Posted by: cherylyoung | March 11, 2013

Spring Break Come to Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts, Albert Normadin photo

The Vancouver Island region is a large, sparsely populated area,

encompassing Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, as well

as a portion of the mainland.

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Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards ranked

Vancouver Island number one in its “Top 5 Islands in Canada” category.

It has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems: Rainforests, marshes

, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats

for multitudes of wildlife species.

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In fact, the region is one of the world’s premier locations for whale

watching, birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing.

Much of the island is protected parkland. It contains many pockets

of old-growth fir and cedar forests, as well as rare, naturally occurring

groves of Garry oak. Vancouver Island is bisected, north to south, b

y the Beaufort Mountain Range, which is home to one of Canada’s

biggest all-natural ski bases.

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The beauty and tranquility of this region has long been a draw for artists and artisans.

Art galleries, studios and shops selling unique, locally produced arts and

crafts are found in many population centres, particularly on the

Gulf Islands. Browse Map By: Cities Driving Routes Alert Bay

Campbell River Chemainus Comox

Courtenay Cumberland Denman Island Duncan Gabriola Island Galiano Island

Hornby Island Ladysmith Mayne Island Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Nanaimo Parksville Pender Islands Port Alberni Port Hardy Port McNeill

Qualicum Beach Salt Spring Island Saturna Island Sidney Sooke Telegraph Cove

Tofino Ucluelet Victoria

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Map data ©2013 Google – Terms of Use Map Satellite City Visitor Centres

Driving Routes Explore the Region Popular Areas Central Island

The Central Island area offers long sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures,

and tranquil lakes, great for fishing and other water activities.

Cowichan Valley The Cowichan Valley’s “Gourmet Trail,” marked by

wineries, farmers market, fresh seafood docks and holistic farms, i

s ideal for food and wine enthusiasts.

Gulf Islands Located between Vancouver Island and mainland

British Columbia, the sheltered waters of the Gulf Islands are excellent

for sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.

North Central The North Central area features Vancouver Island’s highest

peak, and offers great winter skiing and snowboarding at

Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

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North Island Rich in First Nations history and culture, the North Island area

is home to Sointula and Alert Bay, two of Vancouver Island’s most significant

historic destinations.

Pacific Rim The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers spectacular

wilderness and wildlife viewing.

By kayak, explore clusters of islands, where inner waters abound with marine life.

South Island Including the beautiful city of Victoria, the South Island area ranges

from a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere and tranquil natural

 

Vancouver Island Popular Areas

Totem poles in Duncan, Kevin Oke photo

Totem poles in Duncan, Kevin Oke photo

Vancouver Island comprises seven diverse popular areas: Central Island,

Cowichan Valley, Gulf Islands, North Central, North Island, Pacific Rim,

and South Island.

Each popular area features amazing wilderness and wildlife, thriving creative communities, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

 

Popular Areas in Vancouver Island

Central Island

The Central Island area offers long sandy beaches, warm

ocean temperatures, and tranquil lakes, great for fishing and other water activities.

 

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Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley’s “Gourmet Trail,” marked by wineries,

farmers market, fresh seafood docks and holistic farms,

is ideal for food and wine enthusiasts.

 

View Detail

Gulf Islands

Located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia,

the sheltered waters of the Gulf Islands are excellent for sailing,

scuba diving, and fishing.

 

View Detail

North Central

The North Central area features Vancouver Island’s highest peak,

and offers great winter skiing and snowboarding at

Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

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North Island

Rich in First Nations history and culture, the North Island area is home to Sointula and Alert Bay, two of Vancouver Island’s most significant historic destinations.

 

View Detail

Pacific Rim

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers spectacular wilderness

and wildlife viewing. By kayak, explore clusters of islands, where

inner waters abound with marine life.

 

View Detail

South Island

Including the beautiful city of Victoria, the South Island area ranges

from a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere and tranquil natural settings.

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