This page contains a repository for Vancouver Island GPS trail files, namely hiking and biking trails. If you are planning on using a trail during your visit, these will help...
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.
Whale watching trips are a top Island attraction, and expeditions leave from communities all around the Island. Orcas (killer whales), gray whales and humpback whales take centre stage, while dolphins, porpoises and a host of sea life play supporting roles. But you need to know the what's and where's for the best experience...
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.
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.
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.
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.