The sheer natural beauty of Vancouver Island's old growth forests and endless miles of stunning beachfront lures locals and visitors all year long. While many visitors think of holidaying on Vancouver Island in the summer months, more and more are discovering that the fall offers a vibrant autumn landscape and never-ending possibilities to explore anew! For those yearning for a weekend getaway, Vancouver Island is little more than 20 minutes by float plane, or a couple of hours (or less) by ferry.
The Island is home to seven distinct regions, all with their own charm and appeal. Whether you long to head out for a cosmopolitan centre, a small town or a snug harbour, the Vancouver Island region has it all.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there's rugged oceanfront hiking trails, wilderness camping, big-wave surfing, mountain biking paths, wildlife watching expeditions, caving and kayaking trips that makes the Island a natural paradise.
Yet, don't be fooled by the Island's other choice of activities - golf, museums, spectacular gardens, aquariums and government buildings - Vancouver Island is also a Mecca for those who want a variety of dining and shopping choices. Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure because the Island offers everything from international fine dining to West coast cuisine, tempting seafood to culinary classics with an Island twist, and everything in between. Explore its great shopping with unique retail outlets selling local fashion, food, wine, crafts, art and much more.
In the evening, head out for a night of fabulous live music, theatre or fine arts.
Vancouver Island is a land of diversity and choices, and that includes the Island's accommodations. There's a home-away-fromhome that will satisfy every taste and budget.
If your idea of an idyllic stay is a restorative one, the Island offers -myriad -resort lodgings, boutique hotels, major chain hotels, warm and inviting B&Bs and funky hostels.
Best of all, because of the warm Pacific Ocean currents, Vancouver Island boasts one of the mildest climates in the country. Here you can ski or snowboard in the morning, have a late lunch at a beachside bistro and and play 18 holes of golf in the afternoon.
There's so much waiting for you in the Vancouver Island region in the fall and it's all there waiting to be discovered: whether it's storm watching from the open Pacific, a brisk walk in the cool morning air or retreating to a spa for a day of pampering. For more information about what to do and see on Vancouver Island, visit www.vancouverisland.travel.
Did you know?
(Courtesy Tourism Vancouver Island) -Vancouver Island is the largest island off the North American west coast at over 32,000 square km.
-It's the world's 43rd largest island.
-It's Canada's 11th largest island.
-There are some 7,000 known species inhabiting the coastal waters of Vancouver Island, over 200 species of migratory birds and 33 species of land mammals.
-There are over 1,000 recorded caves on Vancouver Island.
-There are 9,396 lakes on Vancouver Island.
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