VANCOUVER ISLAND - WHAT TO DO
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Vancouver Island is located in the province of British Columbia. It is one of the largest islands in the world today. The island is home to sparkling lakes, rivers, bays and fjords. If you enjoy getting up close with nature, you’ll definitely love it here.
Vancouver Island is sparsely populated, with most locals living in two of the most popular cities on the island – Victoria, and Nanaimo. More than 360,000 people call the city of Victoria home. The city boasts lots of exotic restaurants, cozy cafes, art galleries, museums, gardens, and impeccable attractions. Nanaimo, the second most popular city on the island, is home to more than 100,000 people. The Harbor City, as it’s fondly called, features many museums, theatres, and music venues. So if you’re looking for a place to spend the weekend, Nanaimo has got you covered.
If you love the outdoors, Vancouver Island will never disappoint. It is one of the world's leading destinations for whale watching. The adventurous traveler will be spoiled for choice and the island offers ample opportunities for fishing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, wildlife watching and many more.
Hiking and Leisure Walking
Vancouver Island has countless miles of hiking trails ranging from a few hours strolls to a multi-day alpine excursion. The most popular trail on the island is the 47-mile West Coast Trail, which takes you through ancient old-growth rainforests and along the coasts. Hiking in Vancouver Island will leave you with fun-filled memories that will remain etched in your mind. To get the most out of your hiking activities, it is recommended that you hire an expert local guide.
Take a Wine Tasting Tour
With more than 100 different grape varieties including Ortega, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris, Vancouver Island produces some of the finest wines in the world. The vintages on the island are superb, thanks to the pleasant climates which is similar to the ones found in the famous regions of France and Germany. Plan a day trip to Cowichan Valley for a chance to sample some of the best fine wines the region has to offer.
Do you love cycling? No other place caters to cycling enthusiasts than Vancouver Island. The pleasant weather coupled with spectacular scenery makes cycling on the island a refreshing activity. Whether it’s a casual ride on the Gallopping Goose Trail or daring ride on the Harland Basin, the island will keep you coming back for more.
Take a Stroll along the Beach
Vancouver Island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches featuring gorgeous mountain backdrops. And when you see the backdrop of some of these beaches, you can’t help but take a picture of it so you can keep the memories with you. One of the beaches perfect for a stroll during the day is Rathrevor Beach. Also, there are great spots for picnicking so you can spend the entire day exploring the beach.
Bungee Jumping is an activity for the most daring travelers. If you can’t handle it, then keep off. For bungee jumping, there’s no better place than Vancouver Island. You can try this activity at the Bungy Zone and Wild Play Element Park.