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Vancouver Island

Deserted beaches, forest hiking trails, whale-watching opportunities and bohemian communities make this island a popular escape for city dwellers.

Vancouver Island is home to both remote wilderness and cosmopolitan cities. This collection of islands off the west of Canada is known as the “final frontier” where adventure meets natural beauty. Journey into rainforests, go scuba diving in sparkling waters and visit cultural attractions dedicated to the people of the First Nations. 

Start in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the daffodils and tulips in Butchart Gardens and take the children to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens to marvel at thousands of tropical butterflies. Climb up the steps at the Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum for stunning views across the city.

Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route to see dense wilderness and rural villages such as Metchosin. Play in the tidal pools at Port Renfrew and enjoy farm-fresh cuisine in Sooke. Cyclists will enjoy touring the diverse landscape of the Gulf Islands. Be prepared for uphill climbs and rolling country roads.

The remote north of Vancouver Island is far wilder and is home to the grizzly bear-filled Great Bear Rainforest. Go on a whale-watching tour with a qualified guide and look for orcas and humpback whales. Water lovers can scuba dive in Quatsino Narrows, while kayakers can visit Echo Bay off Gilford Island for a peaceful day watching seals.

First Nations peoples have lived in Vancouver Island for thousands of years and still have a huge influence on local culture. Visit the Alberni Valley Museum to see First Nations artifacts, take a guided First Nation canoe trip down the Campbell River and learn traditional ceremonial dances.

Fly into Victoria International Airport to reach the island or take a chartered seaplane to more remote destinations. Ferries are also a popular way to get around. Roads on the island are fully paved and designated scenic routes such as the Oceanside Route or North Island Route will take you through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. 

Winter trips to Vancouver Island deliver all manner of cold-weather fun, from skiing to hikes in snowy forests.

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Hotel Grand Pacific C$209
Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
    of 5, from 2,327 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Facing the Inner Harbour and adjacent to the Parliament Buildings, Hotel Grand Pacific is 2 blocks from the shops along Government Street and 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf.

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites C$169
    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
      of 5, from 1,964 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated on a rise overlooking the city and harbor, this hotel is 3 blocks from Government Street, 3 blocks from the Royal BC Museum, and 4 blocks from Beacon Hill Park.

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort C$172
      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

      100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
        of 5, from 1,869 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located on the inner waterfront overlooking downtown Victoria, this resort hotel is 2 blocks from shops and restaurants along Market Square; Chinatown is 3 blocks away.

        Hotel Rialto C$167
        Hotel Rialto

        Hotel Rialto

        653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
          of 5, from 2,245 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Ramada by Wyndham Victoria C$79
          Ramada by Wyndham Victoria

          Ramada by Wyndham Victoria

          123 Gorge Rd E, Victoria, BC
            of 5, from 2,208 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Victoria, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Government Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Fairmont Empress C$335
            The Fairmont Empress

            The Fairmont Empress

            721 Government St, Victoria, BC
              of 5, from 2,103 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This hotel overlooks the Inner Harbour, within steps of shop-lined Government Street and the copper-domed Parliament Buildings, and three blocks from the Maritime Museum.

              Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa C$163
              Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

              Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

              849 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
                of 5, from 814 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                This waterfront hotel overlooking Brentwood Bay is 2 km (1 mile) from Butchart Gardens, 15 km (9 miles) from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, and 22 km (14 miles) from downtown Victoria.

                Travelodge by Wyndham Courtenay C$59
                Travelodge by Wyndham Courtenay

                Travelodge by Wyndham Courtenay

                2605 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC
                  of 5, from 663 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Comox-Strathcona A, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre, Courtenay and District Memorial Outdoor Pool, and I-Hos Gallery. St. Joseph General Hospital and Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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