A great way to enjoy Vancouver Island attractions is to visit each one of them in turn.Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a dream escape for everyone, and is regarded as the “Number One Island” in Canada and the west coast.Boasting amazing scenery and lots of fun things to do, the Island is about 290 miles long and about 50 miles wide, and all of it beautiful.It is easy to reach by ferry, boat, and plane.
With the mildest climate in Canada, the Island offers the sea, lakes, rivers,beaches, old growth forests, hiking trails, and mountains. Whether you prefer friendly small towns and villages or city life; enjoy sitting by a pool, surfing, or hiking along shaded trails, Vancouver Island has something for everyone.
And it doesn’t matter whether you are on the Island alone or with your family; whether you are on vacation or on the Island for business, check out the wonderful things to see and do.
Take in a Wide Variety of Attractions
There are many tourist attractions and places you must not miss visiting the Island. Victoria, the largest city and the capital of BC, is situated in the southern part, and there you will find the famous Buchart Gardens, the Crystal Garden Conservation Center, the Royal London Wax Museum, the Pacific Undersea Garden, and the beautiful Craigdarroch Castle from which you can see stunning views of Victoria.
Take an harbour tour, or sign up for a whale watching adventure.There are wonderful accommodations ranging from the elegant Empress Hotel to cosy bed and breakfast lodgings.
Another “must see” is Nanaimo, the second largest city, about 55 miles north of Victoria. Nanaimo is an harbour city that houses The Bastion, the Pioneer Plaza, the Nanaimo Museum, the Swy-a-lana Lagoon Park, the Nanimo seawall, and great restaurants, which attract tourists and locals alike.
Also in the central part of the Island and not far from Nanaimo is beautiful Parksville, and also Qualicum Beach, with miles of sandy beaches.Enjoy a lazy afternoon sipping tea in the Milner House or take a leisurely walk in the Milner Gardens and Woodland, a popular attraction.If you are golfer, try out one or more of the seven local golf courses.If you have kids, there are five wildlife refuges close by to entertain them – and you!
The northern part of the Island is less populated, but offers such attractions as bear watching, whale watching, fishing, and wildlife tours, plus resorts and golfing.You can steep yourself in native Canadian culture in quaint villages.
Aside from relaxing and sunbathing on the beaches, amazing Vancouver Island offers great hiking trails that offer breath-taking views and a lush environment. Rain forest tours take you into ancient coastal temperate forests with giant Sitka spruce, red cedar and Douglas fir trees, some of which are more than 2,000 years old.
The Island is a great place for boating, swimming, kayaking, camping, bird watching, surfing, and scuba diving. In fact, outdoor activities are a specialty of the Island.
You can also visit wonderful boutiques that offer high fashion clothes and accessories, native Canadian carvings and artwork, as well as handcraft and souvenir shops.If you love wine, the Island is the place for you with winery tours and wine tasting experiences.
If you have a chance to spend a few days or your entire vacation experiencing Vancouver Island attractions, you will be well entertained and revitalized.There are so many things to see and do and learn, it is no surprise that so many tourists flock to the Island again and again. Come once, and you’ll be one of them!
To find transportation options for traveling around the Island, check out our Vancouver Island travel page.
Republished under Creative Commons License from West Coast Aquatic Safaris, an acclaimed Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Cove Tour Co & Marine Charter Co in Tofino, BC on the famed west coast of Vancouver Island. Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.