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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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...Read More

  • 7. Long Beach


    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

  • 8. Mortimer Spit

    South Pender Island | Beach–Sight

    The sandy beach at Mortimer Spit is a sheltered spot for swimming and kayaking; it's near the bridge linking the two islands. ...Read More

  • 9. Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Locals and visitors come to cool off at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, home to a series of natural swimming holes carved out of the bedrock...Read More

  • 10. Teafarm


    Victor Vesely and Margit Nelleman have proven agriculture officials, who said tea couldn't be grown in Canada, wrong. They planted two terraces...Read More

  • 11. The Raptors Centre

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At this conservation center about 10 minutes northeast of Duncan, you can see owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles in natural settings. Free-flying...Read More

  • 12. Ucluelet Aquarium


    Possibly the world's first catch-and-release aquarium, this intriguing attraction on Ucluelet's waterfront displays local sea life and returns...Read More

  • 13. Venturi-Schulze Vineyards


    This small family business prides itself on not using any pesticides or herbicides in its limited-release products. While it started out making...Read More

  • 14. West Coast Trail


    Running along the coast from Bamfield to Port Renfrew, this is an extremely rugged 75-km (47-mile) trail for experienced hikers only. It takes...Read More

  • 15. Whiffen Spit


    West of Sooke, you'll reach this mile-long natural breakwater that is great for bird-watching and makes for a leisurely scenic walk past sea...Read More

  • 16. Wild Pacific Trail


    Ucluelet is the starting point for the Wild Pacific Trail, a hiking path that winds along the coast and through the rain forest in two sections...Read More

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