Vancouver Island

Vacation Guide 2016

Super, Natural British Columbia

North Central Island

North Central Island

Tour fertile valleys dotted with farmgates, vineyards, bistros and markets. Track pods of orcas as they swim past picturesque northern Gulf Islands. Discover First Nations culture and visit museums dedicated to regional history, then embark on a dig for prehistoric fossils. Enjoy exhilarating mountain biking, alpine skiing, diving and whitewater rafting. Line up putts on emerald green championship golf courses. And get busy with some of the best salmon fishing in the world. Add it up and you’ve got a taste of the many getaway pleasures in Vancouver Island’s North Central region.

North Central Island Region

This band of varied terrain stretches coast-to-coast across the Island’s mountainous spine just above its geographic waistline. On the easy-access east coast are three cities packed with character and creature comforts. Courtenay and Comox sit in close proximity on either side of the Comox Harbour; both are known for their boutiques, spas, cafés and bistros serving fresh food sourced from nearby farms in the valley (named after a K’omoks First Nation word meaning “land of plenty’). Further north is Campbell River with its waterfront trails, cycling paths, community festivals and world-class fishing. It’s an excellent accommodations base for exploring the neighbouring ocean, rivers, lakes and wilderness. 

Offshore from the east coast is a collection of hospitable, B&B-endowed islands where one can de-stress and tune out the world. Not far inland is Mount Washington, a full-service ski resort with plenty of summertime alpine appeal. Driving and cycling tours circle through the revitalized heritage town of Cumberland (a mountain-biking hotspot) and quaint Merville and Black Creek.

FACT > Campbell River was home to famed sport fisherman, author and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown.

Crystal Clear - Landslide Lake in Strathcona Park
makes for a spectacular day hike destination.
2013 Photo Contest Submission: Matt Newfield
Crystal Clear – Landslide Lake in Strathcona Park
makes for a spectacular day hike destination.
2013 Photo Contest Submission: Matt Newfield

The region is watched over by the Golden Hinde, the highest point on the Island (2,200 meters) in the heart of Strathcona Provincial Park, BC’s first such park when it was founded in 1911. This is classic wilderness terrain complete with pristine lakes, alpine meadows and old-growth forest. Head off on challenging adventures or explore the park at a comfortable pace with friends and family at access points near Mount Washington (Forbidden Plateau) or southwest of Campbell River (Buttle Lake). Young people can study kayaking, rock climbing, backcountry basics and leadership skills at Canada’s original outdoor education centre.

On the far western side of the North Central region is the open Pacific coastline. The highlight excursion takes cultural explorers to Yuquot (Friendly Cove), site of an ancient First Nations summer village and whaling centre. It was here in 1778 that Captain James Cook first met the area’s indigenous inhabitants. There’s few more exciting daytrips for history buffs than booking passage on the comfortable freight boat from Gold River and sailing via Nootka Sound to this historic destination with its sentinel lighthouse.

Reach the North Central Island via the Comox Valley and Campbell River airports  or after an hour’s drive north from Nanaimo’s ferry terminals. Stop at the new Vancouver Island Visitor Centre in the Comox Valley near Cumberland for expert advice, accommodation booking services, museum-quality exhibits and kid-friendly interactive displays. Campbell River’s Visitor Centre in the heart of town is a one-stop for advice and local information while also providing reservation services for accommodations and adventure tours.

Fish on! - Fighting a massive Tyee (a Spring Salmon) is what most just dream of. In Campbell River you can live the experience.
Fish on! – Fighting a massive Tyee (a Spring Salmon) is what most just dream of. In Campbell River you can live the experience.

Things to do in the North Central Island 

  1. Explore the region’s rich First Nations legacy by visiting galleries, museums and historic sites in Courtenay, Campbell River and on Quadra Island. 
  2. One of the Island’s leading food baskets, seafood and culinary destinations, the Comox Valley is home to farms, markets, wineries, backroads farmgate stands and restaurants serving freshly harvested produce and seafood. 
  3. Strike out for the heart of the wilderness in magnificent Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia’s original provincial park. Hike in urban settings (riverside in Courtenay or next to the ocean in Campbell River). Or enjoy pleasant rambles along well-marked trails to regional beauty spots like Denman Island’s Boyle Point or Quadra Island’s Chinese Mountain. 
  4. Sports fishing charters are available throughout the region, and salmon enthusiasts the world over head for Campbell River. 
  5. Embark on a whale-watching expedition. Bring a binocular for prime birdwatching opportunities. And witness heaps of playful sea lions basking in favourite spots like Fanny Bay.
  6. Slurp your share of delicious Baynes Sound oysters, a salty treat locally and around the world.
  7. Enjoy oodles of summer family fun along the coastline at Miracle Beach, Tribune Bay, Goose Spit, Seal Bay and Saratoga Beach. 
  8. Mountain biking is the region’s fastest-growing sport, and legions of helmet-clad daredevils happily vanish into the vast networks of trials found in Cumberland, Campbell River and on Hornby Island. 
  9. Kayakers explore an oceanfront region dotted with peaceful bays, sheltered coastline and easy passages between offshore islands. Canoeists paddle across lakes and let river currents carry them downstream. Tours, lessons, and rentals are available. 
  10. Enjoy retail therapy in urban centres and in the funky independent shops that line village main streets. Resorts, spas and home-based therapists offer a full range of relaxing treatments. 
  11. Scuba diving paradise: The Jacques Cousteau Society ranked Vancouver Island – particularly north from Campbell River and the Discovery Islands – #2 in the world for marine diversity and water clarity.

The Comox Valley

Welcome to one of the West Coast’s finest culinary, farm and aquaculture foodie regions. Visit markets and prowl the backroads for opportunities to purchase cheese, oysters, bison sausages, wasabi, garlic, chili peppers and, from the Island’s largest fallow deer farm, venison. As for seafood, fully 95 percent of BC’s annual shellfish production is plucked from Baynes Sound. Learn more by picking up the Comox Valley Heritage Experience self-guided tour package at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre.

Top Things to See & Do

  1. Fish are biting year-round, and the takeaways range from river steelhead to five varieties of Pacific salmon.  
  2. Hike, climb, kayak or canoe in  Strathcona Provincial Park, BC’s first provincial wilderness reserve.
  3. Blaze Mount Washington’s slopes in the winter or take a mile-high summertime chairlift ride. 
  4. Lovingly groomed mountain-bike trails suitable for all skill levels draw enthusiasts to Cumberland, Campbell River and Hornby Island.  
  5. Downtown Courtenay walkabouts are highlighted by boutique shops, restaurants, green streetscapes, and plentiful smiles from the friendly locals.  
  6. Catch a show at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, tour local art galleries, and enjoy the fun at Winterfest and the Snow to Surf team rally. 
  7. Dig up the past at riverside sites after exploring the Courtenay & District Museum and Paleontology Centre.
  8. Tour the region’s shellfish and salmon farms, and visit Campbell River’s Quinsam Hatchery to learn about the life cycle of salmon.
  9. Dine on fish-and-chips while watching anglers cast lines from Campbell River’s Discovery Pier. Summer Sundays are perfect for taking in the Pier Street Farmers’ Market and Arts Fair in front of the Maritime Heritage Centre. 
  10. Enjoy live entertainment in Campbell River’s downtown waterfront Spirit Square on summer Tuesdays (11:30 to 1:15 p.m.) and Thursdays (7 to 9 p.m.). 
  11. Get the big-picture perspective on thrilling flightseeing tours from Campbell River or when catching a ride on the Desolation Sound mail run. 
  12. Chill at Hornby Island’s Tribune Bay, an endless-summer hotspot widely known as “Little Hawaii”.
  13. Discover ancient petroglyphs on the beach at Quadra Island’s Cape Mudge.
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Discover Comox Valley

Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
1-855-400-2882
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Located on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island and in close proximity to an international airport and ferry, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. This year round destination is highlighted by interesting and delicious festivals including: Winter Jam (January), Dine Around (Feb.-Mar), BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival (June), Farm Cycle Tour (August) and Pacific Toast (November).  The region, with its diversity of landscape provides the visitor with a multitude of outdoor activity and scenic opportunities. The unique location of the Comox Valley provides the opportunity to ski, golf and sail on the same day.  If you enjoy local food and delicious culinary experiences, the area showcases farm hands on experiences, a yearly Farmer’s Market, several award winning wineries and celebrity chefs. 

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Comox Valley Airport

1250 Knight Road • Comox • North Central Island
250-890-0829
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Getting to Vancouver Island is a breeze when you start your journey at the Comox Valley Airport. YQQ is a premier Vancouver Island airport and is the most convenient and enjoyable way to access this beautiful island. We offer daily non-stop flights to/from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, plus seasonal service to Mexico. With stunning views, a gift shop, café and car rentals on site, the Comox Valley Airport has everything you need to start your Vancouver Island vacation off right. Come experience our island charm today!

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Golf Vancouver Island

Many Communities • All Regions
1-888-465.3239
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GOLF VANCOUVER ISLAND IS A CENTRAL RESERVATIONS SERVICE FOR GOLF PACKAGES, VACATIONS AND TEE TIMES on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Golf Vancouver Island is your “one-stop shop” for Island Golf Getaways and Vacations. From airfares and ferry reservations to tee times, accommodations and even après golf activities, they take care of it all!

Owned and operated by the golf courses on Vancouver Island, consumers save time and money, while choosing from 10 golf courses and 5 accommodation options on the internationally renowned Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Golf Vancouver Island provides complimentary information, vacation planning assistance and reservations for Vancouver Island golf vacations.

The Vancouver Island Golf Trail, a 250 kilometre golf trail of Pacific paradise from Victoria to Campbell River, awaits golfers on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, including designs by renowned architects Jack and Steve Nicklaus, Les Furber, Graham Cooke and Bill Robinson – making for “plenty of gold medal worthy golf” according to GOLF Magazine. There are 10 destination golf courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, and from South to North include…Olympic View, Highland Pacific, Bear Mountain Resort Mountain and Valley Courses, Arbutus Ridge, Cowichan, Fairwinds, Pheasant Glen, Crown Isle and Storey Creek.

Please visit www.GolfVancouverIsland.ca for further information on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail courses, packages, instant quotes, transportation, golf tips, photo galleries, and much more! Ask for the EXCLUSIVE Tourism Vancouver Island referral offer to save $50 pp!

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BC Ferries Vacations

Many Communities • Across Vancouver Island
1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779) Ext 3
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BC Ferries Vacations™ connects you with Vancouver Island’s world-class destinations and provides unique vacation experiences to the avid traveller. Offering several packages for one and two-nights or longer, BC Ferries Vacations™  travel experts have hand-picked the best accommodations and activities and packaged them with the ferry travel to bring you all-in-one convenience, quality and value. The best way to experience the wonders of Vancouver Island is with one of BC Ferries Vacations’™ unique and unforgettable vacation packages.

If you’re seeking an urban getaway with renowned dining and shopping experiences, be sure to take some time to explore Victoria, the capital of B.C. and the largest city on Vancouver Island. Located on the charming harbour front, downtown Victoria boasts the second most restaurants per capita of any other city in North America, BC’s historic Parliament Buildings and the largest Chinatown in Canada. When planning your next visit, be sure to ask about our great offers at the Inn at Laurel Point – located minutes away from the Inner Harbour and downtown – memorable experiences are waiting around every corner in Victoria BC.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the west coast surf or just watch it crash onto the rocky shoreline from the comfort of your room, the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet can’t be beat. During storm watching season, swells that travel across the Pacific and pound the shores of Tofino and Ucluelet reach up to 6 metres in height and an average of 10 – 15 storms hit per month. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino and Ucluelet are world-renowned by surfers, nature-lovers and storm watchers alike. If you are looking for great place to watch the wild west coast weather unfold, book a BC Ferries Vacations™ at the Cox Bay Beach Resort in Tofino or the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.

Family friendly activities abound in the seaside town of Parksville, centrally located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. A beachcomber’s paradise, the sandy shore stretches as far as the eye can see and visitors can spend hours exploring Rathtrevor Beach. From Parksville’s annual sandcastle building competition to the Treasure Island themed 36-hole mini-golf course, there’s always something to keep kids (and parents) of all ages entertained. For the best family-friendly offer, ask about our packages at the Beach Club Resort, Parksville.

Vancouver Island is home to several award winning spas and boasts numerous spa getaways for those looking for a luxurious and relaxing weekend away. From the trendy, harbour city of Victoria to the relaxing island style of the Gulf Islands, a spa vacation with your friends couldn’t be easier to find. If you are looking to recharge with a laid back beach getaway, ask about our packages in Courtenay at the luxurious Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

To stay up to date with BC Ferries news, promotions, contests and great deals, sign up for the BC Ferries OnBoard Newsletter or join us on Twitter to receive up to the minute notices on specials, deals and services.

To see what diverse and exciting packages BC Ferries Vacations™ has to offer across Vancouver Island, be sure to contact us and request a vacation package quote or a customized itinerary for the vacation of your choice.

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Harbour Air

Comox, Duncan, Ganges, Nanaimo, Victoria • Central Island, Cowichan, Gulf Islands, North Central Island, South Island
1-800-665-0212
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Experience Vancouver Island from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 minute Victoria panorama flight featuring unique views of the city & the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Day trip to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens or downtown Vancouver. A variety of exciting tours await. Discover British Columbia’s spectacular coastlines with Harbour Air Seaplanes. Harbour Air Seaplanes also offers frequent and convenient scheduled flights connecting downtown Victoria, downtown Vancouver, Richmond (YVR Aiport), Comox, Nanaimo, Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and Whistler (seasonally). Travel like a local and experience a true West Coast tradition. We are proud to be North America’s first carbon neutral airline.

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I-Hos Gallery

3310 Comox Road • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-339-7702
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“Cedar. Silver. Gold. Our culture is expressed through our art.” At I-Hos Gallery we invite you to see our extensive and ever-changing collection of Northwest Coast masks, gold and silver jewelry, numbered serigraph prints, woodcarvings, giftware, cards and books, as well as textiles and clothing produced by First Nation artists. Our knowledgeable staff encourages visitors to browse the gallery and discover the broad range of talent represented in this warm and graceful setting. It is a place of discovery, exploration, and friendship.

Representing many of British Columbia’s finest First Nations artists, the I-Hos Gallery is located on the original K’ómoks Village site between Courtenay and Comox next to the beautiful Puntledge estuary that flows into Vancouver Island’s Comox Bay. Dramatically situated near a beach covered with the remnants of ancient fish weirs and framed by Queneesh—the grand glacier overlooking the Comox Valley—I-Hos is a kind of treasure house, reflecting age-old traditions and histories through the arts from a vibrant living culture.

Owned and operated by the K’ómoks First Nation, the gallery’s distinctive house front sculpture, designed by Calvin Hunt, features three important crests of our people: the I-Hos or double-headed sea serpent, Queneesh—the legendary white whale, and, inside the entrance pole, a sxwayxwey (kway kway) dancer. As inviting as it is impressive, the sculpture beckons locals and visitors alike to enter our gallery and experience Aboriginal cultures of the Northwest Coast.

“Comox” is an Anglicization of kw’umuxws, which is derived from the Kwakw’ala term, kw’umalha, meaning “plentiful; rich, wealthy”. That abundant wealth—a bountiful homeland and a deep heritage that encompasses a wide range of artistic expressions—is reflected in the fine arts, crafts, and giftware you’ll find in the gallery. With a mandate to promote and sell quality Northwest Coast art, I-Hos buys directly from First Nations artists, honouring their individual artistic traditions as well as supporting their contemporary cultural innovations.

Connecting their ancestral heritage with the vitality of contemporary First Nations culture, world-renowned artists such as Andy Everson, Calvin Hunt Beau Dick, Rande Cook, Wayne Alfred, Corrine Hunt, David Neel, Charlie Johnson, and Bill Helin are represented by their exceptional artworks. I-Hos Gallery staff takes particular pride in providing all our visitors with artist biographies as well as insights into interpreting and understanding Northwest Coast images and stories. I-Hos is a place to learn, a place to share, a place to be amazed, a place to treasure.

At I-Hos Gallery there is truly something for everyone—in every price range for every occasion. Interact with us in person or through our website. Prefer to shop on-line? Browse and purchase works of art on our commerce secure website which features a broad selection of gallery pieces and giftware.

As an active community member, I-Hos Gallery sponsors many events throughout the year. Join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IhosGallery) for updates on new inventory, workshops and activities. Here are just some of the events we look forward to sharing with you in 2014:

  • June 21 – National Aboriginal Day Celebration
  • August – I-Hos Night Market 4-9pm, held Saturday and Sunday Hours 3pm – 9pm, same weekend as “Festival Weekend In Comox” Cultural Dance performance, Traditional Foods and more.
  • November – Two day Customer Appreciation Extravaganza with 30% off most retail items

Gilakasla!—“Welcome” and “Thank You”—it’s two ideas in one word, and I-Hos Gallery greets you with both. Gilakasla. Welcome to our gallery; thank you for coming.

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Kenmore Air

Seattle, WA • All Regions
1-866-435-9524 • 425-486-1257
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Fly with Kenmore Air from Seattle, Washington to over 45 spectacular Northwest destinations. Year-round daily scheduled seaplane flights leave from Seattle’s downtown Lake Union to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and our seasonal air service flies between Seattle’s Lake Union or Kenmore or Lake Washington to Nanaimo, the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, Blind Channel and the Northern Inside Passage. Skip the ferry lines & and avoid long lines at the boarder. With Kenmore Air you’ll be in Victoria in about 45 minutes. It’s fast, convenient and stress-free!

Kenmore Air also offers combined Fly + Stay air and hotel packages to Victoria. When booking your tickets online, first select your preferred flights. At the bottom of the page you’ll be then asked if you would like to “Continue without Accommodation” or “Select Accommodation”. If you want to add a hotel room to your flight reservation just click on the Select Accommodation blue box and you’ll see what hotel options are available. If you prefer to book by phone, just ask your reservation agent what hotels are available at your destination and we’ll get you set up.

Fishing Expeditions: Flying on a seaplane from Seattle to your favorite fishing lodge in beautiful British Columbia is also fast, convenient and stress-free. No other region in BC matches Vancouver Island for easily accessible fresh and saltwater fishing excitement. For some, it’s the exhilarating quest of fighting a trophy-sized fish, and for others it’s the escape to breathtaking natural surroundings – but to most, it’s both! Thrill to the challenge of battling salmon from a small boat on calm, protected waters, just a short cast from shore, knowing that the comforts of home are just a few minutes away from prime fishing grounds.

Desolation Sound & Campbell River (Mid-May to mid- September) – This is Vancouver Island’s center for outdoor adventures, but salmon fishing is still “king”. These storied fishing grounds are ideally located to intercept the many runs of salmon migrating south along the Inside Passage. The unique and extraordinary lodges and resorts we fly to from Seattle include April Point Lodge, Dent Island, Dolphins Resort, Morgan’s Landing, Nanook Lodge, Painters Lodge, Sonora Resort and Steep Island Lodge. If you’re looking for a 3-day complete fishing package that includes round-trip air from Seattle and gourmet food check out the West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Northern Inside Passage (mid-June to early-September) – Our most remote frontier offers a tremendous variety of fishing, lodging and wildlife experiences. Fishing holes are scattered among countless uninhabited islands and steep-walled inlets. Distinct seasons from May through September produce prize catches of salmon, halibut and freshwater trout. Lodges and resorts we fly to from Seattle include Blackfish Lodge, Bones Bay Lodge and Sund’s Lodge. Click here to see our Northern Inside Passage flight schedule.

Charter flights are also available!

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National Car & Truck Rental

Campbell River, Courtenay, Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, Victoria • Central Island, Cowichan, North Central Island, North Island, South Island
1-800-CAR-RENT (227-7368)
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  • Discounts on Golf, Mount Washington Winter Lift Tickets and Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride & Butchart Gardens
  • Low daily, weekly & monthly rates
  • Special weekend packages
  • Entertainment & AAA rates
  • One way drop off on Vancouver Island & Vancouver
  • Cars, mini-vans & 4×4’s
  • Free local pickup & drop off
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Oak Bay Marine Group

1327 Beach Drive • Victoria • North Central Island, Pacific Rim, South Island
1-800-663-7090
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Our celebrated fishing lodges and resorts are located in stunning, oceanfront locations on Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. We invite you to experience an unforgettable adventure with us.

PAINTER’S LODGE

A legendary fishing lodge, a gateway to nature. This is Painter’s Lodge. Upon the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, on the banks of Discovery Passage, lies the illustrious Painter’s Lodge. Welcoming nature and fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world, it’s a place for adventure, a spot to relax, and a retreat to experience the wilderness. A guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition – choose your own adventure. Or simply relax. Garden view, oceanfront, or a cabin in the woods – find an accommodation option that suits you. And be spoiled in an unspoiled wilderness.

APRIL POINT RESORT & SPA

Tucked away in a pocket of pristine British Columbia lies April Point Resort & Spa. On the shores of Quadra Island, our vacation resort is surrounded by the waters of Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour, set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Experience serenity, charm, and wonder in our gardens, on a kayak, or from our restaurant deck that is perched right over the ocean. Find luxury in the great outdoors at our Aveda Spa. Or set your sights wilder on a Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Tour or fishing trip. At a resort where ocean views aren’t optional, discover what it means to be present in a moment.

CANADIAN PRINCESS FISHING LODGE & MARINE ADVENTURES

It’s rugged. It’s wild. It’s fishing at its finest. The Canadian Princess Lodge, on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, sits at the very core of the Pacific Rim on the edge of the iconic broken islands. Our celebrated fishing lodge invites you to experience something unforgettable on these waters rich with salmon, halibut, and bottom fish. This part of British Columbia is known for its surfing, hiking, and wildlife, and we’re your base for exploration and adventure.

PEDDER BAY RV RESORT & MARINA

Welcome to Vancouver Island’s premier RV resort and Marina located just 40 minutes from downtown Victoria. Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of the area against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountain Range and the Race Rocks Marine Reserve. Pedder Bay offers full service marina facilities including a fuel dock, three-lane boat launch ramp, boat rentals and guided fishing charters, gear rental, a tackle shop and lots more!

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Aboriginal Tourism BC

Many Communities • All Regions
(604) 921-1070
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Every experience starts with a story. Step into the timeless culture and living history of Vancouver Island’s Aboriginal peoples, and experience their stories, myths and legends through fascinating tours, adventures, art and much more.

Where to Stay

  • WYA POINT RESORT
    Luxurious oceanfront lodges, yurt glamping. tent and RV camping. Ucluelet.
    250-726-2625 WyaPoint.com
  • CLUXEWE RESORT
    Oceanfront cabins in the land of the Kwakiutl people. Port Mcneill.
    250-949-0378 CluxeweResort.com
  • TSA-KWA-LUTEN LODGE
    Magical place offering ocean views and beachfront cottages. Quadra Island.
    250-285-2042 CapeMudgeResort.com

Where to Fish

  • WALTER’S COVE RESORT
    Known for a luxurious setting and incomparable fishing. Kyuquot.
    250-588-9276 WaltersCoveResort.com
  • AUGUST POINT LODGE
    Family business and B&B; the perfect gateway to west coast fishing. Zeballos.
    250-761-2014 AugustPointlodge.com

What to See and Do

  • NAKWAKTO RAPID TOURS
    Experience boat tours to the world’s fastest navigable tidal rapids. Port Hardy.
    250-230-5081 nakwaktorapidstours.com
  • SEA WOLF ADVENTURES
    Up close adventures with grizzlies, whales and Aboriginal culture. Telegraph Cove.
    250-902-965 SeaWolfAdventures.ca
  • U’MIST A CULTURAL CENTRE
    Discover ancient artifacts in the “Potlatch Collection·. Alert Bay.
    250-974-5403 Umista.ca
  • ADVENTURE VILLAGE ISLAND
    Experience authentic cultural kayak adventures around Village Island. Telegraph Cove.
    250-488-n93 KayakAdventuresVillage.com
  • CULTURE SHOCK INTERACTIVE GALLERY
    Explore traditional Nusa art forms and storytelling. Alert Bay.
    250-974-2484 CultureShockGallery.ca
  • SIDNEY WHALE WATCHING
    Experience Orcas and learn about the Salish Sea’s marine life. Sidney.
    250-656-7599 SidneyWhaleWatching.com
  • T’ASHII PADDLE SCHOOL
    Discover fascinating canoe or SUP tours in the Tla-o-qui-aht territory. Tofino.
    250-266-3787 TofinoPaddle.com
  • AHTSIK NATIVE ART GALLERY
    Up close cultural experiences with First Nations artists. Port Alberni.
    250-723-3425 GordonDick.ca
  • ABORIGINAL JOURNEYS
    Immerse yourself in exciting cultural and wildlife-viewing tours. Campbell River.
    250-850-1101 Aboriginaljourneys.com
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Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

4330 Island Highway South • Courtenay •
250-338-1323 • 1-800-663-7929
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Located on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley, the Oceanside Resort showcases the true essence of West Coast vacationing. The resort features 64 Ocean view rooms & luxury Beachfront Suites, the full service Pacific Mist Spa & Hydropath® & waterfront dining at its finest at the Breakwater Restaurant. The Pacific Mist Hydropath®, unique to North America, is an hour long hydrotherapy experience moving through eight sandstone sculpted water features that relax, detoxify & remineralize the body. Access to activities in the Comox Valley include: skiing, kayaking, biking, fishing, golf, festivals, marine & culinary tours. The Breakwater Restaurant showcases local seasonal products & fresh seafood while taking in panoramic ocean & mountain views. A stunning natural location for weddings, corporate meetings, group, yoga & wellness retreats.

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Discovery Marine Safaris

Make your Canadian Dream come true! Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island’s unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out of the water, follow playful dolphins and swift porpoises or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon. We operate our tours with respect to the pristine coastal environment and its animals, and our passionate guides will add the icing to your experience of a life time! Our comfortable boats are heated with full washrooms to make your trip as awesome as you could wish for! WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!

Campbell River • North Central Island
1-866-501-ORCA (6722)
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Tourism Campbell River

Welcome to the North Central Island -a spectacular region so full of outdoor recreational adventures that the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what activity to enjoy next. World renowned fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, deep sea diving, surfing, caving, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing - challenge yourself a little or a lot.  Campbell River & Region has an irresistible lure to visitors from around the world in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty, spectacular scenery, and traditional First Nations heritage and culture. Journey through Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound to Quadra and Cortes Islands then west to the salmon fishing capital of the world Campbell River, and inland to magnificent Strathcona Park – BC’s oldest and largest provincial park. Take time to explore Gold River and the preserved gold rush town Zeballos enroute to the rugged West Coast of BC. There are remote fishing lodges, resorts, marinas and campgrounds throughout the region and each community offers friendly hospitably along the way. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and inns, to RV parks, campgrounds and oceanside cabins. Unique shops, artists’ studios and museums provide you with a fascinating array of things to explore and the lush rainforest habitat of north central Vancouver Island is also home many species of wildlife including black bears, bald eagles, Orca killer whales, dolphins, grey whales, great blue herons, sea lions, deer and elk.

1235 Shoppers Row • Campbell River • North Central Island
1-877-286-5705
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Travelodge Courtenay

Courtenay is located in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The Travelodge Courtenay is centrally located next to shopping, restaurants, a movie theater and near many favorite leisure pursuits. Guests will enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and standard, superior or deluxe kitchenette accommodations. The Travelodge Courtenay also offers a seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool , pet friendly rooms .

2605 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-334-4491
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Comox Valley Inn & Suites

1190 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
1-800-811-5955
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Old House Hotel & Spa

Considered one of the best Courtenay hotels – the Old House Village Hotel & Spa is a 79 room West Coast inspired boutique hotel committed to offering its guests great value. The hotel features spacious studio, one and two bedroom suites

designed with comfort in mind. Rooms include: a petite or full kitchen, a fireplace, soaker tub, TV(s), DVD player and free wireless internet. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s barbeque terrace, lush grounds, year-round outdoor heated pool,

fitness room, infrared sauna, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, walks along the Riverway Trail, pampering treatments at its full service Oh Spa.

1730 Riverside Lane • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-703-0202
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Tourism Mount Washington

Tourism Mount Washington will help you discover Mount Washington Accommodations and facilities.  Explore all of the cultural attractions, activities, shopping and dining options within 45 minutes drive of the mountain.  Whether looking for an active family getaway, a reunion, wedding location or company retreat, Mount Washington, Vancouver Island's all-season alpine to surf destination treats visitors to the perfect combination of rugged west coast beauty and outdoor adventure.  Winter highlights skiing and snowboarding in the mile high alpine.

Mount Washington • North Central Island
250-338-0226
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Steep Island Lodge

Spectacular Private Island Lodge, all inclusive fishing and adventure packages, day trips, eco-tours, kayaking, private cabins with ocean views capacity 22, reserve lodge for group of 12 or more exclusively. Ideal for wedding, family reunions and corporate retreats.

Campbell River, Steep Island • North Central Island
250-830-8179
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Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Salmon Point Resort is located midway between Campbell River and Courtenay on the Morningside of Vancouver Island offering stunning  views of the Georgia Strait & Coastal Mountains.  Open year-round, spacious, full-hook-up sites & fully equipped cottages.

Campbell River • North Central Island
1-866-246-6605
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Painter’s Lodge

A legendary fishing lodge, a gateway to nature. This is Painter’s Lodge. Upon the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, on the banks of Discovery Passage, lies the illustrious Painter’s Lodge. Welcoming nature and fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world, it’s a place for adventure, a spot to relax, and a retreat to experience the wilderness. A guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition – choose your own adventure. Or simply relax. Garden view, oceanfront, or a cabin in the woods – find an accommodation option that suits you best.

1625 McDonald Rd • Campbell River • North Central Island
1-800-663-7090
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Comox Valley

Consistently rated as the #1 hotel in the Comox Valley, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites has a reputation for superior service and value. Recreational amenities include 24 hour fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, and the Valley’s only in-hotel waterslide. Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast served daily.

2200 Cliffe Ave • Courtenay • North Central Island
1 877 660 8550
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Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community located in the heart of the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Full Resort including 2 restaurants, 90 Guest Rooms, Car Museum, Pro Shop, Conference facilities and of course our Master Planned golf course. Come for a tee time, stay for a lifetime.

399 Clubhouse Drive • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-703-5050
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Brown’s Bay Resort

Nestled in the Salmon Capital of the world known as Campbell River, Brown's Bay Resort is just a short 5km drive off hwy 19.  This unspoiled resort includes new Rental Cabins, an oceanfront RV Park, full service Marina with fuel barge, tackle shop, restaurant and launch facilities. Please visit us at brownsbayresort.com for more information and reservation details.

Campbell River • North Central Island
250-286-3135
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April Point Resort & Spa

Tucked away in a pocket of pristine British Columbia lies April Point Resort & Spa. On the shores of Quadra Island, our vacation resort is surrounded by the waters of Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour, set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Experience serenity, charm, and wonder in our gardens, on a kayak, or from our restaurant deck that is perched right over the ocean. Find luxury in the great outdoors at our Aveda Spa. Or set your sights wilder on a Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Tour or fishing trip. The choice is yours.

900 April Point Rd • Quadra Island • North Central Island
1-800-663-7090
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Best Western Plus The Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre

Courtenay's only full-service hotel with convenient acces to downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions. Easy access to Mt. Washington Ski Resort, Strathcona Provincial Park and first class golfing. Our property features 140 guest rooms and suites, inclusive of our new 36-room Mountainside Living. We offer complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, wireless internet, local phone calls and parking. We have three on-site Food & beverage outlets including a pool lounge, pub & breakfast room. Additional hotel facilities include a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility, ski & bike storage, guest coin laundry, games room and sports team locker rooms.

1590 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
1-800-668-7797
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Anco Motel (1998) Ltd.

The Anco Motel is a well established locally owned and operated company that has been in business for more than 10 years. We started out as a small property and in 2004 added 37 rooms by constructing a new build on the back of our building. This better than doubled our property’s size allowing us to accommodate a wider variety of clientele.

Our property is very clean, offers great customer service, has an outdoor, (heated) seasonal pool and we are conveniently located in the center of town. We are within walking distance of numerous parks, restaurants and shopping. We also offer team/group amenities such as meeting space and an equipment storage room. It has been our endeavor to provide high quality at very competent prices.

The front wing (Standard rooms) of the Motel faces the main thoroughfare of Courtenay off Cliffe Ave; with all rooms and suites overlooking the pool area. This wing consists of 29 Motel rooms (6 rooms are smoking rooms). These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, color TV, telephone, wireless internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 8 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes.

The back wing (Deluxe rooms) consists of an additional 37 rooms. This wing faces 19th St. & England Ave. and is in a quiet, peaceful setting. These rooms are all equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, color TV, telephone, wireless and hardwire internet access and coffee maker with supplies. There are also 13 self catering kitchenettes; equipped with a 2 burner electric stove, mini-fridge and stainless steel sink units, microwaves, pots, pans, utensils and dishes. This wing also has 2 ground floor wheelchair accessible rooms and 24 rooms with air-conditioning.

***Ask us about our group rates available when 5 or more rooms booked***

1885 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
1-877-393-2200
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The Cona Hostel

The Cona Hostel, aptly named with Strathcona Park outside its back door, is situated in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We certainly have no shortage of activities for travelers to enjoy here and we, at the Cona, endeavour to help make your stay full of fun and excitement. Take a look at our photo gallery for a small taste. You’ll find us at the bottom of trendy main street Courtenay in a newly renovated heritage building with great views overlooking the Courtenay River and Lewis Park.

Courtenay • North Central Island
1-877-490-CONA (2662)
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Get West Adventure Cruises

Explore Vancouver Island’s "Wild West” coast aboard the MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot passenger and freight vessel. See whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife while cruising and dropping off freight at maritime villages, logging camps and resorts along the route. Summer day cruises to Friendly Cove include time for exploring the beach and tidal pools, a visit to the Nootka Light House and shoreline trail walks. This is a national historic site. Spend a few days exploring Nootka Sound, Kyuquot Sound and Esperanza Inlet. Trips include accommodations in maritime villages. Kayak wet launches and hiker drop-offs available at select locations along scheduled routes.

Gold River • North Central Island
1 (877) 824-8253
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River Heights Motel

1820 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
250-338-8932
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Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington is home to one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop on one side and scenic Strathcona Park bordering the other.

In winter, Mount Washington receives a legendary 10.5 metres of annual snowfall. The resort is acknowledged as the home of Canada's deepest pile, however it's not all about the snow! In summer, the mountain and surrounding resort community transforms itself into a major destination for hikers, and summer alpine enthusiasts.

Mount Washington • North Central Island
1-250-338-1515 • 1-888-833-1515
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Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

4277 Stamps Ave • Courtenay • North Central Island
250.724.7171 • 250.724.7171
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Travelodge Campbell River

Campbell River has long-been-known as the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.
The Travelodge Campbell River is ideally located at the ocean's edge with a close up view of Discovery Passage. A passage which services a great deal of marine traffic, including cruise ships heading to and from Alaska. The Travelodge is just minutes from downtown Campbell River and the famous Discovery Pier. Guests can enjoy all manner of outdoor activities offered in Campbell River, including world famous salmon fishing, whale and grizzly bear watching.
Excellent skiing and golfing is nearby as well as beaches, kayaking, hiking, and cycling areas.

340 South Island Highway • Campbell River • North Central Island
250-286-6622 • 866-929-6622
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Timberlane Beach Resort

Its all in the name. Timberlane is a nice lane way walk through our old ancient Douglas firs to the sandy shores of the Pacific ocean. We have six beautiful ocean view suites all equipped with kitchenettes, BBQ's and full tiled walk-in rain showers, queen size beds and futons. They have cable TV, internet and nice decks to sit and look out at the ocean. Our three cabins are set back in the timbers and offer the same amenities as our suites. We can arrange activities for the family such as ski passes, golf tee times, fishing and boating trips

8896 Clarkson Drive • Black Creek • North Central Island
250.337.8964
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Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on Vancouver Island’s West Coast: Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sound Resort, and our newly added Newton Cove Resort. From all-inclusive floating accommodations, suites to self-contained yurts & chalets, tent sites to our full service RV park, we offer a variety of accommodations to suit each customer’s unique travel plans. Create lasting memories, celebrate special occasions, or just come drop a line on a misty morning.  Book your luxury wilderness vacation today!

1631 Head Bay Rd. • Tahsis • North Central Island
1-877-337-5464
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West Coast Expeditions

Experience the joy and wonder of a personalized sea kayaking adventure rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore.  Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island for superb kayaking, enchanting old-growth forests, and diverse wildlife.  Ocean kayak with sea otters while eagles soar overhead.  Savour fully-catered outings from our base camp, multi-day expeditions, or family-focused adventures.  Have a uniquely flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation!  We’re celebrating over 40 years of connecting small groups with the west coast, including over 25 years by sea kayak.

Courtenay • North Central Island
1-800-665-3040 • 1-250-338-2511
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Coast Mountain Expeditions

Experience the wild coast, salt wind and island time on a kayak journey in BC’s outer Discovery Islands. Our well-organized trips include skills & safety instruction, quality equipment, expert guides, kayak lodge accommodation, and garden-fresh homemade meals. Enjoy friendly local knowledge on affordable wilderness adventures in a spectacular natural environment! Since 1987.

Quadra Island • North Central Island
250-285-2823