Bounded by ocean and filled with a complex network of lakes, rivers and streams, the Vancouver Island region seems purpose-built for enjoying a day on or near the water.
There are many sandy beaches perfect for soaking up the sun, combing for driftwood or building sand castles. Calm, clean waters are great for swimming, fishing and kayaking.
Then there's the scenery. Depending on where you go, it can consist of mountain ranges, old-growth forests, marshlands, waterfalls, spectacular rock formations and fast-flowing rivers that are perfect for river rafting.
Take a sailing course in the Gulf Islands, go diving at the Broken Group Islands, or simply enjoy the waterfront attractions of Victoria on a dinner cruise.