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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?