Visit Vancouver Island
Famous for its whale watching at Tofino and provincial parks offering a selection of wildlife, a Vancouver Island holiday will provide hiking trips, kayaking and historical highlights.
Tofino is a hotspot for whale watching enthusiasts. The main attraction is the migration of gray whales passing Long Beach just five kilometres from the shore. Humpback whales can also be seen, while further north killer whales can be seen from Telegraph Cove or Discovery Passage.
The Great Outdoors
The abundance of wilderness on Vancouver Island is yours to explore. Three sections of the Pacific Rim National Park - Long Beach, The Broken Group Islands archipelago and the West Coast Trail - offer a choice of hikes. Further inland the mountainous wilderness of Strathcona Principle Park is to be taken on by more experienced hikers. Travel to Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to continue your adventure with a selection of rare rainforests.
History and Culture
With Victoria being the capital of British Columbia, it is no surprise that it offers a collection of museums and gardens. A stroll along the Inner Harbour is well worth a visit for the architecture, especially The Parliament Buildings and The Fairmont Express Hotel. Explore the history of the First Nations' villages in the Royal British Columbia Museum.
You can also indulge in the hot water rockpools at Hot Springs Cove. Taste the local food in Campbell River and combine architecture with shopping in Victoria's Bastion Square.
Top itineraries in Vancouver Island
Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.
The Canadian Rockies are spectacular. Giant peaks towering above beautiful tree-covered valleys and sparkling lakes, interspersed with pretty villages and mountain resorts sit alongside an abundance of native wildlife from deer and moose to black bears and grizzlies.
Take to the open road on this tailor-made fly-drive as you link the cities of Vancouver and Calgary via stops in Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Banff and Jasper national parks.
Top places to stay in Vancouver Island
Discover the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located on a beautiful archipelago on Canada's Pacific coast.
The Wickaninnish Inn or ‘The Wick’ as it is known locally, is a superb resort in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Accessed by float plane or helicopter from either Port Hardy or Port McNeill - towns located an hour's flight from Vancouver at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Nimmo Bay is as remote as it is beautiful.
Where to go in Vancouver Island
Venture through the rare rainforests in Clayoquot Sound, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. To complete your Clayoquot Sound travel itinerary explore the inlets for stunning costal views, wilderness trails as well as black bear watching from April to October.
Ucluelet is part of the Pacific Rim National Park south of Tofino. Long Beach draws both surfers and hikers thanks to its waves and nature trails. It also has viewing points, such as The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, to spot some of the 25,000 gray whales migrating five kilometres from shore.
Tofino is a fishing village famous for whale watching. Located in the centre of Clayoquot Sound, Tofino travel takes advantage of cruise and kayaking options as vantage points for the 25,000 migrating gray whales. You only need to travel five kilometres from the shore to view their migration from M…
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