British Columbia, Vancouver Island
SUNSET & SUNRISE
This wildlife haven is known for its high density of whales and bears. Vancouver Island is a perfect representation of a rich biodiversity, with its humpback whales off Tofino on the western side, grizzlies from Campbell River and the community of resident orca pods off Victoria.
Vancouver Island is a gem within the already magnificent country of Canada. This island is home to British Columbia’s historic capital, ancient rainforests, and laid-back surf towns. Vancouver Island is lush, gorgeous, and dotted with unique and eclectic communities. This is a place where adventure is embraced and nature is protected. Stretching over 460 kilometres (286 mi), this rugged paradise requires exploration!
British Columbia is a natural paradise. BC is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, with its thousands of inlets, to the East by the Rocky Mountains. The many straights around the island offer perfect opportunity to kayak your way exploring stunning surroundings, seaplane is another great way to get around with a bird view of this fascinating location.
WHY WE LOVE
It comes as no surprise to see that Vancouver Island has becomes such a popular destination. Travellers from all over the globe visit this spectacular island to enjoy its natural sites. If you love rugged mountains, dense forests and wild coastlines, this is the place for you. Apart from being just a 15-minute (scenic) flight from Vancouver (we suggest you go for the window seat), Vancouver Island also has a lush rainforest and lively ocean. It is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities and witness incredible wildlife (especially orcas, humpback whales and bears!).
Vancouver Island is a very special place that can be visited any time of the year, plus there’s so much to do! You can go snorkelling, swimming, surfing, kayaking, sightseeing, fishing, you name it! Activities are done in a stunning location and are easily available, you can even go island hopping by ferry and or kayak. The water options are also plentiful, how do you like your aquatic adventures? Salty? Sweet? Raging? Calm? Mountain-framed? Don’t worry, Vancouver Island has got you covered.
If you’re interested in sports that are practised on land, like cycling/biking, hiking, or skiing, you’re in luck! The Island is so wonderful it gives you the opportunity to do all three, on the same day! You can also experience world-class whale watching!
Vancouver Island is home to the Pacific Rim National Park as well as British Columbia’s first Provincial Park, Strathcona. The beautiful thing about these two locations is that they perfectly demonstrate the diverse landscape of the island. One park features stunning beaches, rainforest on the coast, and tranquil lakes surrounded by mountains whereas the other has giant tree forest and greenery galore. Where else can you find old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains, and untamed shorelines all within a 500-kilometre-long island?
Vancouver Island Gallery
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Sitka Spruce, Canada’s tallest tree, can be found on the southwestern side of Vancouver Island.
- Vancouver Island was voted top North American Island by Conde Nast Travel Magazine in 2003/2004 and Best Temperate Island Destination in the World in 2002.
- Vancouver Island’s smallest city, Zeballos, has a population of only 110 people!
- There are three main First Nations groups on Vancouver Island. The Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish.
- The Island holds a few world records, two of which include the Guinness Record for the largest street hockey tournament and a record for the world’s largest totem pole, located in Victoria, B.C.
- The Vancouver Island marmot (Marmota vancouverensis) is an animal that is unique to the high mountains of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia.