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British Columbia Vacations
Vancouver Island
Top 10 Activities

More than just a few of your favourite things:

Go whale watching.
From June through September, book a whale watching cruise from Alert Bay, Telegraph Cove, Port McNeill, or Sayward on Vancouver Island to see orcas in this renowned habitat. In March and April, observe the return of an estimated 21, 000 Pacific grey whales on their annual migration from California to Alaska

Catch a salmon or two.
Test your skills against the legendary steelhead, found in more than 100 island rivers and creeks. Indulge in a luxurious stay at a deluxe fishing lodge or fly-in resort. Fly fish year round for cutthroat rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Try your luck reeling in giant salmon.

Golf on championship courses.
Play on superb courses in the serene Cowichan Valley and beyond. Spectacular championship and family-style courses can be found around central Vancouver Island. And, from the Comox Valley to north of Campbell River test the strength of your game against an impressive list of award-winning and new courses.

Go island hopping through the scenic Gulf islands.
Browse arts and crafts galleries on Galiano Island. Cycle along pastoral country lanes on Salt Spring Island. Hike a variety of trails on Pender Islands. Settle in at a deluxe inn or unique bed and breakfast at Mayne Island. Visit a winery on Saturna Island. Enjoy Quadra Island’s superb salmon fishing or study tide pools on Gabriola Island.

Hike through a rainforest.
Stroll, walk, or hike one of our many magnificent parks. Enjoy everything from an incredible 800-year-old Douglas fir at MacMillan Provincial Park, to a beautiful rushing waterfall in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, to the lush coastal rainforests in Pacific Rim National Park.

Visit the studios of local potters, weavers, and sculptors.
Admire fascinating arts and crafts, pottery and sculptures of aboriginal and local artisans in galleries and shops throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Visit an aboriginal cultural centre.
Chisel away at the visitors’ carving totem at the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre or see culturally significant masks and other native artifacts housed at the U’Mista Cultural Centre.

Go beachcombing.
Gaze along the endless sandy stretch of Long Beach.

Drive the scenic Malahat Highway.
Enjoy the breathtaking views over Saanich Inlet and the panoramic ocean view of the Saanich Peninsula.

Storm-watch at Long Beach.
Witness the fury of a winter storm as it whips up mountainous waves along Long Beach, Chesterman Beach and Mackenzie Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island


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