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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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Chesterman Beach
Chesterman Beach(Tofino)
Attraction type: Beaches
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V2V Vacations
V2V Vacations(Victoria)
Owner description: Welcome to British Columbia's newest marine transportation service. The V2V Empress is a 242-seat passenger vessel departing daily from Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Victoria... more Owner description: Welcome to British Columbia's newest marine transportation service. The V2V Empress is a 242-seat passenger vessel departing daily from Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Victoria. The journey will transport you in comfort from the heart of downtown Vancouver, through the unforgettable beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands, right into Victoria's historic Inner Harbour. less
Attraction type: Ferries
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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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Helliwell Provincial Park
Helliwell Provincial Park(Hornby Island)
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Alderlea Farm and Cafe
Alderlea Farm and Cafe
Ranked #1 of 117 Restaurants in Duncan
Price: US$ 8 - US$ 16
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian, Soups, American
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Hot Chocolates
Hot Chocolates
Ranked #1 of 153 Restaurants in Courtenay
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bistro 694
Bistro 694
Price: US$ 16 - US$ 25
Cuisines: International, Seafood, European, Canadian
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain
Ranked #1 of 51 Restaurants in Sooke
Cuisines: Canadian
Good for: View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Little Bavaria Restaurant
Little Bavaria Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 98 Restaurants in Port Alberni
Cuisines: German, Central European, European
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Tofino Trek Inn
2.0 of 5
Tofino Trek Inn
US$ 19 - US$ 74 (CA$ 25 - CA$ 95)
Ranked #4 of 40 Tofino B&B and Inns
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Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
US$ 48 - US$ 410
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Hidden Harbour Vacation Rental and B&B
Hidden Harbour Vacation Rental and B&B
US$ 68 - US$ 173 (CA$ 87 - CA$ 222)
Ranked #1 of 16 Campbell River B&B and Inns
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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
US$ 117 - US$ 175 (CA$ 150 - CA$ 225)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chemainus
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Terrace Beach Resort
Terrace Beach Resort
US$ 77 - US$ 272 (CA$ 99 - CA$ 349)
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Ucluelet
Bayshore Waterfront Inn
3.0 of 5
Bayshore Waterfront Inn
US$ 111 - US$ 262
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Ucluelet
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Abigail's Hotel
4.0 of 5
Abigail's Hotel
US$ 204 - US$ 325
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
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Magnolia Hotel And Spa
4.5 of 5
Magnolia Hotel And Spa
US$ 235 - US$ 362 (CA$ 302 - CA$ 465)
Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
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Oak Bay Beach Hotel
4.5 of 5
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
US$ 213 - US$ 492 (CA$ 274 - CA$ 632)
Ranked #3 of 46 Hotels in Victoria
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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.