C ESNOTU RT AH L ISLAND
EXPERIENCE the Wild West Coast
Thrill to the majestic creatures inhabiting local waters
Embark on the outdoor adventure of a lifetime
ere on Vancouver Island, where vast oceans, soaring mountains and towering forests are at your doorstep, outdoor adventures are always close at hand. Whether inspired to climb or cycle,
paddle or pedal, a true West Coast adventure awaits in virtually every Island community. Swoop through the treetops with attractions such as Tofino’s WestCoast Wild Zipline and Nanaimo’s WildPlay, where
Cruise spectacular Barkley Sound on the Frances Barkley. There are yearround sailings to Bamfield, and JuneSeptember sailings for Ucluelet and the Broken Group. You can also rent kayaks, book a stay at our scenic Sechart Lodge in Barkley Sound, or make a reservation for our convenient Sechart-based connector water taxi. Visit our website for full schedule details.
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activities range from bungy jumping to a Monkido obstacle course through the forFRANCES BARKLEY est canopy. A second WildPlay Monkido course is also open in Victoria’s West Shore communities. Near Sooke, also on the South Island, AdrenaLine offers an ATV ride to the top of a thrilling zipline course, featuring two suspension bridges and eight lines across 100 forested acres. Prefer to stay on two feet? From short day hikes to longer adventures, the Island offers hiking options from top to bottom. East Sooke Park, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the West Coast Trail are great choices on the south-west coast. In the north, consider Strathcona Park and the Cape Scott Trail. In Nanaimo, more than 200 parks and trails mean outdoor activiWeb: www.ladyrosemarine.com ties are always close at hand. Check with email@example.com the local Visitor Centre for ideas. Biking is another popular way to Tel: 250-723-8313 (all year) explore the wild West Coast. Explore Toll Free: 1-800-663-7192 Greater Victoria on the family-friendly (April - September) Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, or take to the trail for summer mountain WHALING STATION bike thrills at Mt. Washington, CumberLODGE land, in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley and Victoria. A paddler’s paradise, the Island offers endless inlets and shorelines to explore, with options for beginners to experienced kayakers. As West Coast weather can be changeable and tides tricky, be sure to check with local experts before heading out. A growing interest in caving is bringing more and more visitors to the Central and North Island. Excellent opportunities await at the Horne Lake Caves, offering family excursions to more adventurous outings, at the extensive cave formations in Gold River, and in the North Island, including Huson Regional Park Caves near Zeballos.
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