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Youbou Real Estate

Youbou sits on the northern shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in British Columbia, Cowichan Lake. This body of water is about 30 kilometers long, so properties for sale in this area are quite sizable. The lakeside community of Youbou started as a mill town, but is now mostly made up of stunning luxury and waterfront homes, for cottage, cabin, and craftsman style living at its finest! Since there is high demand for homes in this area, there are often very few active listings. Be sure to reach out to Carly Carey right away to see if there are any unlisted or upcoming options to explore or click here to learn more about Youbou real estate.

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Youbou Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $927K
Lowest Price $350K
Highest Price $2.9M
Total Youbou Listings 20
Avg. Days On Market 43
Avg. Price/SQFT $681

Property Types (active listings)

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The Lake Is Calling

Youbou Real Estate Highlights

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    Phenomenal forest and lake views
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    Small-town living in the heart of nature
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    Shops and restaurants just a short drive away
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    Year-round outdoor activities to enjoy
Life In YoubouYoubou is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy nature, as it offers spectacular sights and sounds all year round.
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Lakefront Community Life

Youbou Real Estate

Located only 15 minutes away from the beautiful town of Lake Cowichan is the lakefront community of Youbou. With a population of about 1,400, this is the second-largest community on Cowichan Lake.

Homes in Youbou are built in Cottage, Cabin, and Craftsman styles. Many of the properties keep the natural features of the area, and incorporate large, mature trees into the landscaping surrounding the home. Houses can be quite large, on sizable lots, with the most desirable waterfront homes having their own private dock on Cowichan Lake. There are also a selection of luxury homes in Youbou, which come with modern upgrades and are built in unique, contemporary styles.

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Escape From It All

Getting Around Youbou

The community of Youbou is tucked into the beautiful, mountainous landscape of British Columbia. The next biggest town is Lake Cowichan, and the nearest city is Duncan. 

Youbou connects to Duncan, located on the east side of Vancouver Island, via Highway 18. This 42-kilometer road merges into Youbou Road in the area of Lake Cowichan, and continues on into the community of Youbou. Should you wish to venture out further for more shops, restaurants, and attractions, the city of Nanaimo is roughly an hour away (taking the Trans-Canada Highway), while Victoria is about an hour and a half away in the opposite direction. 

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Top Youbou Highlights & Attractions

Known for its stunning natural beauty and warm, inviting atmosphere, Youbou is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced city life and reconnect with nature. This community is desired because of its lovely location right on Cowichan Lake and the dense forest that surrounds it. Therefore, outdoor activities, such as hiking and boating, are very popular with both residents and visitors alike. 

This area is home to Arbutus Park, which has a public beach and offers many outdoor activities to enjoy, such as swimming and picnicking. This is a wonderful park to hang out with the family, have a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful weather. Price Park, another popular area, is great to stroll by the water and take in the beautiful views. Many Youbou residents have their own boat, so spending an afternoon on the water is also a favourite pastime! Those a little bit more adventurous can venture out and explore some of the forest trails, such as Christopher Rock and Lomas Lake, or experience some of the many campgrounds and sites around Cowichan Lake. 

From Youbou, you can easily take a day trip to many of Vancouver Island's most beautiful communities, including Victoria, Nanaimo, and more!

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Youbou Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is Youbou located?

A: Youbou is located in central south Vancouver Island, directly on the northern shore of Cowichan Lake. It is a 15-minute drive to the town of Lake Cowichan, and a 30-minute drive to the city of Duncan.

Q: How did Youbou get its name?

A: Originally named “Cottonwood” for the area’s sawmill, “Youbou” combines the names of the mill’s first general manager (Mr. Yount) and president (Mr. Bouton).

Q: What’s the weather like in Youbou?

A: Youbou has a temperate climate, with cool summers and mild winters. The summer months are great for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, and more, as temperatures never reach sweltering conditions. In the cooler months, the temperatures rarely drop below 0°C.

Q: Is Youbou a good place to live?

A: For those who are tired of the city and long for peaceful living and stunning landscapes, Youbou is a fantastic option. Nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of great activities to do all year round.

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Interested In Youbou Real Estate?

Let's Find You A Luxury or Waterfront Home

If you would like to discuss Youbou luxury or waterfront homes, or properties anywhere on Cowichan Lake, please reach out. I love talking about the Vancouver Island real estate market and I can’t wait to get started on the search for your next home. As a Youbou homeowner myself, I'm passionate about the current property trends, so I often have insider tips on the market that can aid in your home search.