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Explore the marble passages and crystal caverns created by the ‘Ice Age’ on this guided, 3-hour caving and hiking expedition....
nanaimo airplane tour
Experience the majesty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast from the air with a 40-minute round-trip seaplane flight from Nanaimo. Take...
Riverbend Cave Explorer
Illuminate the shimmering crystals of Riverbend Cave on this small-group adventure. For those who want to explore a cave with...
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Explore Vancouver Island's magnificent scenery on a full-day, private tour from Victoria to Englishman River Falls, Little Qu...
Whale Watching Semi-Covered | Nanaimo 1
See whales and all manner of marine life on this whale-watching expedition. From Nanaimo, head out into the Salish Sea on a s...
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You Keep Catch Catch Cleaning & Fileting Rods, reels & Tackles 4hr, 6hr & 8hr options 6 person 26' boat Nearshore...
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Head out into the Salish Sea from Nanaimo in search of the abundant wildlife that inhabits the area. Your guide is an experie...
Vancouver to Nanaimo Day Tour 1
Start your amazing journey by taking an amazing drive through the Lions Gate Bridge. Stop at Horseshoe bay, and take a 90 min...
big tree coastal adventure 2
Experience: Amazing grove of giant 1000 year old, old growth cedars Amazing west coast beach with potholes, tide pools and s...

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 West Coast 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.

Map of Vancouver Island Central Zone
Vancouver to Nanaimo Day Tour 1
Start your amazing journey by taking an amazing drive through the Lions Gate Bridge. Stop at Horseshoe bay, and take a 90 min...
6d
Head out into the Salish Sea from Nanaimo in search of the abundant wildlife that inhabits the area. Your guide is an experie...
caving e1
Explore the marble passages and crystal caverns created by the ‘Ice Age’ on this guided, 3-hour caving and hiking expedition....
Riverbend Cave Explorer
Illuminate the shimmering crystals of Riverbend Cave on this small-group adventure. For those who want to explore a cave with...

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.

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