Gabriola’s 18th Thanksgiving Studio Tour

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Thanksgiving Weekend was bustling on Gabriola with the 18th Annual Artist’s Studio Tour organized by the Gabriola Arts Council. This is one of my favourite events happening on Gabriola. I have a passion for sewing, which I some how manage to fit in outside of my real estate life and I partnered up with my… Read more »

Tips for Staging Your Home

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1. Depersonalize. A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all family photos and, if necessary, paint brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade. 2. Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt… Read more »

Conservation Act

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BC Heritage Conservation Act What’s it all about? In 1960, the province responded to public concern over the loss of precious and non-renewable archaeological resources by passing the Archaeological and Historic Sites Protection Act (AHSPA). That legislation provided automatic protection for archaeological sites on Crown land and, where designated, protection for such sites on private… Read more »

Non Resident Tax Status

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Non-Resident Tax Status NOTE:This information is provided by We have no personal knowledge of this firm, but thought this a concise explanation. See the Canadian Customs and Revenue Site for reliable information. Non-Resident of Canada The question of what a non-resident purchaser of real property in Canada needs to know about tax implications continues… Read more »

Water & Sewage

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Gabriola Water & Sewage Info Gabriola Island properties are responsible for their own effluent treatment and their own water supply. We have no community sewer system: once you have a structure with a water system on your property you are required to have septic system. A septic system usually consists of a septic tank and drainage field. Occasionally… Read more »