Vancouver Island is located off the West Coast of mainland Canada. At 290 miles in length and 50 miles wide, it is the world’s 43rd largest island and a place that manages to condense most of the highlights of Canada.
By far the island’s greatest asset is its prolific wildlife; every March some 20,000 grey whales migrate north within sight of the coast.
Dining on Vancouver Island
In recent years a plethora of excellent, locally owned restaurants have also sprung up over Vancouver Island bringing a tantalising range of menus for the visitor to sample.
History and culture
There have been First Nations settlers on Vancouver Island for more than 10,000 years, and today this ancient culture is thriving once more. Nowhere exemplifies this better than the tiny community at Alert Bay on little Cormorant Island.
Places to visit in Vancouver Island
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Vancouver Island, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Vancouver Island
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Vancouver Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Vancouver Island
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Vancouver Island
- Campbell River Vancouver Island
- Northern Vancouver Island Vancouver Island
- Port Hardy Vancouver Island
- Tofino Vancouver Island
- Victoria Vancouver Island
- The Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound 43 miles away
- Salt Spring Island 108 miles away
- Vancouver 110 miles away
- Whistler 120 miles away
- Bella Coola 200 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 265 miles away
- Princess Royal Island 273 miles away
- The Cariboo 279 miles away
Accommodation choices for Vancouver Island
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Vancouver Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.