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Orca, Vancouver Island
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Vancouver Island

Parks & Wildlife

Sunrise over the bluffs at Goose Spit Park near Comox (Sunrise over the bluffs at Goose Spit Park near Comox (Picture BC photo)

Sunrise over the bluffs at Goose Spit Park near Comox (Sunrise over the bluffs at Goose Spit Park near Comox (Picture BC photo)

Mountains, forest and above all, water, define the Vancouver Island landscape. It is, in a way, a land of giants: immense and ancient trees, snow-capped mountains and vast sweeps of ocean.

Join a whale-watching tour for the chance to see Orcas and Pacific grey whales, or head to the west coast in winter for dramatic storm watching.

Wildlife tours and bird-watching tours offer the chance to see some of the hundreds of species of birds, marine life, and mammals that live here year-round or stop here on annual migration routes.

Camping is a great way to explore the region's numerous parks, and anglers should head to Campbell River – the "Salmon Capital of the World." Try island hopping around the Gulf Islands, stop in at colourful gardens, and enjoy scenic driving routes.

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