As AviaWest owners (week & points) would recommend that you stay away from AviaWest. The developers have a hammer lock on the properties and British Columbia "strata" corporation law gives them absolute veto power over those who pay for the right to visit what the Pearson family still view as their property.
Okay, now I'm curious to know more...
We traded into Pacific Shores Nature Resort (an AviaWest resort) one summer, probably 12 years ago and it was an amazing and highly regarded property. The developer/owner was ever present at the many activities scheduled throughout the week -- nature walk picking wild berries, BBQ & potluck dinner down at the beach.. there was a really nice energy to the place. We met lots of interesting people from all over the world there (Australia, Europe, many different parts of Canada). It was a really wonderful vacation.
Then, we traded back in to Pacific Shores more recently, maybe 4 years ago, and even though it was summer the place was dead. There were no planned activities, many more units had been added... and for some reason unknown to us... the magic was gone. Just another timeshare condo with a kitchen. I walked on the old trail on my own trying to find the berries, but without success. Oh well, the new kayaks were a nice touch. That trip we spent more time traveling to Victoria to see the Orcas, Duncan to view the totems, and other interesting diversions on Vancouver Island.
Do tell.... what went wrong??
--- Rene McDaniel