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Vancouver Island

Attractions

A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)

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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Fisherman's Wharf - Victoria

12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 4X5
Toll-free800-883-7079
Phone250-383-8326

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!

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Paradise Fun Park - Parksville

375 W Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 1A1
Toll-free866-325-1874
Phone250-248-6612

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`

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre - Sidney

9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 4X3
Toll-free
Phone250-665-7511

Sidney's waterfront aquarium is home to over 3,500 marine animals from the unique local habitats of the Salish Sea. Come face-to-face with octopus and jellies; tickle a sea cucumber or shake hands with a sea star. Open daily from 10 a.m. Visit our website for special programs and activities and to learn more. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney. Only minutes from the Victoria International Airport, Washington State ferry terminal (Anacortes/San Juan Islands) & the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, gateway to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver.

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Victoria Bug Zoo Inc. - Victoria

631 Courtney St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1B8
Toll-free
Phone250-384-2847

Welcome to the amazing world of insects, arachnids, and their many-legged relatives. A visit to this must see mini-zoo provides visitors with an opportunity to view and experience bugs from around the world. Discover over 40 species including beautiful praying mantis, giant walkingsticks, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, and Canada's largest ant farm. Knowledgeable tour guides provide insight into the lives of these amazing animals and a safe, fun bug handling experience for the more bold. Don't forget your camera. The gift shop carries unique gifts for the whole family. From local art, educational books, toy bugs, space-age ant farms, to edible bug snacks! While in Victoria, make sure you don't miss the Bug Zoo.

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WildPlay Nanaimo - Nanaimo

35 Nanaimo River Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9X 1S5
Toll-free
Phone855-595-2251

Unleash one of the most primal fun & games in Nanaimo, where adults, teens, and kids are enjoying active nature-based recreation on the:

Monkido® Aerial Adventure - Climb, zip, jump, and swing across dozens of tree-top obstacles and games. Six to sixty feet above ground you'll find the coolest "monkey-see, monki-do" activity.

Dragonfly Zipline - Two swift and scenic guided flights span the Park and soar through the Nanaimo River canyon.

Primal Swing - A speeding, screaming 140-foot swoop from the trestle-bridge and through the Nanaimo River canyon! The pendulum ride of a lifetime.

Bungee Jump- Leap from the trestle-bridge, 150-feet above the Nanaimo River to earn bragging rites - like over 255,000 people who've taken the plunge!

Walk-ins welcome during regular check-ins.

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WildPlay West Shore Victoria - Victoria

1767 Island Hwy
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 1J1
Toll-free
Phone855-595-2251

One of the most primal fun & games on South Vancouver Island.

In Victoria, adults, teens, and kids are unleashing the coolest, active tree-top recreation. Dozens of obstacles - including high ropes, wobbly bridges, rope swings, monkey bars, and zip lines - are suspended six to sixty feet above ground in the Monkido® Aerial Adventure.

Try WildPlay's new freakishly-fun 40-foot What's To Fear Jump, a total leap of faith (and freedom).

WildPlay West Shore Victoria is just minutes from home (or hotel).

Walk-ins welcome during regular check-ins.

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Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours - Victoria

5128C Sooke Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9Z 0E2
Toll-free866-947-9145
Phone250-642-1933

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.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

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 ingredients & 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.

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Great Bear Nature Tours - Port Hardy

Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
V0N 2P0
Toll-free888-221-8212
Phone250-949-9496

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and 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, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.

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Horne Lake Caves & Adventure Camp - Qualicum Beach

3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 2L7
Toll-free888-801-WILD (9453)
Phone250-248-7829

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!

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