Vancouver Island is a top global destination for raw, untouched nature and wildlife. Boasting 3400 km (2138 miles) of total coastline, this stunning Pacific island is 460 km (285 miles) in length and lies just offshore of British Columbia’s west coast. Many people confuse Vancouver Island with Vancouver city but the two couldn’t be more different. While the Metropolis of Vancouver is home to 2.5 million people, nearby Vancouver Island has a population of just 750,000 despite being roughly the same size as Switzerland. The majority of the population is concentrated at the southern end, while the north and west coast regions are wild, rugged and serve as the perfect outdoor playground.
Outdoors, wildlife, fishing
Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii have the best Chinook (King) salmon fishing in the world. Scientists from around the world come here to study Orca (Killer) whales. Northern Vancouver Island is a gateway for some of the most amazing wildlife viewing you will find anywhere. In many areas you can kayak with whales, sea otters, sea lions, and Pacific White sided dolphins. Bird watchers flock to the island to photograph many species of migratory birds as they follow their annual routes along the Pacific Flyway. For hikers, the island offers a range of options from rugged coastal trails to alpine treks and everything in between. Stunning ocean views are on the house.
Southern Vancouver Island is a warm fertile region home to many farms and vineyards, as well as the majority of the island’s population. Victoria – commonly referred to as the Garden City – is the stunning provincial capital and receives a steady stream of visitors from around the world, including kings, queens, and countless celebrities and dignitaries. Victoria is unique in that it has a wide variety of attractions and offerings coupled with a rich cultural history and unparalleled natural beauty, and delivers an amazing experience without the overwhelming “big city” feel. Whatever you are looking for in a vacation, Vancouver Island has it.