Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
(JF Bergeron photo)

Vancouver Island

South Island

The South Island area, which includes Victoria, is diverse area of that features both a vibrant urban atmosphere and a tranquil natural settings.

Enjoy world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, or a variety of great outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, camping, golfing, kayaking, and fishing. The region is also home to a thriving creative community, evident in its many festivals, concerts, and art galleries.

South Island Activities

Check out the family attractions, museums, and art galleries of Victoria and the surrounding communities. Golf on one of the many scenic golf courses of the region open year round, and range from community courses to championship courses.

Shop for fine English china, Irish woolens, Scottish tartans, Asian imports, and home decor and accessories in Victoria, Sidney, and Sooke. Enjoy the many farmers markets and fall fairs, featuring arts and crafts, as well as fresh produce, breads, cheese, preserves, and other treats.

Taste amazing foods from the region. Fresh produce, Pacific seafood, fine wines and ales. Victoria and the South Island region is home to many exceptionally talented chefs who turn local products into memorable dining experiences.

South Island Communities

Sidney features scenic seaside walks, beautiful water views, enticing attractions and activities, plenty of great shops and restaurants, and friendly locals.

Nestled on the perimeter of a sheltered harbour basin, the town of Sooke is close to Vancouver Island's largest population centre but a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, was originally established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Bastion Square marks the site where a portion of the fort once stood, although all that remains now are two iron rings set into the rocks at the foot of Fort Street, next to the old Customs House.

Victoria has always had a history as a stronghold of British traditions. Double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, meticulously kept gardens, and the tradition of formal afternoon tea has contributed to the city’s long-standing reputation.

However, over the past decade, Victoria has earned a reputation as a mecca for adventurers drawn by the limitless outdoor activities available in the city and throughout Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands.