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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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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.
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.
There are several ferries operating between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia and between Vancouver Island and Washington State in the USA:
There are flights between Victoria and places like Nanaimo, Comox and a few others towns on the island.
The Malahat is operated by ViaRail and travels between Victoria and Courtenay, stopping en route in half a dozen places like Nanaimo.
|Malahat Bungalows & Rooms||300 Trans Canada Highway Victoria||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sun Lotus Yogic Life Center||5070 Culverton Rd. Duncan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mt H'Kusam View Lodge||1165 Salmon River Main||Hostel||100|
|Riding Fool Hostel||2705 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland BC Comox Valley||HOSTEL||94|
as well as Peter (13%)
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