4. Gibsons, B.C. (Courtesy Tourism British Columbia)

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Okay, nobody will ever say that B.C. property is cheap, particularly when it's only a short ferry ride to the mainland. But the seaside town of Gibsons on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast offers an idyllic retreat for seafaring types who want to escape big city life while staying a stone's throw away from the big city. The weather is mild year-round, the restaurants are up to big city standards and there is little crime. It's also quite affordable if you're a retiree who's willing to move to one of the nearby islands. A three-bedroom house on nearby Texada Island was recently listed for $129,000. A four-bedroom house on half-an-acre of land in Gibsons recently sold for $473,000.

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