Vancouver Island Vacation: Coronavirus Information
Most Vancouver Island hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your Vancouver Island trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page (opens in new window).
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The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Victoria. Make a stop by Victoria Conference Centre or Victoria Royal Theatre while you're exploring the area.
The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Inner Harbour. Make a stop by Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal or Victoria Harbour while you're exploring the area.
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The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of James Bay. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.
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If you're spending some time in Regional District of Nanaimo, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and Parksville Beach are top sights worth seeing.
Esquimalt is popular for its colorful gardens, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Highrock Park or Saxe Point Park.
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Top things to do in Vancouver Island
Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
Deserted beaches, forest hiking trails, whale-watching opportunities and bohemian communities make this island a popular escape for city dwellers. Vancouver Island is home to both remote wilderness and cosmopolitan cities. This collection of islands off the west of Canada is known as the “final frontier” where adventure meets natural beauty. Journey into rainforests, go scuba diving in sparkling waters and visit cultural attractions dedicated to the people of the First Nations.
Start in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the daffodils and tulips in Butchart Gardens and take the children to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens to marvel at thousands of tropical butterflies. Climb up the steps at the Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum for stunning views across the city.
Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route to see dense wilderness and rural villages such as Metchosin. Play in the tidal pools at Port Renfrew and enjoy farm-fresh cuisine in Sooke. Cyclists will enjoy touring the diverse landscape of the Gulf Islands. Be prepared for uphill climbs and rolling country roads.
The remote north of Vancouver Island is far wilder and is home to the grizzly bear-filled Great Bear Rainforest. Go on a whale-watching tour with a qualified guide and look for orcas and humpback whales. Water lovers can scuba dive in Quatsino Narrows, while kayakers can visit Echo Bay off Gilford Island for a peaceful day watching seals.
First Nations peoples have lived in Vancouver Island for thousands of years and still have a huge influence on local culture. Visit the Alberni Valley Museum to see First Nations artifacts, take a guided First Nation canoe trip down the Campbell River and learn traditional ceremonial dances.
Fly into Victoria International Airport to reach the island or take a chartered seaplane to more remote destinations. Ferries are also a popular way to get around. Roads on the island are fully paved and designated scenic routes such as the Oceanside Route or North Island Route will take you through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery.
Winter trips to Vancouver Island deliver all manner of cold-weather fun, from skiing to hikes in snowy forests.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Vancouver Island?
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Vancouver Island?
- Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.): 101 international flights per month.
- Comox, BC (YQQ-Comox Valley): 2 international flights per month.