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Feel the reinvigorating power of the great outdoors on Vancouver Island, a vast swathe of nature on the doorstep of metropolitan cities.

Although only a short journey away from one of Canada's largest cities and home to the regional capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island feels a world away from urban life. Deserted beaches, forested mountains and rare wildlife cover the sparsely populated island, beckoning Victoria's visitors with its dramatic wilderness. Succumb to its call and experience it on skis, on bike or on foot.

Visit Victoria, the lively capital of British Columbia in the south of the island. A modern city that prides itself on its great food, drink and culture sits alongside beautiful heritage landmarks. The Royal BC Museum gives a compelling overview of the region's history. Wander the halls of two castles with elegant gardens: the Victorian-era Craigdarroch and Hatley Park, completed in 1908.

You can also tour the other towns on the island. Parksville is a charming collection of sandy beaches, heritage attractions and stylish dining spots. Port Hardy is a pocket of civilization surrounded by rugged wilderness that offers museums and sites of cultural significance for the island's First Nations.

Tie up your walking boots for energetic treks through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Waymarked trails run around the coastline, leading to spectacular views and quiet beaches. Experienced hikers can try the famous West Coast Trail, a 47-mile (75-kilometer) route along the southwest Pacific shores.

Scan the waters for a sighting of black dorsal fins. Families of orcas enjoy the waters around Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago between June and October. Inland, black bears can be seen around Clayoquot Sound on a bear-watching tour.

Hit the slopes in winter at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Boarding, skiing and tubing are all available for speedy ways to get down the mountain, on routes used by international athletes.

Victoria International Airport is reached by Air Canada, United and other airlines. Perhaps the best way to reach the island, however, is by ferry from Vancouver, which provides unbeatable views of the mountains, woods and lakes when arriving on the water.

Top Hotels in Vancouver Island

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $158 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)

"It was excellent! I would definitely recommend to friends and family."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Bayview Hotel
Bayview Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2200 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC
The price is CA $122 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

This family-friendly Courtenay hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre, Courtenay and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)

"Excellent customer service, great location and we will be back!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2021

Bayview Hotel
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
2.5 out of 5
1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $127 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Located in Tofino, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Clayoquot Sound and Mackenzie Beach. Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"Beautiful beach front walk out suite. We were able to take our fur baby. Hot tub over looks beach. Wonderful stay"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2021

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Vancouver Island

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $177 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Victoria Conference Centre, and Royal BC Museum. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,032 reviews)

"Location. Clean and comfortable. Good view and near parkland"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Reef Point Cottages
Reef Point Cottages
3 out of 5
1012 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, BC

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Terrace Beach and Little Beach. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Ucluelet Aquarium are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (284 reviews)

"We just stayed 8 nights in Studio A. Before we arrived, management was very helpful communicating with us taking any questions we had. Studio A is a cozy, self-contained cabin suitable for a couple and a pet. The kitchen comes stocked with basics that allow you to have simple meals during your stay. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2020

Reef Point Cottages
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
3.5 out of 5
230 Main Street, Tofino, BC
The price is CA $119 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated near the airport, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Clayoquot Sound and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Mackenzie Beach. Eagle Aerie Gallery and Tofino ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)

"A location you can’t beat! Amazing views! Place was simple in decor but had everything we needed for a weekend. Will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Fred Tibbs Ocean Front Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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