Travel to the north of Vancouver Island to the active community of Port Hardy—providing lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all year long, or somewhere to simply relax before boarding the ferry to travel to northern British Columbia.
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Go caving nearby to discover stalagmites (upward-growing formations) and stalactites (icicle-shaped formations), sinkholes and underground rivers.
Sea Wolf Adventures Grizzly Bears Of The Wild Tour
Set sail on an adventure of a lifetime for an intimate view of grizzly bears in their natural surroundings. Tours are led by Indigenous guides, who will open your eyes to the waterways of their people’s traditional territories.
Sea Wolf Adventures Wildlife & Cultural Expedition Tour
Discover the culture and history of Indigenous people in this four-hour journey through beautiful scenery on an exhilarating Zodiac ride through the Queen Charlotte Strait. Look out for whales and other wildlife along the way.
Located on the east coast, Campbell River has been known for the past century as the Salmon Capital of the World. But there’s more to Campbell River than fishing—with lots of provincial parks, beaches, restaurants and wildlife, there’s something for everyone.
Drive 90 minutes from Nanaimo to the heart of beautiful farming landscapes on Vancouver Island to visit Courtenay—the urban centre of the Comox Valley. Downtown Courtenay boasts charming streets filled with art galleries, theatres, shops, artists’ studios, boutiques and gardens, and out of town there are sandy beaches, forests, mountains, parks and lakes. Plus, drive just 15 minutes to the local ski hill.
Located on the East Coast, Comox is rich in agricultural land, forests and mountains. Relax on a beach in summer, or go skiing in winter at Mount Washington, but whenever you visit, head to Fisherman’s Wharf to buy fresh fish right off the boat.
Drive to Port Alberni for a variety of activities and attractions. Close to Barkley Sound, Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Rim National Park, Port Alberni is the perfect base for exploring the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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