Victoria & Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is known for its rich variety of landscapes, from high rugged mountains to lush rainforests to coastlines that are both sheltered and wild. Located off the west coast of BC, the island offers sheltered inlets, beautiful year-round gardens and, on the west side of the island, some of the biggest waves in the country. There are forests of Douglas fir, arbutus and Garry oak trees. The island is also home to British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, and a number of smaller cities like Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay and Campbell River, along with many towns and villages. You can embark on almost any type of outdoor adventure, from kayaking, diving, fishing, biking, surfing and swimming in the summer to skiing, snowshoeing and storm watching in the winter. You can also watch migrating birds, ducks, geese and swans in Victoria, and, of course, go on a whale-watching tour.

Top 5 things to do

  • Go on a whale-watching or bear-watching adventure
  • Visit the Parliament Buildings
  • Enjoy shopping and dining
  • Visit historic sites and museums to learn about Aboriginal culture and BC's past
  • Ski, snowboard, snowshoe and storm watch in the winter