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Ranked #1 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of... more » Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route. « less
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Ranked #2 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches
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Butchart Gardens (Central Saanich)
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$225* and up
Ranked #3 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Gardens; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family.... more » Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round. « less
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Ranked #4 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: National Parks; Hiking Trails

Pacific Rim National Park/Long Beach unit is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada at the end of Highway 4, sandwiched between 2 ocean-front towns - Ucluelet and... more »

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Inner Harbour (Victoria)
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$14* and up
Ranked #5 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Bodies of Water; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants... more » Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea at the grand Empress Hotel or board a ferry for a harbor tour. « less
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Long Beach (Tofino)
Ranked #6 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Long Beach, the longest beach of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, spans an extraordinary 16km (10mi) along the west coast... more » Owner description: Long Beach, the longest beach of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, spans an extraordinary 16km (10mi) along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Described by locals to be magical, you will be astonished by the amount of life that call the tidal pools home. You will be sure to find crabs, shells, starfish, sea urchins and much more. As the surf comes crashing in, you will find surfers from around the world carving through the peaks of the waves. As the water settles, it gracefully rides up the beach with peaceful trickles and shimmering light from the breathtaking sunset crossing the colourful horizon. Long Beach is truly a rejunivating getaway for all ages. Whether you're looking to kickback, explore, adventure, hike, surf, or just take one of those long walks on the beach, Long Beach has it all. « less
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Royal BC Museum (Victoria)
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$737* and up
Ranked #7 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: ; Art Museums; History Museums; Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural... more » Owner description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural histories of this province. Discover the famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries – a feast of sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. The Royal BC Museum is also home to a cultural precinct including the BC Archives, Helmcken House, St. Ann's Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Thunderbird Park and Mungo Martin House/Wawadit’la. « less
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Ranked #8 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Forests; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #9 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Clayoquot Sound is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Major inlets... more » Owner description: Clayoquot Sound is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Major inlets include Sydney Inlet, Shelter Inlet, Herbert Inlet, Bedwell Inlet, Lemmens Inlet, and Tofino Inlet. Major islands include Flores Island, Vargas Island, and Meares Island. « less
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Ranked #10 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #11 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #12 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet... RAPTORS!! This unique tourist attraction... more » Owner description: Get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet... RAPTORS!! This unique tourist attraction is home to all types of BIRDS OF PREY including several hawk species, bald and golden eagles, several types of owls, peregrine and hybrid falcons and even turkey vultures! Open 7 days a week 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm from mid March until October 31st. Flying Demonstrations daily at 1:30pm plus an additional flying demo daily at 3:30 pm from the May long weekend until the September Labour Day Weekend. See many raptors on display then watching a thrilling flying demonstration where anything can happen because these birds fly free! Take a Hawk Walk or Owl Prowl in the woods prior to or after and of the flight demonstations and experience the thrill of a raptor landing on YOUR GLOVE. Browse the gift shop where you can buy anything raptor related from in-depth falconry books to cute little stuffies and snacks. The Raptors also offers a variety of educational falconry courses and summer kids camp. Please check our website for details. Located in Duncan in the beautiful Cowichan Valley just 4k off the main island highway (see the map) 90 minutes north of Victoria and 60 minutes south of Nanaimo by car. Any trip to Vancouver Island would not be complete without this experience. « less
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Schooner Cove (Tofino)
Ranked #13 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Considered by many to be one of the best boardwalk hikes around, you will be immersed in the natural serenity of the... more » Owner description: Considered by many to be one of the best boardwalk hikes around, you will be immersed in the natural serenity of the temperate rainforest. You can take the easy stairs to the beach, where you can gaze at the gentle waves crashing in. During low tide, an inviting passage presents itself so you can make your way to a small island where you may find bald eagles soaring above. Schooners Cove is nothing less than invigorating and rejuvinating. Truly a picturesque adventure. « less
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Beacon Hill Park (Victoria)
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$25* and up
Ranked #14 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Neighborhoods; Parks
This park holds a tree planted by Winston Churchill in 1929.
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Ranked #15 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches; National Parks
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Ranked #16 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: History Museums; Museums
Through numerous exhibits and an extensive research library visitors can learn the history of northern Vancouver Island.
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Ranked #17 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Other
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Ranked #18 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Galloping Goose Regional Trail (Victoria Capital Regional District)
Ranked #19 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Trails
A 55-kilometre rail trail between Victoria and Leechtown, which is great for hiking and biking.
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$737* and up
Ranked #20 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public year-round. Visitors... more » Owner description: Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public year-round. Visitors are welcome to join one of the regularly scheduled guided tours, stroll through the buildings on their own self-guided tour, or even have a bite to eat in the Legislative Dining Room.Free guided tours are available Monday through Friday throughout the year, and seven days a week during the summer. « less
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Ranked #21 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Parks; Beaches
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Ranked #22 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #23 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: Rainforest Trail has two routes, A & B, both of which fully engulf you in the temperate rainforest full of gigantic western... more » Owner description: Rainforest Trail has two routes, A & B, both of which fully engulf you in the temperate rainforest full of gigantic western red cedars and western hemlocks. Sparking a sensation of zen, you will be overcome with the nostalgia of your childhood memories, ready to make more. Scan the upper canopy for birds, listen to the trickle of water and smell the life of this highly productive forest. Trail A is located on the opposite side of the highway from the parking lot. Trail B starts from the parking lot. « less
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Ucluelet Aquarium (Ucluelet)
Ranked #24 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Come explore local marine life with all your senses! Knowledgeable staff, interactive demonstrations and fascinating... more » Owner description: Come explore local marine life with all your senses! Knowledgeable staff, interactive demonstrations and fascinating diversity all within our new facility! Features a giant tide pool, kids play area, many touch tanks and video microscopes. Best part is that all the animals are release back into the wild at the end of the season after a short time on display. Admission: Adult $12.50, Child $6.25, Student/Senior $9.00. Under 4 is free. Annual passes pay for themselves in two visits! Staying for a week? Opts for a Annual Family Pass $50.00 or Annual Adult Pass $25.00 « less
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Ranked #25 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature and Parks
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Government House (Victoria)
Ranked #26 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Gardens
Owner description: Government House is owned by the Crown in Right of British Columbia, and is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the... more » Owner description: Government House is owned by the Crown in Right of British Columbia, and is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province. « less
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Ranked #27 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Check out the Vancouver Island Underworld! Open year round for exploration above and below ground. Tours range from easy... more » Owner description: Check out the Vancouver Island Underworld! Open year round for exploration above and below ground. Tours range from easy family tours all the way to the "Underground Extreme" where explorers rappel down a seven-storey waterfall! Or try the "3 hr. "Wet & Wild" Spelunking Adventure. Next door to the Horne Lake Campground where visitors will find lakefront campsites, canoe & kayak rentals, free parking & picnic area, boat launch and even camping in a teepee! « less
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Ranked #29 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Eagle Aerie Gallery is Roy Henry Vickers' artist-owned gallery located in Tofino, British Columbia. This stunning traditional... more » Owner description: Eagle Aerie Gallery is Roy Henry Vickers' artist-owned gallery located in Tofino, British Columbia. This stunning traditional Northwest Coast longhouse with a carved and painted cedar plank exterior and doors of beaten copper, is a recognizable Tofino landmark. Inside discover Roy's artwork of paintings, original prints, calendars, art cards, and reproductions hanging on hand adzed cedar walls among totem poles and carvings. As you enter the large main hall, you'll notice the soft lighting and restful music that creates an atmosphere of harmony and peace. The gallery is open free to the public seven days a week throughout the year. Built in 1986 with the help of Roy's family and legendary carver Henry Nolla, this gallery welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year from all around the world. Please check the events calendar page to see when Roy is scheduled to be storytelling at Eagle Aerie Gallery - this is a not to be missed attraction! Guests gather around the centre pit in the main hall to listen to stories of Roy's life and times as well as inspiration of his work. Afterwards Roy is available to meet guests and autograph his reproductions. « less
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Ranked #30 of 340 attractions in Vancouver Island
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
Hot Springs Cove is about one and a half hours north of Tofino. It's located right in the heart of Clayoquot Sound.
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