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Vancouver Island Hotels

Canada’s west coast wilderness with pockets of city chic, Vancouver Island is by turns rugged and cultured, and just begging to be explored. The bright, bustling capital, Victoria, feels almost more British than it does Canadian, with old stately homes and cozy pubs. If you want to escape civilization altogether, the craggy cliffs and crashing waves of Tofino offer the perfect escape – and in-between the two, this unique, beautiful island is brimming with surprises and a rich diversity of nature.

Things to see

Victoria, the Island’s capital, is the most easily accessible place from the mainland and the largest city. Get an understanding of British Colombia at the fascinating Royal BC Museum. The natural history section is outstanding, and there’s lots of interactivity. For those interested in more recent history, visit Craigdarroch Castle, a magnificent gothic-fairytale building done up in full Victorian regalia. Nanaimo, north of Victoria, is a great place for outdoor adventures. The whole family can zip-wire through the forest at the WildPlay Park, while Newcastle Island offers a secluded picnic spot and tranquil walking trails out in the bay. For absolute wilderness, head further north still to Tofino, where you’ll be spoiled with deserted beach coves, endless miles of pine forest, and as much gloriously fresh air as your lungs can take. In summer, surfers come for the best waves in Canada, while winter attracts storm-watchers with raw, ferocious weather.

Hotels in Vancouver Island

While the island does have the typical selection of global-brand, mid-range hotels and budget motels scattered across its main settlements, it does also boast a number of distinctive properties, from luxury hotels with names evoking 1920’s Britain and the glamour to match, to remote, backcountry lodges with little more than the bare necessities. Whether you want to be pampered and stay in a 4-poster bed, or a rustic woodland hut to rest your weary head in, you’ll find it somewhere in Vancouver Island. Prices, even for luxury accommodation, are reasonable, so you can be sure of bagging a Vancouver Island hotel deal.

Where to stay

Victoria offers the most in terms of city culture, so if you’re looking for an arty town with shops, great restaurants, and a sense of local history, this is the place to be. There are hotels to suit every budget, but it does old-fashioned glamour and luxury particularly well. Nanaimo, the island’s second-largest town, has a lively, picturesque harbor and great access to the forests, mountains, and sea. It has plentiful hotels, mostly mid-range to budget options. If you want to get away from it all, Tofino offers rustic lodges hidden within the forest and along the dramatic west coast.

How to get to Vancouver Island

The closest and most convenient international airport is Vancouver, on the mainland. There are plenty of links with the island; you can either catch a connecting flight to one of the local airports, Nanaimo, Victoria, or Comox, or you can take the ferry. Ferries take foot passengers, cars, and buses. A good option is to hire a car in Vancouver and travel over on the ferry, so that you can explore the island easily and visit different areas. Victoria is the main port and a good base from which to start exploring. Ferries also travel to the island from Seattle.