Vancouver Island is one of my favorite places in Canada due to how vast it is. You could spend weeks exploring all it has to offer. It’s one of the best places to go on a road trip in the Pacific Northwest because there are so many different places to stop that are scenic. Here are a few of my favorites!
If Vancouver Island isn’t enough for you, you can take a ferry to another island! Newcastle Island is across from Nanaimo is connected by a ferry that leaves every half hour (you can find the ferry schedule online). For $5 CAD, you can walk the trails of this beautiful area. There are a variety of trails within the forest and around the edge of the island.
While you’re there, you can see part of the history that’s left on the island. The Salish First Nations used to have villages there, and you can see the remnants of old coal machines as you walk along the trails.
I was driving by this lake and had to pull over because it was so beautiful. There were only a few people swimming on the opposite side, so it was a relaxing place to stop. I loved how clear the water was and all the rocks you could see at the bottom. It’d be perfect for a picnic in the summer or enjoying the cool breeze of fall with a hot drink in hand.
At the north end of Cameron Lake is Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. Walking through this 800-year-old forest will have you in awe as you look at the giant Douglas Firs. The road splits the forest in two, but I recommend checking out both parts. It’s a peaceful place to take a walk and relax in nature.
Little Qualicum Falls Park
I constantly found myself making stops that weren’t planned just to take pictures. That’s what’s great about the island – you can really make it your own. Have a few items planned out, but allow plenty of time to just discover what Vancouver Island has to offer.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tourism Vancouver Island. All opinions are my own.
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