A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)
On Vancouver Island, there are parks and viewpoints, famous gardens and historic lighthouses, arbutus trees and rocky coastlines.
Gaze up at huge 800-year-old Douglas fir trees in Cathedral Grove or see Orcas and sea lions on whale-watching tour. The Pacific Ocean provides lots of opportunities for beachcombing, surfing, and winter storm watching.
Come face-to-fin with a wolf eel at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, or listen to guides share stories about the Cowichan First Nations at Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre near Duncan.
Be sure to taste local delights: the island's mild weather and fertile soil supports a huge variety of farms, wineries and cideries.
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12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!
375 W Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
We are one of Oceanside's Seven Wonders. Enjoy the gorgeous colours of more than 5,000 flowers, cascading waterfalls, fountains & finely crafted fantasy scenes. Features a full rigged pirate galleon, treasure cave, the old woman's shoe, watermill, lighthouse, Victorian mansion, village church & more! Our Amusement Centre features a variety of redemption & arcade games. Win & collect tickets to redeem for lots of exciting prizes. Also our ever popular Bumper Boats, you can choose from ten colourful Bumper Boats, each complete with water cannons. Newly added are the sideline water cannons for those spectators wanting to get even without riding in the Bumper Boats. Come & have fun, great for the entire family, relax & enjoy an ice cream cone or snack from Stellario's Cafe`
9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
Hands on, hands wet! Colourful aquarium habitats teem with marine life from the Salish Sea. Guests have the opportunity to shake hands with sea urchins & tickle sea stars in the touch pools. Hundreds of fish, invertebrates & marine plants recreate the ocean environment & give an underwater view that most people never experience. Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea.
The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in Sidney, a charming waterfront town minutes from the Victoria International Airport & BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay.
631 Courtenay St
Victoria, British Columbia
Welcome to the amazing world of insects & spiders. A visit to this must-see miniature zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view & experience multi-legged creatures from around the world in a safe, fun & friendly atmosphere. Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover over 40 fascinating species including Canada's largest ant farm. The knowledgeable "bug guides" will reveal the exotic secrets of this hidden kingdom & provide a safe animal handling experience for the more adventurous. Imagine holding a tickling 400 leg millipede that stretches the length of your forearm! It's an unforgettable, hands-on adventure. While in Victoria be sure to crawl, fly or wriggle your way to the Bug Zoo!
35 Nanaimo River Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Unleash Nanaimo's most primal fun & games! Adults, teens, and kids are starting new adventure stories along the Nanaimo River. The 17-acre Park is home to an array of scenery and four exciting Elements: the 46m Bungy Jump and the 140 km/h primal swing launch from the famous trestle-inspired bridge and dive toward the awesome Nanaimo River; the gentle guided Dragonfly zip line soar from high River Canyon edges; the inaugural Monkido® Aerial Adventure spiders through the lush Douglas fir forest, including dozens of games, obstacles, and zip lines that rise 2m to 18m above ground.
Rated "excellent" by TripAdvisor guests (2013).
Complete all four Elements in one day to earn bragging rights as an "Ultimate WildPlayer"! (Special rate)
1767 Island Hwy
Victoria, British Columbia
Get more than your average zip line on South Vancouver Island.
In Victoria BC, adults, teens, and kids are starting new adventure stories!
Rated "excellent" by TripAdvisor guests.
Book a MONKIDO® Aerial Adventure to explore dozens of tree-top obstacles, including high ropes, wobbly bridges, rope swings, monkey bars, and zip lines - suspended 2m to 18m above ground. WildPlay West Shore Victoria is just minutes from home (or hotel), the perfect location for adults, teens, and kids to find fun and exciting ways to reconnect with nature and conquer a challenge amid towering tree-tops and rocky terrain.
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5128C Sooke Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours take you on a fully-guided, two hour zipline tour through a diverse coastal temperate rainforest. The tour includes 8 scenic ziplines, 2 suspension bridges & an exhilarating ATV ride. Ziplines range from 40 to 305 m (130-1,000 ft) in length & up to 46 m (150 ft) high. Night zipping is available once a month. Experience our amazing zipline tour at the end of October via our Haunted Zip. Shuttle transportation to our Sooke location is available twice a day from Victoria Inner Harbour. Add some zip to your trip at this popular outdoor attraction. Reservations recommended.
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local products & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view & photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 10 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions & activities such as interpretive hikes & boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.
3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was voted the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC" by Attractions Canada. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from surface geology hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or go vertical on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down underground waterfalls!