Visit Vancouver Island on Holiday
A short ferry ride across the waters from Vancouver is wonderful Vancouver Island – one of Canada's most breathtakingly beautiful destinations. This natural paradise is the perfect addition to any holiday to Western Canada, particularly from March to November, when the weather is warm, the flowers are in full bloom, and endless possibilities of seeing some of Canada's most famous wildlife.
Vancouver Island stretches 460km from the historical capital of Victoria in the south, to the rugged north of the island. A popular natural wonder is the Great Bear Rainforest, which is one of the only remaining unspoiled rainforests, and home to Canadian wildlife like black, grizzly and Kermode bears, wolves, cougars and salmon. Wildlife enthusiasts can also spot whales on a boat, a snorkelling tour, or even just observing from the coast, and there is the opportunity to see over 200 species of birds from walking around the island.
The summer months on Vancouver Island are warm and inviting, making them ideal for any local activities including sightseeing, hiking, cycling and water sports like stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. When the sun is shining, flora enthusiast can enjoy beautiful flowers in all their glory while strolling around the fragrant gardens.
As well as outdoor activities, visitors can also enjoy the local shopping, food and wine, arts and crafts, as well as the island's theatre, music and art scenes. There are also wineries to discover, wildlife to spot and beaches to stroll along, so it's no wonder that this is one of Canada's most popular islands.
Vancouver Island is a top choice destination for anyone looking to spot wildlife in Canada. Visitors can discover the remote Knight Inlet Lodge, accessible by floatplane, to spot the country's famous grizzly bears that make their home around Campbell River, also known as the ‘salmon capital of the world'. There are also opportunities to spot whales, porpoise and birds from a tour boat or on a guided snorkelling excursion, as well as on a stroll around the local area.
Any visit to Vancouver Island should include a trip to British Columbia's capital, Victoria. This is one of the oldest and most charming towns in the Pacific Northwest, and is home to a host of unique activities. Stroll along the beautiful Inner Harbour down to Fisherman's Wharf and admire the colourful floating houses and shops. For a special treat book an afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress hotel overlooking the water and celebrate your holiday to Canada with loved ones.
Whether you're travelling with your family, friends, in a couple or alone, if you're heading to Western Canada on holiday, Vancouver Island is a must-see destination!