On the Waterfront

From around a modest $300,000 to more than $2-million homes, here’s where to find outstanding waterfront property in B.C. this summer.

Powell River
This Sunshine Coast community is an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts, with its beautful forests, mountains and proximity to the ocean. Powell River has a vibrant arts scene and hosts world-class festivals and events each year. Recent listing: This two-bedroom, one-bathroom water-access-only cabin is situated on half an acre and comes with a large living area with wood stove, glassed-in breakfast room, fire pit on the beach and covered waterside deck with stunning views. MLS®13716. $279,900


Sproat Lake
Sproat Lake Provincial Park, located a few kilometres west of Port Alberni, is perfect for water sports. Locals and visitors enjoy 320 kilometres of forested lakeshore for picnics, kayaking, sailboarding, boating and water skiing. Recent listing: This beautifully landscaped four-bedroom, three-bathroom waterfront property offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The master bedroom with ensuite opens up to a deck facing the lake. MLS®449548. $1,248.000


Boasting 55 beach access trails, an active arts and music scene, water sports, hiking and beachcombing, the largest community on the Sunshine Coast is just a 20-minute floatplane trip to Vancouver. Recent listing: A rustic waterfront Pan-Abode home has three-bedrooms, one-and-a-half-bathrooms and an open-concept kitchen with large windows. It makes the perfect vacation getaway: enjoy all-day sunshine from this beachfront cabin with views of Trail Islands and more. MLS®R2362087. $1,175,000


Bowen Island
Bowen Island in Howe Sound, a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay terminal, is one of the region’s best-kept property secrets. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, relax, eat and explore all year round. Recent listing: This two-bedroom, three-bathroom architectural waterfront home is situated on Otter Point and comes with stunning views of Howe Sound, the Tantalus Range, Black Tusk and Garibaldi. The master bedroom takes full advantage of the views and has its own fireplace. MLS®R2319563. $2,480,000


Langford Lake
The fastest-growing municipality in the Capital Region District, located 15 minutes from downtown Victoria, is close to all amenities and outdoor recreation. Recent listing: This 1,388-square-foot, four-bedroom, one-bathroom waterfront home was made for outdoor living. Enjoy the outdoor barbeque and kitchen, upgraded dock and beach bunkhouse. This low-bank property, perfect for swimming or paddleboarding, has amazing views. MLS®406902.  $989,900


Esquimalt, situated four kilimetres from Victoria in the heart of the Capital Region District, derives its name from a local First Nations expression meaning “the place of gradually shoaling water.” Recent listing: This stunning beachfront oasis is tucked away in a beautiful bay adjacent to Cole Island. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom property comes with additional space for guests, a gazebo that sits footsteps from the ocean and an amazing wharf. (property no longer available). $1,524,000


Cultus Lake
Located only an hour an a half east of Vancouver and just south of Chilliwack, you’ll find Cultus Lake Provincial Park. This freshwater lake community offers boating, waterskiing, canoeing, paddleboarding, waterslides and two golf courses. Recent listing: Live in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom lakefront cabin as-is, or build your dream waterfront home. This property comes with a hot tub, private beach, large dock and a huge deck to enjoy views of the lake. MLS®R2325488. $949,900


Known as the “Houseboat Capital of Canada,” Sicamous is situated between Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake at the northern end of the Okanagan Valley. Enjoy the calm lake waters and the beautiful regional scenery. Recent listing: This three-bedroom, one-bathroom waterfront unit is located in the all-season, family-friendly Hummingbird Beach Resort. It includes an open-concept great room, 10-foot ceilings, huge patio, private boat slip in the marina and views of the lake. Property ID: 101397670. $599,000


Nicola Lake
Nicola Lake, a glacially formed lake in the south-central interior (30 kilometres northeast of Merritt), is known for its temperate climate, fishing, windsurfing and camping. Recent listing: This four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 4,207-square-foot home on 1.25 acres in prestigious Nicola Lake Estates is only a three-hour drive from Vancouver. Enjoy summers on your own private dock with room to moor two boats, plus a beach, fishing and water sports. MLS®150599. $1,588,800


Fairmont Hot Springs
Fairmont Hot Springs, a southeastern B.C resort community, is home to Canada’s largest natural mineral hot springs. Locals and visitors enjoy soaking in the pools and views of the Rocky Mountains. Recent listing: This open-concept, 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits 20 metres from the Columbia River. A waterfront property with views in all directions, it also has two stone fireplaces, a games room, sports court and a place to park your RV or boat. MLS®2436519. $445,000


Situated between two lakes, Penticton is a popular destination for year-round recreational attractions, from sandy beaches and water sports to regional foodie tourism (including 80 wineries, five craft breweries and three distilleries). Recent listing: This modern Skaha lakefront four-bedroom, four-bathroom dream property is close to amenities and comes with 15 metres of private beachfront, a professionally built dock with power boat and Sea-Doo lift, full outdoor kitchen and two-bedroom rental suite. MLS®177574. $2,195,000


Christina Lake
Christina Lake, boasting the warmest water of any tree-lined lake in Western Canada, is located in the West Kootenay region (off Highway 3, just 19 kilometres east of Grand Forks and 70 kilometres southwest of Castlegar). Recent listing: This two-bedroom, one-bathroom boat-access-only cottage is situated across from the marina and sleeps eight comfortably. Enjoy 180-degree views from your wrap-around deck on a 1.35-acre treed lot, which includes a large wharf. MLS®2430252. $334,000


By Right Sizing Staff