Take the Traveller Quiz Super, Natural British Columbia

Discover an ocean-carved land of extremes ranging from mild to wild, cultured to life-affirmingly raw. Backpack in majestic wilderness parks. Marvel at orcas, black bears and the sheer abundance of furred, feathered and finned wildlife. Gaze at distant snowcapped mountains while splashing barefoot along softly curving beaches. Relax, restore and recharge yourself in the region’s cosmopolitan centres, small towns and snug harbours. That’s Vancouver Island.

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Dream an island getaway to life in the heart of the Salish Sea. Make that islands, each with a distinct character yet all sharing unspoilt natural beauty and a tranquil pace of life. Everyone sets their clocks to “Island Time,” and that means no fuss, no rush (at least until the next ferry).

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Mount Maxwell, Gulf Islands

Slipping from the comfortably mild to the super, natural wild sides of Vancouver Island is one of the pleasures for visitors to the Central Island region. Action-packed weekend getaways and restorative weeks can fly by without a dull moment here on the central eastern coastline.

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Central Island, Nanaimo

Foodie nirvana. A lively music and arts scene. And outdoor pursuits by the dozen within easy reach of town centres. That’s the Cowichan region in Vancouver Island’s southeastern front pocket. Dine in cafe’s and bistros and sample cider, spirits and award winning wine.

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Cowichan, Merridale Cider

Tour fertile valleys, track pods of orcas, discover First Nations culture and visit museums dedicated to regional history. Enjoy exhilarating mountain biking, alpine skiing, diving, whitewater rafting, salmon fishing and putting on emerald green golf courses. Add it up and you’ve got a taste of Vancouver Island’s North Central region.

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North Central, Mount Washington

The remote North Island is a step further for travellers seeking a go-anywhere license to roam the West Coast wilderness. Peaceful, lightly populated and famously scenic, the North Island is about as far away from it all as one can get within a days travel of Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle.

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North Island, San Josef Bay

Explore the deepwater ocean inlet and wild places of the Alberni Valley, the nation’s highest waterfall included. Then navigate an exciting, twist-and-turn road that leads to the fabled surfing beaches and dense coastal rainforest of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

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Pacific Rim, Tofino

Whether racing out to sea in pursuit of pods of Orca whales or sampling award-winning craft beers in a waterfront bistro, the South Island delivers diverse, exciting and pleasurable experiences in a region based around charmingly cosmopolitan Victoria.

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South Island, Victoria

From Vancouver Island hot spots to lesser known facts, the blog shares experiences you don’t want to miss. If you’d like some inspiration to get your planning started, this the place.

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Parksville Qualicum Beach, Where To Stay

A Winter Retreat at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

Parksville is synonymous with beaches. In the summer, families and beach lovers flock to its wide sandy shores to soak up every last ray of sun. But while many think of visiting only in summer, a cozy winter retreat at the edge of the ocean—when the crowds have died down—can be especially appealing. Sunrise Ridge