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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 CA $151
Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019
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Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Incredible customer service and great location. The harbor view suites were wonderful, especially for viewing Christmas lights in the harbor.

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites CA $126
    Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019
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    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
       
      4.3 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location, friendly staff, great food at Vista 18 and drinks in Clives were excellent

      Red Lion Inn and Suites CA $70
      Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2019
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      Red Lion Inn and Suites

      Red Lion Inn and Suites

      3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very friendly staff, clean room and quiet We’re happy to stay there again!

        Inn at Laurel Point CA $117
        Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2019
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        Inn at Laurel Point

        Inn at Laurel Point

        680 Montreal St, Victoria, BC
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          View is incredible, right on the harbor! Easy to get to anything downtown

          The Fairmont Empress CA $239
          Reviewed on Dec. 10, 2019
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          The Fairmont Empress

          The Fairmont Empress

          721 Government St, Victoria, BC
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This property aesthetically pleasing . The shower was not so great.

            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA CA $101
            Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2019
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            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

            Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

            146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Boutique feel ...attention to details. Loved the bedding view of the harbour and proximity to restaurants bc museum and shops. Award winning Blue Crab restaurant is in the hotel and a fabulous Italian trattoria across the street. Quiet location. Loved this hotel.

              Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge CA $100
              Reviewed on Dec. 13, 2019
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              Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

              Best Western Tin Wis Resort Lodge

              1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
                 
                4.4 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great property situated on a nice cove with private beach. Good breakfast. Hot tub was fantastic. Hotel is under construction . Staff seemed confused at times.

                Royal Scot Hotel & Suites CA $113
                Reviewed on Dec. 13, 2019
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                Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

                Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

                425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Property was a good price and was comfortable to stay in.

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