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Country Canada
State/Province British Columbia
City Victoria
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Exchange period Long Term (more than 3 weeks) 
Listing id# 2712
  We are Bill and Paula, retired graduate engineer (P.Eng, C.Eng) and Graduate Canadian nurse (R.N.) respectively, are in our late 60's, and successfully undertook a house swap in Scotland several years ago and also more recently in Ottawa; we are also non- smokers.

We are interested in a house swap in Israel for a 3 to 4 week period sometime in 2011. Our plans include a 17 day overland trip from Egypt to Jordan, ending up in Israel. It will therefore be possible for potential house swappers to stay in our home for approx. 2 weeks prior to our arrival in Israel.

If you are not familiar with Victoria, it is the Capital of British Columbia located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, and is considered to have the best climate in all of Canada. It has a large retirement community because of its mild climate, and is also a very popular tourist destination. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, and its early blossoming flowers. (Daffodils in January!!!) You may want to check out the following web sites www.victoria.worldweb.com www.bctravel.com www.beautifulbc.net www.bcferrys.com www.victoriaclipper.com www.victoriagolf.com and www.oakbay.org

Our home is a 3 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bathrooms, 1913 character home, fully restored and with every possible modern amenity; TV's, sterio, micro wave, dishwasher, stove, fridge, washer/dryer, gas BBQ etc. and includes unlimited high speed wireless internet access. It is located in South Oak Bay (considered the most desirable area in Victoria) a 5 minute walk to the ocean, the Marina, the pub, and the Victoria Golf Club. The latter is a private club, which does allow green fee players by appointment, and although not a true links course, it is often referred to as the "Pebble Beach" of Canada.; incidently, for the "golfers" it is the oldest course in Canada i.e. located on its original site since 1893, and one of the oldest clubs in North America. The village of Oak Bay, with coffee shops, wine and liquor stores, book stores, pub, banks, bakery, delis, grocery store and more, is a 5 minute drive away, while downtown Victoria is a 10 minute drive. We are capable and more than willing to care for any pets. (Paula has 2 indoor cats, but alternative arrangements can be made for them, if that presented a problem)

The accommodation comes complete with daily newspaper delivery,a gardener can be arranged, and the use of a 2010 Lexus RX 350 automatic.

The nearest Major city is Vancouver on the mainland, a 30 km. trip to the ferry terminal (Swartz Bay), 1 hr. 35 minutes on the water (27 km.) and then another approx. 45 minutes to downtown Vancouver; (Whistler/Vancouver is the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) By air takes about 15 minutes, and there are several airlines offering a multidude of schedules.

We look forward to hearing from interested "swappers" in the very near future; we can send you much more detailed information, including more photographs of our home and the surrounding area, via the internet.

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