Are you looking for a destination that combines stunning natural beauty with outdoor adventures? Look no further than Vancouver Island, located off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. With its diverse landscapes, from rugged coastlines to towering mountains, Vancouver Island offers a wealth of experiences for travelers of all ages and interests. In this post, we’ll share the top 10 places to visit on Vancouver Island, so you can plan your next adventure.
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- Elk Falls Provincial Park
Elk Falls Provincial Park is a natural wonder located just a short drive from Campbell River. The park boasts a stunning waterfall that drops 25 meters into a canyon below. You can hike along the river, cross the suspension bridge, or explore the trails that wind through the forest. It’s a really short walk from the carpark and can be done with children or the elderly.
- Upper Campbell Lake
For a serene and peaceful experience, head to Upper Campbell Lake. Surrounded by mountains and forests, this lake is the perfect place to relax and unwind. You can fish for trout, kayak or canoe, or simply enjoy the stunning scenery. We chose to sit back and watch the beautiful reflection of the mountains around the lake.
- Campbell River
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Campbell River was our base for the 3 days in Vancouver Island. While most people choose Nanaimo or Tofino as their preferred choice of stay but Campbell River had something about it which made it serene & relaxing. It is a hub for fishing enthusiasts but there’s more to the city than just fishing. You can hike the trails of Ripple Rock (largest non-nuclear explosion), visit the Discovery Passage Aquarium, or take a scenic drive along the coast.
- Englishman River Falls
Located just outside of Parksville, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a hidden gem on Vancouver Island and was recommended to us by one of the cafe workers at The Island Grind (BTW their coffee is just amazing). The park features a series of waterfalls and pools, surrounded by lush forests and wildlife. You can hike the trails, have a picnic, or even swim in the summer months.
- Cameron Lake
Cameron Lake is a crystal-clear lake nestled between mountains and forests. The lake offers a variety of water activities, including swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You can also relax on the beach and enjoy the stunning scenery. Although the water activities are open during summer, you can sit and enjoy the views in other seasons.
- Cathedral Grove
Cathedral Grove is an ancient forest located in MacMillan Provincial Park. The park is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in Canada, some of which are over 800 years old. You can take a leisurely stroll through the forest, go hiking, or have a picnic.
- Hole in The Wall
Hole in The Wall is a natural rock formation located near Port Alberni. To get there, you’ll need to hike a short trail and then climb over some rocks. But the effort is worth it, as the view is spectacular. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.
- Lupin Falls
Lupin Falls is a hidden gem located in the remote backcountry of Strathcona Provincial Park. The waterfall cascades down a cliff face in a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty. To get there, you’ll need to hike the Lupin Falls Trail, but the reward is well worth the effort.
- Myra Falls
Myra Falls is another hidden gem located in Strathcona Provincial Park. The waterfall is a stunning sight to behold, and the area is perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. You can hike the trails, have a picnic, or simply relax by the water.
- Buttle Lake
Buttle Lake is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. The lake is surrounded by mountains and forests, providing a stunning backdrop for kayaking, canoeing, and water skiing. You can also go fishing or take a scenic drive along the lakeshore.
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