Welcome to Vancouver Island
Why Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is one of those magical places filled with giant trees and falling water. A place of endless solitude, a place of mists, a place of wonder. Our mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, forests and waterfalls, and communities that are dotted along the coast are just waiting to be explored.
So, what are you waiting for, strap on your hiking boots, take a step out your door, put your feet on a path and you’ll be well on your way to a great adventure! Vancouver Island has much to offer those who love the outdoors! Come and see what we have to offer.
There are wonderful lakes, rivers, and campgrounds that readily await your use. Gaining access to these areas is (for the most part) very easy, there are many logging roads open to the public that lead to adventures. Please drive carefully, as many of these are active logging roads.
The Island offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure! You can go kayaking, white river rafting, whale watching, mountain biking, hiking, spelunking, skiing, canoeing and so much more. The adventure of a lifetime is just waiting for you.
All 5 species of Pacific salmon migrate along the coast and spawn in the many rivers and streams that flow down to the sea. Black bears, Eagles, and the sea wolf all come down to the rivers to gorge on this feast as they get ready to settle in for winter. It’s a great time to come to view our rivers.
This is a vital component of the forest. These animals carry fish away from the stream and into the forest where they can enjoy eating at a slower pace, the sea wolves also feed on salmon but will only eat the brains from these fish. Seems the rest of the salmon has an element in it that can harm the wolf. After the fish has been chewed upon, the animal will leave the remains, this is quickly broken down by various smaller animals and insects until it is finally absorbed into the land.
This quite effectively feeds the land. Just walk down a river where there is a healthy run of salmon, you will see how vibrant the growth is. Then take a walk along the banks of a stream where the salmon runs have been destroyed, you will see what l mean.
I wrote a short poem in honor of the returning salmon, it’s called Salmon.
Swimmer, your journey’s end is close at hand,
And l thank you.
For with your passing, you feed the land.
The waters along the shores of Vancouver Island abound with wildlife. Experience an exciting whale watching or grizzly viewing adventure, and encounter pacific gray whales migrating along the outer coast or see humpback and killer whales in the inland waters. Thrilling tours can be arranged in most of the small towns that dot the coast and outer islands.
Over a million birds travel the Pacific Flyway, and many more live here year-round. Birding enthusiasts, photographers & the like, eagerly travel here to see the wonders of the avian world.
On Vancouver Island you will find the endangered Vancouver Island marmot, they number less than 200 in total. These little marmots are awesome to watch. The Island is home to several wild animals not seen anywhere else in the world! For instance, the Roosevelt elk are unique to this area. They are two of our island’s rare & incredibly beautiful animals. Marmots are found in high elevations, and Roosevelt elk can be seen on most parts of the Island. You could see the Vancouver Island wolverine, although one has not been seen for a number of years now, l still hold out hope that they are still located deep in the mountains and just not seen.
We always enjoy finding chanterelle, pine, or morel mushrooms in spring to take home to the frying pan. There’s always something to look forward to! Other varieties have more deadly qualities that are sought out by dark souls and yet others have hallucinogenic properties that shamans, healers, and more recently recreational drug users have sought out with enthusiasm.
Whether you are to here visit our parks or view our numerous waterfalls, hike on our mountain trails, hunt for edible mushrooms & plants, go on bear & whale tours, or kayak with the seals, the coast has the adventure you are looking for. Given our many spectacular rivers, lakes, valleys, mountains, inlets, and bays, along with our small population, you can see why so many outdoor enthusiasts choose to come back again and again!