When planning a trip to Canada surfing and islands may not come to mind, but Vancouver island is the perfect spot to whale watch, spot black bears and much more. The island is booming with protected and pure wildlife just waiting to be explored. The Island can be explored by air, land or sea with a wide variety of activities. Options on land include hiking, climbing, caving, and with two quick ferry rides off Vancouver Island you can find yourself at Hornby Island, which is a beautiful hiking and camping spot if you are looking for a more secluded destination.
If you are impatient to try some surfing in the great white north back Tofino, a small district on Vancouver Island has great waves. If you are new to this sport, or have never tried it before take some lessons on catching waves at Pacific Surf School. If you would want to go further out onto the pacific waters Adventure Tofino offers guided boat tours where you can take an up close glimpse of the majestic orcas native to the Canadian waters. For a more luxurious whale watching experience the “Raincoast Maiden” yacht tour explores the wildlife of Barkly Sound. Water activities also include sea kayaking, fishing, river rafting and, of course, swimming.
If you are feeling adventurous enough to explore the skies of Vancouver, the Island offers skydiving and gliding off the beach, or more inland bungee jumping and ziplining.
After a full day of adventuring check out The Pointe at The Wickaninnish Inn. The Pointe has fresh seafood with an exceptional view from any table in the room. The restaurant is built over the ocean with a 260 degree view of the ocean. My recommendation, make your reservation at sunset to enjoy the delicious food with a breath taking view.
Make your reservation at The Wickaninnish Inn at sunset to enjoy the delicious food with a breath taking view.