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Vancouver Island Vacation: Coronavirus Information

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Vancouver Island

Deserted beaches, forest hiking trails, whale-watching opportunities and bohemian communities make this island a popular escape for city dwellers.

Vancouver Island is home to both remote wilderness and cosmopolitan cities. This collection of islands off the west of Canada is known as the “final frontier” where adventure meets natural beauty. Journey into rainforests, go scuba diving in sparkling waters and visit cultural attractions dedicated to the people of the First Nations. 

Start in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the daffodils and tulips in Butchart Gardens and take the children to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens to marvel at thousands of tropical butterflies. Climb up the steps at the Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum for stunning views across the city.

Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route to see dense wilderness and rural villages such as Metchosin. Play in the tidal pools at Port Renfrew and enjoy farm-fresh cuisine in Sooke. Cyclists will enjoy touring the diverse landscape of the Gulf Islands. Be prepared for uphill climbs and rolling country roads.

The remote north of Vancouver Island is far wilder and is home to the grizzly bear-filled Great Bear Rainforest. Go on a whale-watching tour with a qualified guide and look for orcas and humpback whales. Water lovers can scuba dive in Quatsino Narrows, while kayakers can visit Echo Bay off Gilford Island for a peaceful day watching seals.

First Nations peoples have lived in Vancouver Island for thousands of years and still have a huge influence on local culture. Visit the Alberni Valley Museum to see First Nations artifacts, take a guided First Nation canoe trip down the Campbell River and learn traditional ceremonial dances.

Fly into Victoria International Airport to reach the island or take a chartered seaplane to more remote destinations. Ferries are also a popular way to get around. Roads on the island are fully paved and designated scenic routes such as the Oceanside Route or North Island Route will take you through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. 

Winter trips to Vancouver Island deliver all manner of cold-weather fun, from skiing to hikes in snowy forests.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Vancouver Island?

A: If the plan is to go and explore the region of Capital, a rental car is a good idea. Roll down your windows and soak up the best attractions and landscapes that this amazing place has to offer. Sticking to the cities of Victoria or Nanaimo? Your own set of wheels is the perfect way to escape the beaten track. Whenever you need Cheap Car Hire in Vancouver Island, we're here to help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Vancouver Island?

A: The following major airports operate most of the flights arriving into and departing from Vancouver Island:

  • Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.): 101 international flights per month.
  • Comox, BC (YQQ-Comox Valley): 2 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Vancouver Island?

A: Vancouver Island is overflowing with comfortable accommodations. Hotels are a reliable choice. Bed & breakfasts, motels and private vacation homes are worth considering too.

Q: What does a Vancouver Island vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, hotels, cars — and activities and experiences. Expedia has everything you need for the ideal vacation. Choose one of these options or reserve one of our amazing travel packages. You have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your escape to Vancouver Island exactly the way you like it.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Vancouver Island?

A: Package deals are a fantastic way to save your hard-earned money on your next Vancouver Island getaway. See someplace new for less when you bundle your Flights and Hotels with Expedia. Time to stop daydreaming and start booking.

Q: What are the best things to do in Vancouver Island?

A: If you haven't already added a trip to Victoria to your travel itinerary, why not do it now? It would be a shame to miss Butchart Gardens, University of Victoria and British Columbia Parliament Building while you're in this corner of the world.



*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


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Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites $160
Reviewed on May 30, 2020
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Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
     
    4.6 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent customer service, great location and great views

    Red Lion Inn and Suites $75
    Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020
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    Red Lion Inn and Suites

    Red Lion Inn and Suites

    3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very clean and modern. Hotel room had a great kitchenette, comfy bed, good wifi, full amenities

      THE Beach Club Resort $130
      Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020
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      THE Beach Club Resort

      THE Beach Club Resort

      181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Front staff very nice both checking in and out Room was average but awesome Ocean view from patio. Since was end of May 2020 was a little disappointed with no use of the pool or hot tub but just happy to get away for the night.

        Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa $134
        Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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        Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

        Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

        849 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
           
          4.7 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Amazing views from room, more amazing views within walking distance. It’s in a very nice area

          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour $88
          Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020
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          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

          Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour

          427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
             
            3.8 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The restaurant was great! The staff was awesome! The hotel is getting old but is clean and in a great location.

            Embassy Inn $110
            Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020
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            Embassy Inn

            Embassy Inn

            520 Menzies St, Victoria, BC
               
              4.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Came to stay just shortly after policies for COVID19 relaxed a bit. Obviously experience was a bit unique: only 1 person/couple/family in the elevator at a time. Breakfast was muffins, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice served to be taken back to your room. Pool was closed. Location was amazing. Right ...

              Villa Eyrie Resort $139
              Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020
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              Villa Eyrie Resort

              Villa Eyrie Resort

              600 Ebadora Lane, Mill Bay, BC
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Loved the location of the Villa! Very friendly staff and amazing ocean views. I do suggest to bring your own pillows. The ones they have are very large and stiff.

                Reef Point Cottages
                Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020
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                Reef Point Cottages

                Reef Point Cottages

                1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Really enjoyed our stay. It is a really nice area to go for a walk. We really appreciate that it was dog friendly.

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