The Vancouver Island region is a large, sparsely populated area, encompassing Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, as well as a portion of the mainland.
It has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems: Rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats for multitudes of wildlife species. In fact, the region is one of the world’s premier locations for whale watching, birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing. Much of the island is protected parkland. It contains many pockets of old-growth fir and cedar forests, as well as rare, naturally occurring groves of Garry oak.
Vancouver Island is also home to Victoria, BC, the nation’s capital. Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada, looking over a wide Pacific Ocean abundance. Flowers bloom from every lamp posts, making the harbor city comes alive with romance in an era of tall ships and old world parliament buildings. It is no wonder that it is called The Garden City.
The wild beauty of the Pacific coast and the adventure of the great outdoors are within the city limits. First Nations totem poles, heritage architecture, afternoon tea, museums and the bustling Inner Harbour invite guests for a leisure stroll through town. Shop windows are full of British imports, Native art and the latest trends. Restaurants and cafés serve the freshest cuisine.