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Vancouver Island, located at the
southernmost corner of British Columbia,
is the largest island on North America's west coast. The island is 286 miles (480 km)
long and stretches from the northern tip of the
Olympic Peninsula of
Washington State to Queen Charlotte Sound.
But the island's true claim to fame is its
provincial capital, Victoria, British
Columbia's second largest city. Known for its Old World ambiance, Victoria
is referred to as B.C.'s "most English city." With one of the largest
collection of 19th century heritage buildings in the country, Victoria
characterizes a world that has all but been lost to the teeming metropolis
Even though Vancouver Island is the most
populated island in the province, it is still largely rural, commanded by
sweeping vistas of forests and rolling pastureland. Most of the population
is clustered in small cities along the scenic east coast of the island. The
First Nations villages of Tofino and
Ucluelet, on the island's west coast, are best known for the Pacific Rim
Whale Festival that takes place annually in March. At the northern tip of
the island, small communities such as Port McNeill offer a glimpse of the
art and traditions of remote First Nations communities.
Travelers can reach the island from several
mainland ports in Canada and the United States. For information about ferry
schedules and locations, please see our link to BC Ferries. For information
about traveling from Anacortes, Washington to Victoria, please check out our
link to Washington State Ferries.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
British Columbia by Andrew Hempstead. Every Moon guidebook includes
recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area, and
city-centered maps. Complete with guidance on whale-watching near
Telegraph Cove, hiking the Stanley Glacier Trail, and camping near Mount
Robson, Moon British Columbia gives travelers the tools they need to
create a more personal and memorable experience.
Columbia Wine Country by John Schreiner, Author and Kevin Miller,
Photographer. Through a blend of color photography and stories of the
personalities behind the bottles, the book presents a rare opportunity
to meet the remarkable people who have established British Columbia's
best wineries and vineyards. Chapters focus on wine regions in the
Okanagan Valley, the Lower Mainland, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver
Island, inviting readers to enjoy picturesque landscapes, portraits of
leading winemakers and a detailed description of the province's wine
British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies by Bill Rae, Author and
Donald Olson, Contributor. This brand-new edition to the Frommer series
takes travelers through all the highlights, including all the best
eco-adventures: whale watching by kayak, sailing a ketch into the worlds
only grizzly bear reserve, and hiking in misty, primordial old-growth
forests and along wilderness beaches.
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