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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

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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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Chesterman Beach
Chesterman Beach(Tofino)
Attraction type: Beaches
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; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park(Tofino)
Owner description: Unique park composed of three sections - Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands - that feature sandy beaches, island archipelagos, temperate rainforests... more Owner description: Unique park composed of three sections - Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands - that feature sandy beaches, island archipelagos, temperate rainforests and important archaeological sites. less
Attraction type: National Parks; Hiking Trails
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Inner Harbour
Inner Harbour(Victoria)
Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea... more Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea at the grand Empress Hotel or board a ferry for a harbor tour. less
Attraction type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Bodies of Water
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Restaurant Matisse
Restaurant Matisse
Ranked #1 of 1,081 Restaurants in Victoria
Price: USD 31 - 50
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, After-hours
Tacofino Cantina
Tacofino Cantina
Ranked #1 of 43 Restaurants in Tofino
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Norwoods Restaurant
Norwoods Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Ucluelet
Good for: Romantic, Business, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, After-hours, Dessert
Jigger's
Jigger's
Ranked #2 of 29 Restaurants in Ucluelet
Price: USD 9 - 14
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Fast food, Fish & Chips
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch Spot, Dinner, Takeout
ChocolateTofino
ChocolateTofino
Ranked #2 of 43 Restaurants in Tofino
Price: USD 1 - 5
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice cream
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Abbeymoore Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn
Abbeymoore Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn
USD 10 - 59 (CAD 12 - 69)
Ranked #1 of 110 Victoria B&B and Inns
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Tofino Trek Inn
2.0 of 5
Tofino Trek Inn
USD 11 - 107 (CAD 13 - 125)
Ranked #5 of 46 Tofino B&B and Inns
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Kidd's B&B
Kidd's B&B
USD 55 - 88 (CAD 64 - 102)
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
USD 115 - 345 (CAD 134 - 402)
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Central Saanich
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Terrace Beach Resort
Terrace Beach Resort
USD 85 - 300 (CAD 99 - 349)
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Ucluelet
Hotel Rialto
3.5 of 5
Hotel Rialto
USD 90 - 164
Ranked #4 of 58 Hotels in Victoria
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Magnolia Hotel And Spa
4.5 of 5
Magnolia Hotel And Spa
USD 141 - 291 (CAD 164 - 339)
Ranked #2 of 58 Hotels in Victoria
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Oak Bay Beach Hotel
4.5 of 5
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
USD 185 - 364 (CAD 215 - 424)
Ranked #3 of 58 Hotels in Victoria
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Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant
5.0 of 5
Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant
USD 209 - 502
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Tofino
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.