Things to Do on Vancouver Island

“A Perfect Eden” is what James Douglas declared Vancouver Island as back in 1842 and still to this day, Vancouver Island lives up to it. With one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and consisting of mountains, oceans, beaches, meadows, marshes, rainforest, rivers and lakes, Vancouver Island offers habitat to multitudes of wildlife species. It’s one of the world’s most premier locations for whale watching, birding as well as salmon and trout fishing. Vancouver Islands offers an array of astounding experiences whether it comes to enjoying the cultural aspects of a fine metropolitan city or exploring the wildlife and rainforests of the region. And if these were not enough, Vancouver Islands also is a home to over 40 golf courses and over 30 wineries! So whether you are on a staycation or have come from afar, this place definitely has a lot to offer to help you relax and rejuvenate.
In a location with diverse recreational options such as Vancouver Island, it is important to know the things we can do to have the most fun. Just to mention a few of the many options, you can start with biking and hiking. You can bike on a huge wooden rail bridge on the Cowichan Valley Trail. Or you can cycle through the gulf islands or through the wineries in Saanich Peninsula. Hiking enthusiasts on the other hand can choose from easier trails like Mount Washington Alpine Resort or Wild Pacific or move on to the more advanced trails like Cape Scott, Nootka Island, West Coast or Mount Arrowsmith.
Moving on to water activities you can scuba dive at locations like Barley Sound, Browning Wall and Discovery Pass. Best diving conditions are during fall and winter. For kayaking, Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are prime ocean locations. For canoeing you can go to Sayward Forest or Cowichan Lake. You can river raft at the rivers Nimpkish, Campbell or Southgate. Whale watching tours can be found at places like Tofino, Ucluelet, Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay, Port McNeill, Campbell River and Victoria.
In winters, there are activities like skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Mount Washington and Stratchcona Provincial Park are the key areas for these activities. To enjoy wildlife you can visit places like Knight Inlet for grizzly bears, or places like Somenos Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Courtenay River Estuary, Pacific Northwest Raptors, Swan Lake, Esquimalt Lagoon and Goldstream Provincial Park for bird watching.
Other tourist attractions include a large number of museums like Royal BC Museum and Maritime Museum of British Columbia to know more about the history of the province or museums like Quw’ustun Cultural Centre and U’mista Cultural Centre where you can gaze through the artefacts from the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
The beauty of Vancouver Island is truly indescribable. And there is much more than any person cover in just a couple of days. Tourists who have been here, still keep discovering more each time. Visit museums and heritage sites, enjoy live theatre, browse art galleries, tour vineyards or be pampered in luxury spas. It is one of the most perfect holiday destinations!

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