If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway this Labour Day, we’ve got a few of British Columbia’s most luxurious spots on our hot list of places to visit. The short travel distance means more time to hit the spa, lounge, and dine.

Sonora Resort

Accessible via helicopter or seaplane from Vancouver, or a water taxi from Campbell River, Sonora Resort’s secluded nature ensures a true “getaway from it all” atmosphere. From the welcome drink upon arrival to the luxurious spa and accommodations, the only rival to this beauty is the breathtaking, pristine nature of the surroundings that awaits you. Feeling adventurous? Guided salmon fishing, grizzly bear and helicopter glacier tours are available.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa

Just a few hours northeast of Vancouver in Jesmond, BC lies Echo Valley Ranch. 160 acres of ranchland offers up horseback riding, hiking, biking and fishing before a night’s rest in one of their well-appointed rooms or private cabins. Serving up luxury dining, family style from their own organic garden and farm game, Echo Valley’s dining experience is one-of-a-kind.

Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat

Miles away from civilization, the Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat on Vancouver Island is grown-up camping at its best. Their luxury tents feature full ensuite bathrooms with heated floors and opulent decor. Choose from hot springs, a day at the spa, or various wilderness adventures and finish off with 5-star dining to complete this “camping” excursion like no other.

Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Tucked in the southern end of Pender Island, Poets Cove Resort and Spa is the quintessential west coast accommodation, featuring a private marina and unique spa treatments. Relax in either their private villas, cottages, or lodge rooms and spend your afternoons being pampered at the spa or out on the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

There’s nothing like the Sea to Sky drive to Whistler on a beautiful, BC day. It may not be slope season, but Whistler is still a divine spot for some R+R. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is what you’d come to expect from the luxe Fairmont family of hotels. Expect world-class service, plush rooms, and high tea.

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Photo: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort



The papers are signed, you’ve got the keys, and the moving van is set to deliver your things to your new dream home. Everything important has been covered, but what about the little things? Where’s the best take-out in your new neighbourhood and what yoga studio will you go to now? Here’s a few things to put on your Moving Checklist both before you move and after you get there.

Mail Forwarding, etc.

Set up your change of address in advance so you won’t miss anything important. Leave your new address with the people who have bought your current place so they can forward any stray mail. Don’t forget to notify institutions like your bank, employer, any subscriptions, credit card and utility companies of your change of address, as well. We like this Real Simple Moving Checklist that covers all of the nitty-gritty details to keep in mind, laid out by week leading up to Moving Day.

Pack a First Night Box

You won’t get to everything on the first day, so why not have the essentials at your fingertips? Martha Stewart has a great checklist that covers everything you might need the first night in your new home. Put these key items in one box that’s easily accessible, and you won’t feel rushed to go through everything upon arrival.

Schedule the Cleaners

Designate a day after everything’s been packed-up to have the professionals come in and give your home a once-over to leave it sparkling for the new owners. Then have their number on speed-dial in case you need a spare set of hands at your new place!

Get To Know Your Neighbourhood

There are a multitude of Vancouver blogs out there, but the Daily Hive, an evolution of VanCity Buzz, is your best bet for local news. We’ve also covered Kitsilano, the Dunbar area, and Shaughnessy on our own blog for a brief history and cultural vibe.

Fitness + Food

Research what yoga studios, cross-fit gyms or fitness trend of choice is in your neighbourhood before moving, so you’ll be ready to drop-in as soon as you arrive--a good excuse to take a break from unpacking! Then, the Georgia Straight offers up great restaurant reviews so you can dial-up take-out when you’re ready to crash after a long day of moving.

Happy Moving Day!


Summer started below recent averages in the Vancouver real estate market, and registered home sales were below 4,000 for the first time since January. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s president Dan Morrison stated that after a record-breaking start to the year, home-buyer demand returned to more “normal” levels in-line with previous years.

“We’ll wait and watch over the next few months to see if this marks the return of more normal market trends.” Morrison concluded, as July’s sales were still 6.5% above the 10-year sales average for the month. And with the recent introduction of the new BC Foreign Buyer’s Tax by the Canadian government, only time will tell what’s in store for the Vancouver market.

July 2016 By The Numbers:

New Listings (detached, attached, and apartment): 5,241
2.5% increase from July 2015
10.8% decrease from June 2016

Total Active listings on MLS®: 8,351
27.4% decline from July 2015
6.9% increase from June 2016

Sales-to-Active-Listings ratio: 38.6%

Benchmark price for all residential properties: $930,400
32.6% increase from July 2015

Benchmark price for a detached property is $1,578,300
38% increase from July 2015

Detached property sales totaled 1,077
30.9% decrease from July 2015

Benchmark price for an apartment property is $510,600
27.4% increase from July 2015

Apartment property sales totaled 1,602
7.3% decrease from July 2015

Benchmark price for an attached unit is $669,000
29.4% increase from July 2015

Attached property sales totaled 547
20.7% decrease from July 2015

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*REBGV Editor’s Note:  Areas covered by Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.


As of August 2nd, 2016, the BC government put into law an additional tax on foreign buyers in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Once a property is registered at the Land Title Office, the tax applies with no exceptions and strict non-compliance penalties. The tax’s sudden introduction with seeming little-to-no consultation from real estate professionals in the Vancouver market left a lot of people in uncertain waters over the August long weekend.

What Is The Foreign Buyers Tax?

The 15% Property Transfer Tax applies to all residential property transfers to foreign entities. It is important to note that this is in addition to the general property transfer tax that is already in place. Failure to pay or providing incorrect information to avoid the tax can result in up to $100,000 in fines or two years in prison.

Who’s Affected?

Foreign entity transferees including: foreign nationals, foreign corporations, and taxable trustees. This additional tax is applicable on the foreign entity’s proportionate share of any residential property transfer, and on transactions that were previously exempt from property transfer taxes such as a transfer between related individuals.

However, the new tax does not apply to mutual fund trusts, real estate investment trusts, or specified investment flow-through trusts.

For further information on filing, paying, and avoidance penalties, see the Ministry of Finance’s Tax Information Sheet.

What Does The REBGV Have To Say?

President Dan Morrison of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver states, “We must ensure we’re doing what we can to help our clients understand and comply with the new tax.” For a more in-depth look at the REBGV’s stance, see their official statement.

If you have any questions regarding the new tax or its impact on the selling or purchase of your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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