Vancouver Island is truly the gem of the Pacific Coast. It is the largest island on the Pacific coast of North America at 290 miles(460 KM) in length and 62 (100 KM )miles in width. It is 4 times the size of England, the 11th largest island in Canada and 43rd largest island in the world.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find endless things to do here. The beauty of it is overwhelming. With rugged coastlines and old growth forests it is picture perfect.
Boasting miles of forests, Vancouver Island has 83 provincial parks. Making it ideal for exploring, hiking and camping.
The coastlines offer fabulous ocean views. Go storm watching, surfing, whale watching, boating or fishing.
The West Coast Trail
A popular hiking trail on Vancouver Island is the world famous West Coast trail.
This trail is truly for the experienced hikers that are prepared to spend up to 5 to7 days hiking in the wilderness and of course without cell service!
Certainly not for the weak of heart !
The trail takes you through rugged terrain and encounters with wildlife are common. Expect to see eagles, bears and cougars, as well as whales when you are hiking the shoreline.
It has nearly 70 ladders that at some point you will either be going up or down, some of them are as high as 30 feet.
The trail runs from Gordon River to Bamfield and it is about 47 miles (88 km) long.
In order to hike the trail reservations are necessary and several fees are involved.
Beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island
If you prefer the more traditional tourist adventures, the island is full of history.
Historic buildings and tourist attractions can be found all across the island.
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia is a tourist haven. While visiting you can take in all the charms of an old Victorian era.
There are many heritage buildings and homes in Victoria that will offer tours and a brief glimpse into the past.
One of Canada’s grand railway hotels is located in the heart of the city.
Built in 1908 the regal Empress Hotel, stands proudly and is ready to offer you fine dining, high tea and a variety of unique shops.
The city also boasts some of the most beautiful gardens on the West Coast. Home to the Parliament buildings and the ever so popular B.C. Museum which is always offering amazing exhibits.
There is no lack of tourist attractions here.
Not impressed by the hustle and bustle of cities?
Fortunately the island boasts plenty of small towns and communities where you can take in nature, history and lots of its island charm.
I highly recommend visiting and enjoying the natural beauty of the island. Be prepared to spend a week or more to take in key sights, view whales, sea lions and eagles. Longer stays allow for more adventure and allows for trips to the many small islands surrounding it.