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Stay and play in paradise - on Vancouver Island

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There is so much to see and do on beautiful Vancouver Island, with its pristine, rugged coast line, and sandy ocean beaches stretching for miles and miles along the west coast, with its mountains and lush old-growth rainforests, with scenic farmland along the east coast, and with many islands and islets scattered throughout the Georgia Strait, it’s no wonder that the region is one of the world’s top tourism destinations. It’s also not a surprise that Vancouver Island has a wide range of accommodations to choose from for its many visitors. Whether you’re looking for rugged adventure and scenery or comfort and luxury, Vancouver Island has it. 

 

You can stay in the luxurious, world famous Empress Hotel or choose from a wide variety of other, also lower budget choices in downtown Victoria, the quaint and charming capital of B.C. With its lively ambiance, historical buildings, spectacular views and so many attractions and events, Victoria is still more quiet and laid-back than glamorous Vancouver.


Consider staying at one of the many lovely Bed and Breakfasts (why Bed and Breakfast?) as your base for hiking or biking the many spectacular trails. Those who like to explore the famous Galloping Goose trail from Victoria to Sooke by bike will appreciate the choice of welcoming bed and breakfasts, hotels, resorts or cottages, many of them catering to the specific needs of cyclists. If fishing is your thing, consider renting a cottage or cabin and enjoy some solitude, or stay in a fishing lodge offering adventure packages including boat and equipment rental and possibly a guide that can lead you to his most favourite spots for salt- or fresh water fishing. Packages are also offered for bear watching and whale watching.


Visit one of the many smaller Gulf Islands in the Straight of Georgia between Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland, and experience a change of pace. Many artists and retired folks find inspiration in their beautiful natural surroundings here, and for the same reason nature-loving tourists like to come to these islands. Connect with nature, explore the local villages, buy some nature-inspired art work and enjoy the fresh seafood while staying in one of the many lodgings available.