The town of Chemainus is known worldwide by their moniker “the little town that did”. It is a fine example of an Island town reinventing itself in the face of grave economic challenges. The town now boasts over forty spectacular open-air murals and the Chemainus Theatre Festival which offers year-round entertainment from a professional cast and crew plus guest artists from all over North America.
Be sure to visit the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail that runs along the rugged coastline in Uclulet. The trail, suitable for all users, provides breathtaking views of the Pacific as it winds around a craggy, windswept shoreline.
From castles to world class museums, Victoria has attractions aplenty to keep you busy. Must-see attractions include famous Butchart Gardens, and no trip would be complete without experiencing tea in the afternoon at one of Victoria's tea houses.
If you are up to the challenge, abundant outdoor adventures in Victoria and surrounding communities are waiting in the wings, from adventures among the treetops to the bottom of the sea and everything in between. Surrounded by water on three sides, activities of the nautical type are a centre attraction in the capital city.
Victoria has numerous indoor and outdoor activities for children that will burn off energy and foster imagination. Craigdarroch Castle and the Royal BC Museum as mentioned in Popular attractions are indoor favourites. Outside fun includes Fort Rod Hill, numerous beaches and Wildplay Element Parks.
Victoria is known as The Garden City for good reason. The secret recipe includes a temperate, moist climate making an ideal growing environment for many types of plants and trees, and a high percentage of retirees who love to garden. To view beautiful Victoria gardens, you don't necessarily need to go to a tourist attraction.
When it comes to cultural activities in Victoria, the list is endless. From international visiting music and theatre productions, to numerous art galleries, artisans and local artist guilds. Four theatres provide the main theatre and music venues for the city.
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...
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.
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.