Vancouver Island Land Adventures
Top of Mount Washington in the Summer
In the Vancouver Island region, we have land adventures that will invigorate your body, inspire your mind, and open your eyes to the beauty of nature.Hiking opportunities range from easy hikes through old-growth forests and along beautiful beaches to multi-day treks along challenging coastal and inland trails. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, you’ll find walking routes that highlight scenic or historic areas in many communities.
Cycling is an activity and form of transportation that is pursued here in every season. Several communities have designated cycling routes and many cyclists travel the entire region on two wheels. For even more thrills, check out the myriad mountain biking routes in the region.
And just because the weather is so mild doesn’t mean there’s no snow. For the most part, snow just stays where it should: on the mountains. The region’s two ski resorts are havens of wintery fun.
Horseback riding, caving, rock climbing, bungy jumping, and ziplining — Vancouver Island has some excellent ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
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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.More Information
Mount Washington • North Central Island
Get outside your comfort zone with primal fun & games! In two awesome, natural locations, WildPlay Element Parks gives adults, teens, and kids a place to play and explore the outdoors – and their personal boundaries! Guests get to create an adventure from the most unique aerial Elements in BC. Each adventure is always exciting, often challenging, and sometimes life-changing. WildPlay’s adrenalin-pumping Elements on Vancouver Island include! Monkido® Aerial Adventure Climb nets, balance on wobbly bridges, soar across zip lines, and take a Tarzan swing! The suspended obstacle courses rise from six to sixty feet above ground, and are packed [...]More Information
Nanaimo, Victoria • Central Island, South Island
Voted “Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC” by Attractions Canada. Discover an outdoor-lover’s dream with crystal-clear water, lakefront camping and Vancouver Island’s coolest adventures. Explore the caves, get out on the lake or simply relax on the beach. Visit the new Cave Theatre and Museum, hike the trails, rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board, try rock rappelling and camping by the lake! The choice is all yours. Vancouver Island is home to over 1,500 caves and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is undoubtedly one of Vancouver Island’s most understated hidden gems. At Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park you can [...]More Information
Horne Lake • Central Island
The Alberni Valley is the ultimate retreat for people who love the outdoors. Already a prized fishing destination (we’re known as “the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”!), the Alberni Valley is also home to a host of stimulating outdoor activities to tempt every interest. Whether on land or in the water, you’ll find yourself making memories to last a lifetime the Alberni Valley. We can’t wait to welcome you! WATER Hot summer days and strong afternoon breezes make the Alberni Valley a mecca for water enthusiasts. Get your toes wet in one of Canada’s best water playgrounds! WINDSURF Due [...]More Information
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
We revel in our uniqueness and the amount of fun that you can have in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Seeing goats on a roof, exploring underground caves, viewing world-class sand sculptures and visiting a research station shaped like a giant shell are just some of the quirky experiences you’ll be able to tell your friends about back home. Our visitors yearn for a connection to the past and, in particular, to their past. You want to relive moments that have made you who you are and share new memories with your families. We can help in Parksville Qualicum Beach, because the [...]More Information
Coombs, Errington, Parksville, Qualicum Beach • Central Island
Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest of the Comox Valley create an outdoor lover’s paradise where it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in a single day. You can be knee deep in an alpine wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a golf course. Locals and visitors both soon discover that in the Comox Valley, outdoor adventure doesn’t take the winter off! The perfect [...]More Information
Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
The Cowichan region encompasses verdant farmland, deep ocean bays, whitewater rivers, numerous lakes and low rolling mountains. Cowichan’s pretty towns and villages – including Chemainus, Ladysmith, Duncan, Cobble Hill and Cowichan Bay – offer art galleries, outdoor murals, fishing piers and farmers markets. One of the top culinary destinations in Canada, Cowichan is home to medal-winning wineries, organic farms and artisan food-producers who have created a thriving agritourism industry based on the mantras of fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable.
Cowichan Region • Cowichan
North Island Wildlife Recovery
We are located on Vancouver Island in Canada. North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization which specializes in the rehabilitation of black bears and raptors. The mission of the North Island Recovery Centre is to partner with the citizens of Vancouver Island to establish a facility for the care of the ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife and to educate the public on wildlife and environmental issues. Our wildlife viewing area houses non-releasable wildlife, which is designed for the pleasure of the public to see these magnificent birds and animals at close proximity.
1240 Leffler Road • Errington • Central Island
Wild Whales • Bears • Kayaking • Hot Springs - All with ‘Remote’ – quality Tofino adventures since 1986. Cruise the open Pacific or visit quiet-water inlets • Zodiac or 32’ all-weather cabin vessel • All gear provided for comfort and safety • plus Rainforest walk on Meares Island “Big Tree Trail” – great for families! Multi-tour Discounts • CAA/AAA • Lodging + Tour Packages available March to October • Toll Free Canada & U.S. 1-888-439-3396
Tofino • Pacific Rim
Great Bear Nature Tours
From early May through October, Great Bear Nature Tours offers grizzly bear viewing tours from Port Hardy to our floating lodge in a remote wilderness valley. The ecotourism lodge is the ideal base for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river. Wilderness-gourmet meals await you upon your return from the two guided viewing sessions per day. Great Bear Nature Tours is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. With a maximum of ten guests, you are assured of a personalised wilderness adventure in this very [...]
Port Hardy • North Island
Salt Spring Car Rentals
Car & Scooter Rentals – Renting a car or scooter can be an excellent way to see the sights and enjoy all the special spots on Salt Spring Island offering visitors independence. We offer pick up and drop off services for car rental customers to Salt Spring Air, the float plane docks and the ferry terminals when possible. Let us help with planning your day trips: diving, kayak rentals, whale watching, sailing & fishing charters or suggestions for a tour around the beautiful countryside.
Ganges, Salt Spring Island • Gulf Islands
WestCoast Wild Adventures Ltd.
Eco-educational Adventure Zipline – Zip 6 lines (2 hours) in Ha’uukmin Tribal Park, Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory. Experience ancient growth rain forest and a narrow sculptured canyon carved deep by rushing clear water. Flight Seeing – an Eagle eyes view of the big picture. River Kayaking – monumental wilderness “Grab the Adventure, keep the Memories”
Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Let our wilderness lodge be your comfortable home base for exploring the beauty of Strathcona Provincial Park. Overlooking the shores of Upper Campbell Lake and a procession snow capped peaks, our accommodations include timber-framed chalets and cottages. Adventure options include: rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, white water paddling, backpacking, survival skills, ropes course and zipline, wildlife viewing.
Campbell River • North Central Island
Riptide Lagoon Adventure Park
Vancouver Island’s Premier Adventure Golf! Riptide Lagoon offers two challenging 18 hole themed courses. Play through “Wandering Willie’s” snug little harbour, have your picture taken with the “Catch of the Day”, enjoy an ice cream on the patio. Bring the whole family and experience mini golf at its finest. NEW! Laser Tag Bumper Cars!
Parksville • Central Island
The Harbour Quay is the centre of life and play in Port Alberni. It features gift shops, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, a park, boardward, Farmers Market and marine businesses. See current weather and waterfront activities on our Harbour web cam at http://www.portalberni.ca
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim