Vancouver Island

Vacation Guide 2016

Super, Natural British Columbia

Driving around Vancouver Island

Roadtrips here, there and anywhere are a long-established favorite way to explore Vancouver Island. Bring your own vehicle via BC Ferries. Rent cars at airports and in urban centres. Or pre-book an RV or camper van for pick up upon your arrival.  The Island’s modern, fully paved highway system stretches from Swartz Bay and Victoria in the south to Port Hardy in the far north along the eastern coastline; it also cuts across the Island’s midsection out to Port Alberni, Tofino and Uclulet.

Follow the major, multi-lane routes or head off the beaten path. Specially designated scenic tours include the Oceanside Route (Hwy 19A), which follows the picturesque coastline from Parksville to Campbell River. The North Island Route extends from Campbell River to Port Hardy with exits to communities along a smooth fast track lined with lakes, dense forest, mountain vistas and the occasional black bear browsing roadside. Another sweet detour: Along the east coast of the Cowichan Valley between Cobble Hill and Ladysmith.

Excellent directional signage helps drivers locate featured tourist, heritage, agritourism and ecological attractions.

The blue-and-white signs featuring an “A” indicate a nearby artisan studio that welcomes visitors.

Agritourism signs showcase attractions, such as farms, which are open for tours and visits.

The white-and-burgundy wine route signs invite visits to local vineyards.

Three major, multi-day circle driving routes include the Vancouver Island region and allow visitors to systematically take in major stops and attractions along the way include;

  • The 255km Pacific Marine Circle Route traces the coastline from Victoria through Sooke and Port Renfrew, then turns east past Avatar Grove (supersize old-growth giants) and along former forestry roads (now paved) out to Lake Cowichan and onwards to the Cowichan Valley. From here the road winds back to Victoria. Do it in a busy day or linger over a multi-day itinerary.
  • The Coastal Circle Route is a 530-km (including ferry travel) ricochet around southern Vancouver Island as far north as Courtenay, then down the mainland’s Sunshine Coast to Vancouver. Beaches, parks, pinch-me scenery, art galleries and family fun.
  • The Heritage Discovery Circle Route, a multi-day 2,423-km route, takes in historic and First Nations sites on Vancouver Island’s eastern coast before crossing the Inside Passage and circling back to Vancouver via Prince George and the Gold Rush Trail.

Take your foot off the accelerator and explore Vancouver Island’s spectacular backcountry via secondary and active logging roads. Take care when driving these sometimes rugged and potholed routes; please check with local Visitor Centres for maps and information about logging road closures, conditions, and hazards. In the winter months, chains or winter tires might be necessary in higher altitudes.

Visitors should note that safety belts, vehicle child restraints, bicycle and motorcycle helmets are mandatory in BC. It is illegal to use hand-held devices such as cell phones while driving.  Speed restrictions are posted clearly on the sides of all roads. Note that in a school zone 30km/hr is mandatory.

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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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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

596 Marine Drive • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-4800
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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.  Your relaxation destination on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast.  Modern comfort set in breathtaking ocean side wilderness.  Come and explore all the Ucluelet has to offer and enjoy the amenities available at Black Rock.  Pool, Hot Tubs, Spa and wonderful dining in the restaurant or lounge.

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

1790A Campbell Way • Port McNeill • North Island
1-866-546-4347
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Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on a “Kayak With Whales – Orca Waters Base Camp” kayak tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures.

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales than Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher’s Orca Waters Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife-rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.

During a four day and three night stay at the base camp you explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp, often while you are enjoying the morning’s first cup of French-pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire. The nearby waters are home to harbour seals, porpoises, minke whales, and rich intertidal life. A number of bald eagle nests and a Steller sea lion haul out are all within easily paddling distance of camp and it is not uncommon to see humpback whales lunging through schools of small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.

The Orca Waters Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher’s knowledgeable kayak guides this tour is suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, each raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a propane-heated shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.

In addition to the “Kayak With Whales” tours, Kingfisher offers a “Whales and Grizzly Bears” and “Family Kayak With Whales” tours from their base camps plus offer longer expedition style kayak tours of northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Great Bear Rainforest.

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The Beach Club Resort

181 Beachside Drive, Parksville • Parksville • Central Island
1-888-760-2008
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The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast; offering every guest an unparalleled vacation experience. Rated 4 stars by Canadian Star Quality Accommodations, our luxuriously appointed guest rooms feature the finest in comfort and style. Thoughtful details compliment the design of each room to enhance the enjoyment of your stay. With studios, one bedroom and two bedroom suites, The Beach Club Resort offers the ideal accommodation choice to suit your vacation desires.

We take care of all the little details to help make your stay memorable. Amenities of the resort include direct beach access with a stunning waterfront boardwalk, complimentary underground parking and wireless internet, in-room dining service, a fully equipped fitness centre with ocean view, waterfront in-door pool and hot tub, a 24 hour business centre, bell, valet and concierge services. The onsite Pacific Prime Steak and Chop Restaurant, with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk, offers stunning ocean views with a menu featuring the finest cuts of meat, locally sourced seafood, unique appetizers and sumptuous desserts. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner there is something to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

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Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farm

403 Lowry's Rd. • Parksville • Central Island
250-954-3931
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Visit us at Morningstar Farm, home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery, where you can sample all of our hand-crafted artisan cheeses and wines, including our award-winning Brie cheese and Blackberry wine!

Open 9 – 5 daily. Self-guided tours of our heritage dairy farm are welcome during hours of operation; and don’t forget to browse our Farm Gate store where you will find unique gifts, toys and farm-raised beef, pork and seasonal lamb.

Visit our web site to find recipes and discover more about Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery!

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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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Chemainus Theatre

9737 Chemainus Road • Chemainus • Cowichan
1-800-565-7738
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Join us in our quaint seaside village. Come early, bring some friends and check out the vibrant murals and sculptures that perfectly visualize the local history and culture of this historic town. Take a stroll through town and visit the unique and eclectic shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Complete your theatre experience with a delightful meal in the Playbill Dining Room. Live music creates the perfect setting as you indulge in the impressive show-themed buffet. The Gallery Gift Shop features BC artisans, and is a wonderful place for art-lovers and shoppers to browse and take home a memorable piece of the west coast.

Turn your visit into a great escape! Book show tickets, lunch or dinner in the Playbill Dining Room and accommodations at the local hotel or at one of the charming bed and breakfasts.

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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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Oceanside Village Resort

1080 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-877-248-8961
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Welcome to Cottage Life, Island Style!

Steps away from endless sandy beach, Oceanside Village Resort is a spectacularly beautiful 15 acre community that offers both ownership opportunities and vacation rentals within easy walking distance to the core of the tourist-rich Parksville Beach area. This unique development features thoughtfully designed luxury cottages within easy walking distance where you can explore the walking/hiking/biking trails of Rathtrevor Provincial Park. The beautiful falls of Englishman River, Cathedral Grove’s old growth trees, Cameron Lake, Coombs Country Market, a tourists dream stop with Goats on the Roof and the beautiful Milner Gardens  are mere minutes from your door. The quaint little village of Qualicum Beach is a short jaunt up the road where you’ll find several unique shops showing the wares of local artisans.

While enjoying your stay in magnificent Parksville, be sure to take advantage of our many golf courses open pretty much all year round and can accommodate any level of golfer, novice to pro. If you prefer to enjoy what the winters have to offer, you can be from pillow top to powder top of Mt. Washington in one hour. In the winter season we offer long term stays to numerous snowbirds from across Canada and we’re always happy to welcome your furry family members any time of year.

At Oceanside Village Resort, our luxurious newly constructed 1 & 2 bedroom loft cottages boast all the comforts of home. They come with fully equipped kitchens of four appliances, washer/dryer, all linens, two or three TV’s, DVD player, large open concept great room with vaulted ceiling and field stone fireplace. For summer enjoyment, take in the serenity and natural beauty from your front and back decks featuring patio furniture and BBQ’s. After a day of exploring, relax in our recreational building which houses our 28 x 50’ indoor pool, hot tub and exercise facility or have fun next door at our Riptide Lagoon Adventure Park offering two, 18 hole mini golf courses and laser tag bumper cars.

If you’re looking to pamper yourself, spend an afternoon at our on-site Tranquil Moments Day Spa or Aglow Salon. Take in the tasty temptations of our Taste Cafe & Bistro after perusing several local talented artists featured at our Oceanside Village Artists Gallery.

No matter what time of year, it’s always a great time for a getaway. With a stay at Oceanside Village Resort, we promise you’ll want to keep coming back for more!

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort

1421 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-800-565-2322
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Pacific Sands Beach Resort boasts Tofino’s only Deluxe all Suite Ocean view and Beachfront accommodation with Vancouver Island’s finest and most comfortable, fully equipped suites and Beach Houses.  Located beach-front on Spectacular Cox Bay the resort sits on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino – famous for local culture and artisans.  Built on family romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades.  From smores and board-games around the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hot bed of history and memories.

Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck.  Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours.  Renowned for year round fun, explore summer fishing, whale-watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.

Beachfront and OceanView All-Suite Tofino Accommodations
Part beach house, part full-service luxury, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers beach front and ocean view accommodations from fully-equipped, family-friendly kitchens to cozy fireplaces, relaxing hot tubs, social BBQ areas and more, our Tofino accommodation takes easy, seaside living to new heights and sights with jaw-dropping, panoramic views steps from the surf.

Ranging from 520 to 1,400 square feet, choose from a wide range of suites and beach houses to suit your romantic, family or group wants and needs. Check out our accommodation choices at: http://www.pacificsands.com/accommodation/rates.php

Resort Packages
Pacific Storm– Go wild this winter at Pacific Sands Beach resort with our value-packed Pacific Storm Watching package at its best.

Pacific Escape – When fresh air and the tranquil melody of the surf bekons in Tofino, escape to Pacific Sands Beach Resort to relax and recharge; complete with wine and Sobo dinner upon arrival

Pacific Surf– featuring Surf Sister, an accredited surf school with BCASI certified instructors.  Enjoy world class surfing right at your door-step. From beginner to advanced, Surf Sister delivers a safe, fun experience for all ages.

Pacific Fishing – We have teamed with Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing to create the pacific Fishing package for you to experience the thrill of the catch

Pacific Adventure –Watch majestic black bears roam the ocean shores from the safety of a boat. Hang out with whale pods from the comfort of an enclosed cruiser with outdoor viewing deck or an exciting zodiac. And don’t be surprised when a friendly seal joins you on your kayaking tour. Choose your quest, bring your camera and leave the rest to us.

Pacific Romance – From sunsets and storms to surf and solitude, Pacific Sands Beach Resort revels in romance with a resort package you’re going to love.

We’re turning up the heat with our Pacific Romance Package, perfect for passionate getaways and heavenly honeymoons. Enjoy a sunset stroll to Pettinger Point and reconnect. Toast by the fire and relax. Take a new look at romance from our beach-front perspective.

There’s so much  to do at Pacific Sands Beach Resort.  Resort Activities include:

  • Sunset Trail Boardwalk through the rainforest
  • Beachcombing and tidal pools on Cox Bay
  • Kid’s Camps during Spring Break, Easter & July/August
  • Beachside BBQ – Wed & Sat in July/August
  • Gazebo BBQ and fire pit
  • Surf fun with beach toys
  • Games and puzzles
  • 500+ DVD Library
  • Daily surf lessons spring, summer and fall
  • Easy rider & Children’s bike rentals, May to October
  • Guided interpretive walks

For parents looking to enjoy some worry free one-on-one time, we’re also pleased to provide babysitting and childcare.

Visit our website: www.pacificsands.com to check our rates and availability.

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Stubbs Island Whale Watching

24 Boardwalk • Telegraph Cove • North Island
1-800-665-3066
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EXPERIENCE STUBBS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE!
 We think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer whales)!
You’ll love our location, the magnificent mammals and bird species you’ll see, and the friendly people you’ll meet.

At Stubbs we are proud to be BC’s first whale watching company (est. in 1980) and we set the standard for marine adventures and ethical whale watching. Our trained marine naturalists share fascinating insights about Orca (Killer), Humpback Whales and many other marine mammals which frequent the Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight area.

Join us for an exciting sea adventure from Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! Our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa and the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta are comfortable and perfect to take fabulous pictures! Both have heated cabins with toilets and hydrophones (underwater microphone) so you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.

Historic Telegraph Cove is British Columbia’s last boardwalk community. Nature’s abundance is everywhere with eagles soaring overhead, river otters playing on the docks and deer and bears roaming nearby. The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are home to a bounty of nature’s magnificence including Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and so much more. Every trip from our base in Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, is an adventure of a lifetime.

Depending on the time of year in British Columbia, you may see Minke whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, various birds, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and of course, our famous Orca (killer whale).

Once you board our custom built whale watching boats we will guide you through the passages and around the islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coast.

Our boats are equipped with underwater microphones (hydrophones) so we can listen in on the squeaks, whistles and echolocation that allow orcas and dolphins the ability to communicate and locate their food. Our captain and naturalists are always happy to answer your questions and we provide a short on-board presentation about the whales and other marine mammals.

At Stubbs Island Whale Watching, we are dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation. We are very concerned about the environment and do everything we can to reuse, recycle and reduce.

Join us for our 37th season in 2016 on one or more of our tours that run daily from early May to October.

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Vancouver Island North Tourism

Alert Bay, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Sointula, Telegraph Cove • North Island
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Vancouver Island North exerts a magnetic pull on easygoing adventurers seeking authentic experiences in a spectacularly panoramic natural setting – largely undiscovered yet just a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The variety of things to do here is remarkably diverse.

Spot black bears on the north Island, and depart from here on a grizzly bear viewing tour to the adjacent mainland coast. Fish some of the richest waters around Vancouver Island. Take a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure on the North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Shop local for smoked salmon, funky folk art, and exquisite First Nations masterpieces. Get to know some of the colorful individuals who call the area home at lively seasonal festivals, coffee shops, waterfront eateries and on the main streets of friendly north Island towns.

The region is a tempting retreat for independent travelers craving unstructured holidays that can be shaped according to their own passions, interests and energy levels. The people here are down-to-earth and rooted in a sense of place and you will find the businesses here providing a full range of creature comforts with a personal touch.

Nothing says summer like tent camping, and Vancouver Island North caters to those who enjoy sleeping under the stars with options ranging from full-service family friendly spots to basic wilderness sites. There is also plenty of choice for those who prefer a roof overhead with cozy B&B, cabin, and cottage options, to hostels, hotels and resorts.

Discover timeless First Nations traditions flourishing in Alert Bay, Fort Rupert, an other Vancouver Island North communities as you meet artists, watch carvers in action, participate in guided canoe and marine expeditions, and step into a Big House to witness traditional dance performances. The region’s legacy of European settlement, logging, fishing and mining is well represented in local museums.

The towns and villages here are bastions of civilization in the midst of a wild landscape populated by bears, wolves, cougars and bald eagles. To the west is the open Pacific, with miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline and access to secluded wilderness beaches. To the east are the more protected waters around the islands of the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait, an area internationally renowned as one of the world’s very best whale-watching environments.

It’s easy to find yourself off the beaten track and immersed in the surrounding nature. Explore with friends and family while following your own internal compass and Visitor Centre maps and guidebooks. Or enlist one of the area’s knowledgeable guides for direct access to the region’s very best fishing, diving and wildlife-watching spots.

Gaze in awe as black bears snack on roadside grass. Take road trips deep into the Island’s interior. Hike for as little or as long as you like on wilderness trails to lakes, mountain peaks and beach fronts unsullied by a single footprint. Chill out by swinging a golf club, getting pampered with a spa treatment or while wading in rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Plan ahead or write each day’s agenda hour-by-hour. The scenery is breathtaking and the picture-perfect moments seem endless. Welcome to Vancouver Island North. Your first trip here won’t be the last.

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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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Jamie’s Whaling Station

168 Fraser Lane, Ucluelet • Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-667-9913
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In 2012, Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres celebrated an amazing 30 years! … and we’re excited about the next 30!

Jamie Bray, the original and current owner, pioneered the art of the whale watching industry on Vancouver Island. Since 1982 the company has grown to encompass the original Whaling Wharf- our Jamie’s Adventure Station in Tofino, and in 2000 established the harbour-front hub of Jamie’s Adventure Station in Ucluelet. But Jamie’s is more than just whales – we’re your ticket to the real west coast- fostering partnerships with many local operators to offer a range of adventure options for all ages and interests, making us a one-stop resource for whale watching, bear watching, tours to Hot Springs Cove and Meares Island, kayaking, scenic flights, hiking, sunset cruises and more!

Jamie’s has the largest, most varied fleet of whale/wildlife tour vessels on the west coast.

  • Two large 65′ cruisers for whale watching tours. Each accommodating up to 49 (and 46) passengers of all ages. Heated indoor seating, outdoor upper and lower viewing decks, washroom, liquor-license, snack bar (free coffee, tea & hot chocolate), wheelchair accessibility
  • A large 45′ high-speed custom-built, covered zodiac-style vessel specifically for bear watching, accommodating up to 40 passengers, with indoor seating, outdoor viewing deck, washroom
  • A 35′ covered cruiser for tours to Hot Springs Cove, for up to 12 passengers, washroom, back deck and kayak transportation racks
  • Five 29′, 12-passenger state-of-the-art, high-speed zodiac-style vessels (RHIBs) for whale watching and private charters.

Over 45 west coast residents make up our crew of professionals each year, the majority of which are dedicated employees that have been here from 5 to 25 years. Together with their families this represents approximately 3% of the population of Tofino & Ucluelet combined. In this way, we consider ourselves to be a family-run, family-oriented business. Jamie’s prioritizes extensive certification to ensure our crew are always trained and equipped with the highest standards of safety and service. The Jamie’s crew are all passionate about life on the water and proud of the unique and inspiring west coast experiences we are fortunate to share with the thousands of visitors, and locals, we see each year.

Wildlife research, rescue and education are also an important and vital part of the big picture. We are proud to recognize that since 1997, with the help of our patrons, we have raised and donated over $700,000 to non-profits such as: Pacific Wildlife Foundation, Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, Raincoast Education Society, West Coast Bear Aware, North Island Wildlife Recovery Center, Ucluelet Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ucluelet Aquarium, and various other independent projects. Jamie’s $2 per passenger research fee, added to all of our fares, will be collected well into the future to ensure continued support of these non-profit organizations.

It has been an amazing 30 years in business and Jamie and the crew are eager to continue sharing our passion for the west coast and its wild inhabitants for many years to come.

Call Jamie’s today and ask about our special offers at 1-800-667-9913.

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Unsworth Vineyards

2915 Cameron-Taggart Road • Mill Bay • Cowichan
250-929-2292
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Located off a picturesque country road winding through working farms and rolling hills, Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant is whimsically nestled in the heart of Cowichan Valley’s wine country.  Dedicated to crafting wines of distinction that reflect the exceptional soil and growing conditions of the region, Unsworth’s award-winning, family-owned and operated winery is complemented by their own restaurant – a restored early 1900s farmhouse serving natural local foods. A delicious wine and culinary destination, and a spectacular setting for intimate dining – warm and welcoming with plenty of charm and heritage.

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Grizzly Bear Lodge and Safari

Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet • North Island
1-877-764-4286
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Grizzly Bear Tours, Lodge and Safari offers grizzly tours and grizzly bear watching from viewing stands and wildlife tours for grizzly bears, killer whales (orca) humpback whales, dolphins, stellar seals, sea lions, black bears and eagles. Our grizzly bear tours are conducted on Canada’s famous natural fjord known as ‘Knight Inlet BC’ and on the salmon rivers that flow into Knight Inlet.  For more information about grizzly bear tours and viewing, how to see lots of bears, whales, dolphins, eagles and all the other animals of the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST in British Columbia.

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Black Ball Ferry Line

Victoria • South Island
250-386-2202
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Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided.

Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region’s favorite hotels, we’ll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package.  Book online at www.CohoFerry.com or by phone at 1-877-386-2202.  

Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!

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Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina

6971 West Coast Road • Sooke • South Island
250-642-3236 • 1-866-616-3236
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Your Gateway to Vancouver Island Paradise!

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina is the perfect year-round getaway, located oceanfront on Sooke Harbour in beautiful Sooke, BC. Just a short 35 minute drive from downtown Victoria, Sooke is a wonderful vacation destination with an abundance of outdoor adventures to suit the needs of many. Fishing, kilometers of scenic coastal hikes, whale watching, beautiful beaches, sightseeing, parks, biking and so much more await in this untouched natural gem.

The waters just off Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina are well known for being an angler’s dream for species such as Halibut, Salmon and Cod. Poised just 5 minutes from some of the world’s finest fishing, our Resort provides the perfect starting point for your fishing adventure. Because of this great location, over a dozen top ranked fishing charter companies operate directly out of our 115 slip marina. Regardless of age or skill level, these guides can customize a perfect day out for your group.

Our private marina can accommodate vessels of various sizes, ranging from small crafts to those of up to 50ft. The marina offers secure floating docks, a private launch ramp, 2 cleaning stations, city water, and 30/50 amp power.

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina’s boutique-style vacation homes provide all of our guests with an unparalleled vacation experience and act as an ideal home base for any traveller. Each beautifully fully furnished 2, 3 or 4 bedroom unit offers spectacular ocean views, fully equipped gourmet kitchens and all the comforts of home.
Not only can you expect the highest quality in room amenities, but the property itself also possesses features that help to make any stay that much more enjoyable. The Resort features 2 outdoor hot tubs, access to deep freeze, complimentary wireless internet, free local calls, concierge guest services, free parking, and much more.

Combine all of this with top-rated luxury accommodations and an unmatched Resort experience and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable vacation. Take time to unwind or feed your sense of adventure at Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina!

Call today to book your vacation at this beautiful oceanside Resort!

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

1167 Helen Road • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-2868 • 1-800-889-7644
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Paddle the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island, BC and have an adventure of a lifetime with Majestic Ocean Kayaking! Explore tiny islands, quiet coves, and camp on white sandy beaches. Watch for whales, eagles, bears and abundant ocean life. Our certified professional sea kayak guides will share their extensive knowledge of the rich natural and cultural history of the west coast.

We offers a wide variety of all-inclusive kayaking adventure tours, ranging from day trips in Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to our unique multi-day tours to the Broken Group Islands, Clayoquot Sound, and the Deer Group Islands. We also offer kayak rentals and instruction from our kayaking centre in Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Our home is also here in Ucluelet, a quiet fishing village located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Ucluelet is the gateway to the paddlers paradise of Barkley Sound; a spectacular area that features the Broken Group Islands Unit of the Pacific Rim National Reserve and the Deer Group Islands. The vast wilderness and ancient temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound lie to our north west. With its abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery, Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound offer unforgettable kayaking on Vancouver Island.

We are best known for our personalized service and attention to detail. Everyone who arrives as a guest, leaves as a friend of Tracy & Ted Eeftink (owners) and their fantastic team.

Our Vancouver Island kayaking tours include the use of top of the line double and single fiberglass kayaks from Nimbus and Seaward. We provide all kayaking and camping equipment and serve hearty, homemade food to our kayakers using locally sourced ingredients and our tried and trusted recipes.

Come and experience kayaking the west coast of Vancouver Island. Explore the pristine wilderness of the national park, encounter the wildlife that share our beautiful west coast home, embrace our passion for kayaking and the natural world.

In British Columbia kayaking is the best you will find anywhere in the world, especially if you visit the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Our guides are exceptional. They come from a variety of professions and backgrounds and each bring a real passion for kayaking and exploring the west coast.

All of our guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and are trained in wilderness first aid and safety procedures specific to our operation. All guides are experienced outdoor leaders, skilled in kayaking, back country travel, and responsible environmental practices with an abundance of knowledge on the area, history and wildlife. Our guides each have a remarkable sense of pride in their leadership abilities.

You can also savour the taste of local cuisine from our own kitchen. The food on our trips is nutritious and varied. We use local and organic products as much as possible to support both the environment and the economies of local communities. Your guides will prepare a variety of tasty meals with recipes developed and tested by Tracy and prepared by the team in Majestic Ocean Kayaking kitchen. Tracy has always enjoyed feeding people and is very conscientious about the quality of ingredients that we serve our guests. Homemade cookies, cakes and desserts are served every day and are baked in Tracy’s kitchen. Having the food prepared and packaged in our clean kitchen ensures the health of the food and makes it easier for the guide to spend more time with the guests. Guests will not be left sitting around waiting long periods of time for meals to be served on the kayaking trip.

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Remote Passages
Marine Excursions

51 Wharf Street • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-3330
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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

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The Westin Bear Mountain

1999 Country Club Way • Victoria • South Island
1.888.533.2327
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Escape to The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa – Canada’s only resort with 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf.  Experience a rural mountainside retreat offering a premium level of style and service and featuring 156 contemporary guest rooms & one-bedroom suites, two distinct dining options and private wine cellar.  In addition to a premier golf experience that includes an academy, practice facility and driving range the resort boasts tennis, hiking and biking, an athletic club with outdoor heated pool and the award winning Sante Spa all just 20 minutes from Victoria’s beautiful downtown Inner Harbour.

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Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

1175 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-877-977-8669 • 250-248-4674
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Affordable Luxury in Parksville, BC!

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort is the perfect place to start your Vancouver Island vacation. Located just 37 km north of Nanaimo, Parksville is situated on 10.2 beautiful acres of property with peaceful surroundings and incredible landscapes. A short walk will take you to the endless beaches that Parksville is well known for.

The community of Parksville hosts a wide range of recreational and cultural events annually and is central to a variety of golf courses. Reserve your Parksville vacation rental during Beachfest and marvel at the creativity and patience of competing sand sculptors, come and play one of the many challenging and scenic golf courses, or enjoy the spectacular beaches and natural beauty. Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort offers comfort and relaxation while you get ready for your next Oceanside adventure.

Enjoy a fully furnished, fully equipped 1, 2, or 3 bedroom luxury vacation home with incredible views of the surrounding landscape, rippling ocean waters, or sandy beaches. These spacious residences allow you and your family to enjoy your vacation together at our Vancouver Island resort. Relax in front of the fireplace, entertain around your large granite countertop island in the kitchen, BBQ out on your deck while taking in the beautiful views or retreat to your private bedroom or guest suite to read your favorite book. There’s plenty of room for everyone!

Our Resort also offers lock-off studio suites, a comfortable option if you are looking for smaller accommodations at an affordable price. These suites offer a queen bed, private bathroom with shower, limited kitchenette with microwave, mini bar fridge, and coffee maker.

Give us a call today and start making new memories at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort!

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Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino • Pacific Rim
800-333-4604
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This Is Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge…
 
The Wickaninnish Inn, a member of the international Relais & Châteaux association, is an inviting haven of comfort on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, by Tofino.  Nestled between the expanse of the Pacific Ocean and the ancient rainforests of Vancouver Island, the Inn’s red cedar, hand-adzed by local carvers, evokes a warmth and calm compelling a legion of return guests year after year.
 
Anchored on the jagged rocks overlooking scenic Chesterman Beach, and adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Rim Park Reserve, the Wickaninnish Inn offers the perfect retreat for romantics, nature lovers, or those wishing to escape to a place of natural wonder – and pampering!  Guests enjoy an enchanting combination of wilderness, award-winning regional cuisine, exquisite guest rooms and serene Ancient Cedars Spa, voted “best hotel spa” worldwide by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine.  Every spacious room and suite is furnished with a deep soaker tub, local artwork, fireplace, custom furnishings, and personal balcony, all with incomparable vistas. Order room service and enjoy a glass of B.C. wine on your balcony.  Visit the Inn’s carving shed, where artisans fashion locally sourced wood into traditional First Nations masks, dugout canoes, and bentwood boxes.   Walk expansive Chesterman Beach and contemplate a surfing lesson – or have a seat on a driftwood log and enjoy the view.  Year-round activities include a selection of deep-sea and freshwater fishing, surfing, hiking, beachcombing, sea kayaking, gallery and artist studio tours, and more… 
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Tourism Tofino

Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-3414
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Tofino is remarkable any time of year. Summer days are full of fishing and exploring; Autumn is a photographer and foodie paradise. Winter affords you a front-row seat to the edge of the world during powerful storms. And Tofino rejuvenates in Spring; celebrating the return of the grey whales, shorebirds, black bears, and the renewed vibrancy of the rainforest. Come create your own reality here. Come be awed by the force of nature in Tofino.

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Tourism Nanaimo

Nanaimo • Central Island
1-800-663-7337
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Home to the famous “Nanaimo Bar,” Nanaimo & Region is a central Vancouver Island destination with a rich mining history and vibrant cultural attractions. Explore the Morden Mine, sample your way through the tasty Nanaimo Bar Trail or take in a live performance.  Outdoor enthusiasts can Kayak around Newcastle Island, hike or bike an extensive trail network or play in one of our 200+ parks.   From hostels to hotels and art galleries to wave pools, Nanaimo & Region offers something for everyone.

It’s amazing what you can do here! Create your Nanaimo & Region escape at http://www.tourismnanaimo.com

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Tourism Cowichan

Cowichan Region • Cowichan
1-888-303-3337
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Taste what Cowichan is all about! Our 17 wineries, most of which are within 30 minutes of each other, produce classic reds, whites and sparkling wines. Cowichan’s climate and setting provide one of the best locales for growing Pinot grapes, and the resulting wines are gaining great respect on the world stage. Fruit wines, blackberry port-style wines, ciders, vodkas and brandies round out the list of delectable libations unique to the Cowichan Region.

Cowichan’s pretty towns offer an eclectic mix of art galleries, boutique shops, piers, marinas and markets. More than 40 murals and 30 totem poles grace the streets of Chemainus and Duncan, making them two of the world’s largest outdoor art galleries, and a slow, relaxed lifestyle is evident in the rural countryside and seaside villages.

Fast becoming one of the top culinary destinations in Canada, Cowichan is home to organic farms, artisan food-producers and fisheries. Pick up any ‘foodie’ magazine these days and it usually has an article on chefs, culinary celebrities, authors and food enthusiasts who have chosen to live and work in the Cowichan region. The delicious results of their labors show they follow the mantra of fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable in all they create. Each community presents a host of distinctive dining experiences.

Some of the best mountain biking on the Island, golfing at six courses, world class river and lake fishing, kayaking, exceptional bird watching and whale watching make the Cowichan region a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts. At 614 ft long and 145 feet above the Koksilah River, the Kinsol Trestle must be experienced to be believed. It is one of the largest wooden trestles in the world and connects hundreds of kilometres of superb hiking and cycling trails.

The calm, protected waters of the east coast are a world-wide destination for sail and power boaters and Cowichan has more than a dozen marinas, plus small boat harbours and government docks. For those that want to enjoy the marine setting from land, many marinas feature waterside restaurants or pubs. For the more adventurous several dive sites, including a sunken Boeing 737, offer some of the best cold water diving in the world.

Shops and galleries featuring locally made clothing, jewellery, art, books and antiques dot the main urban centres. In Duncan you’ll find the authentic, internationally renowned Cowichan sweaters. Venture into the countryside for farmgate stands and artisan studios. Six outdoor farmers’ markets attract vendors of fresh produce, hand-made artisanal foods, and innumerable arts and crafts.

Cowichan is also a festival destination, showcasing hundreds of artists, live music and professional theatre virtually every day of the year.

Accommodation options range from well-appointed hotels & motels, hundreds of delightful B&B’s, RV Parks and camping to yurts, houseboats and floathomes. There is something for everyone and every budget.

Stretching from coast to coast, the Cowichan region lies between Victoria and Nanaimo. The Trans Canada Hwy connects the two, but a myriad of gorgeous country side roads get you where you’re going in a tranquil and scenic fashion. Stunning water, forest and country views are around every corner. Another option is the Pacific Marine Circle Route which allows motorists to explore wine country, unspoiled back country, the wild west coast, First Nations history, a range of villages, towns and cities as well as numerous fabulous parks all in one fantastic road trip!

Discover why one day in Cowichan just isn’t enough. Plan to stay and give yourself time to enjoy this amazingly varied region.

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre

1155 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-800-663-7373
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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is an all-season destination resort offering 192 beautifully appointed log constructed accommodation units set in 22 acres of forest. Tigh-Na-Mara is home to the #1 Spa in Western Canada, The Grotto Spa, featuring signature treatments with a focus on West Coast ingredients. Tigh-Na-Mara Resort has everything you could ask for and more – it’s the Natural Choice year-round for your next get-away.

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The Whale Centre

411 Campbell Street • Pacific Rim
250-725-2132
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The Whale Centre located in Tofino, BC offers whale, bear, bird and Hot Springs tours. You will have an opportunity to see Grey Whales, Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Otters, Black Bears, Eagles and many other marine species. Our friendly, experienced staff is committed to providing you with an exceptional wildlife experience.

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The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

Sidney • South Island
1-866-659-9445
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Discover the perfect blend of contemporary style and comfort at our oceanfront 55 room boutique hotel in the charming town of Sidney.  Explore nearby Butchart Gardens, Shaw Ocean Discovery Aquarium, wineries and marine adventures.  Located just 10 minutes from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Washington State Ferry and Victoria International Airport.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching

812 Wharf Street, Lower Causeway Level • Victoria • South Island
250-383-4884
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Come out whale watching with the resident experts by choosing Prince of Whales Whale Watching – locally owned and operated and the longest running whale watching company in Victoria.  With both zodiac style boats and expedition cruisers on offer, we have an optimally flexible schedule with hourly departures.  Our tours will take you out to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, and other marine wildlife while providing commentary on the natural history of our beautiful province along the way.

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Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Coombs, Errington, Parksville, Qualicum Beach • Central Island
1-888-799-3222
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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 activities we offer, and the spirit in which we offer them, is reminiscent of a better, purer time.

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Ocean Trails Resort

1135 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-888-248-6212
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Ocean Trails Resort offers family friendly accommodations on the bluff above sandy Rathtrevor Beach. Offering all the comforts of home in our bright, one, two and three bedroom condominiums. All units have fully equipped kitchens, in-suite washers/dryers, free WIFI, free local calling, cable TV, DVD, cozy fireplaces. Outdoor hot tub, seasonal pool, children’s playground, tennis/ basketball and complimentary access to fitness centre. Make us your relaxation destination. Ask our friendly staff about specials and discounts.

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Ocean Sands Resort in Parksville

1165 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-877-733-5969
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Situated on four acres of beautiful oceanfront property overlooking Rathtrevor Beach with a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.  The resort consists of one and two bedroom oceanfront condominium units with fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces and balconies with spectacular ocean and mountain views.

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Inn On Long Lake

4700 N Island Hwy • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-758-1144
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The Inn On Long Lake is your lakeside resort in the heart of North Nanaimo. All rooms feature lakeview patio or balconies, microwave, mini fridge, and coffeemaker. Complimentary enhanced Continental breakfast included. Free high speed wireless and parking. Pedal boat and kayak rentals in-season.

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IMAX Victoria

675 Belleville Street • Victoria • South Island
250-480-4887
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IMAX is the ultimate film experience! With crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, the Victoria IMAX lets you feel like you’re really there. Six stories high and 85′ feet wide (18.6m x 25.9m), the screen pulls you in! Over 5 million people locally and almost a billion people around the world have been spellbound by the force and beauty of The IMAX film Experience. Technically advanced and visually stunning, it is the most powerful and immersive movie experience in the world.

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Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre

Horne Lake • Central Island
250-248-7829
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Don’t miss a visit to one of the most spectacular outdoor destinations on Vancouver Island. Ranked #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor, this unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Open YEAR ROUND, park visitors can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, hike the Fossil Trail, explore the marble caverns, or learn how to rock rappel.

The easiest and most popular caving experience is the 90 min. Family Cavern Tour. This guided family-oriented tour leaves every hour 10am – 5pm in summer months and visits the crystal-filled Riverbend Cave without any crawling or vertical climbing. Great for kids age 5 and older.

For those looking for more adventure, try the 3hr. Ice Age Spelunking Tour which adds some extra caves  that feature easy climbing and rock scrambling along with an underground slide!

For maximum thrills, the 4hr. And 5 hr. Extreme Tours are your best bet. The 4hr. High Adventure Expedition is a great introduction to vertical roped caving – no previous experience necessary. Short crawls and roped climbing leads you to a unique crystal formation over 4 storeys tall! The 5hr. Extreme Rappel Tour adds a wild rappel down a seven-storey waterfall UNDERGROUND and a look into the China Shop near the end of this amazing cave!

If you’re not familiar with rappelling, you can learn the ropes outdoors same-day on the 2hr. Rock Rappel Clinic. Great for families looking for extra fun. The Extreme Cave experience is much more enjoyable if your first rappel is not done in complete darkness!

If you prefer to guide yourself, the park has two caves open for self-guiding – Lower Cave and Andre’s Annex. These public-access caves are more rugged than the Family Tour and are open for exploring during park hours, 10am – 4pm. To help get you geared up, helmets with mounted lights and maps are available to park visitors.

In winter, visitors can witness the awesome natural forces that created these amazing caverns on the 3hr. Wet & Wild Spelunking Adventure. Climb an underground waterfall, scramble through the ceiling galleries on this thrilling and sometimes wet adventure.

Since the park can get very busy, reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at HORNELAKE.COM or by phone (250) 248-7829. Call or email for more detailed information including departure times and weather conditions.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located next door to the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground. This campground offers a beautiful beach, lakefront camping and canoe / kayak rentals – all within walking distance to the cave park.

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Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Crescent • Victoria • South Island
250-592-5323
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Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch Castle was completed in 1890, shortly after his death. His wife Joan lived in the Castle until 1908. Experience the lifestyles of the wealthy surrounded by exquisite stained glass, woodwork and Victorian era furnishings. Climb 87 stairs to the tower for fabulous views of Victoria. (no elevators)

Open daily: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Extended hours from June 15th to September 6: 9:00am – 7:00pm

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Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave • Brentwood Bay • South Island
866-652-4422 • 250-652-5256
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Breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) show gardens near Victoria offers spectacular beauty in every season. Spring dazzles with more than 300,000 bulbs. Summer is magnificent with colour everywhere you look, plus there is live entertainment every evening in July & August, Night Illuminations and Saturday Fireworks. Autumn delights with spectacular colour, especially in the Japanese Garden, and Christmas becomes a magical wonderland.

Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate from our Coffee Shop, hearty repast in our cafeteria style Blue Poppy Restaurant or fine dining in The Dining Room Restaurant. Our Afternoon and High teas are an experience not to be missed! (Check our website for times and reservation information.) Drop into The Seed and Gift Store to see a selection of local artisan works as well as our signature hand packaged seeds and many more mementos of your visit to The Gardens.

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Beach Acres Resort

1051 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
250-248-3424
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Our guests say it best, these reviews were submitted via Trip Advisor:

“The proximity to Rathtrevor and the beach were the most important features, our expectations were exceeded, We will be back again next fall to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the area but will plan to stay longer.”

“Our family loves the sense of summer that pervades Beach Acres. We love the smells of the hot sun on the pine trees. The cottages are great, well kept and if we need anything we can ask; making popovers is just a walk to the office to borrow a muffin tin or two. Riding bikes in a safe place, forest paths to stroll on, and the most beautiful beach in BC, along with an indoor pool for a rainy day.”

“We again spent 1 week of our summer vacation at Beach Acres and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed in one of the private forest cottages and it was clean, comfortable, cozy and quiet. Our 6 year old son had a fantastic time in the playground and played for hours at the amazing beach. We will be back next year for our third year in a row.”

“Fantastic for kids, relaxing summer vacation. Beach Acres is a great place to take the kids, relax, and pretend that the cottage you’re renting is your own. Cabins are great, the beach is gentle for kids, and it has the warmest ocean water north of Mexico.”

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Alberni Valley Tourism

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
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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 to strong afternoon winds, the Valley is becoming a haven for windsurfing.

KAYAK Rent a kayak or dip your own into the Alberni Inlet, or, if you prefer fresh water, try out the warm summertime water of Sproat Lake.

DIVE  The Alberni Valley has some amazing shore dive spots near Port Alberni including a Chinese Immigrant Ship Wreck. Calm waters and great visibility bring divers from all over the world.

FISH Port Alberni was designated as the World Fishing Network’s first “Ultimate Fishing Town 2010.” Anglers can find an abundance of both river and ocean fishing in the Alberni Valley.

CRUISE Enjoy the stunning scenery of Barkley Sound aboard the working freighter M.V. Frances Barkley.

LAND

If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma while you play, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Cycle, run, hike, golf – all with the spectacular backdrop of the Alberni Valley.

BIKE Mountain bikers make a bee-line for the Valley for the excellent biking circuits, including a fair share of winding, ultra-challenging routes. Want a toned down ride? There’s plenty of choice for that too.

GOLF We offer two gorgeous golf courses to suit a variety of styles and levels of expertise.

HIKE If you are after a flat easy path for a wheelchair or a rigorous vertical climb to a local peak, we have it; and lots in between! A must-see for everyone is the legendary Cathedral Grove in nearby MacMillan Park.

SIGHTSEE Catch a demonstration of old-time logging techniques at McLean Mills National Historic Site.

RIDE Hop aboard one of Vancouver Island’s last working steam trains and take a scenic ride through the Valley.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Up for a less physical adventure? We have those too!  Here are just a handful of the ways you can spend your days during your visit.

  • See the World’s Largest Flying Boat ever used operationally
  • Wander through the fascinating galleries in the Arts District, or shop at Harbour Quay.
  • Visit one of the valley’s two wineries and enjoy a glass of local chardonnay or merlot as the sun sets on another perfect day.

It’s all within your reach when you visit the Alberni Valley.

PLACES TO STAY

The accent is on welcoming when you stay in the Valley. These great hotel choices offer you all the comfort and amenities you need when you’re on vacation – let us look after you!

Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Howard Johnson Hotel
Hospitality Inn
Somass Hotel

In addition to these hotels, you also have a choice of motels and B&Bs in town, plus resorts away from it all. Whatever your taste in accommodation, the Alberni Valley has something just right for you for your next visit.

For more information, stop by the Alberni Valley Visitor’s Centre at 2533 Port Alberni Highway, or visit our website:

www.albernivalleytourism.com

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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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Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing

561 Campbell Street • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-888-534-7422
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18 Years of Great Fishing, Great Service and Great Fun!

Not only is Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing the #1 Rated Tour on TripAdvisor, we continue to be the trusted and proven industry leader for Sport fishing in Tofino.  Our experienced guide team have spent countless hours on the water, our fleet of vessels are equipped with top of the line gear and electronics, and our commitment to meeting our guests’ expectations continues to be our top priority. We strive to provide safe, productive and fun fishing excursions for all experience levels and group sizes.  Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing primarily focuses on Salmon and Halibut offshore excursions, however we also specialize in ocean fly-fishing and inshore light tackle Salmon fishing. For the anglers who enjoy Freshwater fishing, we also offer fully outfitted “walk and wade” trips on select river systems.

Bringing your own boat to Tofino?  Drop by our Full Service Tackle shop on your way into Tofino for the local updates, and the most effective gear for our area. New to fly fishing? We offer casting lessons on the beach that can be combined with an afternoon on the water to test your newly honed skills. Feeling adventurous? Ask us about our new heli-fishing options to some breathtaking locations and great Steelhead and Trout fishing!  Are you the only one in the family who wants to go fishing? We help arrange shared charters. Without a doubt, Clayoquot Ventures is the #1 resource for fishing in Tofino.

Clayoquot Ventures has hosted private charters for ardent anglers and novices alike for over 17 years, offering full day and ½ day fully guided and outfitted fishing charters as well as multi-day fishing and accommodation packages.  Corporate and family groups are all welcome, and we will gladly customize a package just for you, with a suitable facility.

Salmon & Halibut Fishing Excursions. Chrome bright Chinook and Coho Salmon, powerful Halibut and plentiful Bottom-fish species make up the bounty of your fishing experience with us. We often travel a short distance offshore from Tofino, where our area offers B.C.’s most consistent early season fishery for Salmon and Halibut. Our inshore areas offer a year round Salmon fishery, but the prime fishing season runs May to October.

Inshore Saltwater Light Tackle Fishing Excursions – Experience an exhilarating battle with truly “Wild” Pacific Salmon, while enjoying the scenic and pristine landscape of world famous Clayoquot Sound. Just minutes from the dock, the protected inshore waters of Clayoquot Sound provide an ideal habitat for travelling and feeding Salmon. Accessible year round, the prime Fishing Season runs June to October.

Saltwater Fly-fishing Excursions – Your pursuit of acrobatic Coho Salmon, Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout and various species of Bottom fish will test your skill with a fly rod and reel. Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing has specialized in this unique and popular fishery for nearly 20 years, in all aspects from hosting TV shows to creating some of the most productive fly patterns for the area. The prime fishing season runs late June to early October.

Afternoon Marine Experience/Eco Tour  –  Witness nesting Bald Eagles and Sea Otters in the Kelp.  Learn how to troll for Salmon or jig for Bottom-fish, then check the traps for Dungeness Crabs.  Whether your passion is the great opportunities for Photography or getting a little closer to nature, this private tour will create great memories of your Tofino experience.  April – October

Freshwater Excursions – Only the pristine beauty of these quiet little lakes and small coastal streams parallel the fantastic Steelhead, Trout and Fall Salmon fishing that await you! Prime fishing season is March thru November for these catch and release oriented excursions.

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Ocean Outfitters

368 Main Street • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-2866
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A premier tour company offering guaranteed whale watching, bear watching, coastal hot spring tours, Meares Island walk & custom private charters.  Comfortable state of the art cabin vessels & large zodiac with washrooms. Free parking, gallery & espresso bar.  Book online before June 1st & receive a 10% discount.  Readers choice award – Voted #1 charter company for six years.

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Long Beach Lodge Resort

1441 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-877-844-7873
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Luxury oceanfront resort on the expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed inspirational West Coast setting & award winning architecture. Iconic Great Room with oceanview dining room & lounge.  Two types of accommodation: beachfront Lodge rooms or self-contained, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottages. Pet friendly accommodation available. The Surf Club is our adventure centre offering on-site surf /sup lessons & rentals, Marine Adventures on our new heated charter vessel, and luxurious post-adventure spa-like facilities.

The Resort
Long Beach Lodge Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf… in fact it is one of the few Tofino hotels that can claim such a spectacular locale. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort and warmth  of our Great Room and partake in some of our award-winning cuisine!

The Resort is for the traveller who prefers first-class service in a relaxed, informal setting. Choose accommodation in the beach front Lodge (41 rooms), most rooms with spectacular ocean views, gas fireplaces, double soaker tubs & balconies. Or retreat to a tranquil, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottage (20 Cottage) with full kichen, living room, fireplace and outdoor patio hot tub. Our cottages are ideal for families, two couples or extended stays.The warm and welcoming interiors utilize natural colours, fabrics and textures. Each of the guest rooms include luxurious bathroom amenities, bathrobes, cozy duvets, and waterproof rain jackets and umbrellas.

The Great Room
The Lodge is home to the Great Room which is a central focus of this Tofino Resort – a gathering place for guests with its massive granite fireplace and post and beam construction. Sink into an overstuffed chair, put your feet up, and gaze out to the crashing surf and lighthouse beyond.

The Surf Club & Marine Adventures
The Surf Club Centre is our adventure booking centre… come chat with us and let us know what you are after. We are happy to customize your experience whether it be a private on-site surf lesson or a marine adventure on our brand new charter vessel which seats 12 guests in comfort, has a heated cabin, full washroom facilities and for the exclusive use of Lodge guests. Come explore our pristine marine environment with our captain and in-house naturalist­—incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Long Beach Lodge is the only Tofino hotel or resort that offers an on-site surf school with full equipment rentals, luxurious apres surf facilities including showers, change rooms, lockers, hot tub & sauna, and Marine Adventure charter service. The Surf Club is a one-of-a-kind facility and a first in Canada that will set a new standard for the surfing world. This spa-like facility is open during the day to all visitors to the Tofino area who wish to experience the professional, customized surf instruction of  the Resort’s Surf Club. During the evening Resort guests have exclusive access to the facilities.

The Surf Club Centre also provides stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and equipment rentals, and  houses a gift shop and cappuccino bar with outdoor patio seating.

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Tourism Ucluelet

Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-4641
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On Canada’s wild west coast, you can visit the edge of an island both ancient with history and young in energy. Visit with whales, bears, eagles, and rainforest creatures. Storm watch, surf, kayak, hike and fish where the mountains reach the sea. Wander Vancouver Island’s beaches and clifftop trails right from your motel, cabin, resort or B&B. Ucluelet, BC is a world class destination.

The area is famous for having some of the largest stands of old-growth red cedar in the region and is just minutes away from Long Beach, BC, the longest stretch of sandy beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast. You can spend days exploring the beaches and trails of Ucuelet and Pacific Rim National Parks’ beaches and trails.

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Art by MONK

151A Morison Avenue • Parksville • Central Island
250-228-6648
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Leave a LEGACY on a masterpiece! Thousands ‘GO MONK HUNTING’ yearly for the opportunity to paint right on an ‘original MONK’ painting and become part of art history. A truly UNIQUE EXPERIENCE the whole family will treasure! Photos with MONK are welcome. Many believe that it is ‘Good luck to paint with MONK’… after adding to the masterpiece on the front they write a wish or leave a dedication on the back. MONK paints daily and is a guest artist at many large special events. Generally, this loveable, talented character can be found painting the old growth forest in Cathedral Grove, or the beach and seascape on Rathtrevor Beach at MONK’S BEACH STUDIO (#1065 Tanglewood Place #5, located right next to Rathtrevor Provincial Park and Beach Acres Resort). MONK’S working gallery is located in Downtown Parksville one block off the beach across from the Beach Club Resort #151A Morison Avenue (parking is on Morison Ave). This gallery boasts West Coast original art.

MONK’S paintings and limited edition gicleés (prints) are sold to homeowners and corporations worldwide. MONK’S GALLERY is host to many excellent artisans and the renowned photography of Vancouver Island’s Craig Carmichael…a must see! This working gallery is relaxed and welcoming to all. For more information on weekend workshops, 3-4 day art classes, drop-in classes, and ART Camps, call (250) 228-6648 or visit artbymonk.com

Have a MONK day, and create a legacy you will treasure!

Art includes: ancient totems, Rathtrevor Beach, Parksville beach, trees, sailboats, fishing trolleys, docks, marinas whales, watersports, flowers, native themed art, Mt. Arrowsmith, Mount Washington, Buchart Gardens, Milner Gardens, Filberg Lodge and Park, Goats on the Roof in Coombs, Tofino, Long beach, Wickaninnish Inn, lighthouses and much more. If this gallery does not have what you want MONK can paint it for you. Commissioned art is also available.

Want to paint but didn’t bring your supplies? At MONK’S BEACH STUDIO is a large driftwood easel and a box of painting supplies you may use (acrylic, oil, water color) Many come from around the world to enjoy painting on stunning Rathtrevor Beach on MONK’S EASEL. All are welcome year round just bring something to paint on. MONK’S Beach studio is often host to many fundraisers and clubs…if your organization would like to use it just call MONK.

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Tourism Chemainus

Chemainus • Cowichan
250-246-3944
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Chemainus is one of the most beloved places by visitors to Vancouver Island.  An Arts & Cultural Destination that is famous for its well over 40 murals painted on the towns various walls.  Golf, diving, shopping and exploring our natural surroundings in this seaside village.

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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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The Cabins at Terrace Beach, Ucluelet

1090 Peninsula Rd • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-866-GET-HERE (438-4373) • 250-726-2101
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Welcome to The Cabins.

It would be a pleasure to host you and your family during your stay here on the west coast. Your stay at the cabins will provide you the opportunity to experience the true coastal way of life, cabins style’ which is of course ‘check-In & chill out..:) no matter what the catalyst which moves U2 this beautiful place we genuinely welcome you and hope that you will take the time to explore and make memories of your own from edge to edge on this beautiful peninsula.

We invite you to spend a few night & days or a couple of weeks with us; make the cabins your home base for exploration and adventure. Surround yourself with the history of ancient rain forests and the wilderness of the wind-swept coastal region of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Kayak around the Broken Group Islands, learn to surf at Long Beach, experience the excitement of whale watching or the awesome power of a storm. Enjoy all the many trails and beaches, there are activities to suit all levels and interests.

Located in Ucluelet at Terrace Beach right at the start of the Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite point lighthouse just south of the pacific rim national park, world famous long beach, Clayoquot sound and Tofino; and just north of the Broken Group Islands and Barkley sound. walk the wild pacific trail, visit Tofino, Clayoquot sound, the broken group islands and Pacific Rim National Park. Long Beach is only 15 minutes away. Ride a surf board or kayak in Barkley sound, whatever you choose to do, make the cabins your home base on the west coast.

The wild pacific trail that joins our ocean front cabins, the gazebo on terrace beach, the boardwalks that join he-tin-kis park trail, the boardwalk on top of the pilings, formally know as roots lodge where our surf lofts are located are for all of our guests to enjoy.

Canada’s vast and awe-inspiring wilderness, along with the wildlife, and recreational opportunities that abound, have long been accessed by the ubiquitous Canadian Lodge.

On the furthest reaches of Canada’s rugged West Coast, guests seek refuge from the elements and experience the ancient wild coast within the rustic luxury of the Lodge at the Cabins. Nestled amongst old growth forest and the weather-worn rock and driftwood of Terrace Beach, the Lodge embodies both a timeless aesthetic and modern coastal comforts.

Guests are greeted with a deep burgundy hug of the curving grand spiral staircase envelops them in the lodge’s characteristic warmth. Gumboots and slickers left in the foyer, guests continue up to the Great Room, the true heart of the Lodge.

Exclusive views of Terrace Beach define the Great room. Framed by these floor-to-ceiling vistas, the fireplace, finished in local stone, invites one in to the comfort and familiarity of an intimate living space. Below the expansive windows, cushioned window seats provide a perfect perch from which to take in the impressive natural setting. Luxurious textures, vibrant colour and pattern create a rich backdrop to the outdoors while calming neutrals bridge the rustic luxury with a modern sensibility. An honesty of material, and fine Canadian craftsmanship are visible in furnishings and millwork and along with local artwork emphasize the uniquely Canadiana experience.

No retreat would be complete without a place to grab a well deserved drink after a busy day, and this detail has not been missed; a raw cedar slab salvaged from Barclay Sound offers a distinctly “West Coast” gathering place. Here storms are weathered, hot toddy in hand, tall tales of fish caught and waves ridden shared over frosty pints.

Come explore the West Coast!

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Wya Point Resort

2695 Tofino-Ucluelet Highway • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-844-352-6188 • 250-726-3435
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Wya Point Resort is an ideal retreat for couples and families offering luxurious lodge accommodations, rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground. Sister businesses Wya Surf Shop and Cafe and Kwisitis Feast House also welcome Resort guests. With direct access to pristine private beaches, the area’s newest resort sits amongst 600 acres of old growth forest, located on an old village site of the Ucluth First Nation. Always striving to provide memorable guest experiences, the Wya Point Resort was honoured with the 2014 Outstanding Accommodation Award by Aboriginal Tourism BC as well as a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

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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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Eagle Wing Tours

Fisherman's Wharf, Near Pier #2 12 Erie Street • Victoria • South Island
250-384-8008
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Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC’s 1st award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.

When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (and guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor’s top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007.

At the centre of the world’s highest concentration of killer whales (orca) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure.

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Victoria’s Historic Inns

Victoria • South Island
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Add a sense of historic romance to your stay by choosing one of our unique, heritage, bed and breakfast inns where personal touches and extra attention to detail match the magical ambiance of your accommodations.

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Whiskey Landing Lodge

1645 Cedar Road • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-855-726-2270
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Located on the historic waterfront in the heart of Ucluelet, BC, the Whiskey Landing Lodge design, using native cedar, post and beam construction, rock and glass is a tribute to the local culture and West Coast’s natural beauty. The 15 beautiful suites offer an ideal base for your adventure – fishing charters, whale and wildlife tours, hiking, kayaking and surfing, or simply relaxing in this pristine environment.

Guest rooms at Whiskey Landing Lodge, featuring studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, include modern stainless kitchen, jetted soaker tub, fireplace and water views. Comfortable sofa sleepers allow for expanded occupancy with family and friends.

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Qualicum Beach Inn

2690 West Island Hwy • Qualicum Beach • Central Island
1-800-661-0199
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The Qualicum Beach Inn has been beautifully restored, with 32 ocean view rooms, new restaurant and bar, outdoor patio with fireplace, conference room, pool, and fitness centre.

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Enrico Winery

Mill Bay • Cowichan
250-733-2356
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Welcome to Enrico Winery, home to award winning wines and friendly people! Our mission is to please you with our quality wines!

Hours of Operation: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

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Rocky Creek Winery

1854 Myhrest Rd • Cowichan Bay • Cowichan
250-748-5622
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Great wines. Great people. Great experiences. “WOW” factor + chocolate! Enjoy striking gardens at Cowichan’s most awarded winery. Pure island grapes!

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Live to Surf

1180 Pacific Rim Hwy • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-4464
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The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!

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Oak Bay Tourism

2167 Oak Bay Avenue • Oak Bay, Victoria • South Island
250 886 4604
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We are Oak Bay. We are the old, the new, the out there and the open air.
Oak Bay is a pocket masterpiece, a beautiful corner of Vancouver Island that manages to pack in more of everything else than anywhere else. We’ve got sand, a cool ocean and hot shopping, so you’re spoilt for choice. What’s it to be? Beach or bruschetta, kayaking or crab cakes, haute couture or hot tea? It’s all here!

EXPLORE
Spectacular seaside and so much more.
From sweeping ocean views, to tree lined boulevards and narrow lanes, from exquisite Edwardian villas to smart shopping, Oak Bay has a surprise waiting for you around every corner. Explore Oak Bay on foot, by bike, or with a leisurely drive and discover this historic and vibrant corner of Vancouver Island.

EXPERIENCE
Adventures big and small.
What do you feel like doing today? A barefoot beach stroll with the sand between your toes, the high adventure of a whale watching tour, a gentle paddle out on the water, or a visit with the resident seals ? What do you say to a getting a nice salmon on the line, a leisurely ramble along the Oak Bay Arts Trail, a shoreline bicycle ride or a guided tour of our tales and tastes? Or how about you shop till you drop then relax with a local craft beer or at a spectacular outdoor spa? Whether you stay or visit for the day, it’s all here for you.

SHOP & TASTE
High style, local flavour.
The villages of Oak Bay Avenue, Estevan and Cadboro Bay are special. Reminiscent of a British High Street of days gone by, but with a very modern twist. They’re the home of high style and culinary cool. People come from all over Victoria to shop here for fashion accessories, visit the galleries or the Oak Bay Summer Night Market, and taste the mouthwatering creations of our charcutiers, chefs and bakers that you’ll find throughout the whole area.

STAY
All of Oak Bay’s experiences on your doorstep.
Whether you choose five star oceanfront luxury or a guesthouse rich with old world charm, you’ll find great Oak Bay hospitality. And wherever you choose to stay, the wonderful West Coast is right outside your back door. Break a morning croissant on a sunlit balcony, snuggle up under a starry sky – everything you need to recharge your batteries for another day of Oak Bay adventure is right here.

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Prestige Oceanfront Resort

6929 West Coast Road • Sooke • South Island
250-642-0805
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Approximately 35 kilometers from downtown Victoria, tucked in the midst of rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and wildlife is the beautiful seaside community of Sooke. Countless activities and tours are available to experience the best of Sooke including whale watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking and ziplining.

Prestige Oceanfront Resort provides guests with the most awe-inspiring and picturesque oceanfront views. Stroll the public walkway right on the water or explore the adventure that awaits you at this outdoor oasis.

The resort features beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, athletic club, indoor pool & hot tub, luxurious spa, and onsite food & beverage facilities.

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

9811 Seaport Place • Sidney • South Island
250.665.7511
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Sidney’s waterfront aquarium is home to hundreds of marine animals from the unique local habitats of the Salish Sea. Come face-to-face with octopus and jellies; tickle a sea cucumber or shake hands with a sea star.
Open daily from 10 a.m. Visit our website for special programs and activities and to learn more.

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Distinctly Sidney

Sidney • South Island
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Sidney offers the perfect get-away, for a day, a week or longer. Come enjoy wonderful local food, great accommodation and family-friendly recreation.

Sidney enjoys a thriving arts and culture community that celebrates local artists and local crafts. From the seaside sculpture walk, to the beautiful totems that welcome visitors at the Mary Winspear Centre, to the lovely art in our galleries and local cafés, there is truly something for everyone.

Whether you enjoy kayaking, whale watching, bike riding, fishing, crabbing, boating or simply walking at the water’s edge, Sidney has it all. With our mild and generally dry weather, Sidney is an ideal destination throughout the year. During the summer, Sidney also has a terrific water park for kids, right alongside basketball and tennis courts. You can also hop a ferry to Sidney Spit, one of the most beautiful places on the southern end of Vancouver Island. It is literally minutes from downtown Sidney and offers a unique opportunity for bird watching, picnicking and hiking.

Sidney offers other adventures too. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, offers year round unforgettable opportunities to enjoy the wonders of the Salish Sea. The Centre offers plenty of up-close-and personal ways to view and interact with sea critters. Similarly, the Sidney Museum brings local history to life with interactive displays and a close-up look at Sidney’s unique past, including a display that depicts the trains that once served the Peninsula. The Air Museum is another local attraction that delights visitors year ‘round.

And every Sunday during the summer, in the acoustically perfect bandstand at water’s edge, Sidney offers free outdoor concerts. Jazz, blues, pop, country and rock: every week the Town celebrates the magic of its Summer Sounds series. What could be better than enjoying great music under clear blue skies, with a view of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands in the background, ice cream in hand! Summer perfection!

And let’s not forget about shopping! Sidney’s excellent shops offer quality goods always with a smile: from the latest in fashions and books to delightful baked goods and flowers; from gift shops to pet shops to super markets, liquor stores and all that’s in between! Sidney brings new meaning to “shop local.” Every effort is made to highlight local and Canadian-made goods with just enough from around the world to add a bit of extra sparkle.

Our Thursday night Summer Market is the largest in Western Canada and offers a wide array of locally produced goods. Farmers from the surrounding area sell an endless array of delightful fruits and vegetables and food items include everything from hotdogs to delicious salmon and lamb burgers to cotton candy.

Sidney is minutes away from world-renowned Butchart Gardens and the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, two spectacular gardens, each with its own unique character. Wineries and cideries are also only a short distance away.

The Victoria International Airport, BC Ferries, and the Washington State Ferry Service makes travel to and from Sidney easy and part of the holiday experience. While being in Sidney is great, getting there is fun and accessible too!

Sidney offers a unique harmony that renews the spirit, awakens the soul, and enables you to enjoy the moment—whether you are traveling alone, with friends or family.

The strong sense of community pulls people back to Sidney year after year and it’s the pride and love for the Town that keeps people here. With something for everyone, Sidney is the ideal vacation destination. Come see for yourself. Island life doesn’t get any better than this!

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Sidney Booktown

2436 Beacon Avenue • South Island
250-656-2345
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Discover a great selection of new and second-hand titles in our six unique bookshops, all within easy walking distance of one another in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney BC. Spend some time exploring all that Sidney Booktown has to offer! Stay Longer. Read More.

Beacon Books – Don’t miss Beacon Books when you’re visiting Sidney! Stop by and browse through our thousands of secondhand books located in a 4,000 sq. ft. antique building – everything from bestseller paperback fiction to Arts & Crafts, Literature & Classics, Business & Self-Help, Cookbooks, Gardening. Check out our Authors’ Signed editions, Modern First editions and antiquarian books. The Children’s area features board books to young adult/teen fiction. In our Paperback Room you’ll find mystery, science fiction/fantasy, historical & romantic fiction – all at reasonable prices.

Galleon Books and Antiques – Galleon Books and Antiques is a beautifully set-up store with second-hand books, antiques and collectibles. This shop specializes in non-fiction subjects, including BC history, Exploration, First Nations, Military, and Art History. Antiquarian and collectible books can also be found. Galleon also offers a myriad of period antiques and collectibles. It is worth a visit to meet owners Rod and Brian and discuss their experiences in finding unusual items all over BC and western Canada.

Tanner’s Books – Tanner’s Books is a bookstore and more! It has grown into a large full-service bookstore with new releases, bestsellers, and new books in over 50 fiction and non-fiction categories. Come in and browse the largest newsstand on Vancouver Island – over 2000 magazines and 40 newspapers from Canada, The United States, and Great Britain. Enter the Travel and Nautical Room with over 500 maps and nautical charts, along with travel, and nautical reference and writing books. And don’t miss the games puzzles, calendars, souvenirs, greeting cards, and more!

The Children’s Bookshop – The Children’s Bookshop has a wide selection of new books for toddlers to young adults. We have books on everything from A to Z: airplanes, bears, cooking, drawing, Encyclopaedia Brown, fairies, growing up, Harry Potter, inuksuks, jokes, kites, little girls, mermaids, Nancy Drew, ordinary kids, pirates, quilting, rocks, sisters, totem poles, underwear, volcanoes, Waldo, x-rays, yearlings, and zambonis.

The Haunted Bookshop – The Haunted Bookshop is Vancouver Island’s oldest antiquarian bookshop. Named after Christopher Morley’s 1918 novel, the shop is ‘haunted by the ghosts of all great literature’.
Described in ‘Beautiful British Columbia’ magazine as ‘the sort of antiquarian bookstore bibliophiles dream about’, The Haunted actually caters to recreational readers wanting recent paperbacks & scholars seeking out-of-print material, as well as to collectors of the unusual & the rare. Its carefully chosen stock includes books on most subjects, unique ephemeral items, antique prints & postcards. Formal & informal appraisal services are also offered.

The Military & History Bookshop – The Military & History Bookshop has the largest selection of military books in Canada – is located across from Tanners on Fourth Street, and sells second-hand books. This unique store offers books on all things military, World War I and World War II, Canada at War, military biographies, early & modern war, naval and aviation war history. It also stocks History of the countries of the world (except Canada – see Beacon Books). Other subject specialties include Churchilliana, USA history and American Presidents, Railways, Royalty, and Military fiction.

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Fast Time Grand Prix

1460 Springhill Rd • Parksville • Central Island
250-586-9797
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Great family entertainment minutes from downtown Parksville, 35-turn road course designed to give you the feel of driving like a “Formula One racer.”

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Clipper Vacations

Victoria • South Island
1-800-888-2535
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Discover the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada with Clipper Vacations

Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering year-round transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The high-speed Victoria Clipper ferries transport passengers from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbour in less than three hours, allowing passengers to enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, the Washington coastline and islands. The Victoria Clipper vessels can accommodate pets, bicycles and cargo. On board the ferries there is a gift shop with smart apparel, traveler needs and local duty free item, as well as food and beverages so you can enjoy a snack or light meal during your journey. Clipper Vacations also provides connections via car, motor coach, train and airplane to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies and Whistler.

Explore All Vancouver Island has to Offer

Rent a car to travel “Up Island” to explore all of Vancouver Island has to offer. Pamper yourself with a relaxing stay at Tigh Na Mara, which is located on 22 acres of forest next to the ocean. In addition to fabulous grounds, the hotel features a Grotto spa complete with a whirlpool, sauna and a warm water mineral pool. If you are feeling adventurous, trek through the Horne Lake Caves in Parkville, visit Hot Springs Cove in Tofino or fish in Campbell River, which is the salmon capital of the world. Likewise, you can learn more about the wildlife found on Vancouver Island by paying a visit to the Pacific Northwest Raptors Visitors Center or the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center, which focus on raising awareness for birds of prey and ocean ecosystem, respectively, and provide interactive exhibits for kids.

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Salmon Eye Charters

160 Hemlock St Ucluelet BC - 453 Head Street Victoria BC • Pacific Rim, South Island
1-877-777-4344
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Salmon Eye Charters works from two locations:

Ucluelet BC:
Here you have the largest feeding grounds for salmon and halibut in British Columbia and Alaska. Ucluelet is ideally situated to access these feeding grounds and we are so confident you will have good success that we offer a 50lbs a day guarantee on all 3 day Silver and Gold packages during the summer season. Our guides are extremely good at catching fish as well as making your time on the boat a ton of fun. We have heated 27-29ft sport fishing boats that are set up for the best comfort with large  heated cabins as well as a large decks. Having a large open cabin is important for visibility when fishing in close to shore as well as anchoring for halibut. Check out our past fishing reports with pictures to see what others have caught.
Fishing Packages:
We offer 2-6 day fishing packages that include accommodation, fishing, vacuum packing and freezing and one nice seafood dinner. We make booking a trip here extremely easy and you will look like a hero when your friends arrive and experience the fishing.
Victoria BC:
Victoria is one of the best places on Vancouver Island to fish during the spring months for salmon and halibut. Halibut fishing is pretty consistent during most of the winter and gets better in the spring. Chinook salmon fishing usually starts picking up in February and we fish here until May 15.

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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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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

On the rugged shores of Ucluelet near the most spectacular beaches on Canada’s west coast, The Canadian Princess Lodge is a base for all things wild. The west coast of Vancouver Island, the very core of the Pacific Rim, draws anglers, adventurers, surfers, explorers, and hikers to its beautifully rough setting. And our celebrated lodge is at its centre.

Sleep in our rustic dwellings on shore. We’ve got you and your group covered in rooms with two beds or loft rooms with four. Warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations. That’s all you need when the great outdoors beckon.

Use The Canadian Princess as your base for the ultimate west coast adventure. The endless rolling waves of Long Beach are right next door, and more beaches, including Cox Bay and Chesterman, are nearby. This is British Columbia’s surfing Mecca, in the heart of the majestic Pacific Rim National Park.  At our doorstep is renowned  Wild Pacific Trail, guiding you through the heart of the rainforest at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.  Beach comb, walk, cycle, kayak, find local artwork – there’s plenty to do in this breathtaking part of the world.

Call us now 1-800-663-7090.

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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Ocean Village

555 Hellesen Dr • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250.725.3755 • 1.866.725.3755
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Ocean Village is nestled comfortably on beautiful MacKenzie Beach, minutes from the picturesque village of Tofino. Our property is ideally located for guests to enjoy all of the activities this breathtaking area has to offer. Enjoy unobstructed views and direct beach access from your oceanfront cabin. Renovated and updated for maximum comfort, our iconic “beehive” cabins are affordable, family oriented and pet-friendly. Our cabin styles are available in single-story one and two bedroom units or upper and lower studios. Each cabin features:

  • Private bathroom with a shower and full size tub
  • Full kitchen including all dishes, cookware and organic fair-trade coffee
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Private entrance
  • Private patio and picnic table or private balcony
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of MacKenzie Beach

Along with the breathtaking vista, guests at the resort have access to many services and facilities at Ocean Village. Amenities include:

  • Swimming Pool
    Take a dip in our 20 x 50-foot indoor pool, and warm up in the adjacent hot tub. An outdoor hot water shower is the perfect spot to take off your wetsuit after a surf.
  • Parking
    Each cabin has on-site parking for two vehicles.
  • Outdoor Barbecue
    A large, common outdoor barbecue area is the place to be for family grilling.
  • Laundry
    Wash and dry clothes at our coin-operated laundry.
  • Handicap Access
    Select cabins. Please call our office for details.
  • Wireless Access
    We offer free WiFi access to all guests. (As with anywhere in Tofino, our wireless signal is not always the strongest)
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Waters Edge Shoreside Suites

1971 Harbour Crescent • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-2672 • 1-877-732-2338
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Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites is the only property with access to both the serene Ucluelet Inlet & the active Marina from every suite! The peaceful harbour suites are located on a private island joined by a causeway and just minutes from Vancouver Island’s #1 top rated; Wild Pacific Trail. Waters Edge is truly the ideal location for discovering the Real West Coast of Ucluelet, Tofino and The Pacific Rim National Park. All major attractions within 15-30 mins from Waters Edge! Guests enjoy spacious private suites featuring west coast decor & full kitchens; the perfect home base for your escape.

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Pacifica Paddle Sports

789 Saunders Lane • Brentwood Bay • South Island
250-665-7411 • 250-665-7412
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Located in beautiful Brentwood Bay and Swartz Bay/Canoe Cove Pacifica Paddle Sports prides itself on giving opportunities to all level of paddlers to experience nature at its finest. With tours, lessons, rentals and special events we can easily offer individuals and groups kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board experiences that are memorable and truly west coast. With personal customer service, unique launching ramps, quality kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle board, and the best kayaking areas in Victoria, Pacifica Paddle Sports is the highly recommended for water activities suitable for all ages.

Parking is along Verdier Avenue, Brentview Road and Brentwood Drive

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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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Best Western Dorchester Hotel

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown over looking picturesque Nanaimo Harbour. A charming heritage boutique-style hotel decorated in a style that blends old world class with modern conveniences. Featuring an onsite restaurant, lounge complimentary high-speed internet, Guest Laundry, Fitness Facility, Bicycles, overnight parking, rooftop deck and more!

Nanaimo • Central Island
250-754-6835
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Best Western Chemainus Inn

A top choice among Vancouver Island hotels, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chemainus Inn is a hotel with suite-style rooms, and both 4 Green Key and CAA/AAA 3-Diamond ratings. Discover why our large suites and great amenities place us a level above other Vancouver Island accommodations. We offer a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, high-speed internet, indoor pool, hot tub, exercise centre.

Chemainus • Cowichan
1-877-246-4181
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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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Nanaimo Airport Commission

Less travel time. MORE Island Time
Centrally located, Nanaimo Airport gets you more time for what matters most – adventure, golfing, beached, spas, wineries, special time with family and friends.
Only 2.5 hours to Tofino and 10 minutes to Nanaimo!

12 daily flights to lower mainland, 3 daily non-stop flights to Calgary and 1 daily non-stop flight to Edmonton
Car rentals on site
Airport Shuttle
Greyhound bus services

Your Gateway to Vancouver Island

Book your flight at NanaimoAirport.com

Nanaimo • Central Island
250-245-2157
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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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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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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 special area.

Port Hardy • North Island
1-888-221-8218
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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
250-248-8534
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Averill Creek Vineyard

At Averill Creek we are passionate about creating premium quality estate wines from our 30 acre Cowichan Valley vineyard.  Set on the south slope of Mt. Prevost, our modern tasting room & garden patio offer spectacular ocean and valley views. Drop in for wine tastings or bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy outdoors with your favourite Averill Creek wine. We offer a daily selection of wines by the glass and our complete wine portfolio by the bottle.

6552 North Rd • Duncan • Cowichan
250-709-9986
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Silverside Farm & Winery

At Silverside Farm & Winery, we produced award winning table and "port style" dessert wines. If you haven't tried our unique berry wines before, we invite you to come discover the brilliant vibrant colours, bold aromas, and rich berry flavours that will pair exquisitely with your favourite dish! You will also find a variety of delicious homemade jams, jellies, and syrups as weil as interesting art created by talented local artists. Come visit us soon and savour our berry flavours!

Cobble Hill • Cowichan
1-877-743-9149
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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
1-877-992-9453
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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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Terrace Beach Resort Ucluelet

Jason Priestley & Family invite you to our beach front resort in Ucluelet, BC. Many units with private hot tubs. All with kitchenettes and fully equipped. Connected to the Wild Pacific Trail.  Open all year.

Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-866-726-2901
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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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Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites

From your balcony, only feet from Glass Beach, enjoy  breathtaking Oceanfront views . We have boutique shopping on-site in The Cannery Building. Discover waterfront fine dining at Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge and explore nearby Butchart Gardens. We are located two blocks from the  Anacortes Ferry. We offer free breakfast, free high speed internet, free local and North America phone calls, HD Premier Sports, HD movie channel and HBO.  Family owned & operated.

9775 First Street • Sidney • South Island
250-656-1131 • 1-888-656-1131
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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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Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

We have room for you to relax!  Make yourself at home at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.  With spacious Guest Rooms and wonderfully appointed Suites with full kitchens, we have everything to fit your needs. Inner Harbour location - Flat Screen TVs & DVD players - Free Wi-Fi - Restaurant - Indoor Pool & Hot Tub - Courtesy Shuttle - Games & Billiards Room - 100% non smoking.

Victoria • South Island
1-800-663-7515
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Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is a place of discovery. Through unique galleries, the museum and archives showcase the human and natural history of British Columbia and bring in exciting temporary exhibitions from around the world.  Experience all of British Columbia in an afternoon. Three-dimensional displays offer a feast of sights, sounds and smells of British Columbia and showcase some of the 7 million artifacts and specimens in the Royal BC Museum's collections.

Victoria • South Island
1-888-447-7977
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Reef Point Cottages

Vancouver Island's hidden gem, Reef Point Cottages offer an exciting, intimate and self-indulging experience for those who want to explore what British Columbia’s most spectacular and natural landscape has to offer. With clean fresh air, idyllic scenery and breathtaking activities, we are casually situated in the middle of raw nature.

1012 Peninsula Road • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-877-726-4425
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Ramada Inn Nanaimo

In the heart of downtown and minutes from lots of attractions, is Nanaimo's new Ramada Inn. Enjoy a complimentary deluxe hot and cold breakfast bar with your stay, free above ground on-site parking, and wireless high-speed internet. Book online for our guaranteed best rates!

Nanaimo • Central Island
1-866-925-2009
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Quatse River Regional Park and Campground

62 tenting or RV sites situated within a richly forested regional park. All sites near  river, firewood, washrooms and host. Power, water, sani-dump, free showers, coin laundry, WIFI, firewood, wheelchair accessible, leashed pets welcome. Next to the Quatse Salmon Stewarship Centre. All proceeds fund salmon conservation on Northern Vancouver Island.

Port Hardy • North Island
1-866-949-2395
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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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Milner Gardens & Woodland

Milner Gardens & Woodland offers visitors a beautiful old-growth forest walk, a delightfully wild artist's garden highlighted by more than 400 Rhododendrons, and a magnificent view of the Strait of Georgia. Enjoy afternoon tea and views in the 1930's cottage style Milner House where the Queen once stayed.

Qualicum Beach • Central Island
250-752-6153
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McLean Mill National Historic Site

Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the old days as the steam donkey hauls logs from the woods and the 1925 steam mill cuts them into lumber.  Original camp buildings are yours to explore, vintage equipment is working on site and  a theatre troupe tells tales from the past.  The Steam Pot Café, special mill shop and childrens activities add to the experience.  Site is accessible by steam train, vehicle or bicycle.

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-723-1376
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Maritime Discovery Centre

Port Alberni’s Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, invites you to experience the rich history of the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. Get up close to the working harbour and envision the many changes over time; explore  the history of west coast lighthouses and tales of their keepers;  learn about the 1964 tsunami that hit Port Alberni and how current research tells us more about the activity of the ocean floor.

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-723-2181
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Madrona Beach Resort

Located on five acres of oceanfront, this quiet property on the safest, sandiest, warmest ocean beach in BC offers spectacular ocean views.  A pleasant five minute stroll from Rathtrevor Beach, our units at beach level are 2 bedroom with fireplace.  Ridge ocean view units feature: ground level studios with fireplace and second level one bedroom kitchenettes. With reasonable rates year round, we also feature a third night-at-no charge option for most times during the shoulder season.  Use of propane BBQs, access to tennis court and children's playground are all included.

1145 Resort Drive • Parksville • Central Island
1-800-663-7302
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Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites Victoria

Victoria’s full service hotel features 100 luxuriously finished guest rooms and suites offering superb amenities such as queen beds, soaker tubs, microwaves, fridges and coffeemakers in all rooms. Other highlights include heated seasonal outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, on-site restaurant and lounge. Superbly located for maximum convenience, the hotel boasts close proximity to The Butchart Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Victoria International Airport, BC & WA State Ferries, Shopping, Dining, Golfing & Hiking.

Victoria • South Island
1-866-300-4656
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Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel

The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is a centrally located downtown Nanaimo Hotel on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. This Vancouver Island Hotel boasts an excellent location adjacent to the seawall where guests can experience a vibrant waterfront just steps away with many charming boutiques, restaurants and Nanaimo parkland to enjoy.  Whether you’re traveling to Nanaimo on business or pleasure, you will find our hotel rooms spacious and well equipped to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Nanaimo • Central Island
1-800-663-7322
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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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Coast Bastion Hotel

Stunning ocean views from all guest rooms, and a 4-star experience make The Coast Bastion Inn a perfect base camp for island getaways. Located on Nanaimo's inner harbour, the Coast Bastion Inn is steps away from the seawall walk-way, Swy-a-lana Lagoon, specialty stores and quaint cafes. Get pampered at Pure Spa, or savour contemporary west coast dining at our Minnoz Steak and Seafood Restaurant and Lounge featuring local seafood and meats, pasta dishes and tapas.

Nanaimo • Central Island
250-753-6601
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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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Alberni Valley Museum

Excellent community museum with visible storage display system for maximum public access to collections.  Explore  First Nations culture, early settlement, industrial and maritime history  and see unique local folk art and archival photographs.  A highlight is the fine examples of local contemporary art.  2012 features special exhibit on the community’s centennial with hands- on childrens’ component.

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-723-2181
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Duncan Business Improvement Area Society

Shopping in Downtown Duncan is fresh, fun and fabulous! Our jem of a town boasts hundreds of remarkable shops and services.  The quality and diversity of what we have to offer surprises and delights visitors from near and far. Just one hour from Nanaimo or Victoria on Vancouver Island, with plenty of free 3-hour parking spots or parking for $1-2 dollars for extended visits.

Duncan • Cowichan
250-715-1700
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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.

1943 Peninsula Rd • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-663-7090
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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
250-248-8290
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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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Crystal Cove Beach Resort

Nestled among ancient cedars at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy modern log cabins with spectacular views and all the amenities. From beachfront cabins with private hot tubs, to secluded cabins set in the rainforest, you will be immersed in the beauty that is Clayoquot Sound.  For those who prefer to rough it in style, we also offer sixty-nine well treed, private, fully-serviced RV sites only a short walk from the beach.

Crystal Cove Beach Resort is very proud to be a multiple-winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, only awarded to those establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews.

Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-877-725-4213
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All Fun Karts, Cages, Clubs & Camping @ Western Speedway

All Fun offers an exciting blend of activities and action that makes it the perfect place for a day of family fun! All Fun features the only go-kart raceway and batting cages on the Island, along with 18 holes of adventure mini golf, a motocross track, an RV Park and Western Canada’s longest operating auto racing facility, Western Speedway. Visit the track on Sunday mornings for the All Fun Swap & Shop, a great open air family shopping experience. Ask about our group rates, birthday parties and special event packages.

2207 Millstream Rd • Victoria • South Island
250-474-1961
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Ladysmith on the 49th

Awaken your sense of adventure with our marine playground for paddlers, boaters, and sand-castle builders! Our historic downtown offers unique shopping, heritage buildings, and award-winning cinnamon buns. You’ll find unparalleled small town charm in Ladysmith on the 49th Parallel.

Ladysmith • Cowichan
250-245-2112
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Merridale Ciderworks

Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley---an apple orchard, craft cider house and distillery, and wedding and event venue. Join us for a cider or spirits tasting; enjoy locally-sourced food in our bistro; learn about cider and spirits through a tour; stroll the orchard while the kids search for faeries living amongst our apple trees; shop for our varied products and local artisan items in our farmhouse store; stay in our yurts; savour fresh baked goods from our wood-fired brick oven; book your event or wedding at our beautiful venue. Hours vary throughout the apple season

Cobble Hill • Cowichan
1-800-998-9908
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Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition

The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world-class event! Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in our remarkable competition and exhibition in Parksville, BC, Canada. Sculptors have 24 hours over three days to create their masterpieces from just sand and water (and a lot of ingenuity!)
Competition July 14 – 17, 2016 ; Exhibition July 18 – August 21, 2016.

Parksville • Central Island
250-951-2678
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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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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a unique green Science Center and Aquarium offering: Guided interpretive tours, Self-guided tours, Interactive displays, Aquariums, and Touch tanks. Open 10am-4pm daily

Deep Bay • Central Island
250 740 6611
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Jamie’s Rainforest Inn

Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch

1258 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
855-433-2323
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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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Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Come now and enjoy Blue Grouse’s classic wines, overlooking one of the Island’s oldest vineyards. And visit us again when our brand new tasting room opens in Spring of 2015. 

Once the preferred habitat of Blue Grouse, the 45 acres of Blue Grouse Estate are tucked away on a sunny slope of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, which is believed to take its name from a First Nation's word meaning "the warm land". A fitting name, as the valley enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperature. The terroir encompasses wind protection by evergreen trees, an all-Southern exposure, a combination of clay and gravelly soil, and the nurturing of pure air and spring water.

2182 Lakeside Rd • Duncan • Cowichan
250-743-3834
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Cowichan Bed & Breakfasts

Cowichan Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses

Your guide to the finest BnB's between Victoria and Nanaimo -- A Better Way to Stay!

Come experience our hospitality - rooms and suites for all tastes, styles, prices and locations.

As hosts we are your guides to the Cowichan region's sites, activities, artisans and wineries and those in the surrounding cities, communities and activities all within a short drive of the Cowichan.

Cowichan
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Damali Lavender & Winery

Indulge your senses. Family run Damali focuses on quality wines made from the finest Cowichan Valley fruit and Damali lavender.

Cobble Hill • Cowichan
250-743-4100
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Island Time Tours

We are the local experts! Customized/Individual/Groups. Wine Tours, sightseeing and so much more. Let’s go!

Victoria • Cowichan, South Island
1-866-846-1917
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Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort

Let us package your experience of a Lifetime! Sport fishing • Deluxe facilities 40 oceanview rooms• Full service marina Shower & laundry • Complete marine store Pub & restaurant • Liquor Store

Port Hardy • North Island
1-877-902-0459
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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!

925 Pedder Bay Rd. • Metchosin • South Island
250-478-1771
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Comox Valley Inn & Suites

1190 Cliffe Avenue • Courtenay • North Central Island
1-800-811-5955
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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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Relic Surf Shop

Relic is Ucluelet's forward thinking Surf Shop and Surf School.
• Knowledgeable Friendly Staff
• Huge Retail Shop (over 2000sqft of shop)
• Large Quality Rental Fleet
• Great Prices, Deals and Sales
• Experienced Surf School
• Come see why people return year after year to Relic!!

Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-4421
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Vancouver Island Military Museum

Canadian Military History on Nanaimo's dynamic waterfront. Come See, Come Learn, Come Experience History at British Columbia most significant Military Museum. Celebrating Canada's proud military history and tradition and honouring the men and woman of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and Merchant Navy past and present. No visit to Nanaimo is complete without visiting The Vancouver Island Military Museum.

100 Cameron Rd • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-753-3814
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Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B

Relax and enjoy our oceanfront setting on beautiful Hammond Bay, in north Nanaimo. Our Bayside Room, with kitchenette, accommodates 2 guests. Our Oceanside Suite, with a full kitchen and living room, features one or two bedrooms, accommodating 2-4 guests comfortably. Both suites offer a private entrance, patio, gas fireplace, ensuite bathroom, wifi, queen beds, beach access. We are situated between two marine parks – Pipers Lagoon Park and Neck Point Park.

Nanaimo • Central Island
250 751-1409 • 250 618-4300
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Sproat Lake Landing

Fourteen kilometres west of Port Alberni and 100 kilometres east of Tofino on Highway 4, the setting of Sproat Lake Landing combines  picturesque, cottage country charm with the rugged attitude the Pacific Rim Highway is famous for. Stay at the Sproat Lake Inn (opening 2015), dine and relax at Drinkwater’s Social House. Enjoy a lake tour on the iconic Drinkwater IV tugboat. Indulge in ice cream, coffee, fresh pastries at Della’s Café and Grocery, your headquarters for convenience and gift items. The on-site Liquor Store offers a full selection of fine wines, spirits, and domestic, imported, craft and premium cold beers.

10695 Lakeshore Road • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
+1-250-723-2722
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Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park

At Living Forest, what you see is what you get. And what you see is one of the best campgrounds anywhere! 53 forested acres sprinkled with 300 spaced sites. Lots of oceanview, riverview or forest sites. Trails, paddling, summer swimming and wildlife viewing are blended with paved roads, premium hookups and facilities built to the high standards and vision of the same family that opened Living Forest 20 years ago. Minutes to everything, but a world apart. Online park map with 1 year availability calendar and photos for every site. Look then book! Our campers gush on TripAdvisor!

6 Maki Road • Nanaimo • Central Island
250-755-1755
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Victoria Bug Zoo Inc.

Welcome to the amazing world of insects, arachnids, and their many-legged relatives. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers visitors an inside look at live bugs from around the world. Discover over 40 species including praying mantis, giant walking sticks, and Canada's largest ant farm. Knowledgeable tour guides provide insight into the lives of these incredible animals and a safe, fun bug handling experience for the more adventurous. Don't forget your camera!

The gift shop offers options for the whole family. Choose from local art, educational books, insect collecting tools, edible bug snacks, and much more.

Don't miss this hands-on adventure!

631 Courtney St. • Victoria • South Island
250-384-2847
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Susan McGougan – Personal Real Estate Corporation

Respected, Favoured and Trusted…In Nanaimo Real Estate. CERC relocation specialist specially trained to help “you” relocate when buying or selling your home. Born in Nanaimo & selling homes for 25 years.

Nanaimo • Central Island
250-248-1071
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Alert Bay Cabins

All our 14 cabins are built for privacy, include a kitchen and provide a truly west coast ambiance with breathtaking ocean view.

When you check into Alert Bay Resort you can relax on your private patio, watch the eagles and listen to the whales in the distance or take a kayak out and explore the coast; you never know what you may see!
Only steps from your cabin is one of Alert Bay’s most historic nature trails, where you can walk the the famous boardwalk and experience the mystical surroundings.

Alert Bay • North Island
1.877.974.5457 • 250.974.5457
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Chateau Wolff Estate Winery and Vineyard

2534 Maxey Road • Nanaimo • Central Island
778-441-2625
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Lady Rose Marine Services

Cruise spectacular Barkley Sound on the Frances Barkley. Watch for eagles, cormorants and other seabirds. There maybe sea lions or seals insight or you may be lucky enough to see black bear or whales along the way. There are year-round sailings to Bamfield, and June-September sailings for Ucluelet and the Broken Group. You can also rent kayaks, book a stay at our scenic Sechart Lodge in Barkley Sound, or make a reservation for our convenient Sechart-based connector water taxi. Visit our website for full schedule details.

5425 Argyle Street • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-723-8313
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Mountainaire Campground and RV Park

Fully serviced campsites, fresh clean washrooms, and friendly people.

1092 Spruston Road • Nanaimo • Central Island
1-866-311-CAMP • 250-245-1169
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Pacific Shores

Tucked away next to the peaceful waters of Craig Bay and providing panoramic views of the Salish Sea, Pacific Shores Resort & Spa is the ideal setting for your vacation and all types of celebrations and meetings.

When you choose Pacific Shores Resort and Spa’s breathtaking ocean front location, you will leave your everyday responsibilities behind and discover the serenity of island life.

Pacific Shores is ideal for families, large groups and long term stays with all-suite accommodations and plenty of on-site amenities.

1-1600 Stroulger Road • Nanoose Bay • Central Island
1.855.733.4876
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Paddle West Kayaking

Sea Kayak Day Tour, Multi-day Tours, Rentals in Tofino (Clayoquot Sound) and Ucluelet BC

Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-877-479-3232 • 250-725-3232
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Pender Island

Two islands…countless treasures

Natural beauty at every turn rejuvenates your soul. Come feel the spirit!

Pender Island • Gulf Islands
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Sidney Whale Watching

Located in the middle of the Orca families foraging grounds, making for less travel time and more whale time then departing from anywhere else. Come join the Adventure.

#105-2537 Beacon Ave • Sidney • South Island
250-656-7599
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Kiwi Cove Lodge

Peaceful getaway accommodations with a difference. We grow Kiwi fruit! There are 12 varied guest rooms including pet friendly, wheelchair accessible, and 2 bedroom units. Overlook the kiwi vineyard from your private deck. Explore the 10 acre waterfront property and enjoy the view of Ladysmith Harbour. Whole Lodge bookings are welcome for your retreat, reunion, or wedding. In addition to Lodge accommodations there is Kiwi Cottage which is fully equipped for long stays.

Kiwi Cove Lodge is easy to find and only 20 minutes south of Nanaimo with ferries and airport nearby.

5130 Brenton Page Rd • Ladysmith • Cowichan
1.866.303.5494 • 250.245.8051
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Mary Winspear Centre

The Mary Winspear Centre - the only state-of-the-art event, conference and theatre facility located at the gateway to Vancouver Island. As the ‘heart of the Saanich Peninsula community’, our centre provides a space for residents and visitors to enjoy quality events, theatre, art shows, conferences, programs and celebrations.

2243 Beacon Avenue • Sidney • South Island
250-656-0275
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G.B.S Glass Blowing

Visit our Studio and see a Demonstration and the Art of Hand Blown Glass. Open 10am till 5pm Thursday to Monday.

678 Shawnigan Lake Road • Malahat • South Island
250-743-5666
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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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Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park

Paradise Adventure Fun Park includes two 18-hole world-class mini-golf courses complete with miniature scenes, waterfalls and thousands of plants and flowers.  You will have a chance to soak your friends in the super fun bumper boats with water cannons and don’t forget to check out the games room where the kids can win prizes and test their skills.  Gifts and toys and a café serving ice cream flavours you can only dream about are just inside the Castle.  Look for the large boot or the lighthouse and you have arrived at your fun-filled destination.

375 W. Island Hwy • Parksville • Central Island
(866) 325-1874
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Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd.

Imagine the tranquility of paddling through the Gulf Islands, or of exploring the islands and inlets of the West Coast. Allow yourself to be immersed in Vancouver Island’s stunning nature, rich culture and intriguing history. Enjoy home grown and locally sourced gourmet meals when you join Coastal Bliss Adventures on a hiking or paddling adventure. Develop skills and confidence by taking an instructional program, in your journey to design your own adventures. Our guides and instructors are certified, professional and passionate about sharing the magic of Vancouver Island with you. Start your adventure today by contacting Coastal Bliss Adventures.

4865 Bench Road • Cowichan Bay • Cowichan
1 800 896 9525
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Reel Obsession Fishing Lodge and Charters

World-class BC fishing vacations at our lodge on Vancouver Island. Fishing the legendary waters of Nootka Sound and Esperanza for trophy salmon, halibut, tuna, lingcod, and more. Angling enthusiasts will experience the wild BC coastline in an oceanfront lodge with all the amenities of a large fishing resort. After a day battling fish after fish in beautiful Pacific waters you’ll enjoy west coast hospitality and delectable meals prepared by our chef. With a breathtaking view of the Zeballos inlet, unwind in the hot tub and sauna before a new day of BC’s best saltwater fishing. Our expert guides, consistently big catches, and resort accommodations are the perfect recipe for a Vancouver Island fishing trip that is second to none!

3139 Carran Rd. • Victoria, Zeballos • North Island, South Island
250-886-0315
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Days Inn Victoria Uptown

Located in the heart of Victoria, Days Inn is an ideal place to explore all that the city has to offer being just steps away from kayaking, cycling, and walking trails. The hotel overlooks Victoria's Upper Harbour offering stunning views of the beautiful Gorge Waterway. Guests can enjoy our on-site amenities including an indoor heated pool, saunas, fitness centre, and restaurant. Free parking and wireless internet is also included. With competitive rates and comfortable rooms, Days Inn Victoria is the hotel of choice for business and leisure travelers.

229 Gorge Road East • Victoria • South Island
250-388-6611 • 1-800-565-3777
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The Hospitality Inn

The Hospitality Inn is located in the heart of Port Alberni and offers a unique blend of comfort, charm and professional service to all of our guests. The Hospitality Inn is a full facility, air conditioned hotel that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Our covered, outdoor, salt water, heated pool and hot tub has been very popular with our guests, as has our fitness facility. You will enjoy our hotel dining room, pub, and the hotels private liquor store. We offer complimentary coffee/tea, local calls, newspaper, outdoor parking, and high speed wireless internet access.

3835 Redford St • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250.723.8111 • 1.877.723.8111
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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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Travelodge Nanaimo

96 Terminal Ave • Nanaimo • Central Island
2507546355 • 2507546355
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Travelodge Parksville

A warm West Coast welcome awaits you at the Travelodge Parksville in the heart of friendly Parksville on Vancouver Island. Relax and enjoy hospitality at its best; our friendly, professional staff is committed to making your stay a memorable one. Take the Island Highway North from Nanaimo or Victoria, or South from Courtenay or Campbell River. Located across the street from Parksville's world-famous beach, this family-friendly, corporate-comfortable hotel is an affordable option for the discerning traveller.

424 West Island Hwy • Parksville • Central Island
1.250.248.2232 • 1.800.661.3110
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Victoria Airport/Sidney Travelodge

2280 Beacon Ave. • Sidney • South Island
866 656-1176 • 250 656-1176
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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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Helijet

Get ready to take off on a one-of-a-kind helicopter experience! No visit to Vancouver Island is complete until you soar over the spectacular scenery of the Salish Sea on a scheduled Helijet flight to or from Vancouver. In just minutes you will be witness to the beautiful West Coast nature as Helijet's comfortable 12-seat Sikorsky S76 Helicopters whisk you to your destination. Join the jet set, as you fly between Vancouver Harbour and Downtown Victoria in just 35 minutes or Vancouver and Nanaimo Harbour in just 18 minutes. Call or click to take off with Helijet today!

100 Port Drive • Nanaimo • Central Island
1.800.665.4354
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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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Victoria Distillers

Welcome to one of Canada’s oldest small-batch distilleries – influenced by history and driven by innovation.  We invite you to our new waterfront location in Sidney to learn about the “liquid bar tools” we create in collaboration with talented bartenders, using the world’s best-tasting water (found right here on the Canadian west coast), and the finest ingredients from around the world.  Tour around our gleaming copper pot stills.  Sample our award-winning Victoria Gin and other small-batch spirits.  Then leave with some liquid bar tools of your own and inspiration to raise the bar at home.

9891 Seaport Place • Sidney • South Island
250.544.8217
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Nanaimo Bites and Sights Food Tour

A unique and flavorful walking food tour in downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter.

Participants will enjoy the sights as they stroll to 5-6 locally owned eateries and specialty shops to sample culinary delights. Between each tasting your local experienced guide will introduce guests to the history and architecture of Nanaimo as well as share some fun facts! The delicious food, combined with the people you meet along the way make for a memorable tour!  Why just have lunch make it an experience…..

Walk, Eat, Enjoy!

Tours offered: May-September, Tuesday - Saturday

Nanaimo • Central Island
1-866-736-6343
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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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Cable Cove Inn

This charming getaway in picturesque Tofino is located on the shore of Cable Cove, this couples-only hotel offers views of the cove and Tofino Inlet. Perched at the end of the Pacific Ocean, between old growth forest and windswept beaches, this part of Vancouver Island makes exploring an adventure for everyone, whether you're looking for gourmet cuisine, or a trek through a rainforest where the air smells of moss-covered cedar and salt-soaked hemlock. This cozy boutique inn offers 6 rooms with gas fireplaces, 1 room that sleeps four, luxury linens, 1 king size Yurt, all located in downtown Tofino.

201 Main Street • Tofino • Pacific Rim
250.667.5953
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Chances RimRock Gaming Centre

So much more than just a place to relax and have fun.  Come enjoy slots, bingo and gourmet dining while under the canopy of a Pacific Northwest rainforest.

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-724-7625
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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
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Cedarwood Inn & Suites

Set among award-winning gardens in a quiet, residential area, the Cedarwood is a Sidney BC hotel that provides waterfront accommodation with a difference.

9522 Lochside Drive • Sidney • South Island
1-877-656-5551
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China Creek Campground

• 250 sites: open & wooded
• Excellent views
• Children’s playground
• Washrooms & showers
• Laundry facilities
• Large, natural south facing beach
• Eco adventures at your doorstep
• Nearby access to the world class Alberni Inlet Trail

Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
250-723-9812
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Howard Johnson Port Alberni

We are a nicely appointed 42-room hotel located off River Road (HWY 4 to Ucluelet/Tofino) behind the Petro-Canada Service Station. We are just a one minute walk away from the Fisherman's Harbour, Clutesi Haven Marina and some of the best sport and commercial fishing in Canada and probably the world!

4850 Beaver Creek Road • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
1-800-446-4656 • 250-724-2900
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Somass Motel & RV

5279 River Road • Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
1.800.927.2217
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Kwa’lilas Hotel

Operated by the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw people, the Kwa’lilas Hotel offers an unparalleled experience. Newly opened, the hotel offers exceptional rooms and immerses hotel guests in an aboriginal art and cultural experience, curated by local artists, designers & chefs.

9040 Granville Street • Port Hardy • North Island
1-855-949-8525 • 250-949-8525
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Sea Wolf Adventures Wilderness Lodge

Culturally Immersive Experiences
Wilderness and Wildlife Experiences
Traditional and contemporary cuisine
All inclusive packages; including return airfare
First Nation family owned
Family atmosphere

Departure point: direct flights from Campbell River
to the lodge. Sea taxi from Port McNeill.

Port McNeill • North Island
250-902-WOLF (9653)
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Travelodge Duncan

140 Trans Canada Highway • Duncan • Cowichan
888-858-2200 • (250) 748 4311
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Poets Cove Resort and Spa

The Gulf Island’s Premier Resort

Pender Island • Gulf Islands
1-888-512-POET (7638)