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Best of Vancouver Island Guide

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Vancouver Island
Refer to Vancouver Island as Victoria Island and risk a chorus of eye-rolls from the otherwise-friendly locals. Yes, Victoria is the main city on the island, but there are many distinct flavours to its logging and fishing settlements. Food and wine enthusiasts flock to the Comox Valley farm region, while the more outdoorsy types get their fix along the remote, forested beaches of North Vancouver Island. Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Clayoquot Sound and you’ll return full of cocktail-party factoids.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Wild Pacific Trail
Wild Pacific Trail(Ucluelet)
Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley... more Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route. less
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Vancouver Island Soaring Centre
Vancouver Island Soaring Centre(Port Alberni)
Attraction type: Other
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Chesterman Beach
Chesterman Beach(Tofino)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens(Central Saanich)
Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted... more Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Victoria's London Taxi Day Tours
Victoria's London Taxi Day Tours(Victoria)
Owner description: We take the hassle out of you having to take public transportation or a crowded tour bus. Our authentic London Taxi is an ideal way to see Victoria. You can stop for pictures... more Owner description: We take the hassle out of you having to take public transportation or a crowded tour bus. Our authentic London Taxi is an ideal way to see Victoria. You can stop for pictures whenever you want, decide how long to stay at each stop, take a predetermined route or plan your own itinerary. We also have a 10 passenger van that can accommodate larger groups. From wine tours to city tours. From Butchart Gardens to the grounds and gardens at Government House we have a tour that will fit your interests. We can even design a tour just for you. Our aim is to give you the best tour possible. less
Attraction type: Taxis & Shuttles; Wine Tours & Tastings ; Private Tours

All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Bistro 694
Bistro 694
Price: USD 11 - 17
Cuisines: International, French, Bistro
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant Matisse
Restaurant Matisse
Ranked #1 of 1,118 Restaurants in Victoria
Price: USD 17 - 25
Cuisines: French
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
RAVENLADY OYSTER FORTE
RAVENLADY OYSTER FORTE
Ranked #1 of 33 Restaurants in Ucluelet
Cuisines: Seafood, Fast food, Fusion
Dining options: Lunch
Tacofino Cantina
Tacofino Cantina
Ranked #1 of 45 Restaurants in Tofino
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Takeout
Norwoods Restaurant
Norwoods Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 33 Restaurants in Ucluelet
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Tofino Trek Inn
2.0 of 5
Tofino Trek Inn
USD 59 - 73 (CAD 78 - 97)
Ranked #3 of 46 Tofino B&B and Inns
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Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
USD 48 - 410
Kidd's B&B
Kidd's B&B
USD 60 - 107 (CAD 80 - 142)
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

BEST WESTERN PLUS Chemainus Inn
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Chemainus Inn
USD 111 - 152 (CAD 147 - 201)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chemainus
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Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites
USD 90 - 121
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Campbell River
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Terrace Beach Resort
Terrace Beach Resort
USD 75 - 263 (CAD 99 - 349)
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Ucluelet

All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

A Snug Harbour Inn
4.0 of 5
A Snug Harbour Inn
USD 165 - 301 (CAD 219 - 399)
Ranked #1 of 35 Ucluelet B&B and Inns
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Fairholme Manor
4.0 of 5
Fairholme Manor
USD 125 - 284
Ranked #2 of 112 Victoria B&B and Inns
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Reef Point B & B aka Reef Point Oceanfront B & B
4.0 of 5
Reef Point B & B aka Reef Point Oceanfront B & B
USD 185 - 261 (CAD 245 - 346)
Ranked #3 of 35 Ucluelet B&B and Inns
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