Doug Hay

Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

Vancouver Island Travel: Scuba Diving in Nanaimo

Scuba is a great passion, perhaps even a preoccupation in Nanaimo.  There are numerous Dive Shops, and Dive enthusiasts.  Even local artists express their admiration for the activity by creating marine murals on the sides of buildings.  And certainly when all the natural elements add up to an amazing diving experience, as they do in Nanaimo, it’s easy to become a bit preoccupied.

Vancouver Island Travel: Tofino and the Pacific Rim

Just at the edge of the world – situated on the Pacific Rim – is this secluded jewel of coastal Vancouver Island called Tofino. With a population of only 2,000 people, this contrasting combination of communing in solitude with nature, and being pampered in spa resorts makes for a dream vacation spot. In fact, Tofino is so popular that if you’re planning on visiting during the summer months, I sugg...

Top 6 Whale Watching Areas on Vancouver Island

Travel & Leisure magazine named Vancouver Island one of North America’s Best Whale-Watching areas. Whale watching is an amazing experience like none other. The ones I saw with my family off the Victoria coast were killer whales (Orcas).


Vancouver Island • A Quick Tour • Vancouver Island Travel North Vancouver Island • Campbell River – the Salmon Capital of the World • Courtenay – A City in the Land of Plenty • Comox – Comox, The “Land of Plenty” Has a Lot in Store for You • Port Hardy • Port McNeill Central Vancouver Island • Chemainus – The Little Town that Did. • Duncan – The City of Totems. • Lake Cowichan – Outdoor Enthusiast...

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Duncan Events: Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival

Duncan is just off the Trans Canada Highway about half-way between Victoria and Nanaimo on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. It has all the charm and character of a real friendly small town. Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan region is the one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.

Charming Small Town of Courtenay

Courtenay is in the heart of the Comox Valley on Eastern side of Vancouver Island. It is both fun and unique. Vitality Magazine named Courtenay “the most charming small town on Vancouver Island.”

Butchart Gardens Victoria BC

The Butchart Gardens is a world famous display of flowers, plants and other vegetation in a striking setting . Located in Victoria on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Butchart Gardens has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was created by namesake Jennie Butchart as a way to beautify her husbands worked-out limestone quarry.

Nanaimo: Bathtub Race Capital of the World

From an amazing start in 1967 as part of Nanaimo’s Centennial activities, the Bathtub race has become an annual event dubbed the Nanaimo “Great” International World Championship Bathtub Race along with a 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival.

About Amazing Vancouver Island

Our Amazing Vancouver Island online magazine is a labour of love. The “Island”, as locals call it, far from the noise and stress of modern day living, is truly a wonderful place to visit in all seasons. With world class gardens, skiing, parks and golf there is something for everyone. Vancouver Island with its wide-open spaces and mild climate has become a destination to relax and enjoy. One of the...