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All that Gibsons has to offer

All that Gibsons has to offer

I can’t imagine a better place to own a business than on BC’s spectacular Sunshine Coast. Today I’m going to focus on Gibsons and attempt to explain to you why this is a great community in which to live, work, and invest.

Gibsons is the southernmost community on the Sunshine Coast and is home to roughly 4,600 people. It also services a large rural region comprised of an additional 13,000 residents.

Despite its modest size, Gibsons boasts big city amenities like fibre-optic high-speed internet, public transit, and has even played host to large film and television productions.

Gibsons is divided into two regions – Lower Gibsons and Upper Gibsons.

Lower Gibsons – or the Landing as it’s sometimes referred as – is on the water and is comprised of chic, trendy restaurants, galleries, and shops. This is also where you’ll find Gibsons’ harbour.

The harbour is home to commercial fishing boats from late fall to early spring. During the summer months, tourists and pleasure vessels flock to the area.

The Landing is the first stop many tourists make when they visit the Sunshine Coast and as such, commercial space is always in high demand.

Lower Gibsons is also where the town’s municipal office is located.

Upper Gibsons is the town’s commercial and industrial hub. Here you’ll find shopping complexes, national chain stores, and medical and emergency services. It’s home to the high school and elementary school.

There’s also a light industrial park that’s home to businesses like boat builders, auto repair, and equipment rental.

Whether you’re looking to own a stylish boutique, an automotive body shop, or anything in between, the community is eager to embrace and support your new venture. Gibsons has an active chamber of commerce that boasts 220 member businesses.

From a business perspective, investing in Gibsons makes a lot of sense. But when you factor in community and lifestyle, making Gibsons your home is an absolute no-brainer.

In 2009, the United Nations-endorsed LivCom award was presented to Gibsons for being the world’s best town. In 2005, Gibsons pure, unchlorinated water was named the best in
the world.

You’re minutes away from world-class hiking, scuba diving, mountain biking, and almost any other outdoor activity you can think of.

Gibsons has a low crime rate; warm, sunny summers; and some of the mildest winters in Canada. Despite all that, Gibsons’ housing prices are still relative bargains, especially when compared to the Lower Mainland.

It has taken me several years to become established enough in my real estate practice to the point where I don’t have to commute any more. Prior to this I commuted to the city for 11 years and I got used to the routine and didn’t find it that bad. I took solace in the fact that tourists flocked to spend their vacation where I lived.

It was only after I stopped commuting and decompressed for a few months, that I realized what I had been missing.

Starting or buying a business on the Sunshine Coast and eliminating the commute will make a huge difference in your quality of life. If you have the means and the opportunity presents itself, it is definitely something you should consider!

Tony Browton’s blog can be found at http://www.truebluerealty.ca/blog

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