Things to do by Region

South Island

Victoria is the most visited place on Vancouver Island and there are many things to do here. Some of the top outdoor activities include walking, hiking, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, wake boarding, and kite surfing. The city has lots to do and is the main attraction of the island. For a list of things to do in the city…

Pacific Rim

Fishing-PacficRimThe next most visited place on Vancouver Island is the Pacific Rim. This is an outdoor playground that offers some of the best salmon and and halibut fishing in the world, sandy beaches, hiking, surfing, whale watching, kayaking, hot springs tours and more. The cities include Ucluelet, Tofino and Bamfield.

North Island


This region has some of the best wildlife tours available on Vancouver Island. Telegragh Cove is a great take off point for tours to see Grizzly Bears, Orca and Humpback Whales, Pacific White Sided Dolphins and much more. There are also some great tours out of Port McNeil and Port Hardy here. For a list of all of our tours from these regions….

Central Island

This region is a popular place for young families as well as retirees. Rathtrevor Beach and Camground is popular for young families. Little Qualicum Falls, Cedar Grove and Englishman River Falls are great places for short walks.

Cowichan Region

The Cowichan region is known for wineries, great food  products, small farms and is a very productive growing region. The main cities here include Lake Cowichan, Chemainus, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan and Ladysmith.

North Central

This region is a hikers paradise and includes Paradise Meadows, Mt Albert Edward and surrounding mountains, Elk River Falls Trail, and Strathcona Park. The Mountain biking mecca exists in the small town of Cumberland and there are also great trails around Campbell River. Many boat tours leave from Campbell River and head north through Johnstone Strait.

Gulf and Discovery Islands

The Gulf Islands have small communities of people who would rather live on the edge of civilization. Some of the outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, biking, and picnics. If coming here make sure you have your accommodation planned well ahead of time.

There are many things to do on Vancouver Island in the outdoors, exploring cities and culture. Below are some of the pages that give you an overview of all the regions: