Suburban Sanctuary - Vancouver Island home swap
My home is situated in a quiet suburban neighbourhood, in a small garden-level townhouse complex. Everyone who has stayed here has remarked on it feeling like a sanctuary. It`s very peaceful and quiet. I have large beautiful private garden, which is on a watering system, so no care is needed. I would require you to care for indoor plants, though I can hire someone to come in if you decide to go off touring. I am an artist and musician, so there are a number of creative amenities here for you to enjoy!
About the location
Victoria is the small capital city of the province of British Columbia, and lies on the southern-most tip of Vancouver Island, on the far west coast of Canada. The weather is the mildest year-round in Canada. Although we still have winter here, it`s not unusual to see flowers blooming. If it`s winter sports you`re after, Mount Washington is a day-trip from here, and I am told the skiing is excellent. Whistler Mountain, on the mainland, is only a day away as well.
There is much natural beauty in here, with abundant opportunities for activities such as hiking, kayaking, whale-watching, fishing, sailing, swimming, rock-climbing, ziplining, etc.
Victoria is said to be "more British than Britain", which is not true, but there are many expats here. We have a thriving cultural scene, with music of all types, lots of galleries, museums, cafes and restaurants, but if you crave the Big City, either Vancouver or Seattle are a short ferry ride away.
The townhouse is an easy 15 minute walk to shopping centres, and only a 30-45 minute hike through the forest to the top of nearby Mount Douglas. From home, you can hike to the top in 30 minutes, or take a more leisurely stoll around the park for hours. The University of Victoria is a five minute drive. Our historic downtown and Fishermans Wharf are only fifteen minutes away by car, or about half an hour on public transportation.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Long term exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- No small children