Our pick of waterfront bargains on western lakes and coasts

For less than the cost of a Vancouver condo or bungalow, buyers can purchase low-cost beachfront on B.C.’s coast or inland lakes and rivers, or even grab a seven-cottage deal in Saskatchewan

Western Investor
August 1, 2019

Sidney Island
A 1.7-acre strata oceanfront lot is available on Sidney Island, off the southern coast of Vancouver Island, priced at $199,900. | LandQuest

The average price of a Vancouver condominium apartment is now around $740,000 and a bungalow is about $1 million, but for much less than that a buyer can acquire a waterfront property on the B.C. coast or inland lakes and rivers.

Western Investor’s annual look at waterfront bargains has found what we believe could be the best beachfront buys in the province.


Willow River
Priced at $47,700, this waterfront property on the Willow River near Prince George includes a cabin and a dock. | LandQuest

Our first example is rather remote but it is certainly affordable. Located on Willow River, in B.C.’s Cariboo, about a half-hour drive from Prince George, the parcel covers 10.4 acres of riverfront and includes a small, rustic cabin with a dock and 500 feet of river frontage.

It is offered at $47,700 by listing agent John Armstrong of Landquest Realty Corp


Near the town of Horsefly in the Cariboo, Freddy Marks of 3A Group Sutton Realty has 10 acres of high-bank waterfront on the Horsefly River. It comes with a two-bedroom modular home with plenty of space to build a second home, or even develop a hobby farm. The asking price is $179,000.


Day Lake
On Day Lake, near the town of Burns Lake, a 465-acre parcel includes 7,200 feet of lakefront, listed at $599,900. | LandQuest

On Day Lake, about a 20-minute drive from the town of Burns Lake, a 465-acre lakefront parcel is available. It is one of only two privately owned parcels on the lake and features about 7,200 feet of water frontage with two sheltered bays. Listed by Landquest, it is priced at $599,000.


A more spectacular oceanfront lot on Sidney Island (see main image), just south of Vancouver Island near Victoria, boasts 1.7 acres of waterfront facing southwest. This is a strata development and the lot is priced at $199,900.

“At night you can enjoy the southwest view of the twinkling lights of Victoria,” added listing agent Dave Cochlan of Landquest. Sidney Island has a full-time on-site caretaker, airstrip and community breakwater and dock, which provides secure year-round moorage, and miles of sandy beach. There is no time requirement for building, which provides an opportunity for a buy-and-hold investment. 


Cape Scott Provincial Park
A private 148-acre parcel of oceanfront is offered within Cape Scott Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island, listed at $850,000. | LandQuest

For the more adventurous, there are oceanfront parcels available on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island. A 148.4-acre parcel of oceanfront is offered within Cape Scott Provincial Park. Privately deeded, it covers about half a mile of spectacular sandy ocean frontage. Landquest has it listed at $850,000.

In Saskatchewan, a private owner has put the Delaronde Lake Resort up for sale. The listing is for a five-acre lakefront parcel that includes four newer cabins and three older cabins.Asking price is $259,900 and vendor financing is available. The owner can be reached toll free at 1-866-405-1228.  Other lots are available on the site from $10,000. 

Delaronde Lake is approximately 240 kilometres north of Saskatoon or 122 kilometres west of Prince Albert, near the town of Big River.


Haida Gwaii
Two waterfront lots on Haida Gwaii, at approximately 14 acres and 17 acres, are offered from $147,800. | LandQuest

On Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlottes) off the northwest coast of B.C., only two private waterfront lots remain in Naikoon Provincial Park. Each acreage spans 355 feet of river frontage. Serviced with power, the lots measure 14.3 acres and 17.7 acres and are less than a 15-minute drive from the town of Masset and very close to sandy oceanfront. The lots are priced from $147,800 through Landquest.

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