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Explore Central Island Communities

Cortes Island

Cortes is situated 150km North of Vancouver, in the Discovery…

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Tahsis & Gold River

Tahsis and Gold River are known as the gateway to…

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Newcomers and travellers who’ve not been here in a while…

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Gabriola Island

A short ferry ride from Nanaimo, Gabriola is known as…

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Errington, Coombs, & Mount Arrowsmith

Inland within easy hailing distance of the coastal communities is…

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Relax and recharge in one of Canada’s top beach holiday…

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Qualicum Beach

Peace, quiet and community life reign in this pretty seaside…

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Comox Valley

The Comox Valley stretches from mountains to farmlands to beaches…

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Mount Washington

Panoramic 360-degree views and year-round sporting thrills are available just…

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Campbell River

Welcome to the North Central region’s unofficial “Outdoors HQ,” located…

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First stop on the scenic highway north of Campbell River,…

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Quadra Island

The first stop in the Discovery Island chain is a…

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Getting to Nanaimo & Central Island

Travellers to central Vancouver Island by car can reach this region by taking BC Ferries from the mainland: via Tsawwassen to Duke Point or Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. Both ferries bring you to Nanaimo, where you can travel north or south from there. Follow the Island Highway (Hwy 19). Or, hop on Highway 19A to enjoy the scenic, Oceanside Route, connecting Nanaimo to Campbell River.

Travellers coming to the Central Island by air can land in Nanaimo (YCD) or Comox (YQQ) and conveniently renting a car at the airport.