Victoria is a great starting point for your Vancouver Island travel dreams. The Island you never knew you wanted to see until now!
With an international airport and international and domestic ferry terminals, and all the amenities, services and supplies you need, Victoria provides a natural base camp for your Vancouver Island travel adventure.
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The Island is 460 km long and 50 to 120 km wide. It is located parallel to west coast of British Columbia in Canada with the southern tip dipping below the 49th parallel and separated from the United States by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Be sure to read our guide to the island essentials you need to know before your Vancouver Island travel adventures.
The Island’s topography is highlighted by a rugged coastline with a heavily forested, mountainous interior sprinkled with lakes, rivers and streams that are bursting with marine life and begging to be explored.
With this varied terrain comes an incredibly diverse range of activities to participate in. Some of the most popular Vancouver Island travel activities that people visit for are:
Another very popular Vancouver Island travel option is to stay in the Victoria area and take day trips throughout the southern island region. Common day trips include:
Experience the rugged beauty of our coastline at French Beach Provincial Park - easily accessed and located approximately one hour west of Victoria.
A seaside community renowned for its sculptures and 40+ murals on various buildings throughout the community. Also, home to a professional theatre.
Cathedral Grove is home to massive Douglas Fir and Red Cedar, some of which are estimated to be 800 years old, towering to heights of 250 ft and 29 feet in circumference. It is an awe-inspiring place that every tourist and resident should see.
The long sandy beach of Parksville is a beautiful escape in all seasons but it is highlighted during the annual Beachfest which runs from mid July until the third week in August. This family-oriented beach festival features free concerts, artisan markets, buskers and the main event - the sand sculpting competition and exhibition. sand sculpture competition
Over 100 years in the making, the gardens are of lush oasis of colourful blooms and greenery covering 55 acres. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada and could possibly be Victoria’s most popular tourist attraction with over a million visitors annually. Get tickets here.
Hiking Mount Finlayson and enjoying the day use areas of the Goldstream Provincial Park are popular throughout the year but what attracts most visitors is the annual salmon run beginning mid October followed by the eagle extravaganza a few weeks later.
There's even more to see and do if you have one to two weeks (or more!) to travel around the island. We'll be expanding this section soon but for now, here's a couple sample itineraries to get you started.
As you can see, the Vancouver Island travel scene is incredibly diverse and we know you’ll enjoy your time here. We look forward to welcoming you to our piece of paradise.
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