Highlights and main attractions of vancouver Island
As one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Vancouver Island is a ‘must-see’ destination if you are travelling through British Columbia, Canada’s most westerly province. The Coast Mountains stand tall, raised 1,500 metres above the city, an area of outstanding opportunities for adventure and sophistication.
Less than 50% of Vancouver’s population uses English as their first language; it is not just through ethnicity and linguistics that it is so diverse. Contrasting natural beauty with cosmopolitan styles, activities here range from climbing and caving to fine dining and galleries. The Coast Salish people lived here for thousands of years before Burrard Inlet was explored by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, now the shores of this picturesque city. Despite its beauty, it was not its image that attracted the Europeans, but the gold, and by 1858 it was flooded with prospectors. Vancouver may have been the first to explore the city, but ask a local and you’ll find the most famous pioneer was ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton, the founder of the first saloon here in 1867.
Split from north to south by the Beaufort Mountain Range, which is also Canada’s largest all natural ski base, it is home to one of the world’s most diverse eco-systems, with rainforests, marshes and meadows, as well as sandy beaches, river, mountains and lakes.