- Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and Queen Charlotte Strait , and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. Vancouver Island is in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
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Vancouver Island is in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The island is 460 km (290 mi) in length, 100 km (62 mi) in width at its widest point, and 32,134 km 2 (12,407 sq mi) in area. It is the largest island on the west coasts of the Americas.
Find British Columbia vacation ideas on the Pacific Ocean and BC’s coast. Explore Tofino, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island.
In Vancouver, the Still Creek watershed is bounded by 1st Avenue, 49th Avenue, Nanaimo Street, and Boundary Road. Portions of the creek are visible and the City of Vancouver is working to uncover (or "daylight") more of the creek; however, most of the Vancouver section still lies underground, directed by culverts and storm sewers.
Vancouver Island, along with the Lower Mainland area (Vancouver and around) has the mildest climate in Canada. The western side of Vancouver Island is exposed to winds, rains and storms coming directly off the Pacific Ocean. Most communities and attractions are on the more protected eastern coast.
The ocean inspires our everyday. Regardless of why you choose to visit Vancouver Island, you pass through the ocean to get here. On the ferry, you travel across the water. On a plane, you get to witness the awe-inspiring view of the Pacific from above. Here on Vancouver Island, we live and breathe the ocean. Ocean Friendly Island
- Explore Victoria’s English heritage. They say that Victoria is “More English than England”. I’d love to know what you think. West Coast culture thrives in Victoria, with sailboats docked in the inner harbour creating a seafaring rhythm as their masts and sails rock to gentle swells.
- Take a walk in Beacon Hill Park. The capital city is hardly “off the beaten track” in of itself, but we love certain aspects of it which are local hangouts.
- Explore Hatley Castle in Royal Roads University. We love gardening and if you do, go to Royal Roads and wander its 15km of trails. I’d be surprised if you find many tourists: we visited frequently with my husbands’ parents and we were often alone.
- Visit The Butchart Gardens. I simply cannot imagine anyone interested in transformation and gardens not wanting to visit Butchart Gardens. More than 100 years ago, Jennie Butchart dreamt of creating a magical garden out of an abandoned quarry.
- Take a free tour in the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. With beautiful buildings, lots of cafes and restaurants, and a friendly vibe, Victoria is a great place to start exploring Vancouver Island.
- Admire the Fairmont Empress (or have a high tea) The Fairmont Empress opened her doors at the start of the 20th century and is a true city icon. If you like a high-tea (and even if you don’t;-), be sure to have a ‘Tea at the Empress‘ which has been a tremendously popular Victoria activity since 1908!
- Explore Victoria Old Town. The historic center of Victoria. Victoria has a lovely historic center that can easily be navigated on foot. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center and spend the day wandering from one beautiful old building to the next.
- Stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf. A popular hotspot in Victoria is quirky Fisherman’s Wharf, a floating village with colorful houses and cute little shops.
Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Pamper yourself in our luxury Pacific… Read More
These beach resorts in Vancouver Island have great views and are well-liked by travelers: Crystal Cove Beach Resort - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Pacific Sands Beach Resort - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
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- Top Attractions in Vancouver Island. Sort by: Traveler Favorites. Museums 1. Royal BC Museum. 7,025 reviews. Sights & Landmarks 2. Kinsol Trestle. 185 reviews. Nature & Parks.
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