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Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Come out whale watching with the resident experts by choosing Prince of Whales Whale Watching – locally owned and operated and the longest running whale watching company in Victoria. With both zodiac style boats and expedition cruisers on offer, we have an optimally flexible schedule with hourly departures. Our tours will take you out to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, and other marine wildlife while providing commentary on the natural history of our beautiful province along the way.
Add a sense of historic romance to your stay by choosing one of our unique, heritage, bed and breakfast inns where personal touches and extra attention to detail match the magical ambiance of your accommodations.
Vancouver Island North Tourism
Vancouver Island North exerts a magnetic pull on easygoing adventurers seeking authentic experiences in a spectacularly panoramic natural setting. Largely undiscovered yet just a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The variety of things to do here is remarkably diverse.
View black and grizzly bears. Watch orcas and humpback whales. Kayak on a day trip, excursion or base camp adventure. Fish some of the richest waters around Vancouver Island. Take a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure on the North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Shop local for smoked salmon, funky folk art, and exquisite First Nations masterpieces. Get to know some of the colorful individuals who call the area home at lively seasonal festivals, coffee shops, waterfront eateries and on the main streets of friendly north Island towns.
The region is a tempting retreat for independent travelers craving unstructured holidays that can be shaped according to their own passions, interests and energy levels. The people here are down-to-earth and rooted in a sense of place and you will find the businesses here providing a full range of creature comforts with a personal touch.
Natural beauty and cultural history can be found around every corner. Discover timeless First Nations traditions flourishing in Alert Bay and Fort Rupert as you meet artists, watch carvers in action, participate in guided canoe and marine expeditions, and step into a Big House to witness traditional dance performances. The region’s legacy of European settlement, logging, fishing and mining is well represented in local museums.
The towns and villages here are bastions of civilization in the midst of a wild landscape populated by bears, wolves, cougars and bald eagles. To the west is the open Pacific, with miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline and access to secluded wilderness beaches. To the east are the more protected waters around the islands of the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait, an area internationally renowned as one of the world’s very best whale-watching environments.
It’s easy to find yourself off the beaten track and immersed in the surrounding nature. Explore with friends and family while following your own internal compass and Visitor Centre maps and guidebooks. Or enlist one of the area’s knowledgeable guides for direct access to the region’s very best fishing, diving and wildlife-watching spots.
Gaze in awe as black bears snack on roadside grass. Take road trips deep into the Island’s interior. Hike for as little or as long as you like on wilderness trails to lakes, mountain peaks and beach fronts unsullied by a single footprint. Chill out by swinging a golf club, getting pampered with a spa treatment or while wading in rivers, lakes and the ocean.
Plan ahead or write each day’s agenda hour-by-hour. The scenery is breathtaking and the picture-perfect moments seem endless. Welcome to Vancouver Island North. Your first trip here won’t be the last.
Tofino is remarkable any time of year. Summer days are full of fishing and exploring; Autumn is a photographer and foodie paradise. Winter affords you a front-row seat to the edge of the world during powerful storms. And Tofino rejuvenates in Spring; celebrating the return of the grey whales, shorebirds, black bears, and the renewed vibrancy of the rainforest. Come create your own reality here. Come be awed by the force of nature in Tofino.
Inn On Long Lake
The Inn On Long Lake is your lakeside resort in the heart of North Nanaimo. All rooms feature lakeview patio or balconies, microwave, mini fridge, and coffeemaker. Complimentary enhanced Continental breakfast included. Free high speed wireless and parking. Pedal boat and kayak rentals in-season.
Tourism Mount Washington
Imagine a place where you can make sweeping turns in fresh powder, while a maze of islands dot the sea far below. Hike scenic alpine trails just steps from your cabin, where curious whiskey jacks pop down to say hello and you might spot a Vancouver Island marmot on the rocky mountain slopes. Laugh with the whole family while snow tubing in the winter, or taking turns on the bungee trampoline in the summer. Mount Washington is a year round destination for family fun, adventure seekers and romantic getaways.
With the rugged peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park and the Beaufort Range rising around you, and the Strait of Georgia stretching out at your feet, when you are at Mount Washington you know you are somewhere special.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America. The Resort is a family friendly destination that has summer and winter facilities and activities for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
Tourism Mount Washington’s interactive online Visitors Guide helps you discover Mount Washington Accommodations & seasonal facilities. Featuring cultural attractions, activities, shopping and dining options within 45 minutes drive of the mountain, you’ll be well on your way to planning your entire trip to the Central Vancouver Island region.
Whether looking for an active family getaway, a reunion, wedding location or company retreat Mount Washington, Vancouver Island’s all-season alpine to surf destination, offers you the perfect combination of rugged west coast beauty and outdoor adventure. Your spirit will soar as high as the local bald eagles as you take in the 360° panoramic view of mountain, ocean, islands and lakes 1,000 metres above sea level. Make your dreams of outdoor recreation become reality!
In the winter, discover vast depths of all-natural snow and a unique Canadian destination where you can enjoy an island getaway that offers some of BC’s best skiing, snowboarding and nordic sports and a breath taking ocean view with the added value of all that the Comox Valley and surrounding area have to offer.
In the summer season, Mount Washington’s alpine playground is at your doorstep, with scenic chairlift rides, hiking, mountain biking, mini golf, disc golf, bungee trampoline, hiking and wildlife viewing all waiting for you. Mount Washington is also the gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park, BC’s oldest, with access to both family friendly nature trails and backcountry peaks.
Stubbs Island Whale Watching
EXPERIENCE STUBBS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE! We think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer whales)! You’ll love our location, the magnificent mammals and bird species you’ll see, and the friendly people you’ll meet.
At Stubbs we are proud to be BC’s first whale watching company (est. in 1980) and we set the standard for marine adventures and ethical whale watching. Our trained marine naturalists share fascinating insights about Orca (Killer), Humpback Whales and many other marine mammals which frequent the Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight area.
Join us for an exciting sea adventure from Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! Our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa and the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta are comfortable and perfect to take fabulous pictures! Both have heated cabins with toilets and hydrophones (underwater microphone) so you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.
Historic Telegraph Cove is British Columbia’s last boardwalk community. Nature’s abundance is everywhere with eagles soaring overhead, river otters playing on the docks and deer and bears roaming nearby. The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are home to a bounty of nature’s magnificence including Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and so much more. Every trip from our base in Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, is an adventure of a lifetime.
Depending on the time of year in British Columbia, you may see Minke whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, various birds, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and of course, our famous Orca (killer whale).
Once you board our custom built whale watching boats we will guide you through the passages and around the islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coast.
Our boats are equipped with underwater microphones (hydrophones) so we can listen in on the squeaks, whistles and echolocation that allow orcas and dolphins the ability to communicate and locate their food. Our captain and naturalists are always happy to answer your questions and we provide a short on-board presentation about the whales and other marine mammals.
At Stubbs Island Whale Watching, we are dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation. We are very concerned about the environment and do everything we can to reuse, recycle and reduce.
Join us for our 37th season in 2016 on one or more of our tours that run daily from early May to October.
West Coast Expeditions
Experience the joy and wonder of a personalized sea kayaking adventure rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore. Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island for superb kayaking, enchanting old-growth forests, and diverse wildlife. Ocean kayak with sea otters while eagles soar overhead. Savour fully-catered outings from our base camp, multi-day expeditions, or family-focused adventures. Have a uniquely flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation! We’re celebrating over 40 years of connecting small groups with the west coast, including over 25 years by sea kayak.
Eagle Wing Tours
Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC’s 1st award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.
When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (and guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor’s top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007.
At the centre of the world’s highest concentration of killer whales (orca) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure.
The Westin Bear Mountain
Just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria you will discover The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. Rugged yet pristine, The Westin Bear Mountain is one of Canada’s finest luxury golf resorts.
As the only resort in Canada to feature 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf, The Westin Bear Mountain is first and foremost a premiere golf experience. Both the Mountain Course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve and the Valley Course a Nicklaus Design, strike the perfect balance between playability and a truly challenging year-round golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. The Practice Facility complete with range, putting green and CPGA certified golf instructors offering private and/or group lessons will further enhance your golf experience.
Located in the heart of the Bear Mountain Resort village and alongside the lush green fairways of both Nicklaus Design courses is The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria – a luxury hotel that welcomes you with a premium level of style, sophistication and elegance. The Westin Bear Mountain features 156 contemporary traditional guest rooms and one-bedroom suites boasting expansive views of the golf course fairways, Mount Finlayson and Mount Baker. All guest rooms and suites feature Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds®, well appointed bathrooms complete with Heavenly Shower®, high speed internet access and balcony with patio chairs and table. Those looking for a home away from home will appreciate the kitchenettes in all traditional guest rooms and full kitchen, dining rooms and separate living area with sofa bed in all suites.
Explore The Westin Bear Mountain’s wine and culinary offerings that include a luxurious wine cellar, Bella Montagna an Italian inspired restaurant with stunning views, and Masters Lounge the perfect destination to relax at the end of your day.
The Wine Cellar is a particular highlight as it features rare and hard to find varietals. Each Friday guests and resort visitors alike can experience the renowned ‘Friday Night Flights’ – swirl and sip on wined paired with a charcuterie platter. Each week our knowledgeable Sommeliers explore reds, whites or sparkling’s whether it’s local, regional or international …never the same and always a journey. The Wine Cellar can also be booked for private dinners and receptions.
Bringing you this unequalled culinary experience is our Executive Chef, Mark Wadsworth. Chef Wadsworth is committed to purchasing local, organic, Fair Trade and sustainable food products and is a proud supporter of the Vancouver Aquariums Ocean Wise program. The culinary team nurtures their own herb garden and manages organic bee hives at the Resort. Chef Wadsworth is proud to lead his culinary team in new and innovative cooking trends while keeping true to the local flavours of the Island.
Bear Mountain Resort offers a variety of activities to be enjoyed year-round. In addition to the programs and classes offered at the Mountainside Athletic Club, there are many hiking trails, landscaped parks and pedestrian walkways surrounding the resort that offer a fabulous chance to get back to nature. If golf is not your game, there’s also tennis and mountain biking.
Our Mountainside Athletic Club has everything from Paramount fitness equipment in both their co-ed and ladies-only gyms to a fitness studio offering yoga, pilates, spinning, bosu and swiss ball programs, as well as step and body sculpting workouts. If relaxation is on your schedule, enjoy the year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna with seasonal outdoor pool cabana.
From the moment you arrive, our friendly and knowledgeable resort staff will take care of your every need to create the perfect escape.
Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona Provincial Park and central Vancouver Island.
Couples, individuals and families will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. Our comfortable hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages, are great for small and large groups. Waterfront cottages are ideal for families and friends, while smaller secluded cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and most cottages are waterfront. Almost every room has a deck, the perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.
We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.
Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs or telephones within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.
Cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation is available from March until November, when our dining room is open
Day trips to view grizzly bears in majestic Knight Inlet. Departs early each day May 15 to Sept 30 via covered tour boat with onboard washroom. Often we see dolphins, black bears, seals and eagles. Lunch included.
See grizzly bears in the wild.
Grizzly Bear Lodge and Safari
Grizzly Bear Tours, Lodge and Safari offers grizzly tours and grizzly bear watching from viewing stands and wildlife tours for grizzly bears, killer whales (orca) humpback whales, dolphins, stellar seals, sea lions, black bears and eagles. Our grizzly bear tours are conducted on Canada’s famous natural fjord known as ‘Knight Inlet BC’ and on the salmon rivers that flow into Knight Inlet. For more information about grizzly bear tours and viewing, how to see lots of bears, whales, dolphins, eagles and all the other animals of the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST in British Columbia.
Live to Surf
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit us at Morningstar Farm, home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery, where you can sample all of our hand-crafted artisan cheeses and wines, including our award-winning Brie cheese and Blackberry wine!
Open 9 – 5 daily. Self-guided tours of our heritage dairy farm are welcome during hours of operation; and don’t forget to browse our Farm Gate store where you will find unique gifts, toys and farm-raised beef, pork and seasonal lamb.
Visit our web site to find recipes and discover more about Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery!
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island and the Coast Mountain Range. Add to this an incredibly high annual snowfall (11m/36ft), excellent powder conditions and surprisingly mild winter temperatures (-2°C/28°F), and a winter activity mecca is inevitable. Choose from downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. However, summer also thrives with alpine hiking, mile-high chairlift rides and mountain biking. On mountain accommodation, dining and shopping is also available.
Parksville and Qualicum Beach
Parksville and Qualicum Beach is Canada’s best family friendly beach destination according to Better Homes and Gardens. The Globe & Mail called these towns “Canada’s Riviera”. Relax by the sea, explore huge old-growth forests, or rappel down a 7-storey underground waterfall. Then pamper yourself with a spa experience, endless dining options, and a quiet sunset stroll along our famous beaches. Stay on the beach and save with seasonal Web Specials.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is an all-season destination resort offering 192 beautifully appointed log constructed accommodation units set in 22 acres of forest. Tigh-Na-Mara is home to the #1 Spa in Western Canada, The Grotto Spa, featuring signature treatments with a focus on West Coast ingredients. Tigh-Na-Mara Resort has everything you could ask for and more – it’s the Natural Choice year-round for your next get-away.