Big trees. Big mountains. Big waves. Vancouver Island has it all and boasts some of the most stunning natural environments on Earth. From the towering forests of the West Coast Trail to the summer swells of Long Beach, it offers a range of super-sized outdoor adventures that you can’t find anywhere else.
Catch the perfect wave in the west coast village of Tofino, named “Best Surf Town in North... Read more America” in Outside Magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice Awards. Step into a wetsuit and paddle out to meet the swells – this is cold-water surfing at its finest. Pacific Surf School or Surf Sister Surf School can have you geared up and catching waves in no time. After a day at the beach head to SoBo Restaurant for fish tacos and other tasty treats. Be sure to check out the Eagle Aerie Gallery featuring the artwork of acclaimed First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers or Storm Surf Shop for funky local art and clothing.
Fancy an underground adventure? Go below in Horne Lake Caves. This cave network, about an hour north of Nanaimo, is a fascinating place for all ages to explore the underworld. With just a headlamp lighting the way, see dramatic rock and crystal formations, or rappel down a subterranean waterfall on a guided spelunking tour. Tours are run year-round; reservations are recommended between September and June, and can be made by phone or on the website.
Fancy seeing a whale breaching in the wild? From the Inner Harbour, head out to sea to meet some of the Orca pods residing just offshore. Choose from a fast-moving inflatable Zodiac or comfortable covered boat; either way, you’ll probably see sea lions, seals and sea birds as well as whales in nearby waters.
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Scenery by land, air and sea: getting to Vancouver Island really is half the fun! BC... Read more Ferries has three routes that offer regular service between the mainland and Vancouver Island. These comfortable ferries also serve the Gulf Islands. Travelling car-free? Pacific Coach Lines offers downtown to downtown service. From Washington State, Black Ball Ferries, Washington State Ferries, and the Victoria Clipper all sail to Victoria. Prefer to fly? Daily flights connect Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria, while frequent floatplane service links all three cities. You can even go by helicopter, with Helijet’s Vancouver to Victoria service.
The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...
While the Strait of Georgia reaches out below you, majestic mountains and towering skyscrapers beckon on the horizon, Helijet's spacious helicopters fly you to your destination in som...
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