Vancouver Island is around 500km long and 100km wide, the largest populated landmass between western North America and New Zealand  The Island features many colourful communities which owe their origin to logging, mining or fishing and you can still find traces of the past up and down the Island.

Victoria may be the arrival point for many, but it shouldn’t be the only place you visit. From the sun drenched beaches of Parksville, to the world class food and wine of the Cowichan Valley, the pioneer aura of Campbell River to the surf-loving Pacific Rim radiating from Tofino, there is so much to see and do!

Farm in the Cowichan Valley
Farm in the Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley offers some of the best agricultural land on the west coast and hosts hobby farmers and many organic crop growers. And more than ever,  it is also home to the growing Vancouver Island wine industry with more than a dozen vineyards in operation. Read More.

Nanaimo and Logging at Sunrise
Logs in Harbour of Nanaimo, being readied to ship down river

Whether youve come by ferry or airplane, Nanaimo is your gateway to a Central Vancouver Island adventure! Youll find all the amenities youd expect in a mid-sized Canadian city, including accommodations that range from safe, affordable family motels to high-end luxury resorts. Read More.

Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Beach

Just up-Island from Nanaimo is the amazing vacation destination of Parksville-Qualicum Beach. Youll find world-class visitor experiences here you wont find anywhere else. For starters, theres a whole string of big, curving sandy beaches just waiting for your towel and your toes. Read More.

Chrome Island Lighthouse
Chrome Island Lighthouse

Horne Lake, Spider Lake, Dunsmuir, Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay– closely connected communities in Lighthouse Country that nestle at the foot of the Beaufort Mountains and look out to stunning vistas of the Northern Gulf Islands in the celebrated Salish Sea. Read More.

Comox Glacier
The Comox Glacier

Just over an hour’s drive up-Island from Nanaimo you’ll find the spectacular Comox Valley, home to three unique and distinct communities: Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox. It’s one of those precious places on Earth where you can ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon. Read More.

Campbell River Pier by Roxy Hurtubise
Campbell River Pier by Roxy Hurtubise

Campbell River is your gateway to a wild West Coast adventure. If you want to see whales, dolphins and bears, this is the place to be. At the end of the day, this vibrant city offers a full range of accommodations, eateries, services and amenities. Read More.

A whale breaches in the pacific ocean
A whale breaches in the Pacific Ocean

No visit to Vancouver Island is complete without a trip to the stunningly beautiful Pacific West Coast. But make sure you don’t hurry as there are many places to see along the way. Old growth Douglas Firs, shimmering mountain lakes and rushing rivers are just a few. Read More.

Oceanside Shuttle Service
Oceanside Shuttle Service is a recommended guide to the Best of Vancouver Island.




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