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Vancouver Island Culture

Vancouver Island embraces the unique cultures and communities that have come together to call this region home; different histories and societies that have transformed the region into a world-famous, multi-cultural destination.

Visit a castle or two in Victoria. Ride a steam train and learn about the Island’s forest industry in Duncan. Explore maritime history in Port Alberni. Watch the canoe races and enjoy a salmon barbeque in Alert Bay, then visit the world’s largest totem pole. Learn about the Finnish history of Sointula. Enjoy a seafood brunch in Parksville, afternoon tea in downtown Victoria, a smoked salmon treat from Port Hardy, or a bowl of borscht in Nanaimo. Culture adds flavour to every community.

And food is only part of the culture of the Island. You’ll find live theatre, music, and performances in many of the local communities, honouring their history and showcasing local talent.

The hearts and souls of Vancouver Island are waiting to meet you.

Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet, $2 Wildlife Fee & for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.When you ride with us you are guaranteed to…

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Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. A variety of activities and custom packages are available ranging from: chartered salmon, halibut, and tuna fishing, historic and wildlife tours, ocean kayaking, and more. Guests may take advantage of boat rentals, fuel sales, moorage, marina services, launch ramp,…

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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 communities. Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. Escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over…

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Ocean Ecoventures

1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0 • Central Island, Cowichan, South Island
(250) 748-3800

Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching was established in 2003 and has been creating life long memories ever since. We offer a very unique experience compared to other companies that operate in this area. Our central, quaint location offers a relaxing experience and, more importantly, being central allows us to access many…

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Nanaimo Airport

3350 Spitfire Rd. Cassidy, BC V0R 1H0 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, Pacific Rim
250-924-2157

For quick and easy international connections from anywhere in the world, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located just 18 kilometers south of downtown Nanaimo and is the gateway to Central Vancouver Island. This busy modern airport is home to three air carriers - Air Canada, WestJet & Island Express and offers 7 daily…

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I-Hos Gallery

3310 Comox Road Courtenay, BC V9N3P8 • North Central Island
250-339-7702

I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists.Our culture is expressed through our art. We are located between Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island, on the site of the original…

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The Beach Club Resort

181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC V9P 2H5 • Central Island
1-888-760-2008

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Guest suites offer private balconies, spectacular ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor. The hotel’s…

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The Robert Bateman Centre, showcases over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier wildlife artists. Located in Victoria's inner harbour within the historic Steamship Terminal, the Centre houses a gallery and gift shop, and hosts a rotation of exhibits and a full schedule of educational…

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Black Ball Ferry Line

430 Belleville Street Victoria BC, V8V 1W9 • South Island
250-386-2202

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and…

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

1155 Resort Drive, Parksville BC V9P 2E3 • Central Island
1-800-663-7373

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and self. Discover Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience the comfort of 192 handcrafted guestrooms, the convenience…

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Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

4330 Island Highway South, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R9 • North Central Island
1-800-663-7929 or 250-338-1323

Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Pamper yourself in our luxury Pacific Mist Spa where our spa therapies focus on the rich ingredients of the sea – leaving you feeling completely relaxed…

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We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino and Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer whale watching, bear watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, seven days a week,…

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Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. With over 35 years in the business, Ocean River includes an outstanding retail store, kayaking school, and kayak/SUP tours and rentals. Experience the best of Island…

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TOFINO'S LUXURY ADVENTURE RESORT! Come experience the natural beauty, exceptional amenities & handcrafted cuisine at Long Beach Lodge Resort. The Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf...in fact it is one…

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Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and…

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Eagle Eye Adventures

1340 Island Highway Campbell River • North Central Island

Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to witness the wildlife of Vancouver Island along some of the most majestic coastlines in the world! Your friendly and experienced guides of Eagle Eye Adventures will show you some magnificent encounters with wildlife which may include transient Orcas, minke whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises,…

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Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina is the perfect year-round getaway, located oceanfront on Sooke Harbour. Just a short 35 minute drive from downtown Victoria, Sooke is a wonderful vacation destination with an abundance of outdoor adventures to suit the needs of many. Fishing, kilometers of scenic coastal hikes, whale watching,…

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Tourism Tofino

1426 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 • Pacific Rim
250-725-3414

Tofino is located on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island, within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Clayoquot Sound. Surfable throughout the year for beginners and veterans alike and home to competitions such as the Rip Curl Pro Tofino / Canadian Surf Championships and Queen of the Peak women’s surf…

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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…

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Milner Gardens and Woodland

2179 Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1G1 • Central Island
250-752-6153

Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens and Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered by an old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.Enjoy a leisurely pot of tea while taking in the…

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IMAX® Victoria

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1A1 • South Island
(250) 480-4887

IMAX® Victoria features state-of-the-art IMAX 4K Laser projection technology to fill the Biggest Screen in BC coupled with an immersive 12-channel sound system – Bigger is really just the beginning! Through the power of IMAX®: Explore remote locations around the world. Experience the weightlessness of space. Dive into the undersea world…

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Harbour Air Seaplanes

950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212

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…

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Discover Vancouver Island Tours

1917 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0 • Pacific Rim, South Island

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…

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Perched above the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains, the resort offers an unparalleled experience to its guests. Newly-added fire pits in the tropical-inspired terrace add an element of casual luxury as visitors are encouraged to enjoy a glass of wine or…

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Golf Vancouver Island

675 Jones Terrace, Victoria BC V8Z 2L6 • Central Island, Cowichan, North Central Island, South Island
1-888-465-3239

Picture 250 km of pacific golfing paradise stretching from Victoria in the South to Campbell River in the North. Golf Vancouver Island is your one stop shop for BUYER DIRECT Vancouver Island golf packages. From a quick two day getaway to the six day Golf Trail, these top 13…

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City of Duncan

200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1W3 • Cowichan
250-746-6126

Duncan is small, in a Big way. Just a few hundred metres off the Highway (about 60 kilometres north of Victoria) you'll find 300 shops and services in a few beautiful walkable blocks - although Visitors seem to remember the 40 world renowned totem poles. Within minutes of downtown are…

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LUXURY AND RECREATION – JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY. Bear Mountain Resort is the only urban resort in Canada and offers residents and guests alike, resort living at its finest. Victoria, BC is a sophisticated and charming city with world class recreational opportunities and a year round temperate climate. Visit Bear…

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Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC, V9P2E3 • Central Island
1-877-977-8669

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort is the perfect place to start your Vancouver Island vacation. Located just 37 km north of Nanaimo, our Resort is situated on 10.2 beautiful acres of property with peaceful surroundings and incredible landscapes. A short walk will take you to the endless beaches that Parksville is…

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Sea Wolf Adventures

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653

Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our love of the local landscape and learn more about our 13000+ year old history! Our adventure begins in Alert Bay…

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

1790A Campbell Way, Port McNeill. BC, V0N 2R0 • North Island Region
1-866-546-4647

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale's blow as it swims past your ocean side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of orcas swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen…

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Adventure Seekers and Nature Lovers, Ocean Outfitters is the perfect place to kick off all of your Tofino activities! We're a carbon neutral adventure business that cares about science and education. Our programs are not only a ton of fun, but they also encourage stewardship. Join us for whale and…

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Horne Lake Caves and Outdoor Centre

3905 Horne Lk. Caves Rd. Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2L7 • Central Island
250-248-7829

Don't miss a visit to one of Vancouver Island's most impressive natural wonders; winner of the “BC’s Remarkable Experience Award”! This unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Discover underground waterfalls, fossils and amazing crystal formations. The easiest and most popular cave experience is the Riverbend…

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Monk Art Gallery

151A Morison Avenue, Parksville BC V9P 1K9 • Central Island
250-248-8189

Monk is a West Coast Canadian artist. The subject matter for the art comes primarily from beautiful Vancouver Island coastlines, and spectacular old growth forests of Cathedral Grove. MONK invites the public to join in painting on a new original painting. They add brush strokes, and sign the back as…

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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…

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Sidney Booktown

2436 Beacon Ave. Sidney BC • South Island
250-656-2345

Explore the unique bookshops of Sidney Booktown, all within easy walking distance, and discover literary treasures new and old. Enjoy a great selection of new and second-hand titles while visiting our beautiful seaside town. Sidney also offers a wide variety of boutique shops, restaurants, and beautiful scenery, making…

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Shelter Point Distillery

4650 Regent Road Campbell River, BC V9H 1E3 • North Central Island
778.420.2200

Paradise isn"t necessarily a geographical requirement for making great spirits, but we managed to find it — at Shelter Point, on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Come savour our hand crafted Whisky and Vodka.

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Royal BC Museum

675 Belleville Street Victoria BC V8W 9W2 • South Island
1-888-447-7977

See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore our permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have twice…

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Parksville Beach Festival

PO Box 28, Parksville, BC V9P 2G3 • Central Island

The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world class event for Master Sand Sculptors and is an official qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting! Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition…

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Imagine a getaway with miles of beach, boutique shops, art galleries, tasty food and wine, bakeries and coffee shops to linger in, a charming hotel and an inn all within a few kilometres. Lots of cool, relaxed things to do with family and friends within easy walking distance. Beautiful, Oak…

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Victoria Distillers

9891 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC, V8L 4X3 • South Island
250-544-8217

Tour, Taste and Lounge in BC’s only waterfront distillery in charming Sidney-by-the-Sea. Take in all aspects of production during tour and tastings. Visitors are guided through the entire distillation process and around two gleaming copper pot stills for an intimate look into one of BC’s finest artisan distilleries.…

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Comox Valley Arts

202 - 580 Duncan Street, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2M7 • North Central Island

The Comox Valley Community Arts Council works to: * facilitate, support and promote arts and culture in our community * actively engage and educate about the value of arts and culture in our daily lives, and for creating the world in which we want to live * promote the Comox Valley…

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In the heart of Comox Valley, 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery crafts wines distinctly shaped by wind and sea on a sun soaked glacier till vineyard. Established 2005, Brenda and Layne Craig steward environmentally ethical farming practices and traditional wine making methods under direction of a Master Wine…

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Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel Nanaimo

1 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5R4 • Central Island
250-753-2241

Welcome to our eco-friendly Howard Johnson Hotel Nanaimo Harbourside centrally located in downtown Nanaimo and across the street from the inner harbour and Seawall. We provide clean and accommodating guest rooms and easy access to the area’s top attractions and close proximity to ferry terminals. Free parking, Free Wi-Fi…

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Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery

2926 Back Road Comox, BC V9N 9G9 • North Central Island
1 (877) 338-2120

Explore the largest variety of authentic Native Art and Jewelry in this area. Enjoy beautiful Totem Poles, Silver and Gold Jewelry, Masks, Prints, Paddles, Argillite and other Carvings. Find beautiful and affordable gifts or one-of-a-kind Masterpieces. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.

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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8 • Central Island
250-753-1821

Discover fresh interpretive exhibits reflecting the lifestyles of Nanaimo, the Harbour City. We offer family programs & various tours, seasonal feature exhibits and a unique gift shop. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original HBC post built in 1853. Cannon firings daily at noon each summer!

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