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Tofino: Sand, Surf and Emerald Forests

What is it about this small community of only several hundred residents that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year? Is it the dense, richly hued temperate rainforests covering steep slopes and rising into the mists? Or is it the rhythmic, soothing rollers hypnotically breaking against the beaches...

Island Maps and Guides

Our Victoria Travel Guide provides close to 170 pages of detailed information on trip activities and travel information in and around Victoria, both on and off the beaten path. This guide is your essential 2013 planning and trip tool for must see and do activities in Victoria from marine adventures to afternoon tea.

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Browse the map navigator for trip ideas throughout the Island. Click on the map navigator icons in the areas you are interested in visiting for further information and to connect to related articles on this site.

Cowichan Valley Trail & Kinsol Trestle

The Cowichan Valley Trail is truly a gem amongst the easily accessible trails on Vancouver Island. One of the big draws of the Cowichan Valley Trail is the Kinsol Trestle that spans the Koksilah River several kilometres north of Lake Cowichan. The trail was on my bucket list, so when one of my riding buddies suggested we tour it with our cyclocross bikes, I was all in.

Hot Springs Cove

Headed to Tofino? Make sure to add Hot Springs Cove to the itinerary. The remote pools lie in a unique and spectacular setting, cascading over a waterfall and into a series of natural pools in a large rock cleft leading directly to the ocean. The springs are located on Vancouver Island at the north end of spectacular Clayoquot Sound in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park.

Telegraph Cove Means Marine Adventure

The historic boardwalk town of Telegraph Cove sits at the gateway to the beautiful Broughton Archipelago and upper reaches of Johnstone Strait—an area renowned for a large population of orcas and a host of other wildlife. A North Island destination, Telegraph Cove provides a launch pad for kayakers, fishermen, boaters and day-trippers eager to see a pod of orcas or try their hand at salmon or halibut fishing.

Visit Bamfield for Natural Beauty

If you genuinely want to get away from it all for a true West Coast experience, along with stunning scenery and fresh air from thousands of kilometres of Pacific Ocean, Bamfield should be on your radar. One of the few remaining raised boardwalk communities on Vancouver Island, Bamfield lies in relatively unspoiled wilderness on a sheltered inlet in Barkley Sound, adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park.

Wine Competitions Demystified

What do all Those Wine Competition Medals Mean Anyway? We have all seen wineries proudly proclaim that their wines received a medal at this or that competition, and you will undoubtedly see this during tours of Vancouver Island wineries. While generally it means the wine is better than average, it is helpful to know the basics of wine judging and how medals and rankings are determined. It can also assist with awareness in your own wine sampling during your Vancouver Island wine tour.

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Things to do on Vancouver Island

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Hot Springs Cove: 49.361799, -126.265334
Kinsol Trestle: 48.668880, -123.693953
Juan de Fuca Trail—China Beach Terminus: 48.433717, -124.093323
Juan de Fuca Trail—Botannical Beach Terminus: 48.532700, -124.443984
Meares Island Big Tree Trail: 49.149422, -125.875168
Bamfield: 48.832959, -125.141273
Tofino: 49.152423, -125.905937
Victoria: 48.442655, -123.359276
Chemainus: 48.926620, -123.722528
Telegraph Cove: 50.545032, -126.833552

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