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the legendary wildwood cabins ~ CABIN 2A well known, long time island destination. Reminiscent of a funky, west coast beach town, the legendary Wildwood cabins deliver that authentic “cabin in the woods” vibe just 30 minutes from the city. Classic, rustic cabins updated with industrial and reclaimed timber features. 5 cabins on 5 forested acres. Relaxed. Self-contained. Big ocean and sunset views up top. Direct access to trails. Close to Bowen's best beaches. Explore the wilderness or nest by the fire. Cabin 1, 2 and 4 listed.
Private oceanfront cottage near Point No PointThis updated 600 sq ft oceanfront cottage on a private 1.6 acre lot has everything you need for a romantic getaway, relaxing family vacation, or just to unwind (no TV or WiFi!). Located on Vancouver Island's beautiful, rugged southwest coast, it is a scenic 1 hour drive from Victoria and a 25 minute drive from Sooke along the Pacific Marine Circle Route. It's just minutes away from world-famous hiking trails and several beaches - French, Sandcut, China, Mystic, and Sombrio to name a few.
Jordan River Cedar House & Hot Tub no cleaning feeYou hit the sweet spot with this newly built cabin specially designed for the location to maximize outdoor space, expansive ocean views and privacy. Some things you’ll love about this little gem are the large cedar sun deck, wood burning stove and stargazing (or ocean gazing!) from the cedar hot tub for two. After a day of adventuring you can also curl up and enjoy a movie in the TV zone upstairs.
Defined by pebbled beaches and ancient forests, Vancouver Island is known for its scenic landscapes and First Nations cultures. The island stretches out along the coast of British Columbia, Canada, making it a popular side trip from the metropolis of Vancouver. The mild climate draws travelers year-round to its vast wilderness areas, clusters of small fishing villages, and the regal provincial capital of Victoria. Even though it ranks as the largest island on the west coast of the Americas, its population remains mostly concentrated in the island’s southern tip, where English-style gardens, neo-baroque Parliament Buildings, and the historic harbor reveal the region’s lingering British influences.
Trips to Vancouver Island almost always begin in the largest city of Victoria. Ferries are the most scenic way to arrive from mainland British Columbia as well as Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington. Major airlines serve Victoria International Airport (YYJ), which lies about 15 miles north of the compact city center.
Victoria’s main attractions neighbor the boat-lined Inner Harbour, a port of call for many cruise ships. Downtown’s dense grid means you can easily explore many popular sites without a car. BC Transit buses run frequent service to surrounding towns, though you’ll want a vehicle for trips to the island’s stunning natural areas.
In comparison with much of mainland Canada, Vancouver Island is remarkably mild, especially in the south. The southernmost city in the province, Victoria experiences dry summers, with little to no rainfall and average highs in the upper 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm spells sometimes reach the 80s, typically from June to August. The temperatures in Victoria remain mild but drizzly through the winter months, when average highs hover in the mid-40s Fahrenheit and freezing weather is a rarity in the city.
The island’s length and its varying elevations create somewhat unpredictable microclimates — and lots of precipitation. Henderson Lake receives the most rainfall in North America, amounting to more than 23 feet of rain per year. Meanwhile, the mountains experience some of the snowiest conditions in North America. Needless to say, you’ll want to bring waterproof gear, warm coats, and sturdy boots for a winter visit.
You’ll notice a cosmopolitan vibe in Victoria’s small urban core. It’s home to historic districts like Chinatown; acclaimed museums and galleries; and the sparkling Inner Harbour. The regal British Columbia Parliament Buildings are among the most popular landmarks in the province.
Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino is part of the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht people. The small coastal village is surrounded by stunning beaches and old growth rainforests that attract hikers, whale watchers, surfers, and winter storm watchers. Its proximity to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Maquinna Marine Provincial Park mean there’s plenty to explore in and around Tofino.
Vancouver Island is one of the world’s top locations for whale watching. Book a guided boat, kayak, or even a seaplane tour to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants. While a smaller population of whales resides in these waters year-round, you’re almost guaranteed an encounter during peak season (May to October), when thousands of whales swim by. Commonly spotted species include humpback, gray, minke, and the fan-favorite orca.