Things to do in Vancouver Island

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Things to Do in Vancouver Island


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Top Attractions in Vancouver Island

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  • True W
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, wow, wow, what an amazing gardens. Stop everything and visit these gardens they are truly amazing. The best collection and gardens I have visited in the world.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Heather s
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing one hour hike with awesome views inspiring views of the coastline. The trail is well marked with plenty of benches for resting, sitting and picnics
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • ccriderYVR
    Vancouver, Canada3,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We never miss a visit to Beacon Hill park when we are in Victoria. It’s a great place to walk about and also encounter peacocks, ducks, owls and lots of squirrels.

    Spring time is beautiful with all of the flowers and trees blossoming.

    You can connect to the beach and walk and explore for some time if you want.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Inner Harbour is spectacular! From the Legislative Buildings, to the Empress Hotel framing in the Harbour, the beauty of Victoria is there for you to take in. The constant life in the harbour, from seaplanes taking off, to the people enjoying a stroll to the boats going on the water, you really enjoy the views and life downtown. Being so close to other attractions and restaurants makes the Inner Harbour a natural place to begin your Victorian adventure!
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • RobertMJThompson
    Victoria, Canada755 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Terry Fox van is in the building. Make a quick trip to the foyer w/o going anywhere else. Have an emotional moment with a piece of true blue Canadian iconography. The restored van that was used to accompany Mr.F. and his team across this country. More artifacts to come I hope.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • NeilMcCubbin
    Lac Brome, qc6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour not listed. We did the deepest one with rappelles and a load of messy wiggling
    Good fun but energetic and not for the fat boys
    Our guide, Chloe, was very competent and good fun.
    Only problem was slight unannounced change in start time
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great tour with Ryan, the architecture and history of building was brought to life. The forty or so minute tour really makes you appreciate the effort it took to get the building built, but at the same time recognizes that it was built at a different time, using different labour laws and taking advantage of a native family. The free tour is worth every moment. The gift shop is also well priced and has some good food offerings. Learn some history, learn about democracy, enjoy the grounds and restaurant!
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • ah_travelgirl
    San Diego, CA154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our visit. Staff was super friendly. Unfortunately, guided tours were not offered during our visit (someone had recommend them). Nonetheless, there are signs to read and a little brochure with info to read as your walk through the house. We walked from James Bay, and stopped for breakfast along the way.
    Written 23 March 2024
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  • kenna h
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long Beach is famous for its long stretches of sandy beaches, dramatic shoreline, and powerful surf. It's a popular spot for surfing, beachcombing, and taking in beautiful sunsets. Visitors can stroll along the sandy shores, watch the crashing waves, and enjoy the coastal scenery.
    Written 24 July 2023
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  • S F
    Ucluelet, Canada802 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The iconic & highly-regarded travel guide, Lonely Planet, has just this January 2024 —- in its always highly anticipated & regular reviews — named Chesterman Beach in Tofino, on Canada’s Wild West coast, the 6th best beach in the world.
    Chesterman Beach is certainly impressive with its 1.7 mile long firm sandy arching beach.
    In addition, to one side it has an interesting cluster of tidal rock pools, & if the tide is right, one can walk out to join with the area of Frank island.
    Tofino has a good selection of beaches at which to surf, to walk on, do yoga on, or to contemplate the world from, as well as beaches close by in the Pacific Rim National Park—- the spectacular stretch of land, connectingTofino to its non-identical twin ocean village, Ucluelet, or Ukee, as locals affectionately refer to it as.
    This coast is blessed with a significant number of beaches along the tantalizing Pacific Ocean.
    Chesterman offers many moods over the day, often starting with romantic foggy mornings, invigorating times with waves, walking & exploring in the day, ending with enchanting sunsets in the evenings.
    As a life-commited ocean lover, I have travelled to a fair number of great beaches on five continents — also, too, discovering secluded gems in the process, & with that I am delighted Lonely Planet decided to include Chesterman Beach — just up the road from where I now live in Ucluelet — in its top 10 beaches on the planet.
    Posted by S Fuller
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fisherman’s Wharf is just another great part of Victoria to check out. Lots of restaurants to choose from. I’d love to see the area on a weekend when there would be many more people and businesses open. It was a quiet Wednesday when I was at FW, we enjoyed the views and uniqueness of the area. I know we’ll be back!!
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Naomi B
    Leiden, The Netherlands20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trees are truly impressive! It is a very easy and short walk, so be prepared in case you are expecting a hike. Was a bit disappointed about how small it was, but still very nice to see.
    Written 15 April 2024
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