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Ranked #1 of 142 Outdoors 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 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches
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Rodgers Fishing Lodge (Campbell River)
Ranked #3 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Water sports
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Butchart Gardens (Central Saanich)
Ranked #4 of 142 Outdoors 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 #5 of 142 Outdoors 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)
Ranked #6 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Bodies of Water
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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Ranked #7 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks
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Schooner Cove (Tofino)
Ranked #8 of 142 Outdoors 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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Long Beach (Tofino)
Ranked #9 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Long Beach is Pacific Rim National Park Reserve's longest beach, spanning over 16km. Hosting an abundance of fresh sea air,... more » Owner description: Long Beach is Pacific Rim National Park Reserve's longest beach, spanning over 16km. Hosting an abundance of fresh sea air, wet sand, and rolling surf, Long Beach has literally been a hot spot for everyone for decades. With some of the most magnificent sunsets the West Coast has to offer, be sure to bring a picnic dinner. « less
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Ranked #10 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Bodies of Water
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 #11 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Parks
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Beacon Hill Park (Victoria)
Ranked #12 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks; Neighborhoods
This park holds a tree planted by Winston Churchill in 1929.
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Ranked #13 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: National Parks; Beaches
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Ranked #14 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
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Ranked #15 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Trails
Scenic running and hiking trail along the Pacific.
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West Coast Trail (Victoria Capital Regional District)
Ranked #16 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: The West Coast Trail has the reputation of being one of the most gratifying, yet excruciating treks in North America,... more » Owner description: The West Coast Trail has the reputation of being one of the most gratifying, yet excruciating treks in North America, featuring stunning backdrops in a cultural and historical landscape. The West Coast Trail is a hiking trail that follows along the southwestern shoreline of Vancouver Island. It has legendary weather, which attracts thousands of people come storm watch. The unpredictable elements have been the demise of many catastrophic shipwrecks up until the late 1800's, earning it the title "The Graveyard of the Pacific". Beached survivors often met their makers once they made it to the jagged shoreline, provoking the government to rough-in a trail that is to this day isolated, physically challenging and potentially hazardous. West Coast Trail is not for the faint of heart, but welcomes those ready to take on the 75km challenge, explore the environment and learn a great deal about themselves, both mentally and physically. Can you conquer it?! « less
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Ranked #17 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks
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Ranked #18 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #19 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Parks
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Ranked #20 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
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Ranked #21 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks
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Elk Falls Provincial Park (Campbell River)
Ranked #22 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
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Ranked #23 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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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Ranked #24 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: National Parks
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Ranked #25 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Caverns/ Caves; 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 #26 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Parks
Owner description: Aerial adventures & zip lines transform an afternoon in the outdoors into awesome recreation adventures at WildPlay Element... more » Owner description: Aerial adventures & zip lines transform an afternoon in the outdoors into awesome recreation adventures at WildPlay Element Parks. Adults, teens, kids, and groups get back to nature, through primal fun & games that include the adrenaline pumping: Monkido® Aerial Adventure - an exclusive tree-top obstacle course, that teaches the lost art of monkeying-around. Guests conquer climbing nets, fly across zip lines, balance on wobbly bridges, take a Tarzan swing and dozens more games, 2-18m above ground. Bungy Jump - a famous 46m ankle-harnessed leap from a trestle bridge high above the Nanaimo River. Bragging rights included. Over 250,000 guests, and counting!. Primal Swing - a giant pendulum ride that arcs 39m from the trestle bridge through the Nanaimo River canyon! With intense 140kph speeds, and amazing scenery, it's a breath-taking nature experience. DragonFLY Zip Lines - two smooth, swift, and scenic flights that cross the Nanaimo River canyon. A guided adventure for those who just want to hang out and enjoy the ride. | Challenge your abilities, discover your inner monkey, spend time with friends, and evolve beyond your [self-perceived] limits in Nanaimo's most unique outdoor play space! « less
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Abkhazi Garden (Victoria)
Ranked #27 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Created by the Russian Prince and Princess Abkhazi, this lovely garden spans just over an acre and features native Garry... more » Owner description: Created by the Russian Prince and Princess Abkhazi, this lovely garden spans just over an acre and features native Garry oaks, Japanese Maples and splendid rhododendrons. « less
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Ranked #28 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Owner description: A gem of Vancouver Island Heritage; Filberg Park is nine acres of breathtakingly landscaped waterfront green space, gardens... more » Owner description: A gem of Vancouver Island Heritage; Filberg Park is nine acres of breathtakingly landscaped waterfront green space, gardens and heritage buildings, in Comox, British Columbia. The park features 130 varieties of trees, seasonal gardens, and hundreds of rhododendrons.At the heart of the site is the 1930’s heritage lodge, the former home of local pioneers Robert and Florence Filberg. Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park have become a popular venue for picnics, weddings, art shows and special events including the popular Filberg Festival held each year on BC Day long weekend in August. Amenities include the Filberg Gift Shop* and Filberg Tea House. Both are open seasonally May to September.Entry to the Lodge is by donation and the park is free of charge except during special events. *Lodge and Gift Shop are open subject to volunteer availability. « less
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Neck Point Park (Nanaimo)
Ranked #29 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
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Ranked #30 of 142 Outdoors in Vancouver Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting... more » Owner description: The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight cage if its kind in Canada. Live raptor presentations are regularly scheduled during July and August. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears. GUIDED TOURS: are available for groups of 15 or more. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week, from mid-March through mid- December. 2013 ENTRANCE FEES: $8.00 adults, $5.00 children aged 3-12, plus applicable taxes. « less
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