing: An excellent opportunity to own lakefront property is situated on the pristine shores of Francois Lake. Choose from one of eight newly subdivided waterfront lots, ranging in size from 2.5 to 5 acres–all with road access, power to the lot line and picturesque views. (Property no longer available). $130,000.
This picturesque village is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island and bustles with whale watchers, fishermen, boaters, campers and kayakers during the summer. Recent listing: Watch whales, dolphins, eagles and salmon jumping, all from your future home on this huge oceanfront lot, with views to Ella Beach in Johnstone Strait; included is the use of a newly created park on Ella Bay, exclusive to owners in the development. MLS®872777. $238,800.
This small village of 2,800 residents on the Sunshine Coast is known for pristine coastal rainforest and a lovely shoreline on a large, scalloped bay protected from the open sea by South Thormanby Island and Vancouver Island. Recent listing: A stunning south-facing low-bank waterfront lot (just under one acre, zoning for two family dwellings) is situated in the heart of Historic Halfmoon Bay, walking distance to the general store and only a 45-minute drive to the ferry terminal. MLS®R2564056. $989,900.
Bamfield is a tiny resort hamlet nestled in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, 89 kilometres from Port Alberni. Recent listing: The perfect oceanfront property to build your West Coast retreat, this lot is situated on a quarter-acre with more than 90 metres of deep waterfront for all-weather moorage and docking, even at low tide. Observe whales, sea lions and other marine life from your future dream home. MLS®867286. $229,000.
The City of Williams Lake, part of the Cariboo region, located in the Central Interior of B.C., is the second-largest city by population in the region (after neighbouring Quesnel). Recent listing: Indulge in pure nature with 48 acres of privacy and more than half a kilometre of waterfront on Little Horsefly Lake and River. This mostly level subdivision, next to Crown Land on two sides, offers good sun exposure, stunning views and easy year-round access. (Property no longer available). $289,000.
Gambier Island, the largest of four islands in Howe Sound, is located 10 kilometres north of the Horseshoe Bay community and ferry terminal in West Vancouver. Recent listing: This 5.9-acre property, with more than 75 metres of low-bank and walk-out beach frontage, is ideal for family fun and adventure! Enjoy swimming, hunting crabs or kayaking around Howe Sound. The Brigade Bay area has a member’s-only year-round marina and community beach. (Property no longer available). $439,000.
Harrison Hot Springs
This resort community (population 1,500), located on the southern end of Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley, is famous for its hot springs. Recent listing: This is a waterfront development opportunity on a quarter-acre lot, close to the Harrison Lake boat launch, with frontage on Esplanade and Lillooet, allowing for a mix of commercial and residential. Purchase the property next door and double your frontage! MLS®C8033541. $1,200,000.
Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island is the largest of the Gulf Islands at 11,000 year-round residents, with a community deeply rooted in agriculture and the artisan movements that began in the 1960s. Recent listing: This secluded maritime haven, Second Sister Island, is located four kilometres from moorage at Salt Spring Island’s Ganges Marina and is equipped with a dock suitable for boat or floatplane launch. MLS®860128. $1,100,000.
The community of Eagle Bay, one of the most popular swimming, waterskiing and houseboating areas in the B.C. Interior, is situated on the Shuswap Highland Peninsula on the southern shore of Shuswap Lake. Recent listing: Build your Shuswap dream home on this beautiful lakefront lot with more than 20 metres of landscaped shoreline. This rare ready-to-build cleared lot comes with a 1,000-square-foot storage barn, additional parking and boat buoy. (Property no longer available). $699,000.
Galena Bay, situated at the Upper Arrow Lake in the West Kootenay region of southeastern B.C., was formerly called Thumb Bay (check it out on a map!) Recent listing: Galena Bay Estates is comprised of 20 bare-land waterfront strata lots. Create memories in this natural setting, with family and friends spending the days enjoying watersports, fishing and shoreline cruising. MLS®2450785. $189,900.
Coldstream is located at the northern end of Kalamalka Lake and directly southeast of Vernon in the Okanagan. Recent listing: Design your lakefront dream home on Kalamalka Lake in the tranquil private gated community of Kalamalka Park Estates. This rare lakefront lot, which includes a brand-new dock and boat lift, has home plans available and is only a 20-minute drive from Vernon’s restaurants, shopping and amenities. (Property no longer available). $679,000.
With a population of just 5,085, the hub of Canada’s only semi-arid desert region has long drawn snowbirds to the area. Locals enjoy hiking and biking, golfing, e-bike cruising and wine tasting. Recent listing: The perfect spot to build your vacation getaway or dream home in this exclusive waterfront community on Osoyoos Lake. This private development is surrounded by vineyards and orchards for ultimate seclusion and privacy. Only a few waterfront lots available! (Property no longer available). $1,200,000.
Christina Lake is a summer paradise for power boating and water sports, located on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3), 73 kilometres southwest of Castlegar and its airport. Recent listing: This dream property on a warm, tree-lined lake is ideal for your forever home or weekend getaway. A 1.5-acre lakefront lot with more than 45 metres of water frontage comes with a private dock, storage shed and fantastic lake and mountain views. MLS®2457059. $325,000.