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The Gardens of Vancouver Island

Stop and smell the rose garden in Butchart Gardens at the south end of the Island near Victoria, or an ornate garden in Nanaimo or Qualicum beach, where local gardeners have cultivated the perfect arrangement of hybrids and heirlooms.

Victoria is known as the City of Gardens, but the capital city isn’t the only space to experience the hues and aromas of the foreign and native varieties, and Island beauty goes well beyond the delicate flower. Explore the massive cedars and firs in Cathedral Grove in the Alberni Valley; the mountain meadows of Mount Washington and Mount Cain; and the Garry oak ecosystems, native to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island and named after a deputy governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Natural beauty is found everywhere on Vancouver Island.


Clipper Vacations

2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98121 • South Island
1-800-888-2535
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The Victoria Clipper ferry operates between Seattle and Victoria, with service to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor. In addition, there are opportunities to travel to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies, Whistler and Vancouver Island. No matter kind of vacation you desire, Clipper Vacations has something for you!
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering… [+]

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC • Central Island
250-248-8534
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We are a non-profit organization that cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife and strives to educate the public. Overseen by a Board of Directors and co-founder, Robin Campbell, NIWRA continues because of amazing volunteers and incredible community support. Nestled in the district of Errington on Vancouver Island, NIWRA is a park like setting with a peaceful atmosphere. When visiting the Centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. During the summer months, live raptor presentations are available. The Centre is a world class wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bear. Magnificent eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight cage of its kind in Canada.
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We are a non-profit organization that cares for the well-being of Vancouver Island wildlife and strives to educate the public. Overseen by a Board of Directors and co-founder, Robin… [+]

Harbour Air Seaplanes

950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212
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Harbour Air Seaplanes offers fast, frequent flights between BC’s most popular coastal destinations 364 days a year. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows and Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple Bay, Comox, Salt Spring Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. Scenic tours show off our waterfront cities, majestic mountain ranges and green islands as far as the horizon stretches. Enjoy stunning views on a Nanaimo Classic Panorama flightseeing tour . Hop aboard in Victoria for a scenic flight to The Butchart Gardens, enjoy dinner and explore the gardens before returning to your hotel by limousine. Experience the magnificent coastline of Vancouver Island like a true west coast local. Out here flying is like taking the shortcut and the scenic route!
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Harbour Air Seaplanes offers fast, frequent flights between BC’s most popular coastal destinations 364 days a year. Fly between downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows and Victoria, Nanaimo, Maple… [+]

Discover Vancouver Island Tours

1917 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 • Pacific Rim, South Island
1-250-244-1821
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Find tour packages for the best of Vancouver Island. We do outdoor packages for Victoria, the Pacific Rim (which includes Tofino and Ucluelet), and the North Island. You can: - get packages for all the BEST of Vancouver Island - fish the MOST productive salmon and halibut waters in the world - kayak in BREATHTAKING national parks - experience the world's MECCA of orca whales - forage for YOUR own food and have it cooked by a professional chef
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Find tour packages for the best of Vancouver Island. We do outdoor packages for Victoria, the Pacific Rim (which includes Tofino and Ucluelet), and the North Island. You can: - get… [+]

Prince of Whales Whale Watching

812 Wharf Street · Victoria BC V8W 1T3 • South Island
1-250-383-4884
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria & Vancouver, we offer a wide variety of marine wildlife experiences that range from three hours long to a half-day. We also offer whale watching connections between the two cities and exclusive full-day packages including private entrance to The Butchart Gardens. Our floating classrooms serve as a premium platform for provoking thought & educating guests who are naturally curious about killer whales & the other wild creatures that call the Salish Sea home. Our goal is to introduce you to as many marine species as possible on each tour and to leave you feeling inspired after every encounter.
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria &… [+]

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Box 239, Parksville, BC V9P 2G4 • Central Island
1-888-799-3222
A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities. Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. Escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over crowded spaces, and to step back in time a little. Seeing goats on a roof, exploring underground caves, viewing world-class sand sculptures and visiting a research station shaped like a giant shell are just some of the quirky experiences you’ll be able to tell your friends about back home.
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A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our… [+]

Filberg Festival

61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7 • North Central Island
250-941-0727
Set among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range.The Festival has established a world-wide reputation for the excellence of the work of its juried artisans, and today is one of western Canada’s largest juried outdoor arts show.
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Set among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by… [+]

Kiwi Cove Lodge

5130 Brenton Page Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G1L6 • Cowichan
250-245-8051
Peaceful Getaway accommodations with a twist of Kiwi Fruit ! 10 acres to explore. 12 spacious guestrooms plus a self contained cottage, wheelchair accessible, one pet friendly room,lots of easy parking, a great choice for your group retreat, reunion, wedding. Located 5 minutes north of Ladysmith town center.
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Peaceful Getaway accommodations with a twist of Kiwi Fruit ! 10 acres to explore. 12 spacious guestrooms plus a self contained cottage, wheelchair accessible, one pet friendly room,lots of easy… [+]

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

1461 Benvenuto Avenue Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1R3 • South Island
250.652.3822
“A Vibrant Jungle Experience” A unique opportunity for all ages to take a mini tropical vacation in our beautiful jungle-like eco-system, home to a wide variety of butterflies, rescued tropical birds, animals, insects, fish and amphibians. Conveniently located just five minutes from the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. With our ever-changing tropical rain forest environment, there is always something new.
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“A Vibrant Jungle Experience” A unique opportunity for all ages to take a mini tropical vacation in our beautiful jungle-like eco-system, home to a wide variety of butterflies, rescued tropical… [+]

Hazelwood Herb Farm

13576 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6 • Cowichan
250-245-8007
Hazelwood Herb farm offers a self guided tour highlighting the crafting of herbs on site. The farm features display gardens, a plant nursery and a gift shop. In the plant nursery you will discover detailed information on growing herbs and herbal traditions.
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Hazelwood Herb farm offers a self guided tour highlighting the crafting of herbs on site. The farm features display gardens, a plant nursery and a gift shop. In the… [+]