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Winter Whale Watching

Whale watching and winter don’t seem like they would have anything in common, but on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the two go together like peas in a pod! In fact, from February to April an incredible number of whales are passing through the area. This is the time...
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Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove started off as a small fishing village just 210km away from Campbell River, a hub on the eastern coast of the Island. In search of a lineman’s station to act as the Campbell River telegraph line’s terminus, the Superintendent of Telegraphs claimed the area for the job in...
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The End of the Road: Port Hardy

Port Hardy, named after Vice-admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, is quite literally the end of the road for Northern Vancouver Island. Although small, don’t let this 4,000-person town fool you with its size: it is the gateway to all things outdoors and adventurous on the Island. Plus, it’s the largest...
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Top 5 Winter Spots to Visit on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is notorious for its mild winters. With an average “coldest” temperature of around -3 degrees Celsius, it puts the Canadian stereotype of igloos and icicles into complete question. At the same time, Vancouver Island winters aren’t just balmy days of sunshine. The coastal shores can see powerful wind...
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Vancouver Island Fast Facts

When people first hear about Vancouver Island, they tend to picture a small, uninhabited area with beaches and not much else. In reality, Vancouver Island is a large, populated Island with incredible diversity, wildlife and things to see, explore and do. Here are some fast facts about the Island and its...
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Vancouver Island History

Vancouver Island has a history as rich and wild as the land it possesses. From indigenous First Nations groups, living as one with the land and sea, to Spanish and British explorers, treaties, gold rushes, hunting and trading, there’s more to this 32,134km2 rock on the West Coast of North...
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Top Things to Do on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island has so many amazing activities that it’s almost impossible to pick a list of the top things to do. Whether it involves eating and drinking, heart pumping adventures, getting back to nature, or basking in incredible scenery, everyone will find something to fall in love with on Vancouver...
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Bear Watching on Vancouver Island

Bears are an iconic Canadian creature and Vancouver Island has more than its fair share of these beautiful beasts that play within plain sight! Because of this, it’s no surprise that bear watching tours are one of the top things to do on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re up near Port...
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Ucluelet’s Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

Prepare for the expedition of a lifetime with Discover Vancouver Island Tours’ soon-to-be launched tour package: Ucluelet’s Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure. Whale watching is one of the top things to do on the west coast of Vancouver Island, especially within the waters of Barkley Sound. Basing this package within the...
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Backpacking the North Coast Trail

“There is something different about leaving society and stepping foot onto a trail; A trail where you know you can’t turn back and you’re only focused on what is ahead. Nothing else matters except your senses… the sound of the waves, the feeling of sand falling between your toes, and...
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Hiking to Mystic Beach

When I grew up in Victoria, downtown was packed with used bookstores, antique stores and hacky-sack college kids in Market Square. About five years after I left, the downtown core lost much of its charm. Almost all the used bookstores and antique stores disappeared and Market Square was dead space....
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Food Tours on Vancouver Island

With British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, laying claim to the second largest number of restaurants per capita in North America, there’s destined to some fantastic food in the city. However, Victoria isn’t the only place to find good eats – the rich land and temperate climate of Vancouver Island mean you...
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Salmon Snorkelling

My phone beckoned to me with a quick vibration and I looked down to read the incoming text. A random, yet enticing opportunity was busy presenting itself on my screen. The summer had seen a massive salmon run and my town happened to contain a spawning river. As a professional...
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Vancouver Island Staycations

When you already live in a top destination, it can be hard to justify leaving for your holidays. At the same time, it can be difficult to be motivated to do all those tourist things you secretly enjoy about being somewhere new. That’s where the staycation comes in. Not only...
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Be the Ultimate Host/Hostess on Vancouver Island

  Living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth has its consequences. Your friends and family always want to come visit! Being a host can be exciting, but also very stressful. You want to show them the best of the best that this little paradise has to offer. Here...
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Top Ten Waterfalls to Visit this Summer on Vancouver Island

Summertime is the best time to completely disregard TLC’s lyrics “don’t go chasing waterfalls.” Vancouver Island, whether you’re exploring North, Central, South or the rugged West Coast, is riddled with stunning cascades to track down. Some are easy to reach, while others become a full day’s (or weekend’s) adventure. No...
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Tour Packages – A Must-Do on Vancouver Island

It’s easy to make travel plans yourself online thanks to the numerous tourism-based websites. Those wanting to “do-it-yourself” can spend hours/days talking and planning through their travel schedule and still miss some of the better things to do. We believe booking a tour package with us is the best option...
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Mount Washington

The Comox Valley’s All Season, Outdoor Playground Some say Vancouver Island has it all, and most locals would agree. The Comox Valley especially is a treasure trove of pretty much any kind of natural feature available: Beaches, rivers, waterfalls, forests and, king of them all, Mt. Washington. After having been...
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10 Reasons to Visit Vancouver Island in 2017

A new year brings with it 365 days of new opportunities, new goals to achieve and a new round of vacation days. Why not include Vancouver Island on your list of destinations to visit in 2017? Need some convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you should come discover Vancouver Island...
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Walking in a West Coast Winter Wonderland

Blankets and pillows of white snow greeted me as I swished open my curtains with both hands. I blinked, stunned. This was new. It took a few seconds of staring at the couple inches of tiny, stacked snowflakes that adorned my balcony railing before the smile spread across my face....
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Cougar caught on camera swimming: Story…

I have visited Canada many times but my most memorable day was 17 September 2011 while visiting Vancouver Island. We were on a Naturetrek Wildlife Holiday, staying in the picturesque town of Zeballos. This former gold rush town is accessed via 42 km of logging tracks on a beautiful mountainous...
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Hiking the Wild Pacific Trail

The Wild Pacific Trail is in Ucluelet BC just south of Tofino BC and is the prettiest short hike on the coast in my opinion. There are two sections to the Wild Pacific Trail. The first section is the most visited and one of the prettiest outings you can take...
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Tofino, BC Canada

Tofino is a must on your bucket list. It is raw, wild, untouched wilderness on the edge with campgrounds to beautiful resorts to host you. The Pacific Rim national park is between Tofino and Ucluelet (30 mins south of Tofino) and here you can hike, relax on the beach, surf,...
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Coastal Trekking on Vancouver Island

Coastal Trekking on Vancouver Island I love hiking, I love backpacking, and I love to spend time in nature. I have had amazing experiences both in the mountains and by the ocean. When asked to write an article about my treks on Vancouver Island, I jumped at the chance to...
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Overpopulation of the California Sea Lion

Most California sea lions spend the summer off California and Mexico mating. By September the adult and sub-adult sea lions are in or on the way to their winter home and they come as far north as Vancouver Island. Prior to the 1960s there were just a few coming here....
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Buy Experiences, Not Things

This article can be see here from the Atlantic. One more reason to create great experiences on Vancouver Island that can be repeated with your family! Forty-seven percent of the time, the average mind is wandering. It wanders about a third of the time while a person is reading, talking...
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