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CA1388

Victoria, Canada

Main bedroom

Main bedroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Hallway

Hallway

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Tv and guest room

Tv and guest room

Bathroom downstairs

Bathroom downstairs

Bathroom upstairs

Bathroom upstairs

Garden

Garden

Stream on the property

Stream on the property

View of front of house from garden

View of front of house from garden

One of many large old-growth trees on Vancouver Island

One of many large old-growth trees on Vancouver Island

Beaver Lake 15 minute walk from the house

Beaver Lake 15 minute walk from the house

Victoria Harbour and Empress Hotel

Victoria Harbour and Empress Hotel

Long beach, Tofino

Long beach, Tofino

Near Tofino, Long Beach

Near Tofino, Long Beach

Paul and Mary

Paul and Mary

Main bedroom Kitchen Kitchen Hallway Living Room Living Room Tv and guest room Bathroom downstairs Bathroom upstairs Garden Stream on the property View of front of house from garden One of many large old-growth trees on Vancouver Island Beaver Lake 15 minute walk from the house Victoria Harbour and Empress Hotel Long beach, Tofino Near Tofino, Long Beach Paul and Mary
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Exchange dates Duration
February 01, 2020 - February 01, 2020 3 weeks

Tranquil, streamside home north of Victoria, Canada

We live outside of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, on Canada's west coast. Our house is in a semi-rural area, a 20 minute drive from the centre of Victoria. There are grocery stores, restaurants, and other shopping and services within one kilometre. We enjoy a beautiful view of the Olympic mountain range, and the property has a stream, a small orchard and lovely garden. Beaver Lake is a 15 minute walk from the house with a beach for swimming and extensive walking trails. The house has two storeys and can comfortably accomodate four people. It has a full kitchen, all major appliances, a living room, music room, and study. There are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. We have a Honda Fit, 4 door hatchback, automatic transmission, with a hitch and bike rack.

Victoria is a small city (population 350,000) surrounded by the sea on three sides and has a beautiful harbour. As the capital of British Columbia, there are museums, historic buildings, art galleries, an active arts scene, fine restaurants, and good shopping. Some of the attractions that draw tourists from around the world include: Empress Hotel, British Columbia Parliament buildings, Butchart Gardens, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria Art Gallery, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Chinatown. 
 
For more information visit these sites:  
www.hellobc.com/en-CA/RegionsCities/Victoria.htm
www.explorevancouverisland.com/default.htm

Possible day trips from Victoria include Sidney a small seaside town 20 mins away by car, and Saltspring Island, one of the Gulf islands, 30 mins by ferry. Vancouver is 1 hour and 40 mins by ferry. There is lots to see and do and we are happy to recommend our favourites.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 10 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired doctor
  • Retired graphic designer

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • BBQ
  • Bicycles: 2

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Scotland, UK
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Quebec City, QC, Canada
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • England, UK

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ) - 18km

  • shopping Grocery shopping (2.0 km)
  • forest Lake (walking trails) (2.1 km)
  • river Creek by house (0.4 km)
  • beach Swimming (indoor) (1.5 km)
  • lake Lake (swimming) (2.6 km)

AROUND OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
 
Beaver Lake and Elk Lake (15 minute walk from house): From our house you can walk through a neighbour’s field and along a path to Beaver Lake which has a sandy beach and good swimming. A path round both lakes takes 2 hrs to walk and is a very popular spot to run and ride horses. 
 
Island View Beach (15 minute drive): Our favourite and closest ocean beach, it is quiet and sandy, has lots of driftwood, and is a good place to walk along the shore. 
 
Rithet’s Bog (5 minute drive): This half hour walk around an area that contains the last peat bog on the peninsula is a great place for water fowl and bird watching.
 
Mount Douglas Park (10 minute drive): For the best view of the local area, drive or walk to the top of Mount Douglas.  On a clear day you can get a spectacular 360-degree view of the peninsula, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands. 

Sidney (20 minute drive): Sidney is a small seaside town further up the peninsula from Victoria. It is a nice place to walk around, look at shops and bookstores, and visit the Ocean Discovery Centre.

Occupation

  • Retired doctor
  • Retired graphic designer

Children

  • No children will be traveling with us.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

References

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