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Introduction

Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, sits on the west coast of Canada. It is home to around 760,000 residents. Nearly half of these (344,630) live in Greater Victoria.

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Geography

Vancouver Island covers 32,134 square kilometres and is the largest island off the North American west coast.
The island is 460 kilometres in length, 80 kilometres in width at its widest point. It is the world's 43rd largest island, Canada's 11th largest island, and Canada's second most populous island after the Island of Montreal.

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Cities and Towns

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Sights and Activities

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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  • The Butchart Gardens provide stunning floral displays year round. Admission prices for an adult range from CA$16.35 to $29 depending on the time of the year. Free for children under 5. Open daily 9:00am-sundown. Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay
  • Strathcona Provincial Park is the largest park on the island, covering more than 2,000 sq kilometers.

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Weather

Vancouver Island has a mild maritime climate with generally wet conditions year round. There are huge variations though, ranging from just around 650 mm near Victoria to 10 times (!) as much at some locations along the west coast. Snow is possible in winter at higher elevations, but usually uncommon at sea level. Temperatures in winter (December to March) are mostly above zero at sea level, though frost is possible higher and more inland. In summer, temperatures up to 30 °C or even a bit more are possible, but only during a few weeks in total.

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Getting There

By Plane

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) offers flights to/from Seattle, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, San Francisco and even seasonal flights south to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Honolulu, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

By Boat

There are several ferries operating between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia and between Vancouver Island and Washington State in the USA:

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Getting Around

By Plane

There are flights between Victoria and places like Nanaimo, Comox and a few others towns on the island.

By Train

The Malahat is operated by ViaRail and travels between Victoria and Courtenay, stopping en route in half a dozen places like Nanaimo.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Malahat Bungalows & Rooms300 Trans Canada Highway VictoriaGUESTHOUSE-
Sun Lotus Yogic Life Center5070 Culverton Rd. DuncanGUESTHOUSE-
Mt H'Kusam View Lodge1165 Salmon River MainHostel100
Riding Fool Hostel2705 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland BC Comox ValleyHOSTEL80

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