Vancouver Island is one of the top places in the world for raw untouched nature paired with wildlife. It has a coastline of 3400 km (2138 miles), is 460 km (285 miles) in length and lies off the west coast off British Columbia Canada. Many people confuse Vancouver Island with Vancouver city but the two couldn’t be much different. Greater Vancouver city has a population of 2.5 million people. Vancouver Island is about the size of Switzerland and has a population of about 750,000. The majority of the population is at the southern end of the island. The north and western areas are wild, rugged and serve as the perfect outdoor playground.
Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii have the best Chinook (King) salmon fishing in the world. Scientists come from all over the world to study Orca (Killer) whales here. Northern Vancouver Island is the gateway for some of the most amazing wildlife you will see anywhere. On many parts you can kayak with the whales, sea otters, sea lions, and Pacific White sided dolphins. Bird watchers make their way across oceans to photograph many species of birds coming along the Pacific Flyway. Hikers will find plenty of mountains to climb with views of the ocean.
Southern Vancouver Island is a rich fertile land producing crops, vineyards and many small hand made products. Victoria is an international city where you will find many people visiting from Europe as well as many other parts of the world. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and has hosted kings, queens, dignitaries and many famous people. What ever you are looking in a vacation, Vancouver Island has something to offer.