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We’ve compiled the best of the best in Vancouver Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

    North Pender Island

    There are actually two vineyards on this lovely 26-acre property—the upper vineyard clings to Mount Menzies while the lower trails down to the sea—both kept...Read More

  • 2. Averill Creek Vineyard

    It's all about the Pinot Noir at this estate winery. Even the rosé is 100% Pinot Noir. In the tasting room, take the Pinot glass...Read More

  • 3. British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre

    Kids adore riding the rails at the British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre, a 100-acre outdoor museum just north of Duncan. Pulled by a 1910 steam...Read More

  • 4. Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park

    Easy hikes and a pretty pebble beach are the draws at this provincial park, at the end of a dirt road toward the southern end...Read More

  • 5. Campbell Point

    Part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, this waterfront area has walking trails and, at Bennett Bay, one of the island's most scenic beaches....Read More

  • 6. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

    Logging roads west of Port Renfrew lead to this vast, rugged wilderness park, home to some of the world's largest spruce trees, some more than...Read More

  • 7. Cherry Point Estate Wines

    This 24-acre family-owned and -operated vineyard, one of the first licensed wineries in the Cowican Valley, is now the second-largest on Vancouver Island. The tasting...Read More

  • 8. Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre

    The interesting Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre has maritime paraphernalia, including historic vessels and model boats, displayed along a pier, which is also a great place...Read More

  • 9. Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

    This small museum, in a 1912 train station, has exhibits and artifacts about the region's First Nations culture and pioneer history....Read More

  • 10. Damali Lavender and Winery

    Stroll the grounds, have a picnic or take a tour and tasting at this working lavender farm and winery. The original barn has been converted...Read More

  • 11. East Sooke Regional Park

    Hiking trails, tide pools, beaches, and views of the Olympic Mountains draw visitors to this more than 3,500-acre wilderness recreation park 2½ km (1½ miles)...Read More

  • 12. French Beach Provincial Park

    This provincial park, on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca 21 km (13 miles) west of Sooke, comprises a sand-and-pebble beach, a campground, and...Read More

  • 13. Garry Oaks Winery

    This small winery, home to valley-view vineyards and a meditative labyrinth, produces estate-grown Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay-Gewürztraminer blend, and an intriguing red made...Read More

  • 14. Georgina Point Heritage Park and Lighthouse

    This waterfront park overlooking Active Pass is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. It's also home to the Georgina Point Lighthouse; built in...Read More

  • 15. Gowlland Point Park

    The small pebble beach at Gowlland Point Park, at the end of Gowlland Point Road on South Pender, is one of the prettiest on the...Read More

  • 16. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Both North Pender and South Pender host sections of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. On South Pender a steep trail leads to the 800-foot...Read More

  • 17. Hope Bay

    North Pender Island

    Red Tree Gallery, an artisans' co-op, Pender Chocolates, and views to Saturna and Mayne islands are the draws at Hope Bay, a lovely cove on...Read More

  • 18. Japanese Garden

    Built entirely by volunteers, this 1-acre garden at Dinner Bay Park honors the island's early Japanese settlers. It's about ½ mile south of the Village...Read More

  • 19. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

    Extending from Jordan River to near Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park takes in several beaches, including China Beach, with soft, sandy beaches dotted...Read More

  • 20. Kwisitis Visitor Centre

    Perched on a point about a mile off the highway on Wickaninnish Beach, the visitor center offers insights into local culture, flora and fauna, First...Read More

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