About me


Although I was born in Montreal, my parents moved to Victoria in 1961 when I was a toddler (notice how I didn't give up my exact age? Sort of like the Oil of Olay commercial - you have to guess). We rented a house with the easiest address in the world - 1234 Beach Drive. In 1965 my folks bought a patch of earth on the top of Mt. Tolmie and built a house where they still live today. I started off at Uplands Elementary and then in Grade 7 I moved onto St Michaels. I had a great 6 years at that school with some of those teachers being more influential than those I encountered at University. I graduated from McGill University with a BA in Economics. I immediately applied my degree to the art of bagel making. In 1982 I teamed up with a friend and started Benny's Bagels in Market Square. What began as a 2 year endeavour ended up consuming our lives and over the next ten years we expanded the business to include Vancouver.

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I pride myself in taking great care of my clients, making sure they understand and are confident in the buying or selling process. I enjoy the challenge of catering to each clients specific needs with their real estate decisions. Read below for some comments from just a few of my recent clients.

Colin is truly amazing. He is a true professional, knowledgable and listens to what his clients are looking for and searches tirelessly to help them find the right home not just any home. He is very responsive and his schedule is very accomodating. He has been so helpful...

Geri Syroteuk and Daniel Mazerolle

We would recommend Colin withourt hesitation. In fact, we have. Colin made our stressful selling situation painless. He had our backs all the way; he advocated for us and was realistic. He was always able to answer questions promptly. He has a great sense...

Shelley and Kelly

Colin helped us relocate to Victoria 12 years ago, and was incredibly professional and supportive during the complex and very stressful process. Because of our satisfaction with his services, we recently engaged him in the process of selling our home...

Irene Ives and Murk Toorenburgh

I chose Collin as my realtor after having consulted him as a Rental Agent. It was about a year after he put me into an apartment that I contacted him with the intent to buy. I was impressed that he remembered me and my likes and dislikes from our previous...

A. Hall

Real estate shopping can be very stressful, however having Colin Gareau as our agent helped make the process a lot more enjoyable. He was always professional, cheerful, informed, and willing to go to great lengths to do the legwork and research whenever necessary...

Judith Rosewilde & Ian Rogers


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