7 Great Spots for a BC Vacation Home by:Mike Andruff
Now more than ever, the dream of owning a vacation home in British Columbia is more attainable. With low interest rates and declining house prices, this is truly a buyer's market. In fact, the most difficult part of taking this step, is deciding where to buy your second home. With so many gorgeous locations available to you, it can be hard to choose. Here is a sampling of a few B.C. vacation home spots and why they are special.
1. Big White
For those looking for an exceptional ski-getaway, Big White is an excellent choice. Great for families and singles, this is the largest ski-in/ski-out resort village in Canada. The resort boasts 15 lifts to access 2,765 acres of prime skiing, with the longest run being 7.2 km.
Big White is located 56 km south east of Kelowna, just off Highway 33 in the Okanagan Valley.
A home in this town will likely boast views of the snowy peaks of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. In the summer, hiking in this fresh mountain air is sure rejuvenate you on weekend stays. Stroll downtown in the evening and grab a quick bite, or take in free street entertainment at the Fountain Plaza. The nearby Kicking Horse Resort offers world-class skiing, cross-country, and snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking and hiking in the summer. The Kicking Horse River boasts some of the world's best whitewater rafting and flyfishing.
Golden is located at Highway 95 and Highway 1, 281 km north east of Cranbrook.
For relaxing lake country living in the heart of the Okanagan, Kelowna is the choice for many. In fact, this place is so hard to leave that many who started out with a vacation home have become permanent residents. Built around Lake Okanagan, it's easy to find a place with a gorgeous view. For those who enjoy water sports, this is the place. Kelowna is known for it's wakeboarding, boating, swimming and fishing. The town is full of charming shops and restaurants and free summer entertainment is available in City park and Waterfront Park.
Kelowna is located at the junction of Highway 97 and Highway 33 - 395 km northeast of Vancouver.
4. Radium Hot Springs
Tucked between the Purcell and the Rocky Mountain ranges, Radium Hot Springs is the perfect vacation home location especially for the outdoor enthusiast. Hiking, rock climbing, birding, and of course relaxing in warm, mineral hot springs after a long day are popular activities in this scenic area.
Radium Hot Springs is located 143 km north of Cranbrook, at the junction of Highway 93 and 95.
Revelstoke is being hailed as the next "Whistler". Real estate opportunities here range from scenic properties bordering meadows and forest to lake front and mountainside villages. Located between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, this is considered the "Gateway to Mountain Adventure and National Parks". Local attractions include Revelstoke Glacier National Park (home to over 400 glaciers), BC Hydro Revelstoke Dam and Generation Station, world class skiing, hiking and opportunities for wilderness photography.
Revelstoke sits at the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 23; 565 km northeast of Vancouver, and 192 km northeast of Kelowna.
6. Salmon Beach, Tofino
The lots at Salmon Beach offer seasonal cottage living in a remote area on the west coast, bordering Barkley Sound. Residents have access to a community beach and provides a perfect water access for endless hours of kayaking, fishing or prawning. Visit this area on a warm sunny day and you'll never want to leave.
Salmon Beach is located halfway between Ucluelet and Toquart Bay, off of Highway 4.
For those looking for the rugged shoreline of the west coast, but with more amenities than can be had at Salmon Beach, a vacation home in Ucluelet could fit the bill. With stunning ocean views and access to hiking on the Wild Pacific Trail, luxury resorts such as Oceanwest or Black Rock provide year round getaways with gourmet restaurants, lounges, spa and fitness facilities. A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is currently under construction and located minutes away.
Ucluelet is located 8 km south west of Highway 4 and the Pacific Rim Highway junction.
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