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.
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Accommodation choices for Vancouver Island
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