Bowser/Deep Bay Houses for Sale
Search all Bowser/Deep Bay Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. The Bowser and Deep Bay communities are home to a stretch of nearly 100 kilometers of beautiful calm beaches.
The area is rural and community-driven, perfect for those looking for a vacation property, a place to retire, or for a change of pace and an opportunity to connect with some of Vancouver Island’s unbeatable scenery and outdoor opportunities. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Bowser/Deep Bay properties come on the market.
Real Estate in Bowser/Deep Bay
In Bowser, you’ll find large oceanfront properties that can span multiple acres—offering some of the most affordable oceanfront property on Vancouver Island. The views of Denman and Hornby Islands, the Salish Sea, the mountains of the mainland, and more give properties in Bowser illustrious charm, particularly at sunrise and sunset. There are options in Bowser for real estate investors looking for large, waterfront homes, whether to serve as a primary residence, a vacation property, or income-producing rental properties.
The interest in real estate in Vancouver Island’s small communities has been on the rise recently, as real estate investors search for more affordable alternatives to the main areas of the Lower Mainland and Victoria. In recent years, the cost of homes in Bowser and Deep Bay has increased, but you’ll still find large, relatively affordable family homes on good-sized lots. Homes built in the 1980s and 1990s in Bowser often feature as many as four or five bedrooms, on lot sizes of a half-acre or more, making them excellent options for raising a family away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The most exciting opportunities in Bowser may come in the form of undeveloped lots. In the Salish Estates neighbourhood, you’ll find lots that are ready to be built upon, totally level, and hooked up to Bowser’s services. Given that these properties often have beach access and are located directly on the ocean, there may be no better place to build your dream home. The generous size of these lots means you’ll have options in terms of additional structures, whether in the form of workshops and guesthouses or income-producing rental properties if zoning legislation allows. Those involved in fishing—whether commercially or recreationally—will find the undeveloped lots in Deep Bay offer ambitious investors the ability to build a home with ideal access to the ocean.
About Bowser/Deep Bay, BC
Located along the east coast of Vancouver Island—along the scenic Old Island Highway route—you’ll find the small communities of Bowser and Deep Bay. These oceanside neighbourhoods are known for their excellent fishing and clam and shellfish digging. Bowser and Deep Bay can be found within the region known as Lighthouse Country, across the Strait of Georgia from Hornby and Denman Islands.
Bowser and Deep Bay are located within the Nanaimo Regional District, under an hour from Nanaimo—Vancouver Island’s second-biggest population area—by car. To the north, it’s around half an hour to the city of Courtenay and all of the amenities the beautiful Comox Valley has to offer.
Bowser is a charming, unique community that attracted attention nearly a century ago for having a bartender dog at the Bowser Hotel that served clients and took their payment—even bringing change. Today, it’s a great jumping-off point for a range of outdoor excursions, including cave exploration, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, and much more. Deep Bay—a laid-back resort community—is home to excellent Chinook and Coho salmon fishing. These rural Vancouver Island communities are certainly off the beaten path, offering one-of-a-kind opportunities to live peacefully along the ocean.
Things to Do in Bowser/Deep Bay
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
One of the top spots for outdoor recreation in Bowser and Deep Bay is Rosewall Creek Provincial Park. The park has a well-maintained trail system that winds through Douglas fir, Grand cedar, Grand fir, and Maple trees. The park is particularly scenic in the fall months when the changing colours of the Maple leaves seem to make the landscape come alight. The nearly six-kilometer trail leads to a beautiful waterfall, and there are plenty of little swimming spots along the river.
Heading west towards the centre of Vancouver Island will take you to one of Vancouver Island’s most unique attractions—Horne Lake Caves Park, which offers several guided cave tours for every skill level. The guide’s knowledge enhances your appreciation of the interesting formations and structures. The Riverbend tour is recommended for young children and inexperienced cave explorers, as it’s relatively short and unchallenging. There are multi-cave tours that involve more challenging climbing and navigating for those looking for more adventure. The dirt road to the caves is known to be bumpy, so make sure your car is in good shape before making your way to the Horne Lake Caves.
Dine at a Local Restaurant
The Lighthouse Country area is known for its quaint eating and drinking establishments. In Bowser, you’ll find the Ship & Shore Restaurant, which some consider to have the best fish and chips anywhere on Vancouver Island. Beyond fish and chips, you’ll find a varied menu that includes plenty of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, tacos, as well as fresh local shellfish straight off the beach. Best of all, their large patio offers delightful views of the serene Deep Bay Harbour, making it an ideal spot to unwind and catch up with friends at the end of the day. Other popular nearby dining options include the Crown & Anchor Roadhouse Pub and the historic Fanny Bay Inn.