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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.


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Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites AU$196
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

1234 Wharf St, Victoria
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 1,470 reviews
    3.0 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.

    Ramada Victoria AU$79
    Ramada Victoria

    Ramada Victoria

    123 Gorge Rd E, Victoria
       
      3.3
      of 5, from 1,793 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated 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).

      The Oswego Hotel AU$135
      The Oswego Hotel

      The Oswego Hotel

      500 Oswego Street, Victoria
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,974 reviews
        4.0 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.

        Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites AU$136
        Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

        Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

        740 Burdett Ave, Victoria
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,527 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated on a rise overlooking the city and harbor, this hotel is 3 blocks from Government Street, 3 blocks from the Royal BC Museum, and 4 blocks from Beacon Hill Park.

          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa AU$200
          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

          The Magnolia Hotel and Spa

          623 Courtney St, Victoria
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 1,418 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located two blocks from Victoria's busy Inner Harbour, the European-style The Magnolia Hotel And Spa is one block from Government Street shops and three blocks from the Royal BC Museum.

            Hotel Zed AU$95
            Hotel Zed

            Hotel Zed

            3110 Douglas St, Victoria
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,146 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Burnside motel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of MayFair Shopping Centre, Uptown Center, and Topaz Park. British Columbia Parliament Building is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

              Hotel Grand Pacific AU$189
              Hotel Grand Pacific

              Hotel Grand Pacific

              463 Belleville St, Victoria
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 2,030 reviews
                4.0 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.

                The Parkside Hotel & Spa AU$154
                The Parkside Hotel & Spa

                The Parkside Hotel & Spa

                810 Humboldt Street, Victoria
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 1,925 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, 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.

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