than many countries, Vancouver
Island, stretches 450 km (280 miles) from Victoria to Cape Scott and
anywhere from 80km (50 miles) to 100km (62miles) in width.
coast of Vancouver Island is rugged, with its deep fjords, long inlets
and grand mountains that overlook the island and ocean. The west coast
area is populated with small fishing and logging communities.
coast's rich fishing streams, farmlands, timber, tranquil sandy beaches,
quaint villages, bustling towns and cities make it an explorer's paradise.
Also along the east coast is the province's capital city, Victoria, a
beautiful and historic spot.
abounds with great fishing from the ocean, lakes and rivers. Hundreds
of hiking trails for the novice hiker to the experienced backwoods mountaineer
can be found around the entire island. Other activities include whale
watching, canoeing, kayoing, swimming or visiting the many historic and
heritage sites on the Island.
Vancouver Island is via the BC Ferries Service. This vehicle and passenger
fleet of over 40 vessels serves Vancouver Island and the BC coast. From
the lower mainland, ships depart from Tsawwassen to Schwartz Bay (located
near Victoria on the island), a stunning journey of 32 km (20 miles) and
to Departure Bay (Nanaimo). A second terminal is located in Horseshoe
Bay in West Vancouver. Other Gulf Islands serviced by BC Ferries include
Salt Spring, the Penders, Galiano, Mayne and Saturna.