Guide to Luxury Holidays in Vancouver Island & Coast

Experience a region far removed from the hustle-and-bustle of modern life. On Vancouver Island and along the BC Coast, you’ll find charming villages surrounded by dramatic scenery and welcoming locals. Luxury Vancouver Island and British Columbia Coast holidays offer you the chance to relax whilst on a beach, by the fireplace in a log cabin, or on a wilderness hike.

Welcome to a region of rocky mountains, vast wilderness, and crashing ocean waves. A place where you can see shy black bears and beautiful orca whales, and camp under a blanket of stars in the incredible national parks. It's also a place where you can tour the sophisticated cities - stroll through the attractions of the cultural capital of Victoria, or experience fine dining and visit the museums in Vancouver.

On Vancouver Island, life revolves around the water. Learn how to fly fish in peaceful rivers teeming with salmon, look out for whales on a whale watching tour, or explore tide pools by the beach. If you’re more inclined towards drier activities, you can play a round of golf, scale glaciers in Comox, hike the West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park, or discover the oldest Provincial Park in BC.

Back on mainland Canada, there’s tons to explore on the coast. From the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver to the snug harbour of Prince Rupert, your options are endless. Near Prince Rupert is Khutzeymateen Sanctuary which offers one of the best places in the country to see wild grizzly bears. Further out, you'll find Haida Gwaii, an archipelago of 450 stunning islands home to a rainforest with the world’s largest spruce and cedar trees. It’s a truly magical place.

British Columbia Coast and Vancouver Island are pleasant to visit at any time of year. Winter weather is quite mild, with temperatures rarely dipping past 0°C. As most of the coast is protected from the open Pacific, it’s often warm enough in winter to still play golf.

Summer sees plenty of sunshine with temperatures reaching highs of 30°C. On sunny days, you can make the most of the outdoor activities on offer here. During summer months, the Pacific gets warm enough for a refreshing dip in the ocean.

British and EU citizens don’t normally require a visa to visit Canada, but you will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to enter the country. For more information on visa requirements and general travel advice visit GOV.UK. 

On Vancouver Island, most menus feature local and seasonal produce. Fresh seafood like lobster, mussels, and sea bass are popular options. Here, you can enjoy your meal with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean.

For instance, at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort's restaurant, there are floor-to-ceiling windows that are perfect for watching sunsets over the ocean. British Columbia’s wine region produces some fantastic vintages. Make sure to try ice wine, made from grapes frozen on the vine. Canada is also home to a great range of microbreweries and craft liquors.

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