Top 3 places to visit on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

We are really excited to have recently welcomed back Canada onto our portfolio. With abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes and wonderful cities, there is so much to discover there. We asked Paul, our Canada specialist, to name his top three must-sees on Vancouver Island.

Want to follow in Paul’s footsteps and explore Vancouver Island? Speak to him to learn more about this exciting destination on 020 3553 0848 or take a look at our Active British Columbia itinerary for inspiration.

There is a lot more to Vancouver Island than you think, whilst the majority of us see it as a tiny little habitat just off the coast of Canada, this wildlife haven is in fact the same size as Scotland. Well known for its sandy beaches, ancient rainforests and mind blowing wildlife viewing opportunities, Vancouver Island certainly delivers on wow factor. Below are my must-see places on the island.    


Tofino is a real gem that is great for outdoorsy travellers thanks to its brilliant surfing and sandy beaches. This small and friendly town is packed with boutique shops, restaurants and cafes and is a gateway for bear watching experiences. Head out on an exhilarating zodiac ride or covered boat and sweep the shores to view coastal black bears foraging for crabs and shellfish. You will be amazed just how close you can get to these majestic creatures, so don’t forget your camera! 


Tofino is a great place for going in search of bears


Vancouver Island’s largest city and the capital of British Columbia is the perfect place for culture vultures. Head to Fisherman’s Wharf, a hidden treasure steps away from the harbour front, home to food kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures. Victoria is the ideal base for whale watching too, whether it be heading out in search of magnificent humpbacks or on the look out for the resident orca pod that live in the Strait of Juan de Fuca all year round. The perfect adventure for nature lovers!  

Parliament Building

Visit the Parliament Buildings that dominate the inner harbour

Port Hardy 

This town sits on the north eastern side of the island in a corner of the Great Bear Rainforest. Surrounded by ancient, temperate rainforest that brims with life, and backed by spectacular mountains, Port Hardy is a must visit for wildlife fanatics and adventurous travellers. Explore the walking trails, spot bears, go bird watching or kayak on the Broughton Archipelago for a truly unforgettable stay. 

Port Hardy

Kayaking around Port Hardy is a great way to explore the area

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