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.
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 Cortes Islands
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Three days of beachcombing, hiking, wine tasting, and island hopping in the Comox Valley.
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A backcountry hiking trip in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island to Mount Albert Edward, camping overnight at Circlet Lake.