Authentic Vancouver Island

If you’re a self-described explorer, your knack for curious wandering likely takes you down winding streets and over mountain ridges—whatever the locals are doing. It’s that kind of authentic experience you’ll find on Vancouver Island, where our culture spans from the heart of our downtowns to the heritage sites nestled in our outdoors.

Watch just a sample of the authentic experiences to be had when visiting Vancouver Island, in the video below.

Visit Vancouver Island Cities & Towns

From the local traditions of the Kwakwakawa’wak, Coast Salish, and Nuu-chah-nulth communities to the slow food movement across the island, the findings within the lively centers on Vancouver Island seek to both teach and transport travellers. Whether that’s through listening to a story passed down generations or through checking the boxes on a palate passport, is up to you.

Learn more about the elements of Vancouver Island by exploring below:

Get Out & About on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island’s temperate rainforest and ocean coast set the backdrop for your visit, a setting that never ceases to inspire. If you’re the waterfall chasing type, Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, one of the latest stops added to the Vancouver Island travel landscape, overlooks cascading falls.

The ancient Douglas firs of Cathedral and Avator Groves; the preserved petroglyphs at spots such as East Sooke Regional Park, Sproat Lake, Petroglyph Park in Nanaimo, or on a Gulf Island like Quadra and Galiano; and the soaring trestles of former tracks have all stood the test of time. Let the deep roots of these Vancouver Island treasures take you back in time—you might just find yourself in your element.

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