Things to Do
Surfing on Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park (JF Bergeron photo)
The Vancouver Island region is best experienced out of doors. So much of it is protected, unspoiled wilderness that any visit here would be incomplete without an excursion to at least one park or nature reserve.
Wildlife flourishes in abundance, making bird watching, whale watching and salmon fishing extremely popular pursuits for visitors and locals alike. Birders can check hundreds of species off their lists. Whale watchers regularly sight Orcas, humpbacks, greys and minkes. Anglers fish for all five species of Pacific salmon.
There is almost any kind of outdoor fun in the region – golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, surfing, swimming and picnicking – and plenty to do indoors as well. Visit museums and heritage sites, enjoy live theatre, browse art galleries, tour vineyards or be pampered in luxury spas.