Vancouver Island


Located off the southwestern corner of British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, stretching 460 kilometres (290 mi) from Victoria in the south to to Cape Scott at its northern tip… and approximately 100 kilometers (62 mi) at its widest point.  For comparison, the Vancouver Island land mass of 32,134 sq. km (12,407 sq mi) is about equal to that of the Country of Taiwan. In North American terms, the Island is considerably larger than states such as Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. With over 770,000 residents, Vancouver Island’s population is more than 5 times the 140,000 population of Prince Edward Island, is slightly larger than the 751,000 population of New Brunswick, is about 44% larger than the 527,000 population of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is pushing towards the 922,000 population of Nova Scotia. Even the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba with populations of 1.1 and 1.2 million are not beyond comparisons with Vancouver Island.


For more detailed regional information and statistics, consult recent editions of the State of the Island Economic Report or the interactive Economic Map.