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As discussed in our previous post, there are many fantastic reasons to live in central Vancouver Island- here’s the rest of our top 5 list!


1. No Traffic: The value of eliminating the stress of commuting in traffic from your life cannot be understated. The loss of time, the uncertainty especially in winter months, the bridges, tunnels and detours to contend with all equate to a large amount of anxiety each day. This pressure builds up and affects your quality of life, and decreases the amount of time you spend relaxing with those you love. We know, we have been there. You can live in the countryside in Nanoose, or on a secluded waterfront property in Yellow Point, yet be in Nanaimo in 15 minutes. From Parksville or Qualicum Beach, it is a picturesque half an hour jaunt.


2. World-Class Outdoor Recreation: The natural beauty on the island, and the easy access to it, continues to surprise and inspire us. You can carry a canoe or paddle board right onto a quiet beach like Departure Bay, and slip out virtually alone in the water- and you can do this on your lunch hour. A spot to launch a boat is just minutes away from home (not just from a multimillion dollar waterfront home, from ANY home) and in moments you are out in the most beautiful coastal waters in Canada. A 15 minute boat ride away and you are on isolated islands with shell beaches and warm, clear waters, admiring sea anemones and catching crab for dinner. It is almost unbelievable to us still, and the value of that accessibility is immeasurable. A hike actually takes you somewhere remote, and you might not even see anyone else on the trail. Boating lakes are as close as 10 minutes away, and they’re not packed. It is heaven.


3. Lifestyle: it’s the dream; it is freedom. Love the energy of the city? You can be in downtown Vancouver in minutes or in Victoria after a beautiful drive down the Malahat. And you can afford to go. Love the outdoors? Spectacular natural settings are a stone’s throw away. Love art & culture? Nanaimo’s Port Theatre is world-class. Want to start a business? It is actually financially feasible to do so here, and there is incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs. There are also major employers relocating their operations here because of the affordability. The tech sector is booming. There is limitless opportunity for those who want it here, and there is room and immense potential for growth.  


Be home 5 minutes after work. Be able to afford to change careers without being brought to your knees by a crippling mortgage. Spend more time with the people you love, rather than in traffic. Spend more time exploring, rather than in malls. Acquire experiences, rather than stuff. Live the life you want now, don’t wait. That is the spirit of the island and that is why so many people are buying real estate and relocating to places like Lantzville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Parksville &Nanaimo.

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