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Visit Vancouver Island British Columbia

Updated on March 2, 2014
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Frommer's Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands

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Introduction

Vancouver Island is located in British Columbia, Canada and offers a wide range of tourism activities in the form of hiking, whale watching, sport fishing, skiing and scuba diving. In addition, you can also visit to see the 19th century Victorian architecture and several villages along its coastline.

Long Beach is the longest beach on the island, more than 10 km long. Based upon the season, you would be able to see kayakers, surfers, hackey-sackers, kite flyers and swimmers on this beach. The sheer size of the Long Beach makes its visitors feel crazy. Located on the Wickaninnish Bay, the Long Beach and Radar Beach are towards the north, while the Wickaninnish Beach and Combers Beach is to the south.

Historic sites & Attractions

In addition to offering a number of beaches and hot springs, Vancouver Island has dozens of historic sites. Craigdarroch Castle is located in the capital city of Victoria at the southernmost tip of the island. This magnificent Victorian mansion features the finest stone, wood and glass used for creating this castle, which is now a national historic museum. Once on top of the Tower, you can get a panoramic view of the town, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Another nationally important building, the Fisgard Lighthouse is credited to be the first lighthouse on Canada’s Pacific west coast. It has a keeper’s house that displays artifacts, exhibits and children’s games. Atop the lighthouse, you can get panoramic view of the Canadian Naval Base, the Olympic Mountains and the Esquimalt lagoon.

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Butchart Gardens

While exploring the beaches, lighthouses and castles of Vancouver Island, make sure to take your family and friends to the 50-acre Butchart Gardens located in the southeast of the island. The best thing about the garden is that it remains lush with all the delights throughout the year. The gardens are located around 20 km from Victoria in the Brentwood bay.

Vancouver Island Food

When it is about Vancouver Island food, make sure to taste the local handmade Pork Gyozas and Deluxe Poutine. The ideal place to enjoy the local cuisine is at the Locals in Courtenay. You can have your lunch and dinner at this place, but for a good breakfast, tea or coffee, you can check the Atlas Cafe on 6th Street, Courtenay. Make sure to taste their egg benny. It is one of the best you can find anywhere else on the island. Fishing being one of the main local industries, make sure to taste some seafood at Belmiro’s Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria or Aura Waterfront Restaurant.

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Beautiful British Columbia

Transportation

You can reach Vancouver Island by the VictoriaInternational Airport, which is a busy airport receiving more than 1.5 million passengers annually. The airport is located to the north of Victoria and is well connected by bus service. You can cover most of the east coast of the island through bus service, but reaching other parts would be possible mostly through car rentals. The bus service is offered on Highway 1 that runs from Victoria to Nanaimo, on Highway 4 that runs west touching Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet, and Highway 19 that covers the northern and central areas.

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