Central Vancouver Island

Relax and renew, by the water

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Beach walks in Campbell River


Central Vancouver Island is a relaxed haven of sandy beaches with warm water, mountain-ringed valleys, agricultural fields, and relaxed coastal communities like Parksville and Courtenay/Comox.

Harbour city Nanaimo is the mainland ferry hub, while Campbell River boasts some of the planet’s best salmon fishing. Sport fishing, skiing, paddling, whale watching, golfing, and farmers markets are key attractions along this part of British Columbia’s coastline.

Central Vancouver Island

Highway 19 runs the length of Vancouver Island’s east coast and links many central island communities together, while BC Ferries provides scheduled service to many of the smaller islands of the Salish Sea, such as Denman, Hornby, Quadra, and Cortez Islands.

Mt. Washington in the Comox Valley | Boomer Jerritt
Cumberland | BC Ale Trail

Experience Providers on Central Vancouver Island

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49 North Helicopters


Campbell River

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Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre

Museums & Heritage Sites


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Legendary Tours

Sightseeing, Wineries & Wine Tours, Buses


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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Cowichan Bay

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Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre

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The Gardens on Anderton



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Ferry to Quadra Island | Destination Canada/Brian Caissie
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