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Vancouver Island Culture

Vancouver Island’s history features the original First Peoples, who chose this region for their ancestral homes, and the European and Asian immigrants who crossed an ocean to build a better life for their families. Coal mining, fishing, and logging had to find a balance with the ways of the First People to form an essential respect for culture within each of the communities, making it possible for everyone to live, love, and work together peacefully and enjoy all the Island has to offer.

Experience the culture of Vancouver Island

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.


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 K’ómoks Village.…

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Your VIP experience. Reimagined. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, BC - the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a luxury boutique property like no other. Our facility overlooks the Juan de Fuca Strait and offers breathtaking ocean views of snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance. Just minutes away…

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We welcome you aboard the V2V Family. Together we will create memorable experiences through an inspiring connection of people, places and moments. V2V is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. V2V provides a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and convenient journey for travelers seeking a highly personalized…

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Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours provides indigenous experiences from Campbell River on north central Vancouver Island and in the Homalco First Nation traditional territory of Bute Inlet. Join us for immersive tours enhanced by an indigenous perspective that include bear and marine wildlife viewing with First Nations culture and history.

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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 to see…

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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 in Parksville, British…

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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 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…

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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 voted the…

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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 5 golf…

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