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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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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.
Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa
Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa
849 Verdier Avenue
Brentwood Bay
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Our Brentwood Bay resort is Victoria's only 5-star oceanfront boutique resort. There are beautifully designed Oceansuites and Oceanvillas tailored for the luxury traveler. The resort is located in the heart of Victoria's wine-country, only 20 minutes from downtown, and just across the bay from Butchart Gardens. We offer seaside dining in the awe-inspiring Dining Room with floor to ceiling windows.
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Ferry - Vancouver:  18.5km
Airport:  13.2km
Downtown Victoria:  22.2km
Downtown Brentwood Bay:  1.8km
Downtown Sidney:  13.5km
Benvenuto Bed and Breakfast
Benvenuto Bed and Breakfast
1130 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay
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Our Brentwood Bay Bed and Breakfast is just 1 km down the road from the Butchart Gardens. Breakfast is delivered to the suites every morning and free Wi-Fi access is available. A kitchenette and a private, ensuite bathroom are part of each suit. They all have a private balcony or a patio. The inn is non-smoking and pets are welcome. Victoria International Airport is 14.7 km away.
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Ferry - Vancouver:  18.7km
Airport:  12.1km
Downtown Victoria:  19.4km
Downtown Brentwood Bay:  1.9km
Downtown Sidney:  13.4km
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
Heron's Landing Hotel
Heron's Landing Hotel
492 South Island Highway
Campbell River
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Watch the ships from your balcony as they journey through Discovery Passage! We offer ocean-view, comfortable hotel rooms with heavenly beds, suites with full kitchens & stunning penthouse accommodation with a complimentary nutritious breakfast. Browse our web site & check out our web specials. We are Campbell River’s newest boutique Hotel with European hospitality! Ideal for long-term stays.
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Downtown Campbell River:  3.5km
Town Centre Inn
Town Centre Inn
1500 Dogwood Street
Campbell River
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This motel in Campbell River has free Wi-Fi and a sauna. A daily breakfast including bacon, eggs and pancakes is offered. The rooms include a fridge, cable TV and small table with chairs. Select rooms have a full kitchen. On-site laundry facilities are available, as well as fax/copy services. The motel offers free parking.
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Downtown Campbell River:  0.28km
Painter's Lodge
Painter's Lodge
1625 McDonald Road
Campbell River
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Our legendary fishing lodge in Campbell River is a gateway to nature. We welcome nature and fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world to enjoy adventure, a place to relax, and a retreat to experience the wilderness. A guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition - choose your own adventure. Garden view, oceanfront, or a cabin in the woods - your choice.
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Downtown Campbell River:  5.7km
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
Driftwood by the Sea Inn
Driftwood by the Sea Inn
170 South Island Hwy
Campbell River
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This Campbell River accommodation boasts views of the Beach, Lighthouse and Discovery Passage. All cottages offer a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Free WiFi is provided. Quadra Island ferry terminal is 2 km away. Each cottage features a comfortably furnished lounge with a flat-screen cable TV. Select units at Driftwood by the Sea Inn offer a terrace with ocean views.
Vista Del Mar Motel
Vista Del Mar Motel
920 South Island Highway
Campbell River
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The Vista del Mar Motel features; fridge, stove, toaster, microwave, coffee maker in every room, wireless internet, new carpet, panoramic mountain & ocean view, complimentary coffee and tea, DD phones, cable TV, coin laundry, big freezer for fish, & gas barbecue.
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Downtown Campbell River:  4.8km
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 Comox:  5.6km
Downtown Courtenay:  1km
Airport:  11.4km
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.
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
Airport:  61km
Downtown Victoria:  44.3km
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
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
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
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
Glen Lyon Inn
Glen Lyon Inn
6435 Hardy Bay
Port Hardy
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Welcome to a waterfront Port Hardy hotel with modern deluxe hotel rooms and Banquet Rooms situated on beautiful Northern Vancouver Island. All rooms and suites face Hardy Bay and not far from downtown. We have Specials Packages and Discounts that are updated regularly, so make your reservations today. If you have any other questions please contact us.
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Downtown Port Hardy:  1.6km
Haida Way Hotel
Haida Way Hotel
1817 Campbell Way
Port McNeill
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The Haida Way is Port McNeill's most popular Northern Vancouver Island accommodation. At Port McNeill's centre, the Haida Way is within walking distance of shopping, the harbour and the ferry terminal to Sointula and Alert Bay. For your convenience, we offer a full-service restaurant, lively pub and well-stocked liquor store. Approved by BCAA and Tourism BC.
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Downtown Port McNeill:  1.3km
Seaview Beach Resort
Seaview Beach Resort
911 McFeely Road
Qualicum Beach
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Located on Vancouver Island's east coast, we are small, pet friendly, & family-oriented. Summer/winter Seaview's guest often return year after year! While only moments away from the amenities of Qualicum Beach, 8 self-contained cottages can be found nestled between a wild river estuary, & a beach. Enjoy an unrivalled view of the Strait of Georgia, Gulf islands, and snowy Coastal Mountains beyond.
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Downtown Qualicum Beach:  4.1km
Quality Inn-Waddling Dog
Quality Inn-Waddling Dog
2476 Mount Newton Cross Road
Saanichton
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We capture the heritage flavour of Victoria, while offering the convenience, amenities and value. Make yourself at home in our cozy 30-room English Tudor-style hotel, conveniently located off Highway 17 in the Saanichton countryside north of Victoria. Enjoy the antique-style furnishings and decor in each room, the old English atmosphere of our lobby and lounge, and our free continental breakfast.
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Ferry - Vancouver:  12.1km
Airport:  6.3km
Downtown Victoria:  20.4km
Downtown Saanichton:  1.6km
Downtown Sidney:  7km
Sailcone Grizzly & Orca Safari
Sailcone Grizzly & Orca Safari
Harbour
Telegraph Cove
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We offer you a small comfortable lodge right near Telegraph Cove with friendly people to look after you. Our lodge allows a maximum of 10 guests. 5 Bedrooms with sinks. Twin or double beds. 3 all-service bathrooms. Hot tub. Open June 1 to October 16 for fishing, float plane trips, an dwildlife viewing including Grizzlies, Orcas, Eagles and Black Bears!
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Downtown Port McNeill:  245km
Downtown Telegraph Cove:  40km
Terrace Beach Resort
Terrace Beach Resort
1002 Peninsula Road, Box 96
Ucluelet
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Jason Priestley and family invite you to visit our beautiful beachfront resort in Ucluelet, BC. Children 12 and under stay free and pets are welcome at $20.00 per stay. Completely equipped kitchenettes, cozy electric fireplaces & Jersey knit sheets on queen-sized beds. In-cabin spa treatments are available, & there are private hot tubs on the outside deck of several units.
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Downtown Ucluelet:  0.6km

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