Home to British Columbia’s historic capital, sprawling ancient rainforests, snow capped mountains and relaxed surfside villages, this majestic island is stippled with eclectic communities waiting to be explored.

Love where you live

So close, yet so far away. Vancouver Island, just an arms reach from vibrant Vancouver, is the hidden oasis of the west coast. A short ferry ride from Vancouver, discover an ocean-carved land of extremes ranging from mild to wild. Gaze at distant snowcapped mountains while splashing barefoot along softly curving beaches. Relax, restore and recharge yourself in the cosmopolitan centers, small towns and harbors. That’s Vancouver Island.

Explore the location

The Island stretches for 460 kilometres, from the ornate colonial capital of Victoria in the south to Cape Scott’s windswept beaches and rocky headlands at its northern tip. Along with the Gulf Islands, this rugged paradise combines old-growth forests, snowcapped mountains, and untamed shorelines to create one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems. Experience world-class whale watching, birding, and fishing, or just let your worries drift away in the waves of the Pacific.

Points of Interest on Vancouver Island

Gateway to Vancouver Island

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island’s second-largest city is a picturesque oceanfront town with fabulous mountain views and a busy harbor. Home to events like the harbor’s Bathtub Race, the city of 75,000 offers outdoor opportunities from full-moon kayaking to golfing. Boat-fresh seafood graces tables at an ever-increasing number of restaurants. This gateway to island adventures is easily reached by fast ferry or floatplane from downtown Vancouver or by scheduled ferries from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen.

– Trip Advisor