Modern family home near beach and village - British Columbia

Home is light, modern, detached family home with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Main living room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking front garden. Fireplace. "Children`s living room" overlooks main living room with windows overlooking side garden. Large kitchen diner with sky lights, large windows looking on to cedars in back garden and doors to back deck. Three bedrooms upstairs off main hallway. 2 single and 1 master with ensuite and access to deck. Singles can each fit another single bed (extra mattresses provided).

Downstairs has entrance hall, large play area and TV room with second fireplace, laundry room, 4th bedroom with queen bed overlooking back garden. Double garage with bikes, kayaks, sports equipment. Basketball net in driveway, trampoline in back garden. Friendly neighbours with children.

About the location

Home is located in quiet leafy residential area of Qualicum Beach, beside woods. It is 20 mins walk (10 mins cycle) to beach or village. Beach is mixed sand and pebbles with ample sand - ideal for daily swimming, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Rockpool, crabs, starfish, sand dollars. Lots of wildlife. Beautiful swimming at sunset with views of surrounding islands. Village is charming. Weekly outdoor market, one of a kind shops, boutiques, yoga studios, large quality grocery, smaller organic grocery, artisan bakers, great coffee. Award-winning swimming pool. Library. Everything you need.

15 mins drive South is Parksville (pop. 12,000), known for its sandy beach which stretches for miles with very warm water shallow pools, great public park and waterpark, many hotels and resorts, spas, restaurants, outdoor markets, mini-golf. Explore area around Parksville, Rathtrevor Beach, winery, cheeseworks, the Wildlife Recovery Centre.

20 mins drive West there are fantastic swimming lakes and camping areas. Go swimming, kayaking or fishing every day if you choose.

Go further West to Tofino and Ucluelet. Visit Pacific Rim National Park for the day or several days. Huge stretches of sandy beach. Big surf. Great surfing culture. Delicious fish tacos.

30 mins drive South of Qualicum Beach is Nanaimo (pop. 83,000), a city with shops, aquatic centre, cinema, parks, lakes and ferry to Vancouver and other islands. Explore Saltspring Island and tour its lavender farms, cheeseworks and wineries.

Further South travel through Ladysmith and Chemainus to Victoria. Go for the day or several days. Victoria has a lot to offer. Great restaurants, beaches, museums, historic houses, Chinatown, Butchardt Gardens. See the harbour seals, watch the goat run at Beacon Hill Park. Great playgrounds for children. Very family friendly city. With the Canadian dollar so low, you can splash out at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, a world class experience.

Start or end your trip with a couple of days in Vancouver. Visit Grouse Mountain, Granville Island and Kitsilano Beach. Science World is fantastic for rainy days. Lots for families to do and enjoy.

We have a Toyota Highlander (7 seater) and a pick up truck (6 seater - useful for transporting kayaks to lakes) which we could include with the swap, if insurance can be arranged. A vehicle could be left at Vancouver airport or on the Island.

Type of swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange
  • Open to Offers

Conditions of exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • Children welcome

Qualicum Beach (HE34289)

British Columbia,   Canada

  • 4 bed   (sleeps 8) 3 bath

Preferred destinations

  • London
  • Hertfordshire
  • England
  • Open to offers
  • California
  • Maine
  • New York
  • New South Wales
  • Oslo
  • Stockholm

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: 3 - 4 weeks

Meet the member

Adults: 2      Children: 2

Membership expiry date: 27 Jan 2021