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Vancouver Island BC Basics

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Vancouver Island is an island just off mainland British Columbia, Canada's most western province. Vancouver Island is home to the provincial capital Victoria, but not home to the popular city of Vancouver, which is on the BC mainland.

Vancouver Island has attracted artists, craftspeople, nature lovers and other people seeking a less hectic pace of life. Visitors will notice fewer people with cellphones glued to their heads and the overall friendliness of the island's residents.

Vancouver Island Canada Location

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Vancouver Island is off the west coast of the British Columbia mainland.

Vancouver Island Geography

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Much of this sparsely populated region is protected parkland, including the gorgeous coastal Pacific Rim Park. Vancouver Island has wide ranging geography: mountains, beaches, inlets, old growth forest, lakes, marshes and meadows.

Getting to Vancouver Island Canada

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Flights arrive at Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ), Nanaimo Airport (YCD) or Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)

HeliJet offers helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria.

By far the most popular way to travel to Vancouver Island is by ferry. BC Ferries provides service to Vancouver Island from Seattle, Washington, and numerous ports on the BC mainland.

Things to Do on Vancouver Island

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Aside from just chilling out, things to do on Vancouver Island include: hiking, whale watching, scuba diving, skiing, aboriginal & cultural explorations, camping and more.

Places to Go on Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island is divided up into seven tourist regions: Central Island, Cowichan Valley, Gulf Islands, North Central, North Island, Pacific Rim, and South Island. Each region features beautiful and differing landscape with opportunity for outdoor activities.

Victoria, in the South Island, is British Columbia's capital and a vibrant harbour city.

Sooke and Sidney, also in the South Island are popular seaside towns with gorgeous scenery and fine food dining.

Tofino on the Pacific Rim rivals any city in the world in terms of natural beauty.

Chemainus is a quaint, seaside village located in the Cowichan Valley, a region known for its food and wine. Chemainus is famous for its public art and wall murals.

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