Covered from head to toe in emerald rainforest, Vancouver Island lies just off Canada’s west coast. Far from the cityscape of Vancouver, just over the water, the island has retained a landscape wild enough to sustain black bears, an endemic subspecies of grey wolf, and bald eagles. Our Canada specialists will use their first-hand experience to help you plan where to go on your trip to Vancouver Island. You could take a Zodiac from Tofino in search of foraging bears, explore First Nations culture in northern Vancouver Island, or hike through old-growth forest trickling with waterfalls along the island’s mountainous spine.Whale watching trips give you an opportunity to see pods of orcas, which are permanent residents off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital. During the summer, you can also spot migratory humpback and Pacific grey whales in Clayoquot Sound, where you might be joined by dolphins, sea lions and otters. In the north, Campbell River is one of the best places for salmon fishing, while Port Hardy is a gateway to remote bear lodges.
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 69 kilometers away
- Salt Spring Island 173 kilometers away
- Vancouver 176 kilometers away
- Whistler 192 kilometers away
- Bella Coola 322 kilometers away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 427 kilometers away
- Princess Royal Island 439 kilometers away
- The Cariboo 449 kilometers away
Our expert guides to exploring Vancouver Island
Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Vancouver Island, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Vancouver Island at its best.
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.