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.
Ocean River Adventures
Victoria’s premier outdoor adventure company with over 30 years of “getting you out there” is you choice for visitors to Vancouver Island
Come enjoy the ultimate Victoria Kayaking Experience with Ocean River Adventures. Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, kayaking is a great way to explore our historic city and the Salish Sea with Victoria’s premier kayaking adventure company connecting you to nature and our environment…
Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour – Canada’s kayaking capital where you will see the BC Parliament buildings, the world famous Fairmont Empress, float planes, sail and power boats, ferries big and small, wildlife and more with our fun and experienced guides. Morning, afternoon and Sunset Harbour Tours Daily May 15 – Sep 15. Kayak rental and tours are also now available for our location at the Oak Bay Marina
And for something a little different why not try our Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) harbour tours.
We also offer guided kayak and wildlife walking tours for all ability levels to Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park for a wilderness experience. This is a great individual or family experience as we get there quickly aboard our Discovery marine Shuttle with optional ground transportation from downtown Victoria to Oak Bay.
New for 2016 is a 3 day kayaking and hiking option on Saturna Island, a jewel in the Gulf Islands
Hands-on education about water and marine conservation is a key theme and we only employ highly qualified guides that respect sensitive ecosystems and species while teaching about the importance of ocean sustainability, preservation and conservation.
For those that want to explore and experience on their own, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle rentals and outfitting are also available as are custom tours.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear – voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine! – is where you will find the Ocean River Adventures office with our private dock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live to Surf
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
Discover Comox Valley
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 complement this four-season wonderland is a thriving and sophisticated cultural scene highlighted by more than 50 annual festivals and events celebrating everything from music and wildlife to chocolate and great beer. The Comox Valley boasts four museums, a fascinating heritage driving tour, a dynamic music and theatre scene and numerous art galleries.
In between festivities, dine on delicious local seafood, artisan breads and cheeses, wild mushrooms and berries and pasture raised meats in venues ranging from ocean-side dining rooms to funky neighbourhood bistros.
With direct, daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is your convenient gateway to the vibrant Comox Valley and the wild west coast.
The Comox Valley is where farm fields meet fine cuisine, where heart-pounding pursuits meet relaxation and where vibrant culture meets the salt of the earth – this is where dreams are realized.”
Visit the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland and discover the possibilities in the Comox Valley. Fly direct via WestJet from Alberta to the Comox Valley Airport.
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.
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
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!
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.