Outdoor Adventures

Summer on Mount Washington – the Fun is Not Limited to Winter

While many associate Mount Washington with winter’s seasonal activities, the mile-high destination is actually a perfect spot to spend a summer family vacation. From incredible hiking trails to a disc golf course and bungee trampoline, there are plenty of options for the whole family. Mount Washington stands at 1,590 metres (5,217 feet) and is located 25 km west from the Comox Valley and 100 km no...

The Top Beaches of Vancouver Island

There are many exceptional beaches on Vancouver Island.  Some of these beaches surpass the beauty and grandeur of the best in the world. Many of them are part of the rugged costal wilderness that makes Vancouver Island magnificent.  Here are some of the top beaches on the Island, taking a drive north from Nanaimo, around the northern edge then across and up the Pacific Rim from Victoria to Tofino.

Vancouver Island Attraction: Gold River’s Upana Caves

It’s quite ironic that I always end up in a cave on my travels. Whether I’m in Southern France, the Yucatan Peninsula or Switzerland, a chance at a cave exploration has always presented itself to me. I don’t even have to try to find them! During my travels I heard about the Upana Caves near Gold River. Gold River is a pretty little town that is just ripe for a touristic theme much like the murals ...

Exploring Vancouver Island: Hidden Gems along Canada’s West Coast

Guest Post: Vancouver Island, home to some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world, encompasses 285 miles of pristine wilderness along the Western coast of Canada. Stretching from the Juan de Fuca Strait in the south to Queen Charlotte Sound at its northernmost tip, Vancouver Island attractions include old-growth rainforests, alpine habitats, labyrinthine waterways, and fjord-like coas...

Get the Best out of Winter Storm Watching on BC’s West Coast

Winter storm watching is one of the best ways to experience the west coast of British Columbia. Vacationers have been flocking to Ucluelet and Tofino to go storm watching and west coast sightseeing for years. The storm watching season begins in November and goes through March, with the peak of the season falling from December to February. Each season there are on average 10 to 15 storms that will ...

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Port Hardy

Welcome to Port Hardy, the very end of Highway 19 and a community of 4,000 on the tip of Vancouver Island. Edging along the Queen Charlotte Strait, the land was first settled by the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation over 8,000 years ago. Today it is a busy tourist spot for its many outdoor adventures, as well as the departure point for the cruise up to Prince Rupert through the Inside Passage. This part of the...

Mount Washington: Vancouver Island’s Top Destination Spot

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is one of the most impressive Vancouver Island attractions, located on the eastern edge of the Island. It is a beautiful destination spot year-round with the closest communities more roughly 3 hours away in the Comox Valley. With magnificent peaks and the Pacific Ocean as backdrops, this resort area should move up on your bucket list, stat. A coveted place to visit f...

Witty’s Lagoon Has Plenty of Natural Splendour

Witty’s Lagoon is a treasured little spot that has been enjoyed by many people over the years. Only about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, it is certainly worth the drive. Once you are here at this Vancouver Island attraction, it’s fairly accessable for most ages and fitness levels as it is a 1.1 km hike through a rainforest, a marsh, and the sweeping sandy beach at the end. How Witty’s Lagoon G...

The Natural Wonders of Strathcona Park Lodge & Training

Strathcona Park Lodge & Training Centre is a natural wonderland for climbers, hikers, campers, kayakers, and students. The Lodge is a self-sufficient haven for those seeking adventure and a beautiful place to unwind and have someone else do all the healthy cooking. The park itself is the oldest Provincial Park in BC, all 250,000 hectares of it. It was founded in 1911 and most of the area is undeve...

Hiking Mt Arrowsmith for Incredible Views of Central Vancouver Island

Guest Blog: At the end of June, Lynda and I climbed the steep 2500 ft ascent of the RDN’s Arrowsmith Trail to the viewpoint. One of the main attractions for us is the variety of plant life to be seen, some of which is hard to find elsewhere. Examples include plants such as Pinedrops, Bronze Bells, Scouler’s Harebell, etc. This historic trail starts across the Alberni Highway from the east end of C...

Explore some Vancouver Island Wilderness just Outside of Victoria

There is something so distinct about the whole West Coast of Vancouver Island. It’s wild, unique and refuses to conform to the standards set by its east side. Whenever I’m there, I swear I can see a hint of Western Scotland, a little Sweden in there, and some Northern California too. Paradoxically, it manages to be completely distinct from anywhere else. Welcome to East Sooke Park, all 3512 acres ...

Find Your Favourite Place: Explore Vancouver Island’s Many Attractions

After serving breakfast at a local B&B for four years, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with tourists from all over the world, and I’ve heard one comment over and over again: “Oh, I wish we had more time here! We didn’t get a chance to see…” Vancouver Island offers an amazing variety of sights and activities, and a little pre-trip research will help make sure you don’t miss out on finding your fav...

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