Vancouver Island

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  • 1. Averill Creek Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    It's all about the Pinot Noir at this award-winning estate winery, whose 2012 release won bronze in London. Even the rosé is 100% Pinot Noir...Read More

  • 2. British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 3. Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 of the island. ...Read More

  • 4. Campbell Point

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 5. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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

  • 6. Cherry Point Estate Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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...Read More

  • 7. Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Damali Lavender and Winery

    Farm/Ranch

    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

  • 10. East Sooke Regional Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 11. French Beach Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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,...Read More

  • 12. Garry Oaks Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 13. Georgina Point Heritage Park and Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/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...Read More

  • 14. Gowlland Point Park

    Beach–Sight

    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 islands, with...Read More

  • 15. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 16. Hilary's Cheese Company

    Store/Shop/Mall

    This shop overlooking the wharf draws foodies with its artisanal cheeses and the on-site café serves soups and sandwiches made bread from the...Read More

  • 17. Hope Bay

    North Pender Island | Marina/Pier/Dock

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

  • 18. Japanese Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    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...Read More

  • 19. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 20. Long Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The most accessible—and visited—section of the park is the Long Beach Unit, the highlight of which is a 15-km (9-mile) stretch of pristine forest...Read More

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