B.C.’s recreational property market is starting to see Chinese investors buying waterfront cottages and resorts as prices continue to cool.

The Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference held this week in Vancouver heard that offshore Chinese buyers are purchasing resort land to attract clientele straight from China.

Graham Kwan, CEO of Character Capital Inc. and a former developer of ski resorts in China, says the Chinese interest in recreational property is partly due to status.

"If you have a lifestyle, it means you’re successful. If you’re successful, that means you have free time,” Kwan told The Huffington Post B.C. “But if you’re working all the time and you have no lifestyle, then you’re not successful. Therefore purchasing lifestyle property is a symbol of your success and your status.”

He said the new buyers come at a time when interest in vacation homes is waning from the Western market.

Kwan said the resort real estate market was hot when baby boomers wanted second homes, but as that demographic ages and gets fickle with their leisure activities, there’s less demand.

The RE/MAX Recreational Property Report 2012 found that lower prices are attracting renewed interest in waterfront properties and older cottages to be renovated, reported the Vancouver Sun.

Local buyers in B.C. are benefitting from lower prices in Whistler and the Gulf Islands partly because there are fewer American and European buyers, said the newspaper.

“For the first time, we're seeing Chinese money in oceanfront properties,” Rudy Nielsen, president of NIHO Land and Cattle Company, which specializes in recreational land purchases, development and sales, told the Sun.

Canadian Business noted that Canadians looking for recreational homes may be parking their dollars across the border in Florida or Arizona instead, where properties are much cheaper.

Click through our slideshow for a sample of B.C.'s hot recreational real estate properties.

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  • Savary Island Cabin - $96,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 210 sqft Land Size : 13900 sqft Title : Freehold Location : 1277 TENNYSON ROAD Savary Island, BC V0N 2G0 MLS®: 9563

  • Savary Island Cabin - $96,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 210 sqft Land Size : 13900 sqft Title : Freehold Location : 1277 TENNYSON ROAD Savary Island, BC V0N 2G0 MLS®: 9563

  • Savary Island Cabin - $96,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 210 sqft Land Size : 13900 sqft Title : Freehold Location : 1277 TENNYSON ROAD Savary Island, BC V0N 2G0 MLS®: 9563

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Seven Eagles Wilderness Sanctuary - $2,295,000

    City: Cortes Island Lot Size: 122.5 acres Type: Private Estate, Acreage, Oceanfront, Ocean view, Deep-Water Moorage 1,654 sq ft main house 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms Large wrap around decks Two writer’s studios Wood shed/worship/open garage Hot Tub/Spa Boardwalk with lighting to hot tub and decking 32’ deepwater dock and ramp Fishing and boating shack near dock

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Adams Lake Waterfront Living - $280,000

    City: Adams Lake Lot Size: 1 Acre Type: Waterfront, Recreation Property Square Feet: 1,200 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

  • Powell River Cabin - $75,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 2 Floor Space : 1066 sqft Built in : 1975 Land Size : 13800 sqft View : Ocean view Waterfront : Waterfront on ocean Bathrooms : 1 Title : Leasehold Location : 4361 HIGHWAY 101 Powell River North, BC V8A 4Z3

  • Powell River Cabin - $75,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 2 Floor Space : 1066 sqft Built in : 1975 Land Size : 13800 sqft View : Ocean view Waterfront : Waterfront on ocean Bathrooms : 1 Title : Leasehold Location : 4361 HIGHWAY 101 Powell River North, BC V8A 4Z3

  • Powell River Cabin - $75,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 2 Floor Space : 1066 sqft Built in : 1975 Land Size : 13800 sqft View : Ocean view Waterfront : Waterfront on ocean Bathrooms : 1 Title : Leasehold Location : 4361 HIGHWAY 101 Powell River North, BC V8A 4Z3

  • Powell River Cabin - $75,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 2 Floor Space : 1066 sqft Built in : 1975 Land Size : 13800 sqft View : Ocean view Waterfront : Waterfront on ocean Bathrooms : 1 Title : Leasehold Location : 4361 HIGHWAY 101 Powell River North, BC V8A 4Z3

  • Powell River Cabin - $75,000

    Building Type : House Bedrooms : 2 Floor Space : 1066 sqft Built in : 1975 Land Size : 13800 sqft View : Ocean view Waterfront : Waterfront on ocean Bathrooms : 1 Title : Leasehold Location : 4361 HIGHWAY 101 Powell River North, BC V8A 4Z3

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Osoyoos Resort Style Condo - $49,900

    Building Type : Apartment Bedrooms : 1 Floor Space : 643 sqft Storeys : 1 View : Mountain view, Lake view Waterfront : Waterfront on lake Bathrooms : 1 Title : Condominium/Strata Location : 254D - 1200 RANCHER CREEK ROAD Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6

  • Desolation Sound Oceanfront Land - $229,000

    Reachable by floatplane or boat only, this 7 acre property offers a 40 ft dock and access to protected waters inside Squirrel Cove. Perfect for kayaking.

  • Desolation Sound Oceanfront Land - $229,000

    Reachable by floatplane or boat only, this 7 acre property offers a 40 ft dock and access to protected waters inside Squirrel Cove. Perfect for kayaking.

  • Desolation Sound Oceanfront Land - $229,000

    Reachable by floatplane or boat only, this 7 acre property offers a 40 ft dock and access to protected waters inside Squirrel Cove. Perfect for kayaking.

  • Desolation Sound Oceanfront Land - $229,000

    Reachable by floatplane or boat only, this 7 acre property offers a 40 ft dock and access to protected waters inside Squirrel Cove. Perfect for kayaking.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Chilcotin Love Nest - $125,000

    Property sits on 0.6 acre of Crown land. Main Floor Dimensions: Living Room 17’ x 15’ Kitchen 12’6 x 8’6 Bathroom 6’ x 8’ Upstairs (not including bathroom) - 320 sq. ft. Grand Total (liveable space) 800 sq. ft.

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

  • Anahim Lake Home - $115,000

    Size: 2.61 acres Perks: 200' of waterfront Area: CARIBOO Located on a quiet street close to Anahim Lake Services Large kitchen with powered island and dishwasher Eating bar Spacious living room and dining area Large half wraparound deck Walkout basement with cement pad under deck Large glass greenhouse and raised garden in the yard Barn and shop Whole property fenced

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