Adventures on Land
When you consider that Vancouver Island alone is a whopping 32,261 square kilometres, add to that the hundreds of islands in the region, including the Gulf Islands and the Discovery Islands, what you get is one huge year-round playground. Hiking, cycling, caving, ziplining, and horseback riding are just a few of the ways you can explore the diverse landscapes of the region.
A mountain biker enjoys a trail in Cumberland, Vancouver Island
Good Wildlife Sense
While it is always important to use good wildlife sense in all parks and wilderness areas, this is especially the case in the more remote parks, such as Cape Scott Provincial Park, Strathcona Provincial Park, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Caramanah Walbran Provincial Park, where black bears, wolves, and cougars are frequently seen. Always use caution along the trails in parks.
A hiker walks along a boardwalk path on the West Coast Trail.
If you encounter a bear on the trail, let it know you are there by talking aloud. If the bear continues to walk toward you, back up and find a section of trail where you can get well off the trail and let the bear pass. For basic safety information in a PDF format that you can print and keep with you for reference, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf.
Get outside your comfort zone with primal fun & games! In two awesome, natural locations, WildPlay Element Parks gives adults, teens, and kids a place to play and explore the outdoors – and their personal boundaries! Guests get to create an adventure from the most unique aerial Elements in BC. Each adventure is always exciting, often challenging, and sometimes life-changing. WildPlay’s adrenalin-pumping Elements on Vancouver Island include! Monkido® Aerial Adventure Climb nets, balance on wobbly bridges, soar across zip lines, and take a Tarzan swing! The suspended obstacle courses rise from six to sixty feet above ground, and are packed [...]More Information
Nanaimo, Victoria • Central Island, South Island
Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest of the Comox Valley create an outdoor lover’s paradise where it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in a single day. You can be knee deep in an alpine wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a golf course. Locals and visitors both soon discover that in the Comox Valley, outdoor adventure doesn’t take the winter off! The perfect [...]More Information
Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
The Boulding family chose well when they placed Strathcona Park Lodge on a small point on Upper Campbell Lake, Vancouver Island. From almost every room on the property you can get an amazing view of glacier carved valleys, big pristine lakes and rocky/snowcapped peaks. There are several hikes, viewpoints, protected bays and beaches, climbing bluffs, old growth trees, high ropes courses and zip lines – and that’s just on the property. Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.’s oldest protected area, is just down the road. Within 30 minutes you’ll have access to whitewater paddling, mountain biking, more rock climbing, trail heads to [...]More Information
Campbell River • North Central Island
The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast; offering every guest an unparalleled vacation experience. Rated 4 stars by Canadian Star Quality Accommodations, our luxuriously appointed guest rooms feature the finest in comfort and style. Thoughtful details compliment the design of each room to enhance the enjoyment of your stay. With studios, one bedroom and two bedroom suites, The Beach Club Resort offers the ideal accommodation choice to suit your vacation desires. We take care of all the [...]More Information
181 Beachside Drive • Parksville • Central Island
The Westin Bear Mountain
The Westin Bear Mountain is a luxury hotel that welcomes you with a premium level of style, sophistication and elegance. Canada’s only resort featuring 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf, offering Sante Spa, athletic club, outdoor pool, tennis courts, beach volleyball, four unique dining options and private wine cellar.
Victoria • South Island
All Fun Karts, Cages, Clubs & Camping @ Western Speedway
All Fun offers an exciting blend of activities and action that makes it the perfect place for a day of family fun! All Fun features the only go-kart raceway and batting cages on the Island , along with 18 holes of adventure mini golf a motocross track, an ice cream parlour, an RV Park and Western Canada’s longest operating auto racing facility, Western Speedway. Visit the track on Sunday mornings for the All Fun Swap & Shop, a great open air family shopping experience. Ask about our group rates, birthday parties and special event packages.
Victoria • South Island
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.
Coombs, Parksville, Qualicum Beach • Central Island
Alberni Pacific “Steam” Railway
Board our 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive at the historic Port Alberni Railway Station and experience the romance of live steam on a 35 minute ride to the McLean Mill National Historic site. The sound of steel wheels on rail serenades you as you pass through the town and its friendly inhabitants, by fields and forest and along side a vineyard and winery.
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
Island Joy Rides
Island Joy Rides offers premium guided and self-guided single and multi-day bike tours that highlight the ocean, wineries, farms, spas, local food scene, culture and natural beauty of the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Quadra Island, and surrounding region. Our commitment to small groups and personal attention to guests of all ages and fitness level, ensures an engaging and memorable Vancouver Island experience. Season: mid-June to mid–Sept. Private bookings can be accommodated year-round. The best way to see the island is from the seat of a bicylcle – give us a call!
Campbell River, Comox • North Central Island
BC Forest Discovery Centre
This museum tells the story of the logging industry in coastal BC. Exhibits of logging machinery, camp life and the role of the B.C. Forest Service are found throughout the 100 acre site. Depending on the season, visitors can ride a ride in either “Samson” the Centre’s 1910 steam train or the “Green Hornet” the gas powered locomotive.
Duncan • Cowichan
Ocean Trails Resort
Ocean Trails Resort offers family friendly accommodations on the bluff above sandy Rathtrevor Beach. Offering all the comforts of home in our bright, one, two and three bedroom condominiums. All units have fully equipped kitchens, in-suite washers/dryers, free WIFI, free local calling, cable TV, DVD, cozy fireplaces. Outdoor hot tub, seasonal pool, children’s playground, tennis/ basketball and complimentary access to fitness centre. Make us your relaxation destination. Ask our friendly staff about specials and discounts.
Parksville • Central Island
West Coast Edge ATV Adventures
Experience The West Coast Like Never Before! #1 Rated ATV Tours on Vancouver Island, Adventures for all ages. Certified Guides, Top of the line equipment, Safety above all. If you’re looking for FUN, You’ve FOUND IT! Whether you are a beginner or have been riding for years West Coast Edge has a tour for all experience levels. The great outdoors offers the ultimate escape from the day to day challenges of the world, leaving you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. Accomplish a victory in your quest for the Ultimate Adventure by booking your tour with West Coast Edge ATV Adventures.
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
Alberni Valley Tourism
A steam engine train, coastal wineries, and an ancient rainforest—just a few reasons to visit the Alberni Valley. Located in the center of the Island, the Alberni Valley is filled with natural and historic wonders to discover. You can take a 1929 steam engine train from downtown to a coastal winery. Or explore the quiet paths of an 800-year old rainforest. Port Alberni also features 30 restaurants, a fudge shop, hiking, and an affordable day-cruise down the inlet.
Port Alberni • Pacific Rim
Riding Fool Hostel
We are a Tourism BC Approved property that offers immaculate private and dorm style accommodation in a fully restored heritage building. Amenities include a large lounge area, well equipped kitchen, BBQ, free pool table, wireless internet, computer terminal, and gear storage room. We have a cafe on premise and the #1 apres ski pub in North America (Skiing Magazine) across the street. “Recommended Property” Trip Advisor “One of Vancouver Island’s Best Hostels.” Lonely Planet
Cumberland • North Central Island
Island Mountain Rides
Professionally guided mountain biking tours on the great trails of Cumberland, Forbidden Plateau, Hornby Island and Campbell River. Tours to suit all ability levels from beginner to expert. Excursions range from half day rides to multi day adventures.
Cumberland • North Central Island
Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre
Port Hardy is located on the very northern tip of Vancouver Island. A natural paradise, Port Hardy offers activities for all ages and abilities. This is where the highway ends and the adventure begins! Choose from whale watching, hiking, beachcombing, bear watching, kayaking, diving, salt & fresh water fishing, watch the salmon spawning in the fall – truly an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.. First Nations history is abundant and proudly displayed with many totem poles around town. Museums, interpretive centres, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and other facilities are waiting to be explored. Come and Live the Adventure!
Port Hardy • North Island
Terrace Beach Resort Ucluelet
Jason Priestley & Family invite you to our beach front resort in Ucluelet, BC. Many units with private hot tubs. All with kitchenettes and fully equipped. Connected to the Wild Pacific Trail. Open all year.
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
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.
Nanaimo • Central Island