Vancouver Island - Voted One of the Top North American Islands to Visit

Geographically, Vancouver Island is situated on the West Coast of Canada and it is located very close to both Vancouver and Seattle (by air, a 25 minute flight). Approximately 32,000 square kilometers in size, Vancouver Island is home to British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, world renowned for its beautiful hanging flower baskets, its horse-drawn carriages, its charm and history. Vancouver Island has been named as one of the Top North American Islands several years in a row by the readers of the prestigious Conde Naste Traveller Magazine. Vancouver Island has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. Rainforests, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats for a variety of wildlife. This region is one of the world's premier locations for whale and bear watching, as well as for salmon fishing.

Location and Population

Almost the same length as Ireland, Vancouver Island is 460 kilometers (286 miles) long and 80 kilometers (50 miles) wide, boasting 3,440 kilometers (2,136 miles) of shoreline. The population of Vancouver Island is approximately 750,000, with city centres located in Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Qualicum/Parksville, Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River.

Year Round Destination

Vancouver Island offers true West Coast hospitality, with its gorgeous scenery, pristine coastlines, lush old-growth forests, crystal rivers and lakes, mountains, farmland and culture. It offers a smorgasbord of activities to both residents and visitors alike, including marine adventures, wildlife viewing of whales, bears, eagles and seals, fishing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, agri-tourism, garden tours and many other activities. The Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island is home to Tofino, Ucluelet and Long Beach, a ten kilometer beach of surf – swept sand, famous for its storm watching, surfing and nature trials through the surrounding rain forest. Vancouver Island is truly magnificent.

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