British Columbia

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From picturesque beaches to old-growth forests, serene lakes to flower-filled streets, Vancouver Island’s mild climate and stunning natural beauty make outdoor life a draw all year round. Here, we spotlight five ways to bring your outdoor living spaces to the next level, whether summer, winter, rain or shine. 

Make it A Four-Season Retreat - Depending on the season, bring the shade or bring the heat. Covered terraces with heaters mean you can enjoy time outdoors through the rainy, chilly months. Come summer, perfectly placed umbrellas or shade structures can offer reprieve from the sun. At 574 Island Road in Oak Bay, Victoria, the ocean-view, six-bedroom residence, represented by Jason Binab and Sarah Binab, boasts outdoor heating and a large fireplace to

Vancouver Island is renowned for its active, adventurous and wellness-focused lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to win the next race, explore the outdoors or simply stay in shape, below are our recommendations of great places to get fit in Victoria and Nanaimo. 

BDHQ BOOTCAMP - Take your workout outdoors with this heart-pumping, full-body conditioning program held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45pm and Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:15am at various parks and beaches throughout the city. Victoria’s very first outdoor workout program, BDHQ BOOTCAMP offers beach runs, plyometrics, stairs, interval training and core work, with modifications to accommodate everyone, from the beginner to the pro. 

SPINCO - The indoor cycling studio offers classes

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island.

CELEBRATE CANADA DAY HERE - Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Legislature Lawns are the place to be for Canada’s July 1st festivities, featuring the B.C. capital city’s impressive line-up of local performers, family-friendly activities and multi-cultural events, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over the Inner Harbour. The Coast Capital Living Flag is among the day’s events, with 2,300 free red and white t-shirts available. Last year’s event featured 3,600 participants and earned the title “Largest Living Flag” in the country. The Family Zone has been expanded and will now include face-painting, a bouncy castle and features by The Bateman Foundation Gallery

- Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley boasts a Mediterranean-like microclimate that’s more than ideal for winemakers. Named Cowichan, meaning warm island, by the First Nations Salish, the lush green region, with mild, year-round temperatures, is the warmest in Canada and home to the picturesque Unsworth Vineyards. Boasting 12 acres of grape varieties, Unsworth’s award-winning Ovation, as well as its Allegro and Symphony blends are the result of the family-owned winery’s traditional, artisanal winemaking philosophy. Take the beautiful country road through the rolling hills of Cowichan Valley to visit Unsworth’s tasting room or to dine in the Unsworth Restaurant, which captures beautiful vineyard views and celebrates “all things Vancouver Island.”

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month on Vancouver Island.

PINKIES UP HERE - What began as a one-time event in 1963 is now one of Victoria’s most cherished annual events. The Oak Bay Tea Party, which takes place Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd at Willows Beach, features a host of family-friendly events from Saturday’s lively Tea Party Parade, which winds through the streets of Oak Bay, to Sunday’s Air Show, featuring skydivers and Canadian Forces Aircraft. The weekend’s festivities also include a Bathtub Race, the Baron of Beef beach BBQ and the Castle Kids Corral, with all events helping raise funds for local organizations and community projects. 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKIES HERE - June brings the start of the

Each year, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes 500 of the most influential people in the city; out of 10 million people, we’re proud to announce that Mauricio Umansky, The Agency’s Founder and CEO, and Santiago Arana, Managing Partner, were recognized among the publication’s exclusive LA500.

We’re also pleased to share that our Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Shane Farkas, was named a finalist in the Rising Star category of the publication’s esteemed CTO awards. As part of The Agency’s founding team, Shane has played an instrumental role in developing our operational systems and processes, spearheading the development of industry-leading proprietary software platforms for our residential and New Development divisions.


2 DE WITT DRIVE - Ever wondered what it would be like to live inside the Sistine Chapel? You can get pretty close with this Renaissance-style mansion in the desirable enclave of Ross, California, just outside San Francisco. Situated on two acres of romantic grounds, the opulent home is complete with 8,660 square feet of hand-painted murals, columns and carved marble figures that Robb Report boasts would impress Michelangelo himself. Represented by Rachel Swann and Kayla Grae, the sprawling estate also features multiple fine living areas, expansive verandas, a resort-like pool, tennis courts and old-world gardens.

ONE&ONLY MANDARINA PRIVATE HOMES - Talk about getting in the zone. As long-time admirers of the One&Only experience, San Francisco Giants

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Agents from all corners of the globe made their way north of the border to celebrate The Agency’s recent expansion into British Columbia, Canada. Among them was The Agency’s Co-Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky, who joined the Canadian team to mark the official opening of its two Vancouver Island offices in Victoria and Nanaimo.

“It was such a thrill to welcome our fellow agents and members of The Agency family from around the globe to Vancouver Island and provide a glimpse of B.C.’s stunning natural beauty and incredible real estate,” says Brian Danyliw, who spearheads the two offices along with fellow B.C. native and industry veteran Jason Binab.    

“The excitement and support we feel from the global team is exactly what

From landmark jazz clubs to world-class concert venues, Vancouver Island is home to some of British Columbia’s premier live music destinations. Here’s a look at some of The Agency’s favourites.

THE DUKE SALOON - A country bar might seem out of place in Victoria, but according to The Duke Saloon, the venue’s country-themed night was so popular, they had no choice but to transform the space into a honky tonk full-time—or at least on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, when the saloon is open to the public. Known as Victoria’s premier country music venue, the historic brick building plays host to rising country acts on its Jim Beam stage, accompanied by an impressive selection of craft beer, signature cocktails and bourbon, of course.



Every home has a story, but it takes vision and creativity to bring it to life. That sentiment certainly isn’t lost on our award-winning public relations division, which was just recognized by the prestigious Hermes Creative Awards for the third consecutive year.

Working in partnership with more than 550 agents across offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, our stellar team leverages relationships with the world’s premier print, broadcast and online media outlets, securing regular coverage in The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and more. The international competition, administered and judged by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, honors the accomplishments of the world’s leaders in marketing