Tofino, British Columbia

Vancouver Island, located off of Canada’s Pacific Coast and situated north of Seattle, is known for its mild climate, outdoor lifestyle, breathtaking scenery, and thriving arts communities. On Vancouver Island’s southern tip lies Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. With its boat-lined Inner Harbour, neo-baroque Parliament Buildings, grand Fairmont Empress Hotel and English-style gardens, this city is popular with both tourists and homebuyers. With abundant parkland, Vancouver Island is a popular destination for hiking, biking, and camping. The island’s rugged west coast is also well-known for outdoor activities such as surfing and kayaking.

Central Vancouver Island

Stretching along the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island, the Central Island offers visitors glorious parks, sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures, tranquil lakes, exceptional golf courses, and fabulous fresh and salt water fishing.

Central Island features Vancouver Island’s second largest city, Nanaimo. A fun-filled and energetic city, Nanaimo is known for its commercial success and lovely harbour. The word “Nanaimo” is derived from the Coast Salish word “Sney-Ny-Mous” which means “meeting place.” Famous for its varied landscapes and more than 24 outdoor parks, Nanaimo boasts one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Canada.

Nanaimo is also the mid-island transportation hub to and from the British Columbia mainland. BC Ferries has daily sailings from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver on the Mainland) and Duke Point to Tsawwassen on the lower British Columbia mainland. This makes Nanaimo easy to travel to, and a great central location to set up base for tours of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The new Island Highway (Highway 19) hugs the coast from Nanaimo up to Fanny Bay, the northernmost point of Central Island. It’s always a visual treat to look across the Strait of Georgia at landmarks on the mainland and enjoy the miles of scenic, sandy beaches.

North of Nanaimo and just off Highway 19 is the protected harbour of Nanoose Bay. The local marinas, one as large as 400 berths, are a destination for visitors throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The Nanoose Bay area is a vacationer’s paradise, offering a wealth of activities including sailing, windsurfing, fishing, tennis, diving, hiking, canoeing, and much more.

Oceanside

Exiting off Highway 19 onto the Oceanside Route Highway 19A takes you through seaside communities with homegrown hospitality and an abundance of activities and accommodation to choose from. Parksville marks the beginning of Oceanside country with the focus on the outstanding waterfront. When the tide is low, vast stretches of sand beckon to sandcastle builders and beachcombers. As the tide comes in, the water is warmed by the hot sand and is perfect for swimming. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, just south of Parksville, features a fine 2 km sandy beach, wooded stands with great nature trails and birdwatching opportunities. Arts and crafts in the Parksville area are world-renowned and feature a diverse selection of paintings, pottery, and jewelry. Feel free to relax in the sun, play in the water, stroll along the shoreline and play a round of golf. Parksville has something to please everyone.

From Parksville you can head west along Highways 4 and 4A through the pastoral Coombs area toward Port Alberni (Pacific Rim). Coombs old-fashioned country stores are scattered around Coombs Emporium and Frontier Town. The small stores sell crafts, knickknacks and many antiques. Don’t miss the grass-covered roof of the old market that is home to several grazing goats!

Island hoppers can also enjoy Gabriola Island, accessed from Nanaimo by BC Ferries. The island is partly residential but also holds large expanses of forest with abundant wildlife. Long stretches of unspoiled coastline can be explored.

Nanaimo & area communities to explore

Cassidy Coombs Errington Gabriola Island Lantzville Nanaimo Nanoose Bay Parksville Qualicum Beach Traveling to different island climates and natural settings of Vancouver Island is one of the pleasures for visitors to the Central Island region. Shop, eat and sleep in style while exploring a historic harbour city of Victoria. Dine at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant on Protection Island. Hurtle down forested mountain bike trails. Canoe across placid blue lakes. Smile at the delightful sight of goats on the grass-covered roof of a country market in Coombs.

Nanaimo

Nanaimo

Nanaimo, the Island’s second largest city, has evolved into a lively urban centre with its smartly restored downtown and walkable harbor front.

Many visitors arrive in Nanaimo via its ferry terminals, floatplane services, cruise ship terminal and revitalized airport. Great hiking and cycling trails, kayaking and boating opportunities, ziplines and even a bungy jump zone are within walking distance of downtown. Explore the Old City Quarter before catching a passenger ferry to Protection Island for a pint at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant. While you wait for your meal, the kids can even fish through the floor of the restaurant.

Outdoor pursuits are available wherever you’re based on the island. Milner Gardens and Woodland is one of Vancouver Island’s favorite public gardens. Scuba divers can explore artificial reefs in Nanaimo’s harbour. Meet locals and their canine companions on beachside promenades. Golfers can roam between 19 courses in the region while their non-golfing partners opt for whatever pleases them: shopping, culinary tours, birdwatching and kid-friendly outings to wildlife and barnyard petting zoos.

Southern Vancouver Island

The South Island includes the pastoral Saanich peninsula and a rugged southwest coastline framed by postcard views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the towering peaks of Washington State’s Olympic Mountain range. With so many must-see attractions, it’s tempting to settle into comfortable lodgings in the city of Victoria (British Columbia’s capital, “the City of Gardens”) and explore this end of the Island at leisure by car or on foot.

Steeped in rich history, the city of Victoria combines old-world charm with new-world experiences. Picturesque 19th century heritage buildings house galleries, boutique shops, cocktail lounges and brewpubs. The year-round events calendar is marked by diverse festivals and a pulsating live-music scene. Victoria has an extraordinary assortment of cuisine, ranging from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, waterfront pubs and gourmet food trucks. Local chefs capitalize on an abundance of Island meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. And drink menus invariably include outstanding locally made wines, ciders, beers and spirits. Pick up the Craft Beer Map from a Visitor Centre to plot a tour of the city’s many taphouses and regional breweries.

From international destinations such as the national historic site of Butchart Gardens to hidden gems like Canada’s oldest Chinatown, your days in the region can be as busy or relaxed as you want. Marvel at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s natural history, First Nations and pioneer exhibits. Shop downtown or visit seaside neighborhoods like Oak Bay and Estevan Village to experience a British High Street experience with a modern twist of style and culinary expertise.

Many visitors unpack at once to wander the city at their own leisure. Other visitors balance the urban pleasures with daytrip excursions. Head north into Saanich for a roadtrip tour of farms and wineries, stopping for a waterside lunch in Brentwood Bay, a visit to one of Canada’s most beloved public gardens or a tour of Sidney’s many book stores and unique boutiques.

The South Island invites spontaneity and unplanned agendas. Although it’s the most populous area on Vancouver Island, it’s still quiet enough to attract residents who treasure peace, serenity and all kinds of holistic opportunities to stay fit and healthy. There are also numerous parks, easy-access beaches, recreation facilities, yoga studios and two of Canada’s best family hiking and biking routes, the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, available for visitors to enjoy.

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1287 Helen Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1287 Helen Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1936 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,250,000
1639 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1639 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,250,000
1639 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1639 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,999,000
185 Daphne Pl, tofino, British Columbia

185 Daphne Pl

Tofino, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 2815 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $1,750,000
16 1383 Thornberg Cres, tofino, British Columbia

16 1383 Thornberg Cres

Tofino, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2700 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $815,000
Lot 10 Kvarno Island, ucluelet, British Columbia

Lot 10 Kvarno Island

Ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $2,649,000
748 Odyssey Lane, ucluelet, British Columbia

748 Odyssey Lane

Ucluelet, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2106 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $209,000
318 596 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

318 596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bathroom 482 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $859,000
202B 151 Eik Rd, tofino, British Columbia

202b 151 Eik Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 704 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $189,000
1138 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1138 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $575,000
105 700 Yew Wood Rd, tofino, British Columbia

105 700 Yew Wood Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 642 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $429,900
7 1002 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

7 1002 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bathroom 330 sqft
460 Realty Inc. (Na)
For sale $690,000
102 700 Yew Wood Rd, tofino, British Columbia

102 700 Yew Wood Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 963 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $459,000
1100 Front St, ucluelet, British Columbia

1100 Front St

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 512 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,100,000
948 Hardy Pl, tofino, British Columbia

948 Hardy Pl

Tofino, British Columbia

Royal LePage Port Alberni - Pacific Rim Realty
For sale $749,000
66 Sutton Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

66 Sutton Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1945 sqft
Stratten Gates Real Estate Ltd.
For sale $669,000
15 1782 St. Jacques Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

15 1782 St. Jacques Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1093 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $669,000
14 1782 St. Jacques Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

14 1782 St. Jacques Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1093 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $669,000
16 1782 St. Jacques Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

16 1782 St. Jacques Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1093 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $669,000
20 1782 St. Jacques Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

20 1782 St. Jacques Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1093 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $669,000
17 1782 St. Jacques Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

17 1782 St. Jacques Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1093 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,200,000
102 554 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

102 554 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1573 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,189,000
106 545 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

106 545 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1587 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $450,000
1167 Helen Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

1167 Helen Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $296,000
460 Orca Cres, ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Orca Cres

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 672 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,549,000
1351 Eber St, ucluelet, British Columbia

1351 Eber St

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $1,499,000
311 Olsen Rd, tofino, British Columbia

311 Olsen Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2655 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $2,825,000
1310 Lynn Rd, tofino, British Columbia

1310 Lynn Rd

Tofino, British Columbia

7 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 4150 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $993,000
9 625 Hellesen Dr, tofino, British Columbia

9 625 Hellesen Dr

Tofino, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1443 sqft
Sotheby's International Realty Canada (Vic2)
Sotheby's International Realty Canada
For sale $675,000
1045 7th Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1045 7th Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1880 sqft
460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $249,000
D 1627 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

D 1627 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $734,000
1154 2nd Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1154 2nd Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1539 sqft
460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $949,000
19 625 Hellesen Dr, tofino, British Columbia

19 625 Hellesen Dr

Tofino, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1423 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $525,000
1142 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1142 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1200 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $849,000
14 203 Boardwalk Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

14 203 Boardwalk Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1350 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $749,000
16 203 Boardwalk Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

16 203 Boardwalk Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1230 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $699,000
12 203 Boardwalk Blvd, ucluelet, British Columbia

12 203 Boardwalk Blvd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1117 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $469,000
1082 Sixth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1082 Sixth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 406 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $375,000
5,6,7,8 2088 Peninsula Rd, ucluelet, British Columbia

5,6,7,8 2088 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 4 Bathroom
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $3,500,000
460 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

8 Bedroom 8 Bathroom 5100 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $27,000
1576 Imperial Lane, ucluelet, British Columbia

1576 Imperial Lane

Ucluelet, British Columbia

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $729,000
105 605 Gibson St, tofino, British Columbia

105 605 Gibson St

Tofino, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 904 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Tfno)
For sale $699,000
1176 2nd Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1176 2nd Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1144 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $269,500
421 Humpback Pl, ucluelet, British Columbia

421 Humpback Pl

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 672 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $169,000
1154 Fourth Ave, ucluelet, British Columbia

1154 Fourth Ave

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For rent $140,000 Monthly
321 Main St, tofino, British Columbia

321 Main St

Tofino, British Columbia

460 Realty Inc. (Uc)
For sale $249,000
DL 1092 Clayoquot Island, ucluelet, British Columbia

Dl 1092 Clayoquot Island

Ucluelet, British Columbia

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
For sale $204,990
1702 596 Marine Dr, ucluelet, British Columbia

1702 596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, British Columbia

1 Bathroom 507 sqft
RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty (Uclet)
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