British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia, Canada

Internationally renowned for warm hospitality, gorgeous scenery, and exceptional activities and attractions, the Vancouver Island region is acclaimed by travellers from around the world. So much so, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted Vancouver Island as the Top Island in the Continental US & Canada at the World’s Best 2012 Awards!

Nestled along Canada's West Coast, the Vancouver Island region is a paradise of tranquil islands, pristine coastlines, and emerald forests, where the ever-present Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery and softens the climate. Lush old-growth rainforests where the trees form a cool canopy over hiking trails, sparkling wave-swept beaches that stretch for miles, majestic mountains with glittering glaciers and snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear rivers teeming with fish, sun-dappled lakes surrounded by parkland, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, rolling vistas of farmland and vineyards — it's one awe-inspiring view after another. And whether you are strolling on a beach or cycling a country lane, watching an artist at work or enjoying a seafood feast on a sunny patio, you feel the magic of being on an island surrounded by the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean.

Geographically, the Vancouver Island region is situated less than 20 minutes by air from Vancouver and Seattle. The region encompasses Vancouver Island itself, a huge island measuring 32,261 square kilometres (19,356 square miles) and the location of Victoria, British Columbia's capital city; hundreds of islands and islets, among which are the Gulf Islands and the Discovery Islands; and a sizable portion of the mainland's fjord-like coastline.

Thanks to the warming currents of the Pacific Ocean and the protection of the Coast Mountains, the Vancouver Island region has the mildest climate in Canada, making any time of year an ideal time to visit.

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Places to visit in British Columbia:

Damali Lavender Farm & Bed & Breakfast - Cobble Hill

Visit a lavender farm where you can spend the night. The owners are enthusiasts who will share their love of this small fragile plant, from its collection to its distillation. In addition, the company is now licensed to make wine and wine vinegar.

TeaFarm - North Cowichan

Pastoral site, mini-farm with grass and flowers for spice blends of tea, Tea Farm is the careful combination of a tea company and a hand-crafted ceramics studio, where each teapot is unique in itself. Recently, the company began the commercial production of tea plants (Camellia Sinensis).

Quw'utsun cutural and Conference Centre - Duncan

Duncan also called the "City of Totems", is a city where more than 80 totem poles decorate the streets. At the Quw'utsun cutural and Conference Centre, you will discover the history and culture the Cowichan people. During a guided tour, you will discover an art gallery, craft demonstrations and cultural films and you can even enjoy a traditional meal of salmon and bannock at the Riverwalk Cafe.

BC Forest Discovery Centre - Duncan

This museum, set on 400 square feet of field and forest, traces down the history of the forest industry in BC through fascinating exhibits, illustrating the daily life of the loggers. The ticket will allow you to browse the site by steam train.


Charming little tourist town with a history and culture tailed through 37 giant murals made in the 1980s by Canadian and international artists. Many art galleries and artisan studios, as well as delicious restaurants await you.

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