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10 top things to do on a trip to Vancouver Island

10 top things to do on a trip to Vancouver Island

Posted by PanamericanWorld on May 01, 2015

Take a whale-watching trip or see bears in the wild. Lookout when you drive, as you can often see them scrabbling about in the undergrowth by the side of the road. When cars seem to slow down for no reason – it’s a sure tip to get the camera out. http://vancouverisland.com/

2. Go west to Tofino. It’s a pretty fishing village at the tip of Esowista Peninsula near the entrance to Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island – and a great place to go surfing. Sea kayaking is big here too and there are lots of sandy beaches around. Long beach is spectacular.

3. Take a sea plane ride up to Hot Springs Cove, in Maquinna Provincial Park on Vancouver Island at the remote northern end of Clayoquot Sound. You land near the wooden boardwalk, where an easy, two-kilometre walk takes you to the rocks and pools where you’ll find the natural hot mineral spring.

4. Stay in Telegraph Cove, tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was where the first telegraph operator took up residence in 1911. Book a rustic cabin on the boardwalk or stay in the RV park in the old growth forest. http://www.telegraphcoveresort.com/

5. Sample the local wines in the Cowichan Valley which is studded with welcoming small farms and boutiques wineries.6. Explore the First Nation culture and look out for the stunningly painted totem poles. Port Alberni is a good place to learn about their history. www.vancouverisland.travel/things-to-do/first-nations-culture/

6. Explore the First Nation culture and look out for the stunningly painted totem poles. Port Alberni is a good place to learn about their history. www.vancouverisland.travel/things-to-do/first-nations-culture/

7. Tour the island in comfort to stay at campinggrounds along the way with your own RV (recreational vehicle). There are plenty of places to stop off for coffee on the coast road. http://uk.britishcolumbia.travel/british-columbia/transportation-maps/camper-rv.aspx.

8. Take tea in the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Not everyone realises that it’s Victoria, rather than the vibrant city of Vancouver on the mainland that is actually the capital of British Columbia. http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/

9. Stroll along cherry blossom-lined paths on a visit to Victoria’s stunning Butchart Gardens. www.butchartgardens.com/

 

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