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Adrenalin Adventures on Vancouver Island

Kayaking & Surfing, Chesterman Beach in Tofino
Walk on the edge, zip through the trees, dive deep, climb to the top, paddle river rapids and surf ocean waves, hang ten. On Vancouver Island, every day is an adventure waiting to happen. On the land and in the water, there are just so many invigorating ways to get your blood pumping. Pick your challenge and go! Considered by many to be the toughest trek on the continent, the West Coast Trail...

Eco Tourism on Vancouver Island

Tofino kayak docks
Vancouver Island is an outdoor adventure wonderland, offering an abundance of camping, hiking and eco-tourism experiences. When Islanders want to brag about their natural playground, they’ll tell you it’s the only place in Canada where you can ski in the morning and kayak in the afternoon. One of the most prestigious hiking trails in the world is on the west coast of the Island: the aptly...

Explore Vancouver Island

Explore Vancouver Island - Tofino Aerial
You have chosen one of the world’s best places for a vacation. Vancouver Island has something for everyone. From outdoor adventures in spectacular settings to exciting shopping and dining experiences, Vancouver Island offers visitors an abundance of attractions to explore. Covering 32,261 square kilometres, Vancouver Island has seven geographic regions. The South Island is home to the city...

From Farm To Fork

From Farm To Fork On Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island has long been a place of plenty, and First Nations peoples have thrived off the bounty of the forests and the ocean for generations. Abundant precipitation, a mild climate, clean air, nutrient-rich water and fertile soils combine to make this one of the most productive places on the planet.  The historic roots of life from the land are experiencing a renaissance of sorts,...

Golfing on Vancouver Island

Golfing on Vancouver Island
With a balmy climate that keeps the fairways open nearly year round and a selection of more than 40 terrific courses, Vancouver Island is a golfer’s dream come true. Gorgeous, rugged and challenging terrain combines with meticulous greens, outstanding facilities and terrific views to create a phenomenal golf destination. Golfers can play a different course every day for a month. Choose from...

Heritage Tourism on Vancouver Island

Heritage Tourism on Vancouver Island
First Nations peoples have called Vancouver Island their home for thousands of years. They have long thrived on the bounty from the ocean—salmon, clams, oysters, cod and halibut—and the land's abundant deer and elk, and many edible and medicinal plants.  Duncan, known as the “City of Totems,” is home to the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre. The centre shares the stories...

Real Estate on Vancouver Island

Real Estate on Vancouver Island
Sales activity across the Vancouver Island housing market area improved in 2013, and the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reports that sales momentum continues to build with a return to historical sales averages. “We are currently seeing a good supply of listings and attractive interest rates, which we anticipate will remain for the foreseeable future,” said VIREB president, Gary...

Spas on Vancouver Island

Spas on Vancouver Island
The term "spa" comes from the Latin "salus per aquam," meaning "health from water." It is also the name of a small village in Belgium, home to hot mineral springs where the ancient Roman soldiers went to relieve aches and pains after long marches and battles. The spa concept has long been popular with women, but that is changing. The numbers of male patrons are on the increase, and most spas...

Weddings on Vancouver Island

Weddings on Vancouver Island
From vast windswept seaside beaches to romantic hideaways, Vancouver Island entices with an astonishing selection of places to make your special day truly something to remember. There are dozens of resorts and restaurants on Vancouver Island that specialize in weddings, and their wedding planners can help pull it all together and ensure a seamless event and memories that last a lifetime. The...

Whale Watching Around Vancouver Island

Whale Watching on Vancouver Island
Alive with marine life, the nutrient-rich and sheltered waters around Vancouver Island offer up some of the world’s highest density and most accessible whale watching. Both the sheltered east and the open west coast are home to these amazing marine mammals, but the inland side is the most accessible and predictable place to see orcas (killer whales) in their natural habitat. The sheltered...

Wildlife Tours Around Vancouver Island

Whale Watching on Vancouver Island
This dynamic coastal environment is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world, in the water and on the land. Well-qualified operators offer various exciting excursions to see whales, grizzly and black bears, dolphins, harbour seals, otters and more wildlife up close. Several excursions also offer the chance to learn about First Nations culture and local history. The east shore...