Hotels in Vancouver Island, Canada
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Vancouver Island was first discovered in the 18th century by the Spanish navigator Juan de la Bodega y Quadra and George Vancouver, a British navy officer. The first area to be developed was Fort Victoria (previously called Fort Camosack) during the mid 1800s. Victoria was soon thriving and, today, is the capital and largest city in the province of British Columbia. The island, like many other parts of Canada, is always ready to welcome visitors. Local developments and the abundance of outdoor activities make this the ideal getaway for the whole family. The hotels in Vancouver Island are also pleasantly affordable and, depending on your budget, you can find anything from hostels to five star luxury accommodation in Vancouver Island.
Outdoor activities in all weather
Whether you plan your visit for the summer or winter months, there's no way that you will feel stuck inside your Vancouver Island hotel room! During the warmer months, you will most likely be in the mood for some swimming and you're in luck since there are several beaches all over the island. These include Qualicum Beach, Long Beach, MacKenzie Beach and Rathtrevor Beach. Other water activities include diving, surfing and boating. For novice boaters, the sheltered waters that lead to the Gulf Islands provide an easy to navigate route as well as plenty of places to anchor your boat and take in the sights. There are also professional cruise companies that offer boat tours of the area if you prefer to sit back and let somebody else guide you across the waters.
Canadians love skiing and, in surroundings such as these, who can blame them? Backcountry ski tours with a skilled guide are best for those who are looking for the best places to ski with the most amazing views of the ocean, Mount Washington, Mount Cain or you could even take a ski tour out to Comox Glacier. The Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Strathcona Provincial Park are two of the top destinations for cross-country skiing and there are plenty of places that welcome snowboarders and other snow activities like snowshoeing along dedicated trails.
If you fancy a hike in some of the country's best natural surroundings, then you have come to the right place! Vancouver Island has a wide variety of national parks that all boast a wonderful selection of hikes for all skill levels. Depending on where you have booked your hotel in Vancouver Island, you can choose to visit such places as the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. The former is known for its West Coast Trail which is known to be the toughest trail in North America. The latter, however, is great for beginners since the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail has several vehicle access points.
Other top things to do in Vancouver Island
Attractions in Vancouver Island range from museums and gardens to landmarks and fantastic shopping. The 800 year old Douglas fir trees in Cathedral Grove are a popular attraction for those who enjoy being surrounded by nature. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney and the Cowichan First Nations at Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre located close to Duncan are both entertaining and educational opportunities fit for the whole family.
Take a walk around the Fisherman's Wharf and visit the local vendors to pick up something delicious to eat, sign up for a tour and hunt for souvenirs. Paradise Fun Park in Parksville is home to over 5,000 flowers, superb waterfalls and other finely crafted attractions as well as fun rides and activities for everyone.
If you come across a farmer's market during your trip, you simply have to stop and take a look around. Enjoy some of the best local produce and keep your eyes open for locally produced wines and cheese in particular. These are the best places to shop for food when your Vancouver Island accommodation is of the self-catering variety. For superb relaxation, visit one of the local wellness centres or take a short boat ride to Hot Springs Cove.