B.C. Best Places to Retire Thread.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by yamalama, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Yep. I do it 3/4 times per year since 1998 just as you describe. Time between visit & return not critical, I have been off island over 6 weeks on this pass. If you have a doctor off Island you need to see, you just ask him/her or your local MD for a pink sheet "Travel Assistance" voucher. Follow directions to get authorized & get tickets at nearest ferry terminal. Be sure to check "escort required" if having a rider along.
  2. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    " All the medical stuff we need is available on the Island so no need to travel to the mainland for appointments " .

    Not always so. I see an eye surgeon in YVR after a corneal transplant. Now listed as a transplant patient & return to surgeon regularly.
  3. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Just spent the day in CR. It's the fucking promised land! I'm sold. Love it. All the city stuff I need plus space, beautiful area, some wimmins, a lead on going commercial with some homebrew stuff I'm working on... Wow. I'm in lust.
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  4. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Homebrew? Do tell more ...
  5. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Haha, nothing serious, but I made up a couple single-jar batches of craft bitters recently. The spiced orange are bottled and ready to give away. The humdinger recipe will be ready for friends to try next week. Ready for this? Ancho chili/cacao/sour-cherry/pistachio with hints of black pepper and espresso. A foodie buddy and I came up with the second one.
    This was just a fun project in a kitchen cupboard, but the distiller might be interested in the flavours.
  6. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    "Be sure to check "escort required" hot damn, blondes, brunettes and red heads, all the same free? ;-)
  7. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Calibre unless you need to haul something you can always fly out of Comox, to YVR, $200 ish RT, saves a lot of time
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    I still want to move to the Island!!! lol
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    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Well the ferry is, dunno about costing out the escort.
  10. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Thanks, there would likely be kids in tow most times, so ferry it is.
    Oddly, I still keep looking at Princeton. It's calling to me. Maybe I was an HA in a previous life.:lol2 I was born in the '70s.. Lol.
    Look at these beauties:
    https://propertyguys.com/property/index/id/92139

    https://www.royallepage.ca/en/prope...rinceton/130-deerview-cres/6159669/mls166827/
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    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Nothing wrong with Princeton - the question is are you flexible enough to fit into the new environment?

    Try renting for a month (worst month of the year is best) and see if you can live with the community and all the limitations and benefits first. Then go for it and don't look back.

    I personally like the area (of course I like a lot of areas including VI and HG, so I may not be the best(discerning) of guides):

    The Summerland-Princeton Road - on the Princeton side.
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  12. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Calibre, amazing how cheap property tax is for seniors on those. renting is a great idea asOMS mentioned. sounds like you are looking at some biz ventures, maybe buy a commercial property that will also provide rental income plus room for your side ventures. that might free up space when choosing a home. and diversify from market investments
  13. Calibre

    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Seniors! I'm insulted! Haha if this goes the way I imagine it will, I'll be buying and retiring at 44. As far as business, I have no actual plans. I've worked for the man my whole life so I'd be lost. I might try to turn a hobby or two into some side cash, maybe baking to support a local caterer or something. I'm not sure buying in Princeton is much of an investment, except as a rental revenue.
    At this point I think perhaps the Fraser Valley may be a more sound choice. I like the Vancouver climate and did not enjoy our weeks of snow last winter. I see multiple houses that would suit my needs out there, under $500k in Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Harrison etc.
  14. Steve G.

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    Still on the fence I see.
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    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Yeah. As suggested, I need to live a bit in each place I'm thinking of, especially in winter, to see what life is actually like. It's a balance I need to figure out. For me it's:
    Best access to Vancouver(friends, family, events): Valley, Princeton, Island
    Best prices/value: Princeton, Island, Valley
    Best ability to work if desired: Valley, Island, Princeton
    Best climate: Island, Valley, Princeton
    Best access to recreation: Princeton/Island (tie), Valley
    Best vibe: Island, Valley, Princeton (could have that wrong. Could be Princeton, Valley)

    I think it comes down to the "embarrassment of riches" we have here in B.C. Any one of these would be a pleasure for the average Canadian to retire to. It's like asking what you would choose as your only meat 4 nights a week with the others optional: smoked ribs, lemon pepper salmon, chicken Kiev or peppercorn striploin. Oh, the pain of deciding.
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    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    yes I know thats a seniors deal on prop. tax, Im closing in on that age soon. still thats a hell of a deal and luckily the province has you to pay full boat prop tax for a couple decades so old turds can afford beer ;-)
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    Calibre Been here awhile

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    Still looking at the Valley.. Agassiz, Chilliwack, possibly as far as Hope. Just listed the house as "vacant land" for a ridiculous asking price, as suggested by the realtor. Wish us luck.
    I really want to become a Campbell River[ite?], but that would be just too far for family.
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    I was in Campbell River last month, stopped there during a visit to my place of birth ( Alert Bay ). I like the place. Not huge into fishing anymore, and I would find it "remote-ish", as there is sweet FA anywhere north. Great craft brew tasting room there though, a good chunk of halibut from the front dock (bloody expensive though). The first nations campground lady completely lost it on us for pulling in unannounced at 11:30am casually asking if we could arrange for a parking spot for the rv, we didn't stay there. Yeah, the drive from Surrey via the Nanaimo ferry is basically the same time it would take to drive to Portland Oregon, 108 mile house, or Castlegar. Never realized it was that far up.
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    Calibre Been here awhile

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    I like the remote-ish, but fully-civilized feel of the place. Costco close by in Comox, pretty much everything else right there in CR, Georgia Strait view. Green everywhere. Lots to do.
    But a bit too far... Maybe Nanaimo and wish I lived in CR? Lol.
  20. Steve G.

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    If I was told I had to retire somewhere on Van Isle, it would be some rural land in behind Qualicum, along that stretch. I like the idea of a "weather wall" like that area where the western mt. range shields somewhat the incoming rain off the ocean. Also, being well and truly 1/2 way to the top and bottom of the island would appeal to me, rather than being at the end of the road, figuratively. And close to Duke Pt or Nanaimo ferry.