Vancouver Island

Wander amidst rugged beaches and remote coastal communities

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Home to British Columbia’s historic capital, ancient rainforests, and carefree surf towns, this sprawling island is dotted with eclectic communities begging to be explored.

The Island stretches for 460 kilometres, from the ornate colonial capital of Victoria in the south to Cape Scott’s windswept beaches and rocky headlands at its northern tip. Along with the Gulf Islands, this rugged paradise combines old-growth forests, snowcapped mountains, and untamed shorelines to create one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems. Experience world-class whale watching, birding, and fishing, or just let your worries drift away in the waves of the Pacific.

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Hereditary Chief Mike Willie describes his people's connection with the land and animals of British Columbia.
Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is renowned for wild, untamed beaches that are an idyllic summer sanctuary, and a hub for storm-watching and surfing in the winter.

In addition to its endless list of hiking, camping, and paddling adventures, the Island offers ample opportunities to unwind on its scenic golf courses and lush vineyards. From the vibrant craft beer culture of Victoria and manicured grounds of Butchart Gardens to the raw beauty of its remote shores, the rhythm of Island life will stay with you long after you leave and will always beckon you to return.

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Quadra Island Kayaks – Day Tours

Paddling, Bird Watching

Heriot Bay

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Adventure Quest Tours Canada Inc

Boating, Sightseeing, Bird Watching, Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours

Campbell River

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The Gardens on Anderton

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Comox

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Royal BC Museum

Museums & Heritage Sites, Attractions

Victoria

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Peniuks Sportfishing Adventures

Boating, Fishing, Wildlife Tours

Campbell River

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Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Farms & Markets

Port Hardy

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