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The Cost of Privacy

Chad Skelton, The Vancouver Sun, October 6, 2001

Growing up, Marian Churchill loved to listen to her parents tell her stories about “the family’s islands.” The idea that a poor family in Nanaimo owned its very own islands — two, no less — added a touch of magic to the life of a young girl in the 1950s. “I wondered why we weren’t King and Queen, because we owned an island,”

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Fantasy Islands

Talk Magazine, August 2001

It may be some distance from Walden Pond, but KASSAN ISLAND, on Stuart Lake in central British columbia, would have suited Thoreau to a T. The 0.3 acre rock formation even boasts the requisite one-room cabin nestled amid 30-foot pines. And it’s a safe 10 miles from Fort Saint James (population 2,000), which has all the basic small-town amenities – plus a sailing club. Available from NIHO Land &

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Whistler is Next Stop for Whistle Poke Railway

Steve Berry, The Vancouver Province, June 20, 2001

Doug Blamey is president of the Whistle Punk Railway. It’s a railway built on little more than a dream – there’s no track, no rolling stock, no rights of way.

But what a dream.

The Maple Ridge man is proposing to build a rail line from Pitt Meadows to Whistler. And he’s advancing one small step at a time.

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Imagine Yourself on an Island?

Mark Lamey, The Montreal Gazette, May 11, 2001

William Blomstrom, a Toronto ad man, is the brains behind, a Web site that markets island real-estate all over the world. Are you looking for an Italian idyll or a Greek getaway? Then this is the place to start.

His site features 162 island retreats in places as exotic as Oceania or as homey as Georgian Bay. He even has two Quebec properties listed.

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Focus of Country Living Show on Recreational Homes

Susan Balcom, The Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2000

Buying recreational land used to be something people did in their retirement. Couples dreamed of quitting their jobs, selling their homes, and escaping to a simpler life in the country. But the dreams waited until the magic age of 65. Now, thanks to more flexible work schedules and telecommuting, 20-year-olds are shopping for property in the country, both as an investment, and to enjoy now on weekend get-aways.

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Proximity to Vancouver Dictates the Price of Property

Real Estate Weekly, June 22 – 28,  1999

Rudy Nielsen is the guy people call when they want to sell a town, or to unload a few hundred acres in the Cariboo in a hurry. He’s also the guy wannabe weekend cowboys call when they’re looking for a few acres to pasture their Landrovers.

“The sawmills and the bankruptcy guys know me as someone who will put in a low offer but who can close in seven days.

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Recreational Properties Can Be Fun Investments

Business in Vancouver, May 12-18, 1998

On Wawn Lake four years ago, Jim Brown-John finally found the property he wanted. He had scoped out and walked away from at least 20 potential deals before deciding on this one. But now he was sure. This was the right chunk of land- at the right price. All he had to do was convince his wife, Heather Brown-John. Certainly, she had good reason to be cautious.

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How, Why to Recreational Land

Real Estate Weekly, August 28, 1998

We have asked Rudy Nielsen, of Niho Land and Cattle Company, the largest owner of recreational land in British Columbia, to report on why and how investors should consider rural acreage. This is Nielsen’s report:

In 1982 our family changed its focus from small town, commercial investments to recreational land, where there is less risk and a better return.

Sales of all unimproved rural properties in BC rose dramatically from 1989 to 1995.

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Easy Places – Uh, That’s Easy to Afford, Not Easy to Get To

Vancouver Magazine, May / June 1997

Whistler – we all know what happened there. The Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast? Lovely, and priced accordingly. The Okanagan and the Shuswap – in just five years, between 1988 and 1993, average selling prices more than doubled. Vancouver’s traditional cottage country is no longer a place to get away from it all, if by “it” you mean high prices, big crowds and all that time spent waiting in ferry lineups or otherwise getting around.

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Dirt Cheap: Buy Your Remote Piece of Canada

Globe & Mail, May 4, 1996

For years, Sandra and Ken Prentice dreamed of homesteading in Northern Ontario. Last May, their dream came true when they moved on to 80 acres of land near Cochrane, Ont., that cost them just $19,900

“We always wanted a back-to-basics lifestyle where we could do some farming and raise a few animals,” Ms. Prentice says. “Now we have our place in the sun- and it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.”

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