Vancouver Island offers a wide range of activities for tourists of all ages, and perhaps the best spots to check out can’t be found in the confines of walls and ceilings. Known for its incredible, largely untouched wilderness, Vancouver Island is a must-see for adventurers of all ages.
If you are planning a vacation to this location in the summer months, you won’t be disappointed. The only hard thing will be narrowing down what you are going to do and which sites are at the top of your list! From the incredible sunny beaches to the many parks and wilderness areas, festivals, gardens, discovery centers, wharfs, lighthouses, and so on, you can count on being busy from day until night!
Because Vancouver Island has so many great attractions, sights to see, and things to do, planning a vacation to this Canadian destination can be overwhelming! We have compiled a list of the top 5 Vancouver Island tourist attractions to help make planning your itinerary a little easier. While this list is far from exhaustive, it should give you a good idea of what your summer vacation may look like.
#1: Fisherman’s Wharf
Considered a hidden treasure of Vancouver Island, Fisherman’s Wharf is located in Victoria and is a wonderful way for visitors to get a great experience. A unique marine spot with endless entertainment, food kiosks, shops, and eco-tour adventures, you could easily spend an entire day here.
If you are a seafood lover, Fisherman’s Wharf is a definite must-do, as you can buy fresh, local seafood right off the boat! Enjoy a picnic on the dock, watch the impressive vessels come in from sea, schedule a whale watching tour, go kelp kayaking, and take the kids to see Sammy the seal! Whether you are visiting the Island with the whole family, with your sweetheart, or with a group of friends, be sure to check out Fisherman’s Wharf before your trip is over.
#2: Zipline Adventure Tours
If you are visiting the Island in the summer, booking a zipline tour is a must. The Adrena LINE’s Zipline Adventure Tours company offers a fully-guided, two-hour-long zipline experience that will give you a taste of the Island’s wildlife and diverse coastal rainforest. This tour will take you through eight breathtaking ziplines, over two suspension bridges, and an unforgettable ATV ride. There are also opportunities for night zipping.
This zipline experience is a wonderful opportunity for you to bring a little adventure to your vacation and see some of the most incredible natural attractions.
#3: Butchart Gardens
These world-renowned gardens are located on Brentwood Bay in Victoria and offer an incredible look at some of the most incredible flora and fauna native to Vancouver Island. The gardens span 55 acres and have many opportunities for dining, wine tasting, and soaking up a huge piece of the natural beauty the Island has to offer.
#4: Grizzly Tours
There are numerous outfits on the Island that offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with the grizzly bears that call the island home. Journey into the heart of the rainforest or navigate the coastal mountains where the stunning creatures can be seen hunting for fish as they emerge from hibernation.
If you are visiting during the summer months, booking on the many grizzly bear tours should definitely be looked into. As the snow will have melted and the bears will be coming out to play from a longer winter hibernation, you are sure to catch a glimpse of the massive animals and make memories that will last a lifetime.
#5: Painter’s Lodge
Located on the exceptional shores, Painter’s Lodge is one of the top attractions for tourists. The impressive estate offers unforgettable opportunities for outdoor adventure, salmon fishing, whale watching, and so much more, all in a mesmerizing and natural setting.
When planning a summer vacation to Vancouver Island, keep in mind these five attractions. The Island is a hotbed for adventure and it is impossible to see everything during one trip, which means you must come back and see us again soon!
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