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South IslandVancouver Island | MAPS

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Saanich Peninsula, Victoria and the Juan de Fuca Strait, Langford, ...

Gulf IslandsVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map Gulf Island
A group of 15 main islands in the Salish Sea located off Vancouver ...

Cowichan ValleyVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map Cowichan
Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Mill Bay and Ladysmith

Central IslandVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map Central Island
Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach, Little Qualicum Falls, Coom...

Pacific RimVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map Pacific Rim
Beaches of Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alb...

North CentralVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map North Central Island
Strathcona Provincial Park, Cambell River, Courtney, Comox and Moun...

North IslandVancouver Island | MAPS

Vancouver Island zone map North Island
The small town charm of Telegraph Cove, Port McNeil, Port Hardy and...

The Regions of Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, a haven of natural beauty, is divided into seven distinct regions, each offering its own unique charm and experiences. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, or a history buff, there’s something for everyone to explore.

San josef bay smNorth Island

The North Island is the true wilderness of Vancouver Island. With its vast forests, rugged shorelines, small towns and thriving wildlife, it’s the perfect place for outdoor lovers and getting away from the crowds. Home to San Josef Bay, Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay

A walk over Elk Falls located on North Central Vancouver IslandNorth Central Island

North Central Island is a delightful paradox. It’s home to bustling communities like Campbell River, the ‘Salmon Capital of the World,’ yet moments away, you can find serene lakes and waterfalls. Do you fancy a fishing trip or prefer a peaceful stroll? The choice is yours. Top locations include Elk Falls, Airforce Beach and Nympf Falls.

long beach surf board tofinoPacific Rim

Welcome to the Pacific Rim, where the forest meets the sea. This region is a paradise for surfers and beachcombers. Tofino, known for its storm-watching opportunities, or Ucluelet with its Wild Pacific Trail. The region expands from there, reaching out to Port Alberni and down to Bamfield. Popular stops include the Long Beach.

View from bridge of Englishman River Falls a short walk from parking lot. Perfect for small kids elderly and wheelchair accessibleCentral Island

The heart of Vancouver Island, the Central Island, is a blend of urban life, nature, and adventure. How about exploring the shops and restaurants of Nanaimo or hiking Mount Benson for sweeping views? Common stops include Coombs Goats on the Roof, Englishman River Falls, Cathedral Grove and Parksville Beach.

Kinsol Trestle Bridge on Vancouver IslandCowichan

Cowichan is the ‘land warmed by the sun,’ a testament to its pleasant climate. This region is famed for its vineyards and local food scene. Ready to savour some local wines or farm-to-table meals? Make sure you stop by the Kinsol Trestle and the Malahat Skywalk.

Deer relaxing on the Gulf Islands just off of Vancouver Island British ColumbiaGulf Island

The Gulf Islands are an idyllic collection of islands nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Whether sailing around the islands or visiting the quaint artist communities, each island tells a different story. Saltspring and Gabriela Island both offer artisans, restaurants and a laid-back atmosphere.

Sooke Beach - Mystic BeachSouth Island

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is the crown jewel of South Island. With its historic buildings, delightful gardens, and charming harbour, it certainly leaves an impression. Will you take a stroll along the Inner Harbour or explore the Royal BC Museum? Or head West towards Sooke and you will find old-growth and coastal hiking tails.

From North to South, Vancouver Island offers a realm of possibilities. It’s time to find your adventure! Which region will you explore first?

Looking out of the Cathedral Cave on Atluck Creek in Little Huson Caves Regional Park
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