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Aerial view of the west coast of Vancouver Island

Victoria & Vancouver Island


OVERVIEW

Treat yourself to a scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island and stay a while to discover all that this region has to offer. Enjoy countless parks and forests, pebbled and sandy beaches, mountains, sunken ocean treasures, craft beers on the BC Ale Trail, delicious wines, farm-fresh food and more.

In the summer, you can embark on almost any type of outdoor adventure, including, kayaking, diving, fishing, biking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, ziplining and swimming. And you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and storm watching in the winter. Plus, don’t forget about the wildlife, including, black bears, herons, eagles, seals and migrating whales.

Vancouver Island map with BC Ferries routes and nearby cities

Top things to do

Explore cities

House boats at Fisherman

Victoria

Visit the lush and beautiful oceanfront city of Victoria. The city is rich in British heritage, has the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and is home to the historic BC Parliament Buildings. You can enjoy lots of water and land activities, and taste a variety of craft beers and fresh seafood.

Known as the Garden City, Victoria is always in bloom and has one of the mildest climates in Canada—perfect for a trip any time of the year. 

Coastal landscape view of Pacific Rim National Park and the surrounding mountains in Tofino BC

Tofino

Explore Tofino and the majestic beauty of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The village of Tofino has a laid-back surfers vibe, with a wide selection of restaurants and lots of wildlife watching and storm watching opportunities. The surrounding area is made up of lush, old-growth forests and expansive white sandy beaches. This incredible area is the perfect starting point for exhilarating activities, like coldwater surf lessons or kayaking, or relaxing getaways. 

Boats in harbour of waterfront marina in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo

Take the ferry from Vancouver to visit Nanaimo—the second-largest city on Vancouver Island, with plenty of outdoor activities and adventures for everyone, situated along one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada. 

Golden hour at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in the summer near Port Hardy

Port Hardy

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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