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Vancouver Island Holiday

Feel the reinvigorating power of the great outdoors on Vancouver Island, a vast swathe of nature on the doorstep of metropolitan cities.

Although only a short journey away from one of Canada's largest cities and home to the regional capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island feels a world away from urban life. Deserted beaches, forested mountains and rare wildlife cover the sparsely populated island, beckoning Victoria's visitors with its dramatic wilderness. Succumb to its call and experience it on skis, on bike or on foot.

Visit Victoria, the lively capital of British Columbia in the south of the island. A modern city that prides itself on its great food, drink and culture sits alongside beautiful heritage landmarks. The Royal BC Museum gives a compelling overview of the region's history. Wander the halls of two castles with elegant gardens: the Victorian-era Craigdarroch and Hatley Park, completed in 1908.

You can also tour the other towns on the island. Parksville is a charming collection of sandy beaches, heritage attractions and stylish dining spots. Port Hardy is a pocket of civilization surrounded by rugged wilderness that offers museums and sites of cultural significance for the island's First Nations.

Tie up your walking boots for energetic treks through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Waymarked trails run around the coastline, leading to spectacular views and quiet beaches. Experienced hikers can try the famous West Coast Trail, a 47-mile (75-kilometer) route along the southwest Pacific shores.

Scan the waters for a sighting of black dorsal fins. Families of orcas enjoy the waters around Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago between June and October. Inland, black bears can be seen around Clayoquot Sound on a bear-watching tour.

Hit the slopes in winter at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Boarding, skiing and tubing are all available for speedy ways to get down the mountain, on routes used by international athletes.

Victoria International Airport is reached by Air Canada, United and other airlines. Perhaps the best way to reach the island, however, is by ferry from Vancouver, which provides unbeatable views of the mountains, woods and lakes when arriving on the water.


Guide to Exploring Vancouver Island


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AU$147
Hotel Grand Pacific

Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St, Victoria
4.5
of 5, from 2,024 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Facing the Inner Harbour and adjacent to the Parliament Buildings, Hotel Grand Pacific is 2 blocks from the shops along Government Street and 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf.

AU$110
Hotel Rialto

Hotel Rialto

653 Pandora Ave., Victoria
4.5
of 5, from 1,746 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chinatown and British Columbia Parliament Building. Market Square and Pacific Rim College are also within 10 minutes.

AU$110
The Oswego Hotel

The Oswego Hotel

500 Oswego Street, Victoria
4.6
of 5, from 1,968 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The Oswego Hotel is within 2 blocks of the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, and the Royal BC Museum. Chinatown, the Maritime Museum, and the Victoria Royal Theatre are less than 2 km away.

AU$136
The Parkside Hotel & Spa

The Parkside Hotel & Spa

810 Humboldt Street, Victoria
4.5
of 5, from 1,881 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy and British Columbia Parliament Building. Royal BC Museum and Miniature World are also within 5 minutes.

AU$61
Ramada Victoria

Ramada Victoria

123 Gorge Rd E, Victoria
3.3
of 5, from 1,677 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Burnside, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from MayFair Shopping Centre and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from British Columbia Parliament Building. Topaz Park and Uptown Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$159
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

1234 Wharf St, Victoria
4.6
of 5, from 1,395 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking Victoria's inner harbor, the condominium-style Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites has a private dock; restaurants and nightlife surround the hotel, and many city attractions are less than 1 km (1 mi) away.

AU$217
Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

1175 Beach Dr, Victoria
4.8
of 5, from 694 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oak Bay, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Golf Club and Oak Bay Marina. Abkhazi Garden and Government House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$60
Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria City Centre

Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria City Centre

310 Gorge Rd E, Victoria
3.1
of 5, from 964 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Burnside, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from MayFair Shopping Centre and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from British Columbia Parliament Building. Topaz Park and Westside Village Shopping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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