Depending on the activities you choose, you may need to make more than one circle trip to cover the activities outlined here – that’s why we say we are the perfect place to base your island tour…there is so much to see and do on Vancouver Island!
If you like cave adventure , try spelunking at Horne Lake Caves , north of Qualicum. Guided tours are available. The best in Canada! That is one way to describe the cave resources of Vancouver Island, home to more than 1,000 caves. At Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park you can experience the magic of the underground world in the many caves protected within this unique park. The park was established in 1971 at the request of public caving groups on Vancouver Island who were concerned about the potential damage of the caves and the fragile crystal formations they contained.
Spelunking is the art of cave exploration and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is the perfect place to discover this unique activity. From educational family-oriented tours to deep, dark adventure, the caves protected within this park offer something for everyone. Knowledgeable guides can lead visitors through the caves to discover this magical world of crystal formations and ancient fossils firsthand.
Wind up scenic Hwy 19A to Courtenay and Comox (approx 1.5 hours) north of Nanaimo or take the interior island Hwy 19 (approx 1 hour). If you happen to be in the area August Long Weekend you just can’t miss out on the “ Filberg Festival ”. At Mount Washington take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain and get a bird’s eye view of the island or explore its extensive hiking/walking trails and bike trails as this is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Mount Washington also offers fabulous winter skiing conditions and has the highest accumulation of snow in North America.
While in Campbell River, visit the local museums and galleries, enjoy the ocean-side walkways, or go bear and whale watching – an adventure of a lifetime. While here, a scenic 10-minute ferry ride takes you to Quadra Island where you will find a community full of arts, culture, and adventure recreation.
Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colourful history. From the 1920's to present day, residents of the Cove continue to maintain their firm hold on the area and take pride in being able to present it to the general public in as close to its original condition as possible. Not only is it historically significant to the area, it is home to Stubbs Island Whale Watching , the oldest and most well-known Orca (Killer Whale) whale watching company on the pacific coast.
Robson Bight. a part of Johnstone Strait , is frequented by Orcas each summer to rub themselves on the barnacle-encrusted rocks and gravel seafloor. As the top predator on the inland-water food chain, they are also attracted by the annual salmon runs that funnel through the strait beginning. There are few sights more thrilling than a killer whale in the wild breaking the surface and do a breach or spyhop. The marine portion of Robson Bight Ecological Reserve was established in 1982 in recognition of the importance of this area to killer whales.