Vancouver Island

Deciding Between A Leasehold And A Freehold Property

Atrina Kouroshnia | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Atrina Kouroshnia

In some areas of B.C., buyers have the option to purchase freehold or leasehold properties. Vancouver's West End has leasehold condos, for instance, while False Creek, Fairview Slopes, and Point Grey offer leasehold town homes and detached houses. You might also see listings for leasehold properties on Vancouver Island in James Bay and other areas. However, it's important to understand the financing implications of a leasehold property before making an offer.

BULLFROG INVASION

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite a frog hunter's warnings as far back as 2006, it appears an invasion of giant bullfrogs is spreading on Vancouver Island. Russ Schut caught...

Meet The Man Behind Canada's Coolest Treehouses

Brian Trinh | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Travel
Brian Trinh

Chances are if you're already heading for Qualicum Bay, B.C., you're probably coming for a stay inside Chudleigh's Free Spirit Spheres. At their core, Chudleigh's spheres are premium tree houses suspended above the ground, strung across the island's rainforest canopy with a network of rope.

Climbers SCALE Canada's 2nd Largest Douglas-Fir

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Many of us have climbed a tree or two in our lives, but how many of us can say that tree was as tall as an 18-storey building? A group of professio...

Woman CHASED By Cougar In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A cougar that chased a woman along a B.C. trail has been shot and killed, but conservation officers believe a second one could still be on the prowl. ...

7 Decades Later, B.C.'s WWII Mystery SOLVED

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - On Oct. 30, 1942, an Avro Anson Second World War aircraft lifted off from Patricia Bay on Vancouver Island for a routine training mission ...

Senior Rescued After 5 DAYS Lost In Bush

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

COURTENAY, B.C. - A Vancouver Island man who suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia has been found after a five day ordeal.Searchers spotted 65...

Jump For Joy With B.C. Photographer

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It's that time again! May's B.C. Photographer of the Month is Eyoälha Baker. Baker was born in Alert Bay on north Vancouver Island, but has...

LOOK: Chic Cabin In The Woods

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver-based architecture firm can boast about a major international design award for its cabin in the woods. Scott & Scott Architects won the...

B.C. Fir Officially Canada's 2nd Largest!

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

PORT RENFREW, B.C. - As trees go, it is one colossal conifer.Tape measures confirm that a Douglas fir tree on Vancouver Island is officially the secon...

B.C. Beach Cleared After WWII Munitions Found

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, B.C. - Strolling the delicate dunes of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island is once again possible, af...

Bullfrogs Size Of DINNER PLATES On Island

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Amphibian hunter Stan Orchard says now's the time to get the jump on a population of invasive predators on southern Vancouver Island.The di...

Hey Vancouver, We Don't Want Your Trash: Nanaimo

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - An enthusiastic crowd gave Nanaimo, B.C., Mayor John Ruttan a loud cheer as he moved to snuff out plans to burn Metro Vancouver garbag...

Pam Weighs In On B.C. Rodeo

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Pamela Anderson — one of Vancouver Island's most famous exports — is denouncing the local rodeo that's been around for 38 years. "Vancouver Isl...

GRAPHIC: Sea Lion Tangled In Wire Needs Help Fast

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A helpless sea lion with wire tangled around its neck has sparked public outcry on Vancouver Island. Kiyo, as locals have named the animal, was fou...

Island Cable-Ferry Approved

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - BC Ferries has received approval to build what could be one of the world's longest cable-ferry systems, but the service and the commission...

Woman And Pigeon Reunited

CBC | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Today, a Vancouver Island woman got the feathered reunion she's been waiting six weeks for. Sandy Bird lost her pet pigeon, Tweetie, in Octobe...

Young Boy Found Outside Hockey Arena, Dies

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

After being discovered outside a local hockey arena, 11-year-old Vancouver Island boy Caleb Kroffat was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced de...

Canada's 11th Province?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Just when you thought Turks and Caicos was slated to become Canada's 11th province, Vancouver Island comes along to try and steal the tropical thunder...

Don't Bank on Jobs From a 'Coal Rush'

Torrance Coste | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Torrance Coste

Last month, the Comox Valley Regional District, a municipal government on central Vancouver Island, received notice that two companies were seeking coal mining permits in the region. These permits don't necessarily mean the mines will be built, but they're part of a disturbing trend to resurrect coal mining on the Island -- a shift some locals are calling the new "Coal Rush."

The Best of Canada's Beautiful Beaches

Vacay.ca | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

One of Canada's best-kept secrets is that it is full of beaches. In a country with a world-leading 265,523 kilometres of coastline. At Vacay.ca, we have spent recent months combing the sandy spots of the nation, determining which beaches are the absolute finest and deserving of a visit from you this summer.

B.C.'s Archaeological Quirks Are Digs At Private Property Rights

Mark Milke | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Milke

The government has acted illegally. In British Columbia, the provincial branch of the government continually demands owners of property designated as archaeologically significant pay for archaeological work before any redevelopment can proceed. It's a government arm that deems archaeological finds as publicly significant and should not burden private property owners.

A Grizzly Adventure in British Columbia

Vacay.ca | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada
Vacay.ca

While the black bear is common in some urban areas -- with sightings even in Vancouver's suburbs as the bears search for ripe fruit from the trees and troll the recycling bins -- the grizzly bear is British Columbia's wilderness giant. Visiting with grizzlies in the wild had long been a dream of mine, and this spring we decided to head up the coast to see if we could view some of BC's iconic mammals.

Island Hiker Spends Night In Woods

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

SAYWARD, B.C. - A 54-year-old hiker from the United Kingdom is OK after spending a night lost in a remote area of Vancouver Island.The RCMP say the ma...

The Sunny T'Sou-ke First Nation Loves Solar Power

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The T'Sou-ke First Nation developed a community plan that led them to build the largest solar photovoltaic project in B.C. and cut their energy use by 75 per cent. With this vision in place the T'Sou-ke tackled the challenge of energy self-sufficiency with gusto. A few years ago they installed 75-kilowatts of solar PV on several buildings.