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Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island offers the traveler a choice of accommodations from Rv parks and campgrounds, bed & breakfast, Motels, Hotels, Resorts to private secluded Fishing Lodges and Retreats.  Vancouver Island offers the traveler year round breath taking scenery from one end of Vancouver Island to the other.  The North end of Vancouver Island starts with the communities  of Port Hardy, Port Alice, Cole Harbour and Port McNeill, great fishing and  a wide range of outdoor activities.  Go a little further south and you reach the communities of Campbell River, Quadra Island, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Royston.  Here the traveler has skiing, fishing and spectacular ocean views.  Keep going south and now you are in the middle of Vancouver Island to the east you have Port Alberni the Salmon Capital of the World.  Further east is the Pacific Rim  National Park and the communities of Ucululet and Tofino.  Here between Tofino and Ucululet you will find Long Beach with endless sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean.  On the west side of Vancouver Island is the sea side communities of Qualicum, Parksville and the Harbour city Nanaimo and they provide  the traveler numerous choices of places to go Golfing and to dine.  The south end of Vancouver Island starts in Ladysmith at the 49th parallel and is the beginning of the Cowichan Valley.  Further south takes you to the sea side communities of Chemainus and Crofton, with beautiful ocean views, fishing, kayaking and a Ferry system to Salt Spring Island one of the Gulf Islands.  The Cowichan Valley rounds off with Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay and Mill Bay.  Offering outdoor activities including kayaking, whale watching, and sailing, mountain biking or hiking on one of the numerous trails.  At the south end of Vancouver Island is the capital city of Victoria and its surrounding communities.  Here you have endless possibilities for activities from shopping, dinning, whale watching to visiting the provincial museum.  Vancouver Island is accessible by ferryservice from Vancouver, Anacortes and Port Angles. 



Alert Bay
Bamfield
Campbell River
Chemainus
Coal Harbour
Cobble Hill
Comox
Coombs
Cortes Island
Courtenay
Cowichan Bay
Crofton
Cumberland
Denman Island
Duncan
French Creek
Gabriola Island
Gold River
Holberg
Hornby Island
Ladysmith
Lake Cowichan
Malahat
Mill Bay
Mount Washington
Nanaimo
Nanoose Bay
Parksville
Port Alberni
Port Alice
Port Hardy
Port McNeill
Port Renfrew
Quadra Island
Qualicum
Shawnigan Lake
Sidney
Sointula
Sooke
Tofino
Ucluelet
Victoria

British Columbia Vancouver Island Cities List

Alert Bay

Alert Bay
Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island, off the northern coast of Vancouver Island.  The Island is rich in First Nation culture and history.  The tourism industry offer ..read more

Bamfield

Bamfield
Commercial fishing was based in Bamfield up to the mid-80s, but instead it is now home to several sport fishing lodges, which pursue primarily salmon or halibut. Bamfield is also t ..read more

Campbell River

Campbell River
Nestled on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, and long known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is a natural destination, in more ways than one.   ..read more

Chemainus

Chemainus
We welcome you to Chemainus, a seaside jewel, nostalgic and delightful. Stroll by our world-famous outdoor gallery of murals and sculptures revealing the history of our culturally- ..read more

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour
Coal Harbour is located southwest of highway 19 on northern Vancouver Island, by road from Port Hardy.  Coal Harbour residents rely on fishing, logging, and acquaculture.  ..read more

Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill is a small town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC), Canada. It is located approximately 45 km north of Victoria in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and is ..read more

Comox

Comox
From the snow-capped mountains to the salty sea, time spent in the Comox Valley is the stuff memories are made of. Whether you want a vacation filled with outdoor adventure, relaxa ..read more

Coombs

Coombs
Coombs is a small community on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, situated on provincial highway 4A approximately ten kilometres west of Parksville. Coombs is home to just over ..read more

Cortes Island

Cortes Island
Cortes Island is one of the series of Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada. Cortez Island is located roughly halfway between Powell River and Campbell River and is favour ..read more

Courtenay

Courtenay
Downtown Courtenay, located in the heart of the Comox Valley on central Vancouver Island, is made up of an eclectic mix of shops, eateries, professional services, indoor and outdoo ..read more

Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay
With easy access from Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria, Cowichan Bay is the ideal base for visitors interested in boating, kayaking, diving, and the experience of a genuine working ..read more

Crofton

Crofton

Cumberland

Cumberland
Evenings offer the opportunity to dine in restaurants or have a casual drink at the local taverns. Relax in lodging that ranges from luxurious to rustic. During the summer, camp ou ..read more

Denman Island

Denman Island
Denman Island is located in the northwest corner of the Georgia Strait, approximately 2 1/2 hours north of Victoria, 1 hour north of Nanaimo, and 20 minutes south of Courtenay. The ..read more

Duncan

Duncan
Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan region is the one of the most beautiful places on earth! Our mild sunny climate offers endless opportunities for relaxation and fun. Take a Tote ..read more

French Creek

French Creek

Gabriola Island

Gabriola Island
Gabriola Island is an island in the Nanaimo Regional District on the West coast of British Columbia, Canada between mainland BC and Vancouver Island. It is about 14 km long by 4.2 ..read more

Gold River

Gold River
Gold River is a village located close to the centre of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Taking advantage of its deep water and abundant forests, Gold River developed ..read more

Holberg

Holberg
Holberg (pop. 200) is a small settlement on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada at 50°39′21″N, 128°0′29″W. The community was establi ..read more

Hornby Island

Hornby Island
Hornby Island is perfect for kayaking, sailing, diving, hiking, biking and swimming in the summer. Hornby Island also has more parks than any other Gulf Island including Helliwell ..read more

Ladysmith

Ladysmith
Ladysmith was founded to provide living space for the miners and their families who worked at the Extension coal mines about 20 miles to the north of Ladysmith. Many buildin ..read more

Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan
Lake Cowichan is located on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is located 30 km west of Duncan, British Columbia along the Cowichan Valley. The lake itself is 30 km l ..read more

Malahat

Malahat
Traveling North from Victoria you head up the Malhat with spectacular views of the Saanich peninsula, Salt Spring Island and Mount Baker in Washington State.  The Malahat, nam ..read more

Mill Bay

Mill Bay
Mill Bay is a quiet village of about 3,200 people located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada about 20 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia, the capital. Mill Bay w ..read more

Mount Washington

Mount Washington
Mount Washington is a mountain on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia and the site of the popular Mount Washington Alpine Resort. It is located appr ..read more

Nanaimo

Nanaimo
Nanaimo is among British Columbia's most liveable cities, having a favorable balance of lifestyle, employment and investment opportunities. Centrally located on the east coast o ..read more

Nanoose Bay

Nanoose Bay
Nanoose Bay is a community of about 5 000 people in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located between Nanaimo and Parksville on Vancouver Island. The town is named a ..read more

Parksville

Parksville
Parksville is a city on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Dubbed by some The Jewel of Vancouver Island, it is located along provincial highway 19A, 37 kilometres north ..read more

Port Alberni

Port Alberni
Port Alberni (population: 17,743) and the pastoral Alberni Valley serve as the gateway to BC’s west coast. Just a 193-km (120-mi) drive northwest from the provincial capital, ..read more

Port Alice

Port Alice
A small, quiet, town of about 1,250 located off on Neroutsos Inlet, southwest of Port McNeill, on Vancouver Island. It was named after Alice Whalen, the founder who established a ..read more

Port Hardy

Port Hardy
Port Hardy is located on the Northern Tip of Vancouver Island, 412 km (257 miles) from Vancouver and 501 km  (301 miles) from Victoria.  The region is a destination for t ..read more

Port McNeill

Port McNeill
Port McNeill is a small community on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia (south-western Canada) with a population of 2,821 (2001). Public services offered ..read more

Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew
Port Renfrew is a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, located approximatety 2 hours drive west of Victoria, British Columbia at 48°33′31 ..read more

Quadra Island

Quadra Island
Quadra Island is a small island community off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and is part of the Discovery Islands. Its population is estimated to b ..read more

Qualicum

Qualicum
Qualicum Beach is a town located in the Regional District of Nanaimo, British Columbia. As of the 2001 census, the town had a total population of 6,920. Located on the Strait of G ..read more

Shawnigan Lake

Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, is a small community on Vancouver Island with a population of approximately 4000. The population typically doubles during the summer, as the lake ..read more

Sidney

Sidney
Welcome to Sidney-by-the-Sea, one of Vancouver Island's best kept secrets. The Saanich Peninsula's commercial hub, Sidney is a bustling seaside community while maintaining a relaxe ..read more

Sointula

Sointula
The name "Sointula" means "Place of Harmony" in the Finnish language. It was founded by a group of Finnish settlers who rowed north from Nanaimo in 1901. They p ..read more

Sooke

Sooke
Sooke is an incorporated district municipality situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. About a 45 minute drive from the city of Victoria (the capital of British C ..read more

Tofino

Tofino
A popular tourist destination in the summer, Tofino's population swells to many times its winter size. It attracts surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, or anyone just l ..read more

Ucluelet

Ucluelet
Ucluelet (pronounced /juˈklu¢°lət/) is a community (population about 1,700) on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Ucluelet means &qu ..read more

Victoria

Victoria
Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, which is the largest of British Columbia's 6,500 islands. It is a community of choice for its temperate climate, natura ..read more

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