Choose Your Adventure
A new day dawns fresh and bright, and with it arrives the promise of memorable adventures ahead in the great outdoors.
Hiking leads the list of DIY options and there’s no end of easy, moderate and/or challenging alternatives across the Island’s length and breadth. Mountain bikers grind their way up forested trails, then gleefully bomb it on the descents. Mount a different type of steed for horseback trail excursions or hitch up to a zipline for gravity defying joyrides of still another kind. Cavers take the down-low route when exploring the Island’s subterranean depths, and delighted peels of laughter ring out as groups negotiate the fun and challenging obstacles at element parks.
Roll out of a comfortable B&B or hotel bed, or perhaps a cozy sleeping bag. Fuel up on a nutritious, locally sourced breakfast while scanning guidebooks and collecting tips from your hosts. Savour a cup of locally roasted coffee. Then get cracking: Vancouver Island’s peaceful places and wild spaces are yours to explore, either spontaneously with friends and family or with the assistance of expert guides offering bookable, pre-planned schedules and activities.
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.
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, download BC Parks’ PDF so that you can print and keep with you for reference.
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.
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.
Don’t miss a visit to one of the most spectacular outdoor destinations on Vancouver Island. Ranked #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor, this unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Open YEAR ROUND, park visitors can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, hike the Fossil Trail, explore the marble caverns, or learn how to rock rappel.
The easiest and most popular caving experience is the 90 min. Family Cavern Tour. This guided family-oriented tour leaves every hour 10am – 5pm in summer months and visits the crystal-filled Riverbend Cave without any crawling or vertical climbing. Great for kids age 5 and older.
For those looking for more adventure, try the 3hr. Ice Age Spelunking Tour which adds some extra caves that feature easy climbing and rock scrambling along with an underground slide!
For maximum thrills, the 4hr. And 5 hr. Extreme Tours are your best bet. The 4hr. High Adventure Expedition is a great introduction to vertical roped caving – no previous experience necessary. Short crawls and roped climbing leads you to a unique crystal formation over 4 storeys tall! The 5hr. Extreme Rappel Tour adds a wild rappel down a seven-storey waterfall UNDERGROUND and a look into the China Shop near the end of this amazing cave!
If you’re not familiar with rappelling, you can learn the ropes outdoors same-day on the 2hr. Rock Rappel Clinic. Great for families looking for extra fun. The Extreme Cave experience is much more enjoyable if your first rappel is not done in complete darkness!
If you prefer to guide yourself, the park has two caves open for self-guiding – Lower Cave and Andre’s Annex. These public-access caves are more rugged than the Family Tour and are open for exploring during park hours, 10am – 4pm. To help get you geared up, helmets with mounted lights and maps are available to park visitors.
In winter, visitors can witness the awesome natural forces that created these amazing caverns on the 3hr. Wet & Wild Spelunking Adventure. Climb an underground waterfall, scramble through the ceiling galleries on this thrilling and sometimes wet adventure.
Since the park can get very busy, reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at HORNELAKE.COM or by phone (250) 248-7829. Call or email for more detailed information including departure times and weather conditions.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located next door to the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground. This campground offers a beautiful beach, lakefront camping and canoe / kayak rentals – all within walking distance to the cave park.
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch
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.
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