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Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands on the Pacifi c Ocean are wonderful places to get away from it all. Tucked against
the mainland edge of British Columbia and the north shore of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Vancouver Island
stretches approximately 500 km (300 miles) southeast to northwest. British Columbia’s Gulf Islands lie in the protected
waters of Georgia Strait, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia.
Fisgard Lighthouse, Colwood - Shelley Lipke/PictureBC
North Island
A year-round outdoor adventure paradise, the rugged North Island region
offers a wealth of recreation opportunities and is famous for its worldwide great
fi shing in spectacular settings. Teeming with wildlife, the North Island provides
rewarding opportunities for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
South Island
Gulf Islands
Home to Victoria, the provincial capital, a city of fl owers and elegant
Nestled along the sheltered eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, the Gulf
sophistication, heritage buildings and fi ne cuisine. The smaller communities,
Islands are known for their serenity, pristine beauty, and mild climate. Each
such as Sidney, a small resort town with beautiful marinas and ocean views,
of the Islands is unique in character yet shares a relaxed lifestyle cherished by
and Sooke, a bustling centre with great fi shing await you. Follow the West Coast
locals and admired by visitors.
Road (Hwy 14), which leads the way to the rugged splendour of West Coast
beaches, as well as hiking challenges of the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail.
Island Highway Nanaimo to Port Hardy Tour
On the eastern coast of Vancouver Island the traveller can explore the quaint
Cowichan Region
seaside communities in the southern–most part of this tour, the fi shing villages
Rolling green landscapes of hills and valleys, forests and farmland, sparkling
along the way and the remote scenery heading into Port Hardy. The distance
lakes and crystal-clear rivers characterize this lush region that extends from
from Nanaimo to Port Hardy is 427 km (268 mi) and unless you are taking the
the Malahat section of Highway 1 in the south to Ladysmith in the north.
ferry north to Prince Rupert or Bella Coola you must turn around and retrace
Picturesque villages and native culture as well as the world-famous murals in
your steps. The tour starts in the busy port city of Nanaimo.
Chemainus all beckon you.
Pacifi c Marine Circle Tour
Pacifi c Rim
The Pacifi c Marine Circle Tour is a short 255km (158mi) journey along Vancouver
Renowned for pristine beaches, whale watching, wilderness camping and
Island's remote coasts, and offers beautiful views of the Juan De Fuca, Haro, and
hiking, incredible fi shing, and awesome winter storms. From crashing waves
Georgia straights. The quiet ambiance of the island relaxes visitors with views of
and the surf swept shore of Long Beach to the dense, old growth forests of
quiet parks and ocean-side towns. This short tour is best experienced over 2 to 4
Clayoquot Sound, this amazing region astounds and delights visitors every year.
days and will make you fall in love with southern Vancouver Island. Note sections
People fl ock to the quaint seaside towns of Tofi no and Ucluelet, while others
of the route are secondary roads without a centre line. There are narrow parts with a
come to experience the West Coast Trail.
number of single lane bridges over several scenic streams. As well you will encounter
hairpin bends and bumpy roads.
North Central Island
Encompassing large portions of both the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island, More Information:
the region offers a unique blend of alpine-to-ocean experiences, from the high-alpine
recreation areas of Mt. Washington and Forbidden Plateau to the many sandy beaches
along its shores. Fishing, diving, boating, and caving are all popular activities.
6 ~ Super Camping - Vancouver Island & The Gulf Islands
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