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Regional Adventures: Vancouver Island, Canada

August 18, 2012

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Vancouver Island is located on the southwestern corner of the province of British Columbia. Despite the name the city of Vancouver is not located on the island but rather it’s across the Strait of Georgia on the British Columbia mainland. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria which IS located on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island, B.C. map

This little blurb from Wikipedia best describes the topography of the island so I’ll leave it to them. “The Vancouver Island Ranges run most of the length of the island, dividing it into a wet and rugged west coast and a drier, more rolling east coast. The highest point in these ranges and on the island is the Golden Hinde, at 2,195 metres (7,201 ft). Located near the centre of Vancouver Island in 2,500 square kilometres (965 sq mi) Strathcona Provincial Park, it is part of a group of peaks that include the only glaciers on the island, the largest of which is the Comox Glacier. The west coast shoreline is rugged and in many places mountainous, characterised by its many fjords, bays, and inlets. The interior of the island has many lakes (Kennedy Lake, northeast of Ucluelet, is the largest) and rivers.”

Comox Glacier, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Vancouver Island has one of the most diverse ecosystems. It has rain forests, beaches, mountains, marshes, oceans, rivers, and lakes and is one of the best places to see whales and birds as well as fish for salmon and trout. A good portion of the island is protected parkland and the Beaufort Mountain range splits the island north to south and has one of Canada’s biggest, all-natural ski bases.

Whale watching is one of the many things to do on Vancouver Island!

If you want some real adventures you might want to explore the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve where you can get to know the wilderness that is synonymous  with the island. Here’s is a short little video that shows just how rugged, raw and beautiful this part of Vancouver Island is!

The park is composed of three different geographically separate units: Long Beach, The Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast trail. The territory now known as the Pacific Rim National Park has a significant history, having been inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth people for thousands of years.

Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island

There are such beautiful views where the forest meets the ocean. Pacific Rim National Park is located on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island and faces the open Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Rim National Park

I recently revisited the Pacific Rim National Park and found it simply fascinating with wild, rough sea combined with rainforest. The people here certainly live life on the edge that’s for sure!

Me in Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island!

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