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Vancouver Island Canada

Updated on September 20, 2015
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

Butchart Gardens' Sunken Garden on Vancouver Island
Butchart Gardens' Sunken Garden on Vancouver Island
Ross Fountain at Butchart Gardens has computer-controlled jets that continually change their intensities relative shapes, and directions. At night, a light show is also synchronized onto the changing fountain shapes.
Ross Fountain at Butchart Gardens has computer-controlled jets that continually change their intensities relative shapes, and directions. At night, a light show is also synchronized onto the changing fountain shapes.

Over 360 million year ago, volcanic activity started the creation of what is now Vancouver Island. It is actually the top of an undersea mountain range. Petroglyphs and large stone figures gesturing toward the ocean have been found. It is estimated that the first migrating inhabitants arrived some 5000 years ago.

Captain Vancouver circumnavigated the island between 1792-1794 proving that it was actually an island. It was first named Quadra and Vancouver's Island since Vancouver and the Spanish Captain Quadra had met there several times.

The Spanish and English later fought to control the island with the English winning. There are still several Spanish named landmarks on the island.

In 1846, the Oregon Treaty established the border between Vancouver Island, Canada and the United States at the 49th parallel. Great Britain leased Vancouver Island to the Hudson's Bay Company after making it a Crown Colony in 1849.

It was not until 1866 that the mainland and Vancouver Island were merged together and known as the colony of British Columbia. Victoria was proclaimed as the capital of British Columbia, the sixth province, in 1871.

A sad story resulted from a sailing vessel called the Valencia bound for Victoria Island from San Francisco. The fog was so thick on that dark stormy night that the vessel drifted off course, unfortunately missing the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait. It was wrecked just before midnight on the rocky coast. Only 37 out of 173 people survived.

The following year a lighthouse was constructed at the entrance to avoid further catastrophe. Several sightings of life boats reported to be found years later from the Valencia have attributed to numerous ghost stories.

There are 2,150 miles (3,440 kilometres) of coastline on Vancouver Island. Each little community along these shores has a unique character. Visitors to the island never run out of adventures on Vancouver Island.

On of the favorite events in Vancouver's Inner Harbour is called the Symphony Splash. Thousands of guests gather on the water to hear the orchestral performance which takes place on a huge barge.

Another attraction are Butchart's Sunken Gardens. The beautiful gardens were created by the Butchart family and cover a former limestone quarry. It receives more than a million visitors a year (picture above)

Another place worthy of a visit is the Goldstream Provincial Park only twelve miles from Victoria. There are 600 year-old evergreen tress and the Goldstream River Estuary which is a popular sight for bird-watchers.

The MacMillan Provincial Park boasts trees up to 200 feet tall. It truly looks like a photographer's paradise.

Skiiers love Vancouver for the cross-country ski trails (25 miles worth) on Mount Washington.

Fishermen swarm to the Campbell River. It offers salmon, trout, and many other types of fish.

Hikers can enjoy caves, arches, and waterfalls.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Interesting Polly. I used to work for a tour company too when I lived in Tonga. It got me a few free trips also. Even with four children, we got a couple of free trips together. Maybe we can meet some day in Vancouver. Aloha!

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    Polly C 

    8 years ago from UK

    Great hub, Elayne. I used to work for a Canadian Specialist tour operator, based in England, some years back. I loved it, and would have loved to visit Vancouver. Staff did get to go for the occasional visit (the main perk of the job) but I only got to go to Quebec and Nova Scotia - and I always wanted to visit the West. Nevermind. Those trips were free and these days I have a whole family to pay for! Maybe one day....! :)

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your comments flinchwymer. Yeah, I wonder what live would be like if we had been born there - who knows, right? Well we can still dream.

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    flinchwymer 

    8 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

    Great hub. Makes me wish I had been born there. I'll certainly pay a visit first chance I get. Very well done.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sounds perfectly delightful mwatkins. Wish I could go this summer, but it will have to wait, I'm afraid. I appreciate your comments.

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    mwatkins 

    8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

    Great Hub-Butchart Gardens is undeniably beautiful anytime of the year! Also, if you want to see Vancouver for a relatively low cost you can catch the water taxi that is about $10 per day and has about 8 stops. you can get on at Gransville Island - a fun tourist stop to shop and see some local street entertainers too (of all ages), several local pubs, great places to eat, right on the water and you can go all day long! Tourism is excellent in BC!

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Enelle Lamb. I hope I get the chance to visit Vancouver and witness it in person.

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    Enelle Lamb 

    8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

    It is a beautiful place, and your hub does it justice! Wonderful read about 'the Island' - if you ever decide to visit, drop me a line ;)

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    @Lee B - Thanks for your comments. I'm sure after I visit there it will be one of my favorites too.

    @saddlerider1 - You are so lucky to have visited Vancouver. I am mesmerized by its beauty. It's on my bucket list. Thanks for your comments.

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    saddlerider1 

    8 years ago

    Wonderful hub. I have been to Vancouver and Victoria many times, being a Canadian, I have traveled extensively in my country. Your so correct it's beauty is outstanding. The islands of Salt Springs are so enchanting. The ferry boat rides to Vancouver and Seattle exciting. Great hub, I rate it UP...

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    Lee Barton 

    8 years ago from New Mexico

    Great hub about one of my favorite places. Love the photos.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    pmccray,I am so glad you enjoyed the hub about Vancouver Island. It is indeed a beautiful and interesting place.

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    pmccray 

    8 years ago from Utah

    This hub is spectacular, such beautiful scenery, rated up and shared.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    @itakins - I'm sure she can even tell us all more about it.

    Truly a incredible road trip and not that far from where you are LianaK. Thanks for checking my hub out.

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    LianaK 

    8 years ago

    What a beautiful place! Wonderful hub, hope to visit this place someday--would be a great road trip.

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    itakins 

    8 years ago from Irl

    I'm so pleased to see this -my sister lives in Campbell River.I have to send this to her.Brilliant hub.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Maybe we can go together Pamela99. I'm sure it would be a fun adventure.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    The pictures and your words make me want to go pack. What a gorgeous place. Great hub.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you stopped by Hello, hello, I have gone as far as Seattle and a little over the border. Wish I had gone on to see Vancouver. Now I know if I get that close, I will for sure go see the island. Aloha.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    This is a wonderful hub and thank you. I have learned so much about a beautiful piece of the world.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hope you and I can get more than just a glimpse of Vancouver some day tonymac04. Thanks for your comments.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, it is incredibly beautiful diogenes. I just had a friend come and visit me from Vancouver and she made me want to go there soon. Thanks.

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    A very interesting read about a very beautiful place. Would love to see it so thanks for giving me this glimpse.

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    diogenes 

    8 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Gorgeous corner of the world. I didn't know it was quite so large. Great article...Bob

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