COMMUNITY - Lifestyle

Wake up to the sound of eagles calling and sip that first cup of java while watching the sun break over the horizon. As light spills onto Baynes Sound and the Strait of Georgia, Denman, Hornby and Sandy islands become visible. In the distance the shadowy shapes of the British Columbia’s Coast Mountains slowly gain definition.

Kensington Island Properties (KIP) is building on the valuable assets Union Bay already has – great sea and mountain views, a waterfront location and most importantly, a sense of community.

As part of Canada’s West Coast playground, the ways to spend a day, a weekend or even a lifetime in Union Bay are endless. You can troll for salmon, dive with six-gill sharks, giant octopus, wolf eels or simply sit on the beach and soak up the sun. Beachcombing or a leisurely swim or walk is good too.

Boating and kayaking are excellent ways to explore off-shore islands and quiet coves, perhaps catching a glimpse of seals, sea lions or orca whales along the way. For hardy souls, mountain biking, rock climbing and wilderness hiking are only minutes away. As is snowshoeing, snowboarding and downhill or cross-country skiing in the winter months. A multitude of nearby entertainment and dining options are a bonus, as is the close proximity of all Vancouver Island attractions.

Some would say life couldn’t get much better. But it can. When complete, the waterfront component of KIP will feature a world-class golf course with clubhouse, retail shops and a hotel and restaurant. Close to half the development will be green space, which includes the golf course, natural vegetation and parks and trails.

And KIP will be a community for all ages and incomes levels. Multiple housing options (see DIVERSITY) will fill the needs of everyone from seniors in need of assisted care to young families requiring schools and other amenities.

Since its industrial beginnings as a shipping port (see HISTORY), a strong sense of community has always been at the heart of Union Bay. It’s the kind of place where people know and care about their neighborhood; a place where a person can feel right at home.