‘Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’ readers have ranked Vancouver Island as the “Top North American Island” eight years in a row and this was matched by the readers of ‘Travel + Leisure Magazine’ who voted this island in the Pacific North-West as “The World’s Best Island in the Continental United States and Canada”.
These publications do not bestow their blessings lightly and without reason, so what is it that has “wowed” the readers of these prestigious magazines?
1. Vancouver Island is a travelers dream.
The island is easy to get to by ferry from the mainland or from Seattle or by plane into the International airport, some 20 km’s from downtown Victoria. It’s mild climate is easy on the visitor, all year long, and is conducive to lush greenery, beautiful gardens and colorful flowers. It’s easy on the eye and easy on the language: Canadian eh!
But what makes it so easy for the visitor is the network of tourist offices up and down the country, manned by knowledgeable, helpful staff who can direct you to world class accommodation and amenities. Camping in the wild or five star hotel, the choices are many, varied and of quality. Driving is easy, information readily available and the tourist industry is healthy and strong.
2. Vancouver Island has adventures for all.
Sailing and Kayaking are world class, through the surrounding Gulf Islands and there is abundant moorage for all sizes of vessels. Diving, fishing and surf-boarding are first class and there is ski-ing and snowboarding on Mt. Washington.
The island is known for it’s caving and pot-holing, it’s biking and walking trails and it’s wilderness camps. But that’s not all.