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...
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.
Hiking the west coast of Vancouver Island always leaves me in awe of the spectacular setting and wishing I could share it with the younger members of the family. The Juan de Fuca Trail provides such an opportunity, and is a spectacular West Coast hiking and camping destination for either day hikes or multi-day expeditions.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
For years, I had wanted to go to Meares Island to see the huge cedar and spruce trees around which so much controversy was swirling in the 1980’s. During a recent visit to Tofino, I finally had the opportunity to visit these ancient giants, some of which are 1500-2000 years old.
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.