Just over 100 miles west of Vancouver, lies the picturesque Vancouver Island. Studded with quaint fishing villages and quiet towns, the island is home to just over 700,000 people. With plenty of ocean-front retreats, visitors flock to discover coastal British Columbia and its long-standing fishing heritage.
The stunning harbour-side city of Victoria is the arrival point for the majority of visitors, but further north lies untamed wilderness and local villages right on the water’s edge. Before venturing further in-land, we recommend exploring all that Victoria has to offer, from the stunning and well-manicured Butchart Gardens, to the bright blue twinkling waters of the ocean many Orcas call their home.
Tofino sits on the island’s more rugged western coastline, overlooking the Clayoquat Sound, full of outdoor surf-loving enthusiasts and surrounded by untamed nature. Opportunities for outdoor adventure are endless, with activities such as fishing, kayaking, bird watching and hiking on offer. Morning walks along the beach, afternoon whale watching trips and a delicious three-course dinner in one of the best restaurants-with-a-view is our version of a perfect day in this small frontier town.
On the eastern side of this beautiful island, Campbell River lies at the south end of Discovery Passage and is also known as the Salmon Capital of the world. Fly-fishing, guided salmon fishing, kayaking and Orca watching are our favourite activities here, making Campbell River a must-see destination for ocean and outdoor lovers.
When to go
Vancouver Island has a varied climate, with different towns in different parts of the island experiencing vast weather differences. The best time to visit is during the summer months, where the weather warms up considerably and it is typically mild and sunny each day. The months of June, July and August are also the driest, but be sure to pack for light rain and chilly breezes for the evening, especially if you're heading up to Tofino or Campbell River.