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Welcome to Victoria & Vancouver Island

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Fishing Tidal and fresh water sport fishing licenses are required and must be carried on your person while fishing. Full regulations and licenses can be obtained from most sporting goods stores and fishing outfitters. Border Crossing Information U.S. residents need a passport to cross into Canada and return to the U.S. American Custom Regulations After 48 hours stay in Canada, Americans are allowed $800 duty-free merchandise once every 31 days for personal use. Less than 48 hours stay, the allowance is $200 of merchandise. Canada Border Services For detailed information, call (800) 461-9999 (while in Canada) or (204) 983-3500 (from the U.S.).

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VICTORIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND Welcome to

The historic seaport city of Victoria surrounds its Inner Harbour on the southeastern shores of Vancouver Island. As a provincial capital of more than 330,000 in the region, the city is one of Canada’s most vibrant. Its temperate climate and world-class attractions make Victoria a favorite of visitors all year. Besides major airlines that fly in and out of Victoria International

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An essential part of the Victoria experience is discovery. While the Inner Harbour is the city’s heart and soul, Victoria’s other distinctive districts are worth the time to explore as well. Surrounding the Inner Harbour are the historic Empress Hotel (a Fairmont property) and the British Columbia Parliament Building. Whether staying at The Empress or not, many visitors explore the 1908 chateau-style structure with its ivy-clad façade and take traditional afternoon tea. At the British Columbia Parliament Building, visitors can take a free guided tour to learn the history of the late-19th-century building topped with 33 domes as well as the workings of the parliamentary government. Victoria’s downtown retail core runs north from the Inner Harbour along Government Street, where Bay Centre and several boutique stores and restaurants keep shoppers entertained. Crossing Government Street, Lower Johnson Street (LoJo) is a popular, walkable hub for contemporary shops, antiques and dining. Beyond the Chinatown Gate on the northern edge of downtown, visitors can explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

This must-see neighborhood is a mélange of traditional Chinese restaurants and shops, contemporary West Coast dining and enticing tea rooms. The harbour ferries in the Inner Harbour take passengers to James Bay, home of Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf. At this working harbour wharf, visitors find food kiosks, unique shops and can even take an eco-tour adventure.

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Victoria’s largest city park, Beacon Hill Park, is an easy stroll from the Inner Harbour. This historic, 62-acre gem on the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca was established in 1882, and has been Victoria’s elegant urban garden ever since. On a jaunt to Oak Bay, visitors find a waterfront district with a small village feel. Art galleries, an array of dining options and plenty if interesting shops to browse make Oak Bay a pleasant discovery away from the downtown core.

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Whether on foot, by double-decker bus, bicycle or kayak, Victoria is a sightseer’s (and photographer’s) paradise. Guided tours showcase the best, tastiest, most adventurous and even quirkiest parts of Victoria. A popular way to take in Victoria’s city sights is on a double-decker bus with an open second tier for best viewing. Narrators know the city well and, by the time the tour is over, guests will too. There are several operators. Two of the most popular are: Gray Line Sightseeing and CVS Tours. For those who prefer to see the city on foot, Discover the Past Walking Tours takes guests on narrated tours of Chinatown, on an exploration of the city’s historical sites, and on a journey to Victoria’s most haunted places. Hike Victoria Tours picks guests up at their hotel and takes them on an expert-guided hike. Guests can choose from moderate to easy hikes and can opt for a lunch stop at a local cidery. Visitors who prefer a twowheeled tour take a guided bicycle tour around Victoria

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GET OUTDOORS With a temperate climate and stunning scenery, Victoria is known for outdoor recreation, much of it year-round. Many visitors appreciate the city and its surroundings by adding an outdoor activity to their itinerary. This can range from a round of golf at one of Victoria’s scenic courses to adrenaline-charged thrills on a zip line. Golfers have many courses to choose from, offering an array of challenges and settings. No matter a golfer’s skill level, there’s a course for them. Bear Mountain Resort has a 36-hole, Nicklaus-designed course: The rugged and challenging Mountain Course and the less challenging Valley Course. The award-winning Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is 40 minutes from Victoria in Cowichan Valley wine country; the course is known for three of the most demanding finishing golf holes on Vancouver Island. Other Victoria courses popular with visiting golfers are Olympic View Golf Club and Cedar Hill

Inner Harbour, specializes in guided salmon and halibut fishing excursions. They operate all year, and run half- or full-day charters. For adrenaline-filled forest adventures, exploring the canopy on a challenge course or zipline is the way to go. WildPlay Elements Park has it all high up in the trees: 12 ziplines, 60 aerial games and a 40-foot jump. AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventures in Sooke offers eight ziplines and guided ziplining tours high above a temperate rain forest with great ocean and mountain views.

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VICTORIA SHOPPING and MUSEUMS Victoria offers plenty of options for in-city entertainment, including one-of-a-kind shopping, museums and heritage sites.

One could do nothing else in Victoria but visit the city’s museums, parks and heritage sites and easily fill an entire week. The Hatley Park National Historic Site has 565 acres of lush gardens, old-growth forests and an impressive 1908 Edwardian castle. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia celebrates the city’s and the province’s deep maritime roots,

a fascinating experience for anyone interested in early marine exploration of the region and the maritime heritage and events that followed. The Royal British Columbia Museum is a must-see on the Inner Harbour, with its world-class First Nations artifact collection, compelling exhibits about British Columbia’s natural and cultural history, and an IMAX theatre. Other museums worth a visit are the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle and, a kid favorite, Victoria Bug Zoo.

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On a stroll in the downtown shopping core through Bay Centre and along Government and Johnson Streets, shoppers discover everything from mainstream stores to unique boutiques, with cafes, tea shops and pubs sprinkled throughout for a refreshment break. For local color and unique finds, shoppers head to Chinatown and Fan Tan Alley the narrowest street in Canada, lined with an eclectic collection of independent shops. On a shopping trip to the Oak Bay district, visitors discover fine art galleries, boutique shops and bookstores in this waterfront community.

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SIDNEY and SAANICH PENINSULA Sidney-by-the-Sea is a charming town near the north end of Saanich Peninsula, about 26 miles from Victoria. The ferry to and from Anacortes, Washington, arrives in Sidney, making it the first destination many Americans see when visiting Vancouver Island. Sidney Booktown is a locally famous district in downtown Sidney with a concentration of bookstores. For literary visitors and book collectors, this is a main attraction. One of the region’s top attractions and a favorite of youngsters, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is billed as the “Aquarium of the Salish Sea.” There, visitors come face to face with more than 150 species that live in the local waters. The renowned Butchart Gardens is a popular destination for a day trip from Victoria. The gardens occupy a former family estate and abandoned limestone quarry. They include a lavishly landscaped sunken garden, rose garden, concert lawn, Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden and Italian garden. Butchart Gardens has fine dining in the former family residence; visiting the gardens and staying for Afternoon Tea (in spring or summer) or High Tea (in fall and winter) is a lovely way to experience Butchart Gardens.

At Victoria Butterfly Gardens (near Butchart Gardens), visitors walk among more than 3,000 butterflies and several species of tropical birds in an environment of tropical vegetation. Shuttles, tours and public transportation run frequently from Victoria to both Butchart Gardens and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Gray Line Sightseeing and CVS Tours both operate tours to the gardens. Another reason to visit Saanich Peninsula is to experience its winery-cidery-spirits trail on your own or with a guide. Tasting rooms worth a stop are: Church & State Wines, de Vine Vineyards, Victoria Spirits and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

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Nanaimo is your starting point for epic outdoor fun on Vancouver Island. Natural wonders fuel some pretty incredible adventures here. Take a deep breath and take in a real island experience in Nanaimo. There are mountains to summit, calm bays to paddle, and hidden waterfalls to discover. Get to the edge of your comfort zone and see what story you’ll bring home.

Getting Here The trip to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island is gorgeous no matter what route you take. BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay & Tsawwassen terminal, float planes, helicopters and commercial flights run from Vancouver to Nanaimo. From Washington State you can catch Washington State Ferries or the Black Ball Ferry to Victoria then drive 90 minutes north to Nanaimo.


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Hike to Ammonite Falls or summit Mt. Benson The views from both are absolutely awe-inspiring.

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Stroll along the Harbourfront Walkway Stop to swim in the lagoon, watch locals crabbing on the pier, or catch an outdoor concert.

See a sunset at Neck Point Park An easy loop trail skirts the ocean shore and leads to spectacular viewpoints.

Eat at Canada’s only floating pub Get there on downtown’s tiny 10-min. passenger ferry to Protection Island.

Snorkel with the harbour seals Guided tours gear you up and put you face-toface with these playful creatures.

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Bungee jump or zip line over a canyon Fly through the West Coast rainforest above the Nanaimo River canyon.

Kayak around Newcastle Island Ride the ferry waves, see unusual sandstone formations, and watch for seals.

See spawning salmon In the fall head to Nanaimo River or Bowen Park’s Millstone River fish ladder.

Drive the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail A country road leads to studios, galleries, a honey farm, cranberry bog and more.


Must - See Beaches

Island Hoppi ng

Where Nanaimo meets the ocean you’ll

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find a mostly rocky coastline with playful

whisk you away to three great islands

harbour seals and colourful tide pools.

in 20 minutes or less.

Here are a few favourite local spots:

Newcastle Island (Saysutshun) – This forested island on

A wide crescent, Departure Bay Beach is

traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation territory has no

always active with float planes and huge

cars or roads. Beautiful beaches and hiking trails lead

ferries coming and going. Windsurfing and

to aboriginal village sites, sandstone quarries, and coal

building driftwood forts are popular activ-

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ities at Pipers Lagoon Beach. The sandiest spot is at Blueback Beach during low tide.

Protection Island – Residents of this tiny community get around by foot, bike or golf cart. The floating pub and museum are worth the trip. Gabriola Island – Here you can kayak beneath unusual coastal sandstone formations, swim at sandy beaches,

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and follow the artist studio trail.


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Top Biking Trails

Most unusual natural wonder: The Abyss Trail

Best for long rides: Parkway Trail

This hike takes you to the “Abyss,� an earthquake

This 20-km paved, tree-lined trail runs adjacent

fissure wide enough to fall into.

to the Parkway Highway.

Highest peak: Mt. Benson Trails

Lakeview favourite: Westwood Lake Trails

Trek to the 1,000m summit of Mt. Benson for

Follow the 5.5km loop trail around the lake or

panoramic views of Nanaimo, the ocean, and

connect with the more hard core Mt. Benson

Coast Mountains.

foothills network.

Favourite dog off-leash: Cable Bay Trail

Technical single-track: Doumont Trails

Follow this lush forest trail to see a surging narrow

This extensive forested area offers a wide variety

ocean pass and hear barking sea lions.

of downhill and cross-country

Prettiest waterfall: Ammonite Falls Trail

trails.

Grab a knotted rope at the end of the ravine trail and ease your way down to the base of the falls.

This 800-acre green space in the heart of Nanaimo features a lake, creeks, and ridges to climb.

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Biggest urban wilderness: Linley Valley Trails


• Watch free movies and concerts in Maffeo Sutton Park.

Spring • Explore Bowen Park’s blooming rhododendron grove. • See gushing waterfalls on several local hiking trails. Summer • Snorkel and swim in the crystal clear Nanaimo River.

Fall • Head to the country for a corn maze and pumpkin patch hayride. • See salmon spawn in the Nanaimo River or Millstone River. Winter • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride under downtown’s lights. • Scuba dive on shipwrecks in the clearest waters of the year.

Nanaimo Bar Trail Sample various renditions of Nanaimo’s triple-layered chocolate square. There’s a cheesecake version, a martini, a spring roll, and even a Nanaimo Bar pedicure. BC Ale Trail Three Nanaimo craft breweries are featured on this 100-brewery route. Indulge in Nanaimo’s famous

One Nanaimo tasting room features ales named after local places.

namesake treat and discover other delights on these trails:

Cedar/Yellow Point Artisan Trail Cruise along rural roads dotted with artists’ studios and gift cottages, galleries, produce markets, herb and honey farms, and plant nurseries.

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Where to Eat Nanaimo serves up delicious cuisine in

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Where to Stay Make Nanaimo your base for adventure. Try one of these Nanaimo Hospitality Association member properties. Book accommodations and learn more at ExploreNanaimoBC.com Harbour Light Motel Inn On Long Lake

Northgate Inn

Island View Bed & Breakfast

Buccaneer Inn

The Marinaside Resort

Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel

Painted Turtle Guesthouse

The Grand Hotel

Port-O-Call Inn & Suites

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Ramada Inn

Coast Bastion Hotel

Royal Motel

unforgettable settings. You can eat fish and

Bluebird Motel

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chips on the dock or cut into a prime rib at an

Castaway Motel

upscale waterfront restaurant. Feel like you’re

Colonial Motel

Waterfront Suites & Marina

part of the family at a Greek restaurant in a

Days Inn

100-year-old heritage home downtown. From

Departure Bay Motel

inside the tower of an old brick firehouse you can

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try inventive sushi rolls. Locals love the meat pies at a cozy English pub with exposed beams and huge stone fireplaces. Where to Shop Looking for a unique souvenir? Three distinct downtown shopping districts – the Waterfront District, the Arts District, and the Old City Quarter just up the hill – have boutiques with aboriginal art and gifts, jewellery made from sea glass, Nanaimo Bar soap, and more. Nanaimo is also home to several shopping centres that line the old Island Highway 19A.

Perfect Daytrips Nanaimo is an ideal home base for day tripping. Several top Vancouver Island attractions are only 30-60 minutes away by car: • Cowichan Valley’s Wine Trail • Sandy beaches in Parksville & Qualicum Beach • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park • Historic murals in downtown Chemainus • Goats on the roof at Coombs’ Old Country Market • 800-yr-old trees in Cathedral Grove


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Visit NANAIMO About 1.5 hours north of Victoria, the city of Nanaimo is the gateway to Vancouver Island’s communities along the eastern shore. And, as Vancouver Island’s second largest city, there are plenty of reasons to make Nanaimo a main destination. Nanaimo’s quaint downtown has a Main Street vibe with independent shops and cafes and a scenic waterfront. A delightful confection, the Nanaimo Bar, helped make Nanaimo a household name; today, visitors can indulge in a sugar rush by taking the self-guided Nanaimo Bar Trail, a map to dozens of establishments in the city, many serving their own variations of the treat. This is a sweet way to explore the city. A lower-calorie way to explore Nanaimo and surroundings is by sailing on a catamaran or cruising in a hovercraft with Island Marine Adventures. This is an adventuresome way to experience Nanaimo’s natural setting and resident wildlife. Vancouver Island’s craft brewery scene is exploding, and Nanaimo is a locus of much of the action. A guided craft brewery tour with Canadian Craft Tours takes guests to three Nanaimo breweries – Wolf, Longwood and White Sails – for 3.5 hours of sampling, behind-the-scenes brewery tours and learning the secrets behind the craft beers.

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Driving north of Campbell River, visitors come to the tiny hamlet of Telegraph Cove, a historic fishing and cannery settlement on Vancouver Island. It’s since become a hub for ecotourism. Fishing, kayaking and wildlife watching are the main draws here. North Island Kayak guides short, family-friendly kayaking tours,

half- and full-day tours, and multi-day excursions for the more adventuresome traveler. Stubbs Island Whale Watching provides enjoyable and educational marine and wildlife adventures. Farther north, Port McNeil is the gateway to the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rain Forest, and Port Hardy sits on the edge of Queen Charlotte Strait. Both are sport fishing and ecotourism centers with guides available to take visitors on the perfect north Vancouver Island adventure. The north island coastal region is rich in First Nations history and culture and is also known for resorts that offer fishing charters and guided adventure excursions.

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and Subtidal Adventures guides motorized tours out to sea to spot whales. About 40 minutes north, the popular community of Tofino is in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Nature, numerous festivals, exceptional local food, wildlife watching, surfing and winter storm watching are the main draws in Tofino. Visitors can take surfing lessons, paddle a longboat with a First Nations guide, dine at some of Canada’s most acclaimed restaurants and relax in an amazing natural setting. Tofino Sea Kayaking guides paddlers out onto Clayoquot Sound. Jamie’s Whaling Station guides whale-watching tours with guaranteed sightings.

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Two agricultural valleys grace Vancouver Island with small tourist-friendly towns, farm-fresh foods and, quaint lodging and plenty of outdoor recreation. They are Cowichan Valley, between Victoria and Nanaimo, and Comox Valley, located north of Nanaimo.

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The towns of Cowichan and Duncan are the main towns in Cowichan Valley. This region is characterized by a climate that has been described as Mediterranean. A tour through this valley often takes visitors face to face with artisan cheesemakers, bakers, farmers and winemakers who welcome people curious about where wholesome food comes from. In the village of Cowichan, a waterfront community on Cowichan Bay, visitors flock to artisan culinary shops. In Duncan, visitors take a self-guided tour of the remarkable collection of 40 authentic First Nations totem poles erected throughout the town. A main attraction is approximately 20 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries that are sprinkled throughout the valley, most with on-site tasting rooms. Between Nanaimo and Comox Valley, the town of Coombs is home to the Coombs Country Market, a collection of farm stands, restaurants and artisan shops. A fun market attraction is the spectacle of goats grazing on a grassy roof. Continuing north, Comox Valley is home to the towns of

Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox. Cumberland is a tiny mountain biking destination nestled against the mountains. Quaint shops, a craft brewery, and excellent farm-to table cafes pepper the historic downtown. Courtenay serves at the commercial and shopping hub of the valley, while Comox is a waterfront town that connects travelers to the mainland by ferry. As in Cowichan Valley, small wineries, craft breweries and visitor-friendly farms cover Comox Valley. A great way to explore the Comox Valley is by bicycle, and Island Joy Rides guides several themed, two-wheeled tours throughout the valley. Pedalers can opt for single- or multi-day tours. Visitors are generally surprised to learn that Vancouver Island has more than 1,600 caves. Comox Valley is home to some of the most accessible at Horne Lake Caves. Guided cave tours are available.

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Things to see and do in Victoria and Vancouver Island.