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Explore the Wildlife of Vancouver Island

Welcome to Vancouver Island, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Our island's diverse ecosystems, ranging from coastal shores to dense forests and rugged mountains, provide habitats for an incredible variety of animals. Whether you're hoping to catch a glimpse of a majestic whale or observe the quiet movements of a deer, Vancouver Island offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities.

Marine Majesty

The waters surrounding Vancouver Island are a prime spot for whale watching, with frequent sightings of orcas, humpback whales, and gray whales. Join one of the many guided boat tours to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, or keep an eye out for other marine life such as seals, sea lions, and playful dolphins. For a truly immersive experience, consider a kayaking tour to explore the coastline at a serene pace.

Camping in Cape Scott Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Cape Scott Provincial Park Campground

In the pursuit of your dreams about camping, you can plan to make it come true within the realm of Cape Scott Provincial Park Campground. A rugged coastal wilderness with lovely beaches offers walk-in, backcountry, and wilderness camping. While you are staying in this magnificent campground, you are provided with remote scenic beaches with a gorgeous ocean view and endless opportunities for adventure.

China Creek Kiteboarding

China Creek Kiteboarding

At the head of Vancouver Island's longest inlet, you are given a lifetime opportunity to have the pleasure of China Creek kiteboarding. You would better hop on a board to feel the water upon your feet and let excitement flow within your blood. Besides, a magnificent fishing opportunity awaits you in the Salmon Capital of the world. Also, ample amenities are provided for you, which can add up to the comfort of your stay.

Clover Point Storm Watching

Clover Point Storm Watching

Just a short walk from Victoria, Clover Point is hit by great storms, and there are fabulous opportunities to watch roaring storms. During falls and winters, protect and enjoy the fierce waves making up in the distance, rolling into the coast, battering against the rocks, whether staying at your car or donning in raingear.

Camping in Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground

Right in between old-growth forests, Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground is best known for its fishery. After you camped and had your relaxing moments, you can take a long walk through the coastline while enjoying the scenery of a beautiful fall that can make your walk more delightful. Also, other recreational activities may make your stay more enjoyable.

Clark Rock Diving

Clark Rock Diving

Satisfy your curiosity about diving in Clark Rock waters. The reefs there are brighten by a beacon which has made the location favourable for diving. It is worth mentioning that Clark Rock is a fantastic place to take pictures for your journey's album. Also, you may have the chance to observe wildlife, whether in waters or on land.

Cowichan Lake Windsurfing

Cowichan Lake Windsurfing

You would have the chance to re-invent your expectation of windsurfing by embracing the opportunities given to you on the second-largest lake of Vancouver Island. Cowichan Lake does not only serve your desires for windsurfing and is a paradise for those in love with water activities. If you are looking for a time to make the most of it in the Cowichan Lake area, plan to come during April.

Mount Cain Snowboarding

Mount Cain Snowboarding

Mount Cain Ski Resort is a snow-capped location on the northern part of Vancouver Island, in which you can experience a new sense of winter activities, snowboarding in particular. It boasts a wide range of snowboarding facilities, and skis, poles, helmets and boots are rented near Mount Cain and are available at nearby ski shops.

Camping in Loveland Bay Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Loveland Bay Provincial Park Campground

Experience your imaginary camping vision in Loveland Bay Provincial Park Campground right on the shoreline of Campbell Lake. This beautiful campground will fully satisfy your desires for camping, comprising all the necessary facilities and boat launches. Not to mention that you would have the chance to experience fantastic water activities of all kinds.

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

Van Isle Marina Whale Watching

Start your whale watching journey with Van Isle Marina, a critical marine zone on Vancouver Island, capable of serving 200 boats simultaneously, which has made it an ideal destination for the fans of whale watching. There is a high chance to observe other sea creatures other than whales.

Goose Spit Regional Park Windsurfing

Goose Spit Regional Park Windsurfing

If you are craving a windsurfing opportunity during winter, Goose Spit Regional Park will provide you with the chance to meet your expectations of windsurfing along with kiteboarding. Nestled near Comox Valley, you are allowed to enjoy yourselves and the extraordinary scenery at the same time. Sandy and rocky beaches and diverse wildlife are other features of the Goose spit.

Birdwatching Hotspots

Birdwatchers will find themselves in paradise here, with the island acting as a crucial stopover for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway. The varied landscapes support species from bald eagles and great blue herons to the tiny, vibrant hummingbirds. Bring your binoculars to the Esquimalt Lagoon or the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, both renowned for their birdwatching opportunities.

Hiking on Elk Falls Viewing Platform Trail

Hiking on Elk Falls Viewing Platform Trail

With a five-kilometre distance from the city, hiking on the Elk Falls Viewing Platform is an opportunity. It is among several hiking trails you can follow and explore in Elk Falls Provincial Park. This easy trail forest walk is age-friendly and features a waterfall and Suspension Bridge with a great view from the point.

Breakwater Island Diving

Breakwater Island Diving

Make immortal memories of diving in the Breakwater Island Diving zone. This famous diving location has a lot to offer. Whether on land or in water, a variety of creatures inhabit the area you cannot get enough and fantastic scenery which can multiply the amazement of your stay in this region.

Sidney Whale Watching

Sidney Whale Watching

Gain sight for adventure during your stay on the coastline of the Salish sea and embrace the opportunities for whale watching there. In the Salish Sea, a habitat for killer whales, various vessels are provided for Sidney whale watching. These vessels are equipped with hydrophones to listen to the sounds of the whales. Not to mention that you can take out your cameras and capture these gigantic sea creatures.

Jordan River Storm Watching

Jordan River Storm Watching

Travel to Vancouver Island for your inner adventure lover's sake and fulfil its desires by visiting Jordan River. As a paradise for storm watching, it is known as the home of surfers too. At the same time, you are sipping your coffee, and you can enjoy the outstanding view of the Pacific Ocean. You are blessed with probably the best chances of storm watching.

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Looking for a way through which you can make your adventure on Vancouver Island unforgettable? Do not forget to stop by Port hardy while you are in the northern parts of the island. There you will be able to sight magnificent killer whales, near which you should apply ample caution. However, observing them is better an oops than a what if.

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Mount Washington Snowshoeing

Being the busiest winter recreational destination in BC, Mount Washington provides you with incredible winter activities, including snowshoeing. While you are on the snow, enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the Strait of Georgia and the Sunshine Coast from Powell River to Sechelt. Moreover, several nearby resorts are ready to offer service to visitors annually.

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

On the entrance of Hardy Bay, Wildwoods Campsite is located in a rainforest. Many adventure offers are available in this campground in addition to undeniable chances of peaceful camping. For almost 30 years, this campground welcomes campers with great campsites, including all necessary facilities.

Camping in Pachena Bay Campground

Camping in Pachena Bay Campground

Make the best of your journey on Vancouver Island by camping in one of the possibly best campgrounds on the southwest of Vancouver Island. Pachena Bay Campground offers a quiet private campsite for those who want to get away from the bustle in towns. Not to mention the beautiful, clean, and sandy beach in which you are provided with every possible fun opportunity.

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Westwood Lake Trail is not super challenging, but it is a lovely well maintained and well-marked hiking trail around Westwood Lake with beautiful viewpoints and greenery. The forest and lake are full-on herons, eagles and deer with lots of opportunities to have a great time, so bringing your family with you is a decision you will not regret!

Mount Washington Snowboarding

Mount Washington Snowboarding

As the second busiest winter recreational destination in BC, Mt. Washington Ski Resort in Comox Valley offers a wide range of snowboarding facilities. Mountain climbing enthusiasts who choose Mount Washington for snowboarding have the chance to look across the Strait of Georgia and other spectacular views, such as the Strathcona Provincial Park region.

Forest Dwellers

Venture into the island’s lush forests to encounter a range of woodland creatures. Black bears are among the most exciting sights, especially in the more secluded areas. Deer, elk, and cougars also inhabit these forests, though they are more elusive and require patience and a bit of luck to spot. Guided wildlife tours can enhance your chances of seeing these animals while ensuring a safe and respectful distance.

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

While exploring the lands of Northern Vancouver Island, do not forget to visit Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins to stay a day or two. This clean and safe campground provides you with amenities and chances to have a splendid time at a sandy beach, in which you can enjoy a meal of the fish you caught. The resemblance of this campground to paradise is uncanny, providing untenable forest tours.

Mount Washington Skiing

Mount Washington Skiing

As one of the biggest and most visited ski resorts in Comox Valley, The Mount Washington resort is a summer-winter destination primed with several facilities to serve skiing followers. The high rate of snowfall and spectacular views of the ocean, and ample facilities for winter activities multiply the attractiveness of Mount Washington.

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Hiking on Westwood Lake Trail

Westwood Lake Trail is not super challenging, but it is a lovely well maintained and well-marked hiking trail around Westwood Lake with beautiful viewpoints and greenery. The forest and lake are full-on herons, eagles and deer with lots of opportunities to have a great time, so bringing your family with you is a decision you will not regret!

Mount Cain Snowboarding

Mount Cain Snowboarding

Mount Cain Ski Resort is a snow-capped location on the northern part of Vancouver Island, in which you can experience a new sense of winter activities, snowboarding in particular. It boasts a wide range of snowboarding facilities, and skis, poles, helmets and boots are rented near Mount Cain and are available at nearby ski shops.

Sombrio Beach Surfing

Sombrio Beach Surfing

If you consider yourself a lucky person to be alive, then live your life in a way that it counts. Sombrio Beach surfing is a big adventure, so prepare surfing equipment, hop on, and heat the road. A quite exposed beach and reef break in which you can relax and explore admirable scenery. Winds coming from different directions and waves at the beach have made Sombrio Beach ideal for starting your surfing journey on Vancouver Island.

Camping in Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground

Right in between old-growth forests, Elk Falls Provincial Park Campground is best known for its fishery. After you camped and had your relaxing moments, you can take a long walk through the coastline while enjoying the scenery of a beautiful fall that can make your walk more delightful. Also, other recreational activities may make your stay more enjoyable.

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

From Mid-June through October, you will have lots of adventures ahead of you in Telegraph Cove. While exploring the waters to observe Whales, you may encounter other marine creatures if you are lucky. Besides, other creators such as bears, eagles, sea lions and porpoises are observable.

Hiking on the Campbell River Canyon View Trail

Hiking on the Campbell River Canyon View Trail

Just outside Campbell River, step into an exciting hiking trail in the middle of a provincial park. It is where the stunning view of Douglas-fir forests comes with a wide variety of wildlife to watch. Find your way alongside the river in a loop which in some parts would be a challenge. It would be great if you plan to be there in the afternoon with a view of the sun when you cross the river.

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

Looking for a place on Hornby Island to stay the night while enjoying yourselves? You would better stop by camping in Ford's Cove Marina and camp with your RV or tent. This campground has cute oceanic views and glorious sunsets with gorgeous mountains. The Ford's Cove Marina Campground sites are charming, well-maintained, and spacious, with a pleasant grassy and treed atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Looking for a place to make your kayaking adventure a safer experience? Check out Port Hardy and its protected waters and embrace the undeniable opportunities for a journey on board. Kayakers and canoers may have the chance to explore spectacular sightseeing and strange fishing spots and campsites.

Conservation Efforts

Vancouver Island is committed to wildlife conservation, working to protect the natural habitats that support these diverse species. Many of our wildlife tours and activities are developed in partnership with local conservation groups, ensuring that your visit contributes to the ongoing efforts to preserve our island’s natural heritage.

Plan Your Wildlife Adventure

No matter what time of year you visit, Vancouver Island’s wildlife is thriving and accessible. Check our seasonal guides to determine the best times for specific wildlife sightings, and always respect the natural environments of the creatures you come to see. From the thrill of watching a whale breach the ocean's surface to the quiet joy of spotting a rare bird, the wildlife of Vancouver Island offers profound connections to the natural world.

Embark on a Wild Adventure on Vancouver Island

Join us on Vancouver Island for an unforgettable journey into the wild. Discover, admire, and respect the incredible biodiversity that makes our island a unique and precious ecosystem. Here, every encounter with wildlife is a reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature.

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