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Vancouver Island has a large selection of key areas for you to explore.

Ocean Wilderness Country (North Island), featuring Port Hardy and Port McNeill.
Telegraph Cove near Port McNeill is the birthplace of whale watching. Port Hardy is the terminus of the Prince Rupert ferry.
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Fishing Paradise (North Central Island), featuring Campbell River, Comox & Courtenay. Campbell River is the sport fishing capital of BC, famous for its Tyee (Chinook salmon that are more than 13.5 kg (29.76 lbs.).
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Oceanside (Central Vancouver Island), featuring Qualicum Beach, Parksville & Nanaimo. Parksville/Qualicum is famous for its beaches and scenery. Nanaimo may have an amazing dessert named after it, but has much more than that to offer.
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Pacific Rim, featuring Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet & Bamfield.
Whales, storms, Long Beach and some of the most amazing views in the world await the traveller.
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Cowichan, featuring Duncan, Ladysmith and Chemanius.
On the drive from Victoria to other areas of the Island, don't miss the totem poles in Duncan, the murals in Chemainus and the sheltered harbour of Ladysmith.
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South Island, featuring Greater Victoria BC and Sooke.
Tourism opportunities are limitless in Victoria with easy access to the West Coast Trail from Port Renfrew
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The Gulf Islands, featuring unique islands from the northern Malcolm Island to the better known Saltspring Island in the south.
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Imperial Eagle Lodge & Charters
Imperial Eagle Lodge & Charters
168 Wild Duck Road
Bamfield
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Our Bamfield lodge, nestled in a beautiful garden setting, offers a spectacular view of the harbour from the Eagles Nest dining lounge and hot tub area. During your stay with us enjoy superb meals starting with an unforgettable breakfast. Our seven comfortable guest units, each uniquely different, have private entrances and ensuite bathrooms.
Mills Landing Cottages & Boat Charters
Mills Landing Cottages & Boat Charters
295 Boardwalk
Bamfield
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Mills Landing is a private oceanfront cottage resort located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We are on the southern edge of Barkley Sound in the little town of Bamfield. This area, without question, is one of the most productive marine environments in the world. We have some of the west coast's best fishing right on our doorstep.
Best Western Austrian Chalet
Best Western Austrian Chalet
462 South Island Hwy
Campbell River
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Our Campbell River hotel offers a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Fill up on endless hot eggs and waffles, yogurt and cereals, flaky pastries, fresh fruits, chilled juices and 100% Arabica coffee. Our waterfront property is breathtaking, and many of our rooms offer a great view. Fitness Center. Pool. Pets Allowed. Meeting Room. High Speed Internet. Eco-Friendly.
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Downtown Campbell River:  3.4km
Heritage River Inn
Heritage River Inn
2140 North Island Highway
Campbell River
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A warm reception awaits you at the Heritage River Inn in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Spread over two acres of beautiful riverside parkland, our Inn offers a unique retreat for you and your family. Ideally located on the north side of town, we are close to many Campbell River attractions and activities including whale watching, golfing and of course fishing!
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Downtown Campbell River:  4km
Country Maples RV Resort
Country Maples RV Resort
9010 Trans Canada Highway
Chemainus
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We are located on Vancouver Island near the Chemainus River with the ocean nearby. The resort is a fisherman's paradise and an excellent vacation spot. RV accommodations include: campsites with full hook-ups: 75, campsites with partial hook-ups: 57, campsites without hook-ups: 28. We have a laundromat, recreation rooms, country store, heated swimming pool, horseshoes, arcade, mini-golf and bingo.
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Downtown Chemainus:  10.1km
The Anco Inn
The Anco Inn
1885 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay
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67 rooms in Courtenay BC. Air conditioned and kitchenette units available. Handicapped accessible units, high speed Internet available in the new wing, cable TV movie channel. In room coffee/tea, coin laundry facility, fax/photocopy services, conference room. Seasonal heated outdoor pool. Close to restaurants shopping, golf, fishing, kayaking, hiking, Mount Washington, Strathcona Park, Comox Lake.
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Downtown Courtenay:  1.8km
Downtown Comox:  5.4km
Airport:  11.2km
Comox Valley Inn & Suites
Comox Valley Inn & Suites
1190 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay
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Comox Valley Inn is located in Courtenay. Easy access to Mount Washington Ski Resort, Crown Isle Golf Course, Morningstar Golf Course, Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Courtenay Paleontology Center, the Snow to Surf Relay Race, & the Filberg Festival. You can arrive by Comox International Airport (YQQ), Island Highway (Highway 19), as well as the Powell River Ferry.
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Downtown Courtenay:  1km
Downtown Comox:  5.6km
Airport:  11.4km
Holiday House Motel
Holiday House Motel
540 Esplanade (Hwy 1)
Ladysmith
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Central Ladysmith location across from beach, close to eating places, shopping, banks, harbourview. Rooms have coffee, fridge, microwave, cablevision, Wi-Fi, fine linens, private decks with views. Free pickup from Nanaimo, ferries and airport. Kayaking and trail walking. Stay with us and enjoy Transfer Beach Park and Holland Creek Trail.
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Downtown Ladysmith:  0.3km
Beaver Lake Resort - Camping
Beaver Lake Resort - Camping
8631 South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan
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Beaver Lake Resort is the only full service destination resort in the Cowichan Lake area. Our guests enjoy a wide variety of camping choices from a full service RV campsite, a shady tent campsite to a fully self contained cabin. Whatever your camping desire is, we have it waiting for you. Not only do we have GREAT campsites we also have flush toilets, free hot showers plus much, much more.
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Downtown Lake Cowichan:  3.2km
Beaver Lake Resort - Cabins
Beaver Lake Resort - Cabins
8631 South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan
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Beaver Lake Resort is the only full service destination resort in the Cowichan Lake area. Our guests enjoy a wide variety of camping choices from a full service RV campsite, a shady tent campsite to a fully self contained cabin. Whatever your camping desire is, we have it waiting for you. Not only do we have GREAT campsites we also have flush toilets, free hot showers plus much, much more.
Blue Vista Resort
Blue Vista Resort
563 Arbutus Drive
Mayne Island
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Tranquil park-like setting on Mayne Island with Ocean views from the property, steps to beach and just minutes from beautiful Bennett Bay and the new Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Kitchens, decks, barbeques, many with wood burning fireplaces. Designated pet cottages. BC Approved Accommodation. Recommended by "Frommer's Best Places" and other fine Travel Guides!
Rosebank Oceanfront Cottages
Rosebank Oceanfront Cottages
2631 Mill Bay Road
Mill Bay
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Nestled in the scenic Mill Bay, only 30 minutes north of Victoria, Rosebank Cottages offer a postcard setting with picturesque privacy and superb surroundings. Beautifully landscaped grounds with a quiet, country feeling, magnificent sunrises and lovely ocean views from all cottages. Come enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday in your private vacation cottage on the beach.
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Ferry - Vancouver:  66.6km
Downtown Victoria:  44.3km
Airport:  61km
Days Inn Harbourview
Days Inn Harbourview
809 Island Hwy S
Nanaimo
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Welcome to our Days Inn Harbourview located in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Places such as Long Beach to the West, salmon fishing to the North, and the world famous Victoria City to the south are merely two hours away by driving. We can also be reached from Vancouver via a pleasant two-hour ferry ride, and if you are lucky, you can see whales traveling on your side.
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Airport:  12km
Downtown Nanaimo:  2km
Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel
Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel
1 Terminal Avenue
Nanaimo
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Our centrally located downtown Nanaimo hotel has an excellent location adjacent to the seawall where guests can experience a vibrant waterfront just steps away with many charming boutiques, restaurants and Nanaimo parkland to enjoy. Our hotel rooms are spacious with excellent amenities to ensure a relaxing, restful stay. All rooms are 100% non-smoking.
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Downtown Nanaimo:  1.2km
Airport:  14.9km
Mountainaire Campground and RV Park
Mountainaire Campground and RV Park
1092 Spruston Road
Nanaimo
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Nestled in the woods south of Nanaimo are 40 acres of family fun where you can sleep in the fresh air and awaken to the sounds of nature at the crack of dawn, or the crack of noon, whichever you prefer. Spend the day at the swimming hole swimming and diving or loaf by the pond with your fishing rod. Maybe a nap, then some beach volleyball, and finish the perfect day with dinner cooked over a fire.
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Downtown Nanaimo:  19.1km
Airport:  6.9km
Port O Call Inn & Suites
Port O Call Inn & Suites
505 N Terminal Avenue
Nanaimo
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Our downtown Nanaimo hotel/motel is the perfect destination for a weekend trip or as a stepping stone to Tofino, Uclulet or Victoria. Steps from the Nanaimo Seaside Walkway we offer large family suites with kitchenettes, wheelchair access and 25-inch colour TVs. Queen size and doubles available. We have 42 newly renovated units with eight large family suites. The Pier 97 restaurant is open daily.
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Downtown Nanaimo:  1.3km
Airport:  15.7km
Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B
Hammond Bay Oceanside B&B
3804 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo
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Relax and experience our private beachfront location. Oceanside rooms with kitchen. TV/DVD, queen beds, private bathroom, fireplace, private entrance and patio. Close to amenities, parks and ferry. Enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Visa and Mastercard. No pets. $115-$140/ night (dbl). Off season rates Nov.1 - May 14. Phone: 250 751-1409 email: hammondbaybb@shaw.ca website: www.hammondbaybb.com
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Downtown Nanaimo:  9.3km
Airport:  22.9km
Vancouver Island Parksville Motel
Vancouver Island Parksville Motel
414 West Island Highway
Parksville
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Stay in our Parksville motel and see why it is consistently recognized as a preferred accommodation on Vancouver Island. We are CAA/AAA approved, centrally located with large, very soundproof rooms, comfortable Queen or King beds. Large TVs, free high speed Wireless Internet, Refrigerators and coffee-makers in all rooms. Full kitchen, air-conditioned. laundromat and large playground. Pet Friendly.
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Downtown Parksville:  1km
Quality Resort Bayside
Quality Resort Bayside
240 Dogwood Street
Parksville
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Discover yourself in Parksville, BC, where hospitality comes with a view. The Bayside offers beachfront accommodation, ocean views and great food all in one location. Sleep in. Beachcomb. Golf. Keep fit in the cardio room, heated pool or racquet courts. Enjoy casual gourmet dining overlooking the bay. We offer great getaway packages or create one of your own. There is always a lot to do.
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Downtown Parksville:  1km
Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
Unit 21 1165 Resort Dr.
Parksville
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This 14 unit resort is situated on 4 acres of beautiful oceanfront property. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and large balcony either overlooking the ocean or pool. The amenities include a heated outdoor pool, playground, indoor hot tub, sauna and laundry facilities.
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Downtown Parksville:  3.9km
Skylite Motel
Skylite Motel
459 East Island Highway
Parksville
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The Skylite Motel is a perfect place for Parksville accommodation and lodging, with all of our amenities and services, for you and your family to relax at, once you have finished your busy day. Call us directly 1-800-667-1886 or travel further through our website to discover the many valuable accommodation services we can offer you.
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Downtown Parksville:  1.2km
Sandcastle Inn
Sandcastle Inn
374 West Island Highway
Parksville
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Located in the heart of our Parksville. Take a short stroll to the beach, enjoy our scenic attractions or browse through local shops. Experience our comfort! We have air conditioning, complimentary coffee, juice & muffins each morning, in-room coffee, free movie channel, children under 12 stay free, laundry facilities, barbeque area, meeting room, kitchenettes available, non-smoking rooms.
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Downtown Parksville:  0.9km
Madrona Beach Resort
Madrona Beach Resort
1145 Resort Drive
Parksville
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We offer beach-front vacation accommodation rentals in Parksville, 20 miles north of Nanaimo. All units face the ocean and overlook the beach. Choose between two-bedroom beach-level units that open onto the beach, or one-bedroom and studio ridge-level units, with beach access. Beach-level and ridge-level units enjoy spectacular views of the Georgia Strait and the Sunshine Coast.
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Downtown Parksville:  3.9km
Browning Pass HideAway Resort
Browning Pass HideAway Resort
Gordon Islands
Port Hardy
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This perfect location puts the resort in the midst of Queen Charlotte Strait: surrounded by great diving, protected waterways, and on the travel routes of whales and other marine mammals. This puts us within easy small boat or kayak reach of all the great local waters of Browning Pass and the Gordon Islands.
Pioneer Inn
Pioneer Inn
8405 Byng Road
Port Hardy
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We are a full facility motel located just minutes outside of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. With a beautiful park like-setting and quiet atmosphere, you will find the time with us worthwhile. Port Hardy offers kayaking, hiking (especially historic Cape Scott Trail), golfing, eco tours and whale watching. Port Hardy is renowned for both salt water and fresh water fishing.
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Downtown Port Hardy:  4.5km

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