VIREB Commercial Building Awards Finalists Announced

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

The 10th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards Finalists have been announced. The awards are set for April 20 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

More than 50 projects were eligible this year for the awards, which celebrate the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island which were completed between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016. There are 30 finalists in 12 categories in these awards: Community, Institutional, Multi-Family Apartment, Multi-Family Townhome, Non-Market Housing, Retail, Retail Automotive, Retail Renovation, Industrial, Industrial Renovation, Hospitality and Green.


The 2016 Judges’ Choice Award Winner for Best Overall Entry was the Blue Grouse Winery building in Duncan.

Finalists are, by community:

Port Hardy: Port Hardy Inn.

Campbell River: Evergreen Senior’s Housing Phase 3, FYi Doctors Renovation, Willow Point, Mariner’s Landing.

Comox Valley: Greaves Crescent Custom Restoration Shop, City of Courtenay Fire Training Facility, Mayorsthorne Lane, The Ambleside Phase I, and Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church.

Duncan/Cowichan Valley: Galaxy Motors, Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, The Aerie Resort.

Nanaimo: Cassidy Country Kitchen (Cassidy), BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Community Animal Centre, BCAA Auto Service Centre, Dickinson Crossing Restoration, Dover Ridge, JRE Hardware Inc. Building, K.D. Beausoleil & Company office, Landing Liquor Store, Pacific Station Townhomes Phase One, St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service, Timberwood Trail, Tulsa Views, Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill Offices, Quality Foods Northdridge, Stirling Heights.

Parksville: Chinook Scaffold Warehouse, Guy Garages.

Port Alberni: The Thunderbird, Port Alberni Friendship Centre.

This event sells out early, so tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 17. Tickets for the awards are $125 and are available at

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Enjoy the View From The Gales’ Newest Showhome

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

Find your favourite adventure from a home base at The Gales. The latest showhome at The Gales is a 3,455 sq ft 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Built Green ocean view patio home, listed at $709,900.

Living at The Gales in Ladysmith means ocean views and luxury finishes, but even more importantly, an amazing lifestyle at your door step.

With year-round outdoor activities and adventures to be enjoyed in one of Canada’s most temperate climates, you are never at a loss for things to do living on Vancouver Island. Enjoy a walk on one of the many local beaches or take in a stroll through the pristine forest right at your back door. With amazing outdoors surrounding your home, the lure of natural wonder is ever beckoning. Vancouver Island living means you can enjoy year-round golf, alpine adventures on Mount Washington, world famous fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities, boating and beach combing.

If you are in the mood for a slightly more urban experience, the relaxed and friendly pace of life in Ladysmith will leave you as refreshed as you are after a walk in one of the many local parks. And if you’re looking for a big city adventure, both Nanaimo and Victoria are a short drive away.

For more information about living at The Gales contact:

Keith Mazurenko
: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545

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Phase 1 Nearing Completion at The Ridge. New Lots Coming Summer 2017

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

The Ridge in Courtenay is a busy place these days with 20 new home custom homes now under construction by preferred builders Brando Construction and Lawmar Contracting. Several of these new homes will have legal suites or carriage homes, allowing for mortgage helpers or room for extended family.

With Phase I wrapping up, and many new residents already living at The Ridge, Phase II lots are being prepared to meet the demand. The mountain and ocean view lots expected to be available in June or July of 2017.

Along with the construction of homes, Phase I saw the development of parks, playing fields and playgrounds in the community. With easy access to walking trails and open spaces, all of these green spaces provide residents with places to play.

Contact: Bruce Clapham
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It’s Fishing Season Year-Round in the Comox Valley

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

Living at The Ridge in Courtenay on Vancouver Island means you have world-class fishing at your doorstep year round, in the ocean, lakes and rivers.

The Tyee Marine highlights plenty of great fishing spots in the Comox Valley in their latest newsletter.

The winter currents bring in many feeder Chinook. Follow the bait balls between Bates Beach and Grants Reef and you’re sure to hook into these lively Chinook while trolling. Salmon can also be jigged around the edges of a bait ball.

Anglers looking for catch and release can find resident Rainbow and Cutthroat trout in the Puntledge River. If you’re lucky you may even tempt the occasional steelhead.

You’ll have to work hard for your fish but Wolf Lake has been known to yield some monster trout when the colder weather sets in. There’s also a chance of hooking into a Kokanee. And Comox Lake is easily one of the most scenic places to fish. Come to Comox Valley and see for yourself, you will love it, hook, line and sinker!

So many choices just minutes from your new custom home at The Ridge! Learn more:

Contact: Bruce Clapham
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Vancouver Island Offers Affordable Real Estate Choices in Desirable Communities

Posted on Mar 17, 2017

Comox Valley real estate is booming, as people flock to this Vancouver Island community for its affordability, climate, and access to the outdoors.

No where is this more evident than at the new real estate development The Ridge in Courtenay. With 20 custom homes currently under construction for excited new residents, Phase I is nearing completion. Phase II lots are now being developed and 75% of these new home lots in Phase II are already reserved by The Ridge’s preferred builders, Lawmar Contracting and Brando Construction.

The Comox Valley is a major business centre for North Vancouver Island, and sits in an enviable location, surrounded by ocean, forests, farm land and mountains, which offer plenty of places to play and explore, year round.

To learn more about building your new home at The Ridge in Courtenay, contact the developer directly:

Bruce Clapham
Mobile: 250.650.8588

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