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VANCOUVER ISLAND

REGIONS & COMMUNITIES

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Regional District of Mount Waddington
Port Hardy

Port Hardy, a welcoming community of nearly 5,000 people, sits at the northern end of Vancouver Island. A wilderness paradise, Port Hardy overflows with recreational opportunities.

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Port McNeill

Port McNeill’s coastal setting and abundant rainforest supports many species of fish and wildlife. A mild climate allows for many year-round outdoor recreational activities.

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Alert Bay

The oldest community in North Vancouver Island, the Cormorant Island fishing community of Alert Bay was an important trading centre for early residents in the area, and has been the traditional home of the Namgis First Nation for several thousand years.

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Port Alice

The small community of Port Alice, nestled on beautiful Neroutsos Inlet at the base of a mountain, is one gateway to Vancouver Island’s wild and wonderful West Coast.

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Strathcona Regional District
Sayward

Tucked into Kelsey Bay, residents of the small coastal settlement of Sayward live in a spectacular natural environment. Logging is the primary industry, but tourism continues to gain in importance.

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Zeballos

Nestled among towering forest-cloaked mountains, Zeballos sits at the head of Zeballos Inlet, gateway to Nootka Sound, world-famous for salmon fishing and kayaking opportunities.

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Tahsis

Nestled between Rugged Mountain and Tahsis Inlet, the Village of Tahsis appeals to the hardcore fishing enthusiast, the extreme sports fan and the inquiring historian.

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Campbell River

Campbell River’s natural beauty, the abundance of its marine setting, and its renowned salmon fishing offers an unparalleled lifestyle for businesses and residents alike.

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Gold River

Gold River, the gateway to Nootka Sound, is a jumping off point for wilderness adventures on central Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean.

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Comox Valley Regional District
Comox

The Town of Comox’s recently revitalized downtown enhances the historic flavour of this seaside community. At its heart, Fisherman’s Wharf hosts a major marina and public boardwalk.

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Courtenay

The urban and cultural hub of the Comox Valley, Courtenay sits amidst beautiful farm land, yet offers a vibrant downtown full of galleries, theatres, shops and restaurants.

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Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Tofino

Tofino is a tranquil community on the West Coast’s Esowista Peninsula. Ancient coastal temperate rain forests, stunning vistas, and kilometers of pristine sandy beaches draw over one million visitors a year.

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Port Alberni

Port Alberni sits at the end of a 48km long inlet in the heart of Vancouver Island. It offers access to wilderness while supporting the commercial and industrial infrastructure often found in much larger cities.

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Ucluelet

Set against the open Pacific Ocean, coastal islands, inlets and rain forests, Ucluelet serves as a major tourist destination while also providing quality services and amenities for permanent residents.

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Nanaimo Regional District
Qualicum Beach

One of the oldest holiday destinations on BC’s coast, Qualicum Beach is a quaint and unique coastal community boasting natural recreation and a relaxed lifestyle.

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Parksville

Parksville is one of the fastest growing areas on the Island. An active community of retirees, urban professionals and young families, Parksville’s temperate climate makes it a popular year-round destination.

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Nanaimo

Vancouver Island’s second largest urban centre, the City of Nanaimo also boasts oceanfront scenery, stunning mountain views, exciting attractions, and a charming downtown area.

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Gabriola Island

Gabriola Island’s 4,000 inhabitants thrive in a mild climate that is ideal for enjoying 45 kilometres of shoreline. Clearly recreation is a common activity on Gabriola.

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Cowichan Valley Regional District
Ladysmith

Ladysmith features all of the warmth and charm of small town living - outdoor recreational opportunities, a renowned trail system, historic downtown area, and waterfront activities at pristine Transfer Beach.

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North Cowichan (Chemainus)

Located between Victoria and Nanaimo, the municipality of North Cowichan offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amidst magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and ocean inlets.

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Salt Spring Island

The region’s largest island, Salt Spring Island lies nestled in the Strait of Georgia between mainland Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Renowned for its creativity, Salt Spring Island is one of North America’s best small arts towns.

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Duncan

Duncan’s urban centre lies at the heart of the Cowichan Region. With its collection of 80 totems, Duncan’s downtown is rich with heritage buildings and a large array of exquisite shops and restaurants.

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Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan provides a gateway to some of the most spectacular camping, hiking, and fishing available on Vancouver Island.

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Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay’s waterfront village features saild and fishing boats, piers, and wharves alongside floating homes. Once primarily devoted to farming, Cowichan Bay now also features several vineyards.

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Capital Regional District
North Saanich

The District of North Saanich is a historic coastal focal point in the interior of the Saanich Peninsula. Surrounded by 20km of ocean shoreline, it is home to Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

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Sidney

Sidney is a year round tourist destination with 3.6km of waterfront and a pedestrian friendly downtown. Alive with culture and entertainment, Sidney also hosts the Sidney / Anacortes, WA ferry terminal.

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Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew’s seashore neighbourhoods spread out along the south side of Port San Juan Harbour. It is also an access point for the world-renowned West Coast Trail.

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Sooke

Sooke, nestled in a sheltered harbour of Vancouver Island’s south-western tip, is a vibrant, relaxed and casual waterfront community with an abundance of arts and eco-tourism opportunities.

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Victoria

The Greater Victoria region is the capital of British Columbia. Nestled in West Coast natural beauty, its historic heritage buildings which house education, business, and other world class amenities are sure to charm.

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Port Hardy
Port McNeill
Alert Bay
Port Alice
Sayward
Zeballos
Tahsis
Campbell River
Gold River
Comox
Courtenay
Tofino
Port Alberni
Ucluelet
Qualicum Beach
Parksville
Nanaimo
Gabriola Island
Ladysmith
North Cowichan (Chemainus)
Salt Spring Island
Duncan
Lake Cowichan
Cowichan Bay
North Saanich
Sidney
Port Renfrew
Sooke
Victoria
Regional District of Mount Waddington
www.vancouverislandnorth.ca
Strathcona Regional District
www.strathconard.ca
Comox Valley Regional District
www.comoxvalleyrd.ca
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
www.acrd.bc.ca
Nanaimo Regional District
www.rdn.bc.ca
Cowichan Valley Regional District
www.cvrd.bc.ca
Capital Regional District
www.crd.bc.ca
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