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Vancouver Island is known for its rugged, untouched beaches, which in the summer serve as a haven and in the winter serve as a storm-watching and surfing hotspot. On top of all of the trekking, fishing, and kayaking options, the Island also has beautiful golf courses and luscious wineries where you may relax and unwind.
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Guide to Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is a small island in the northern Pacific Ocean that is part of the British Columbia province in Canada.
Climate in Vancouver Island
The climate is one of the loveliest in Canada, with coast-to-coast temperatures usually exceeding 0°C (32°F) in January, which is a big deal in Canada. The hottest days in July are typically between 28°C and 33°C (82°F and 91°F). The island's south-eastern region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers.
For thousands of years, Vancouver Island was the home of several indigenous peoples. Language-based distinctions include the Kwakwakawakw (also known as the Kwakiutl), Nuu-chah-nulth, and a number of Coast Salish peoples, among others.
Things to do in Vancouver Island
Stroll around exploring Victoria
Victoria is a wonderful spot to start a vacation because it's the primary entry point to Vancouver Island. British Columbia's capital, Victoria, is one of Canada's most picturesque towns, with views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula. Many of the city's tourist attractions may be found along the picturesque Inner Harbour, which is also where most of the activity takes place. It is impossible to visit the Inner Harbour and not see the Parliament Buildings, which are stunning when illuminated. The Royal BC Museum, which provides insight into British Columbia's natural and human history is another important attraction here.
Immerse in nature at Cathedral or Eden Grove
The old-growth woods of Vancouver Island are a true national treasure and a must-see for anybody who loves the outdoors. Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park not far from Port Alberni, is a popular tourist destination and is between 600 and 800 years old, standing 75 metres tall and having a diameter of up to nine metres. Another excellent place to see old growth is Eden Grove. It's a lesser-known spot than Cathedral Grove, but it's also far more rewarding. There's a sense of serenity and immersion in the forest here that you won't experience at other popular destinations.
Take a day trip to Tofino
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, the little village of Tofino is a gem. This little fishing hamlet on Vancouver Island is a famous tourist attraction, yet it never seems crowded because of its views of Clayoquot Sound, which is framed by lush greenery and endless beaches. It's recognised as Canada's top surf destination and visitors to Tofino enjoy storm watching from November to February when enormous waves sweep in from the Pacific Ocean. Tofino's greatest hikes and camping may be found just outside the city limits in Pacific Rim National Park.
Eating out in Vancouver Island
Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe serves food that is unique and delicious. Ethical sourcing and meticulous attention to detail go hand in hand here. Visit Il Terrazzo, a restaurant where the Italian-inspired, locally sourced food is just as important as the ambience and service. Try the cannelloni filled with crab cakes and squash and thank us later. Brasserie L'École, a little but very charming cafe discretely decorated in la mode français, but without any of the infamous Parisian pretension, is one of the finest restaurants in Victoria. Classic French meals are prepared to a high standard and it's hard to go wrong with dishes like moules frites, confit de canard, and a nice bottle of Bordeaux.
Vancouver Island Transport
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is Vancouver Island's largest airport and is located a 30-minute drive north of downtown Victoria.
Getting around Vancouver Island
From Victoria to Campbell River, as well as Tofino on the west coast, IslandLinkBus offers passenger express bus service. Many visitors travelling across Canada also opt to hire a car for increased flexibility, comfort, and convenience.