Vancouver Island is a beautiful island found off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is voted the #1 island in Canada. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine have voted it #6 in the world in 2012. On top of that, Travel + Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 island in Canada and the Continental USA in the same year. The total population of the island is more than 700,000, with less than half of those residing in the Greater Victoria region.
The island itself as well as the smaller islands that nest along its shoreline are popular for vacations, whether on a short or long term basis.
Vancouver Island welcomes you with a sweet and delicate smell of old-growth rainforests which is naturally soothing and relaxing. While strolling along its beaches, you can gaze over the beautiful and amazing mountains covered by snow from a distance. You can also enjoy a shopping and dining experience anytime you want in cosmopolitan centers found within the island. So you don’t have to worry about missing your urban lifestyle. In fact, it’s one of the best places to shop and dine. You can enjoy shopping and dining in retail outlets that sell food, clothing, wine, crafts and much more, or have a memorable dining experience in word-class restaurants on the island.
Travelling on the island is not only easy but fun. The roads are well-developed and modernized, and public transit is widely available. We recommend that you take your car and drive around the island as it is easier than riding buses which can take up more of your time.
If you also enjoy visiting museums and historical places, visit the museums found on the island, especially the First Nations Museum in Nanaimo. Here you can enjoy fine arts, live music or theatre.
The island has a very mild climate, one of the mildest in the country, because of the currents brought by the Pacific Ocean. The best times for beach vacations are July and August when you can spend long hours under the sun or enjoy the fun-filled community festivals.
If you enjoy winter and snow, Vancouver Island is the place to go. During this time, not only will you get to wear your rain gear and boots, it’s also a time when accommodation rates are relatively low. Skiing can be found at Mount Washington, know for its fantastic ocean and mountain views.
Considered Canada’s pacific paradise, Vancouver Island is a place that will take your breath away and will leave you with a memorable experience that you and your loved ones will cherish forever. Experience a vacation that is a mixture of rich cultural experience, nature and world-class shopping and dining experiences. What more could you ask for?
There are plenty of things to do in Victoria & Vancouver Island; you will find it difficult to choose. If travelling with kids, the kid-friendly attractions such as Victoria Bug Zoo or the Craigdarroch Castle will give you and your kids a fun and memorable experience. A relaxing Harbour walk is also recommended, followed by a visit to the spa. For adventure seekers, some recommended activities are kayaking in the inner Harbour, wildlife tours, surfing in Tofino, dipping at the Hot Springs Cove, scuba diving and snorkeling in Nanaimo or doing some fun wind and kite surfing at the Beacon Hill Wind.
For a more relaxing vacation, how about visiting the bookstores in Ladysmith, whale watching, going on some culinary tours, antique shopping at the Fort Street, visiting museums such as the Royal BC Museum or the BC Maritime Museum, enjoying a cup of tea th ht Empress Hotel or going to the Victoria Art Gallery.