Vancouver Island

Travel Guide
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Feel the reinvigorating power of the great outdoors on Vancouver Island, a vast swathe of nature on the doorstep of metropolitan cities.

Although only a short journey away from one of Canada's largest cities and home to the regional capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island feels a world away from urban life. Deserted beaches, forested mountains and rare wildlife cover the sparsely populated island, beckoning Victoria's visitors with its dramatic wilderness. Succumb to its call and experience it on skis, on bike or on foot.

Visit Victoria, the lively capital of British Columbia in the south of the island. A modern city that prides itself on its great food, drink and culture sits alongside beautiful heritage landmarks. The Royal BC Museum gives a compelling overview of the region's history. Wander the halls of two castles with elegant gardens: the Victorian-era Craigdarroch and Hatley Park, completed in 1908.

You can also tour the other towns on the island. Parksville is a charming collection of sandy beaches, heritage attractions and stylish dining spots. Port Hardy is a pocket of civilization surrounded by rugged wilderness that offers museums and sites of cultural significance for the island's First Nations.

Tie up your walking boots for energetic treks through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Waymarked trails run around the coastline, leading to spectacular views and quiet beaches. Experienced hikers can try the famous West Coast Trail, a 47-mile (75-kilometer) route along the southwest Pacific shores.

Scan the waters for a sighting of black dorsal fins. Families of orcas enjoy the waters around Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago between June and October. Inland, black bears can be seen around Clayoquot Sound on a bear-watching tour.

Hit the slopes in winter at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Boarding, skiing and tubing are all available for speedy ways to get down the mountain, on routes used by international athletes.

Victoria International Airport is reached by Air Canada, United and other airlines. Perhaps the best way to reach the island, however, is by ferry from Vancouver, which provides unbeatable views of the mountains, woods and lakes when arriving on the water.

Vancouver Island Travel Guide Video

THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is $153 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated on the boardwalk, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parksville Beach, Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus, and Paradise Fun ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (887 reviews)
"Truly great place to stay."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

THE Beach Club Resort
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $254 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Staff was amazing."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $157 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Government Street and British Columbia Parliament ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,006 reviews)
"We loved the location as we came for Marathon"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Hotel Grand Pacific
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Ramada by Wyndham Campbell River
Ramada by Wyndham Campbell River
3 out of 5
462 South Island Highway 62087, Campbell River, BC
The price is $48 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Situated in Campbell River, this chalet is within 1 mi (2 km) of Campbell River Museum and Torii Gate. Maritime Heritage Centre and Discovery Passage Aquarium ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,023 reviews)
"Very cheerful hotel receptionists at the hotel. Thanks for your help on getting us in nice and quick. But the walls are pretty thin and the people next to us stayed up all nice partying and enjoying theirselves. Had a wonderful breakfast and great views. We will still stay here again."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Campbell River
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $161 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and Miniature ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,079 reviews)
"Property was clean, quiet, and close to the downtown area."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is $104 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Situated by the ocean, this condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Parksville Visitor Centre and Craig Heritage Park and Museum. Riptide Lagoon Adventure ...
4/5 Very Good! (311 reviews)
"Our room had a shared entry way with the room next door. The building is not very sound proof, luckily we were on the top floor though. The room/housekeeping could be better, there was spiderwebs and a spider in the room when we arrived. Limited parking available next to the building, there were ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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