Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
(JF Bergeron photo)

Vancouver Island

Popular Areas

Vancouver Island comprises seven diverse popular areas: Central Island, Cowichan Valley, Gulf Islands, North Central, North Island, Pacific Rim, and South Island.

Each popular area features amazing wilderness and wildlife, thriving creative communities, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Popular Areas in Vancouver Island

Central Island

The Central Island area offers long sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures, and tranquil lakes, great for fishing and other water activities.

Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley's "Gourmet Trail," marked by wineries, farmers market, fresh seafood docks and holistic farms, is ideal for food and wine enthusiasts.

Gulf Islands

Located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, the sheltered waters of the Gulf Islands are excellent for sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.

North Central

The North Central area features Vancouver Island's highest peak, and offers great winter skiing and snowboarding at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

North Island

Rich in First Nations history and culture, the North Island area is home to Sointula and Alert Bay, two of Vancouver Island's most significant historic destinations.

Pacific Rim

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers spectacular wilderness and wildlife viewing. By kayak, explore clusters of islands, where inner waters abound with marine life.

South Island

Including the beautiful city of Victoria, the South Island area ranges from a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere and tranquil natural settings.