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Explore Beautiful Vancouver Island

Whether you have a yearning to be on the ocean, the salty water spraying up over the railings, or alone on top of a mountain with nothing but your thoughts, Vancouver Island has you covered.

Nearby Attractions

Goldstream Provincial Park

Langford, 7.4 km away

Goldstream Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is known for the annual fall salmon runs in the Goldstream River, and the large numbers of bald eagles that congregate to feed at that time.

Spectacle Lake Provincial Park

Cowichan Valley, 7.9 km away

Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, comprising c. 54 ha. and located southeast of Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island.

Memory Island Provincial Park

Shawnigan Lake, 14 km away

Memory Island Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located at the South end of Shawnigan Lake on Southern Vancouver Island.

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Victoria Capital Regional District, 14.8 km away

Part of the Trans Canada Trail which traverses the country, the Galloping Goose and Peninsula Trails form one of the most picturesque trail systems in Canada. Dedicated in 1989, the Galloping Goose Trail is named for a gawky and noisy gas rail-car which carried passengers between Victoria and Sooke in the 1920's.

The Butchart Gardens

Central Saanich, 14.9 km away

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The gardens receive over a million visitors each year.

Bamberton Provincial Park

Mill Bay, 14.9 km away

For years, the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The inviting water and the 225-metre long sandy beach have also made nearby Bamberton Provincial Park an ideal spot for parents to bring their families.

Western Speedway

Langford, 15.3 km away

Western Speedway is located just outside Victoria, British Columbia, in the All Fun Recreation Park which features go-karts, batting cages, and mini golf.

Lone Tree Hill Park

Victoria, 15.4 km away

From the summit (364 m) of this small park, enjoy views of the Malahat, the Highlands, Victoria and the distant Olympic Mountains.

Thetis Lake Regional Park

View Royal, 16.4 km away

Another of the many Capital Region Lake Parks, this is a very popular spot for families as it features a beautiful sandy beach. The park is actually comprised of two lakes-Upper and Lower Thetis. There is a 4.9 kilometer trail around lake as well as a dog beach. The trails are clearly marked with picnic areas along the way.

Coast Collective Art Centre

Colwood, 16.4 km away

The Coast Collective Arts Centre is a dynamic, inspiring centre promoting art and culture Formed in late 2008, In January 2016, the Coast Collective Arts Centre opened in our new custom-built gallery, artisan gift shop and classroom co-located with the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Colwood’s town centre.

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Highlands, 17.6 km away

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. Its 1219 ha is located within the District Municipality of Highlands.

Hatley Park National Historic Site

Colwood, 17.9 km away

Elizabethan-style castle completed in 1910, with manicured gardens, a museum & a gift shop.

West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park

Shawnigan Lake, 18 km away

This small day-use park provides a sanctuary for Douglas fir forest, as well as lakeside beach access on the northwest shores of Shawnigan Lake. This popular summer recreation area offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including swimming, paddling and fishing in the trout-stocked waters. It’s also an idyllic place to enjoy a family picnic.

Bear Mountain Golf Resort

Langford, 18.4 km away

Bear Mountain is a golf resort and adjacent community straddling the boundary between the City of Langford and the District of Highlands, in the Western Communities of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Wildplay Element Parks

Victoria, 18.7 km away

All kinds of cool obstacles – up high in the sky. Way, way up above your head, there’s an obstacle course where we throw everything at you: log ladders, ziplines, cargo nets, rope swings, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges. Dozens of suspended surprises are up there, becoming more challenging the higher you get. But stick with it, you’ll learn as you go.

Shawnigan Lake Museum

Shawnigan Lake, 19.4 km away

Their mission is sharing the passion for Shawnigan Lake — past, present and future. Their Vision is to connect community and visitors with the Shawnigan Lake Experience.

Kerry Park Recreation Centre

Shawnigan, 20.1 km away

As part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District's Community Services Department, we are one of the five public recreation centres in the Cowichan Valley, located 45 minutes north of Victoria in beautiful Mill Bay, British Columbia.  We have an Ice Arena, Recreation Programs for all ages, Curling Rink, Meeting Spaces, Skateboard Park, One Multipurpose Field, Two Baseball Diamonds, Playground and Picnic Shelter, Food & Beverage Department, and an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Colwood, 20.5 km away

A National Historic Site, Fort Rodd Hill is a coast artillery fort built in the late 1890s to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. The Fort includes three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements. There are numerous interpretive signs and audio-visual stations, as well as period furnished rooms and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts, and much more.

Francis King Regional Park

Victoria, 21.2 km away

This park is an ideal place for visitors of all abilities to explore nature. It features eleven kilometers of gentle woodland trails, a spring wildflower meadows, a nature center, and a meeting room.

Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Esquimalt, 21.6 km away

Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) is located 10 km west of Victoria, British Columbia. Esquimalt Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon located at the southern end of Vancouver Island. The surrounding upland is wooded, with coniferous coastal forests interspersed with lands cleared for buildings and related uses.

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

Esquimalt, 22 km away

The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum is located at Naden on Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, in the city of Victoria. The museum's goal is to collect, preserve, interpret and display the history and heritage of the naval presence on Canada’s West Coast, and of the military on Southern Vancouver Island. The museum exhibits focus on four distinct military groups that have made an impact on Canada's history and left a lasting heritage.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Saanich, 23.7 km away

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a nature reserve located in Saanich, British Columbia. The sanctuary includes a lake, adjacent marshy lowlands, and a nature centre, as well as a good part of the summit regions of Christmas Hill.

Kinsol Trestle

Vancouver Island, 24.2 km away

The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island north of Shawnigan Lake in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River.

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

Central Saanich, 25.4 km away

The Elk/Beaver Regional Park is a 1,072 acres park in Saanich, British Columbia, containing Elk Lake and Beaver Lake. Elk/Beaver Lake was known as the "Freshwater Playground of Victoria" in its heyday, the 1930s and 1940s.

Victoria Bug Zoo

Victoria, 25.9 km away

The Victoria Bug Zoo is a two-room minizoo that is located in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, just one block north of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Victoria's Inner Harbor

Victoria, 26 km away

The Victoria Harbour - including the Inner Harbour - is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. The harbour has had a long history, starting with its use by First Nations. Recreational vessels and small cruise ships can moor in the centre of this famous heritage city, just steps from its historic streets and distinctive architecture. During the summer months, the harbour is the focus of festivals, shows and music.

​​The Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Victoria, 26 km away

The Maritime Museum of BC engages people with the maritime culture and history of the Pacific Northwest through rotating exhibits, educational and community-based programs, research services, and more.

Royal BC Museum

Victoria, 26.1 km away

Founded in 1886, the Royal British Columbia Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The museum is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Royal Theatre

Victoria, 26.1 km away

The Royal Theatre is an opera house and concert hall located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was designed in 1912 by William D’Oyly Hamilton Rochfort and Eben W. Sankey.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Victoria, 26.1 km away

The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and are home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Robert Bateman Centre

Victoria, 26.2 km away

Art gallery exhibiting the collected works of renowned painter & naturalist Robert Bateman.

Beacon Hill Park

Victoria, 26.6 km away

Beacon Hill Park is a 75 ha park located along the shore of Juan de Fuca Strait in Victoria, British Columbia.

Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada

Victoria, 26.7 km away

The Empress Hotel is an early-20th-century stone hotel, constructed in the Chateau style. It is prominently located at the head of the inner harbour in the city of Victoria. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Empress Hotel is one of a series of Chateau-style hotels built by Canadian railway companies in the early 20th century to encourage tourists to travel their transcontinental routes. Popular with the traveling public for their elaborate decor and comfortable elegance, these hotels quickly became national symbols of quality accommodation. Built in 1904-08 to designs by Francis M. Rattenbury, the Empress was enlarged in 1910-12.

St. Andrew's Cathedral

Victoria, 26.9 km away

St. Andrew's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral for the diocese of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Built in the High Victorian Gothic style, St. Andrew's was Victoria's third cathedral to be built.

Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater

Victoria, 27.6 km away

Ogden Point is a deep water port facility with four piers able to handle very large vessels. The Victoria port is currently the busiest cruise ship port-of-call in Canada. Ogden Point is also an important depot for undersea fibre optic cable repair. A heliport provides direct services to Vancouver Harbour and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). A popular spot to visit at Ogden Point is the 762-metre concrete breakwater. Built in 1916, the breakwater is home to Na'Tsa'Maht - The Unity Wall mural that depicts the art of local First Nations.

Craigdarroch Castle

Victoria 28.4 km away

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria.

Mount Tolmie Park

Victoria, 28.5 km away

There are exceptional views from the summit at Mount Tolmie Park. Widely recognized as “The Best Place to View the City”, the summit viewpoints provide an excellent panorama of Greater Victoria and the surrounding region, There are more than 1500 metres of trails within the park. Many lead to the summit, through meadows and up rocky slopes.

Mount Douglas Park

Saanich, 30.7 km away

With year-round activities and experiences, Mount Douglas Park provides inspiration and enjoyment to thousands of visitors each year. At 1.88km^2 (188 hectares), the park contains the largest urban forest on the Saanich Peninsula. You can explore this forest on more than 21 kms of trails.

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Central Saanich, 32.3 km away

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is located in the Greater Victoria region of Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Victoria area.

Oak Haven Park

Central Saanich, 32.3 km away

This beautiful 10.20-hectare hilltop park is located in Central Saanich. A 15-minute hike to the summit rewards the visitor with spectacular views of Saanich Inlet, Peninsula farmland, Sidney and James Islands. Late winter/early spring brings an amazing bloom of wild flowers, including: satin flower, camas, shooting star, harvest brodiaea, nodding onion, and red columbine, to name a few.

East Sooke Regional Park

Sooke, 32.9 km away

West Coast wilderness awaits you at East Sooke Regional Park. Experience it as you hike along the windswept rocky coast, over dry hilltops, through dark rainforest to sheltered coves. Featuring 50 kilometers of trails through forest, marsh and field, a challenging 10 kilometer Coast Trail, pocket beaches, rocky bays and tide pools for exploring and scuba diving, and spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains.

Sooke Potholes

Sooke, 35.3 km away

Sooke Potholes Regional Park is located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River. Enjoy the views, explore the trails, or take a refreshing dip on a hot summer day!

Island View Beach Regional Park

Central Saanich, 38.1 km away

The 48-hectare park is located on Island View Road and open sunrise to sunset. Island View offers an expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, great trails, excellent bird watching, panoramic seascape views of Haro Strait, James Island and Mount Baker.

John Dean Provincial Park

North Saanich, 38.3 km

Situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, John Dean Provincial Park overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. John Dean Park protects one of the last stands of old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak on the Saanich Peninsula, and is a popular destination for local residents, who visit the park to hike in a pristine wilderness environment and enjoy the spectacular views.

BC Aviation Museum

Sidney, 43.7 km away

The British Columbia Aviation Museum is located in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. It is on the grounds of the Victoria International Airport at 1910 Norseman Road on the east side of the airport.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Sidney, 45.2 km away

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (formerly Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre) is a not-for-profit aquarium and cultural learning centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea and is located in the Sidney Pier Building on the waterfront in the Vancouver Island town of Sidney, Canada, in the Greater Victoria region. Since its grand opening on June 20, 2009, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea has quickly become a highly regarded environmental education centre and popular attraction with locals and tourists alike.

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Renfrew, 160.9 km away

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, originally Carmanah Pacific Provincial Park, is a remote wilderness park located inside traditional Ditidaht First Nation ancestral territory.

Wine, Cider, and Local Beer tours

Vancouver Island, Various

Enjoy tours from a number of local wineries and cider breweries. These include de Vine Vineyards, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Enrico Winery, Symphony Vineyard, Merridale Cidery & Distillery, Dragonfly Hill Winery, Tod Creek Craft Cider, Unsworth Vineyards, Category 12 Brewing Inc, Damali Lavender & Winery, Dragonfly Hill Winery, Victoria Distillers, Vancouver Island Brewery, to name a few.



Vancouver Island, Various

Arbutus Ridge, Bear Mountain - Mountain Course, Bear Mountain – Valley Course, Highland Pacific, Olympic View, Cowichan Golf, Nanaimo Golf Club, Fairwinds, Pheasant Glen, Campbell River Crown Isle, Storey Creek, Quadra Island.

West Coast Trail

Vancouver Island, Depends

The West Coast Trail is a marquee adventure for the serious hiker. But a six to eight day hike can be intimidating, even to the most seasoned adventure seeker. A midpoint entrance at Nitinaht Narrows (only accessible by water from Nitinaht Village), allows hikers to tackle a shorter portion of the West Coast Trail. Hikers using the Nitinaht Village Trailhead should plan for the same rigorous and challenging excursion as those hiking the entire length of the West Coast Trail.

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