Vancouver Island

Did You Know?

  • Della Falls in Strathcona Provincial Park is among Canada’s highest waterfalls at 440 metres (1,452 feet), and is eight times the height of Niagara Falls. The park is also home to the Golden Hinde, Vancouver Island’s highest peak.
  • The historic 1920 Kinsol Trestle, Canada’s tallest timber trestle, is also a recreational route for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.
  • Vancouver Island is rich in caves, with more than 1,000 recorded. Many are open for guided or self-guided tours.
  • The “Hanging Garden Tree” on Meares Island near Tofino is one of the oldest known western red cedars, estimated to be between 800 and 1,200 years old.
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island receives an average snow base of 11 metres (36 feet) per year, which means it’s regularly one of the snowiest ski resorts in the world.

Nestled along Canada’s west coast, the Vancouver Island region — a land mass bigger than Belgium — is a paradise of tranquil islands, pristine coastlines and emerald forests, where the ever-present Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery and softens the climate.

In addition to BC’s vibrant capital city, Victoria, you’ll find a mix of awe-inspiring views and outdoor adventure in the region, like golfing, kayaking, whale watching, bear viewing, guided caving, surfing and skiing, just for starters.

On the east coast, the gentle breezes of the Georgia Strait and the protection of the Vancouver Island mountain ranges create a moderate climate perfect for growing flora and food. The bucolic seaside village of Cowichan Bay received North America’s first Cittaslow recognition, making it a destination not just to see (its First Nations cultural offerings are captivating), but to taste, from artisanal cheese and homegrown spirits to freshly caught seafood.

Work it all off with a walk, run, hike or bike through one of the Island’s 160 government designated parks, or on the famous West Coast Trail, a 75-kilometre (47-mile) backpacking test of mettle. On the wild west coast, discover Canada’s surf capital, Tofino, which boasts jaw-dropping coastal scenery where rainforest runs right into the Pacific Ocean; soak up sun on the beaches in summer and cosy in safely beside a warm fire and watch the wild storms, outside, in winter.

With the mildest climate in Canada, any time of the year is an ideal time to visit Vancouver Island.

Heather McEachen
Trade & Media Relations Manager
Tourism Vancouver Island
501 - 65 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9
Phone: 250-740-1214

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