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Stunning beaches, vibrant wildlife and outdoor activities there are so many adventures a short drive from Nanaimo

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Map of Vancouver Island Central Zone

Central Vancouver Island offers an ideal destination for anyone looking to explore the natural beauty of Canada’s Westcoast. Visitors will discover an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, from the scenic harbourfront of Nanaimo to the white-sand beaches at Blueback Beach, Rathtrevor Provincial Park and Qualicum Beach. Kayakers and boaters will love the variety of sheltered bays, while hikers and bikers can explore the many trails throughout the region.

Wildlife enthusiasts can look for bald eagles soaring overhead or spot pods of orcas swimming offshore in the Salish Sea. The nearby Cathedral Grove provides a stunning old-growth forest to explore and admire, while Mount Benson offers breathtaking views from its summit.


With mild temperatures year-round and easy access to surrounding outdoor destinations like Englishman River Falls and Qualicum Provincial Park, it’s pretty clear why travellers seeking a memorable experience on Canada’s Westcoast choose this part of the Island.

Central Vancouver Island is home to the second most populated area, with most residents living along the coast in Nanaimo and Parksville. Visitors to this area enjoy easy access from the mainland thanks to the airport and ferry terminal in Nanaimo.

Central Island is the second most populated area on Vancouver Island, with easy access to the BC mainland through the ferries and airport just south of Nanaimo.

Air Force Beach

This stunning 2 km sand beach located just outside of Comox on Kye Bay is perfect for families




1-4 km (.6-2.5 mi)


Beach, Picnic



Sand beach Airforce Beach Comox
Air Force Beach and Kye Beach Map

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