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British Columbia Vacations
Vancouver Island
Regions of Vancouver Island
  • South Island (Victoria & region)
  • West Coast - Pacific Rim
    (Tofino, Long Beach & Ucluelet)
  • North Island
  • North Central
  • Central Island
  • South Central

  • South Island (Victoria & Region)
    The perfect combination of elegant sophistication and rural charm, the South Island region is home to Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, was ranked second place in a readers’ poll by Travel and Leisure Magazine of the Top Cities in North America. South Island’s smaller centers include Sidney, a little resort town known for beautiful marinas and ocean views, and Sooke, a bustling community with a strong spirit and great fishing. The West Coast Road (Hwy 14) leads the way to the rugged splendour of West Coast beaches such as French Beach, China Beach, and Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, as well as the hiking challenges of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.

    Attractions & Activities:
     Butchart Gardens
     Royal BC Museum

    West Coast-Pacific Rim (Tofino & Long Beach)
    The Pacific Rim region of Vancouver Island is renowned for pristine beaches, whale watching, wilderness camping and hiking, incredible fishing, and awesome winter storms. From the crashing waves and surf-swept shores of Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to the dense, old-growth forests of Clayoquot Sound, this amazing region astounds and delights hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
    Long Beach is located between the villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, the Long Beach unit is the most accessible and most developed component of the Pacific Rim National Park and is open year-round. Named for its 12-mile stretch of surf-swept sand, Long Beach offers outstanding beach hiking and much more.
    Port Alberni, the region’s lively commercial center, is a saltwater fishing mecca and the ideal starting point for an adventure. The charming villages of Bamfield, Ucluelet, and Tofino are renowned for fishing, wildlife viewing, outdoor activities, fine resorts and inns, and art galleries. Take a side trip to Maquinna Provincial Park, accessible only by boat or floatplane. From here, a pleasant half-hour stroll through lush, dense old-growth rain forest leads to Hot Springs Cove - here you will find a series of enticing natural rock pools, perfect for a rejuvenating soak!

    Attractions & Activities:

    Kayaking - Ucluelet & the Broken Islands,
    Storm Watching

    North Island
    A year-round outdoor adventure paradise, the rugged North Island region of Vancouver Island offers a wealth of recreation opportunities and is famous worldwide for great fishing in spectacular settings. North Island’s small, cozy communities are known for warm hospitality and friendliness. Alert Bay, on Cormorant Island, and Sointula, on Malcolm Island, are just offshore from Port McNeill and have great fishing and fascinating histories. Port Hardy, the largest North Island center, is the starting point for and exciting choice of adventures. Teeming with wildlife, the North Island provides rewarding opportunities for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

    North Central
    The North Central region is a large area that includes portions of both the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley, made up of Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and Denman and Hornby Islands, offers a unique blend of alpine-to-ocean experiences, from the high-alpine recreation areas of Mt. Washington and Forbidden Plateau to the many sandy beaches, visitors will find endless recreation opportunities. Campbell River is a wealth of outdoor adventures from golf to world-renowned scuba diving, fishing to scenic flight-seeing. The Nootka Sound area includes Gold River and Tahsis where fishing, caving, diving, and boating are popular activities.
    Attractions & Activities:
    North Central Vancouver Island
    Comox Valley

    Central Island
    Vancouver Island’s Central region is a perfect place for family fun. Sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures, tranquil lakes, fabulous fresh and salt water fishing, and exceptional golf courses make this region a wonderful year-round holiday destination. Nanaimo, the Island’s second largest city, is a fun-filled, energetic center with a lovely harbour and glorious parks. North of Nanaimo, the Oceanside region stretches from the waterfront resort community of Nanoose Bay, to the beautiful coastlines and views of Lighthouse Country. The Parksville and Qualicum Beach area is a paradise of golf courses and endless stretches of gorgeous beach, perfect for swimming and beachcombing.
    Attractions & Activities:
    Central Island - Nanaimo Region

    South Central
    Rolling green landscapes of hills and valleys, forests and farmland, sparkling lakes and crystal-clear rivers characterize this lush region that extends from the Malahat section of Highway 1 in the south to Ladysmith in the north. Picturesque villages like Cowichan Bay welcome visitors with their captivating history and warm hospitality. Duncan offers a wealth of Native culture, while Chemainus is an outdoor art gallery of world-famous murals. The friendly communities of Ladysmith and Crofton offer fun and relaxation, and the Cowichan Lake District is the gateway to the Carmanah Valley and some of the most spectacular back country hiking and camping on Vancouver Island.
    Attractions & Activities:
    South Island - Cowichan Valley

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