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Vancouver Island Cities & Towns

Cities and towns listed from Victoria in the South to Port Hardy in the North with a description of each town and the milage between each of the municipalities. Every town has something different to offer from ocean seaside settings, farmland, mountain regions or rugged wilderness.

Vancouver Island Bamfield BC
Bamfield, a tiny resort hamlet nestled quietly in a protected inlet on the south shore of Barkley Sound, is best known for its superb salmon fishing adventures. Time and Distance from Victoria: 3 h 42 min (166.1mi= 267.3120km) via HWY-1 N, HWY-19 N

Vancouver Island Black Creek BC
The Black Creek area is convenient to Mount Washington Alpine Resort Ski Resort on Mount Washington, located 19 miles (31 km) west of Hwy 19 at Courtenay. Time and Distance from Victoria: 3 h 40 min (164mi= 263.9324km) via HWY-1 N, HWY-19 N

Vancouver Island Campbell River BC
Distance: 257 km or 160 mi Approximate Time: 2 hrs, 57 min Route: 1, 19
Discovery Islands to the east, and adjacent to Quadra Island this city is located on the frontier of a BC wilderness, and has a population of more than 30,000 Time and Distance from Victoria: Hwy 1, 19 heading Northwest K264 M164 3 hrs, 0 mins

Vancouver Island Chemainus BC
Artists from around the globe were invited to paint huge heritage murals on the sides of buildings, transforming a small coastal mill town into the world's largest outdoor art gallery.

Vancouver Island Cobble Hill BC
A tiny farming village in the Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill is surrounded by a picturesque landscape and enveloped by a warm climate.

Vancouver Island Colwood BC
Colwood is bordered by the town of View Royal and the district of Langford to the north and west, and by the district of Metchosin to the south.

Vancouver Island Comox BC
Surrounded by a beautiful valley, and the largest glacier on Vancouver Island, the charming seaside village of Comox is located on a peninsular.

Vancouver Island Cowichan Bay BC
Today, the village of Cowichan Bay and the surrounding area is home to a host of artists, craftspeople, and cottage industries - including some fine local wineries.

Vancouver Island Crofton BC
Cradled by verdant hillsides and surrounding mountains, the active community of Crofton is situated on the calm waters of Osborne Bay in the Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island Cumberland BC
Located in the Comox Valley south of Courtenay, and once Canada's smallest and westernmost city, Cumberland was a bustling coal mining community

Vancouver Island Courtenay BC
Distance: 217 km or 135 mi Approximate Time: 2 hrs, 38 min Route: 1, 19,
Located in the heart of some of the most beautiful farming landscape on Vancouver Island, Courtenay is the urban centre of the Comox Valley.

Vancouver Island Duncan BC
Distance: 58 km or 36 mi Approximate Time: 0 hrs, 34 min Route: 1
Duncan is the traditional home of the Coast Salish Indians. In summer you can watch the creation of the famous Cowichan sweaters being knitted.

Vancouver Island Errington BC
Errington is located in the foothills of Arrowsmith Mountain on Errington Road, off Highway 4, just south of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on the east coast of central Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Esquimalt BC
The municipality of Esquimalt, incorporated in 1912, has many heritage buildings and beaches with excellent views of Victoria Harbour and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Vancouver Island Fanny Bay BC
Modern visitors are likely to be found with white plastic pails, surveying the silt shores in search of the oysters for which Fanny Bay is so well known.

Vancouver Island Gold River BC
Gold River was always dependant upon the Pulp Mill and the forest industry. Since the closure of the Pulp Mill in October 1998, Gold River has focused on rebuilding the community

Vancouver Island Highlands BC
The Highlands is a stunningly beautiful rural residential area just northwest of Victoria British Columbia Canada. It's blessed with an exceptional abundance of scenic beauty, native plant and animal life, and public parkland.

Vancouver Island Knights Inlet
The Knight Inlet area is a true west coast adventure, with great towering mountains rising straight out of the sea, cascading waterfalls and waterslides, and a history rich in native culture.

Vancouver Island Ladysmith BC
Nestled on the eastern shores of spectacular Vancouver Island, the Town of Ladysmith features all of the warmth and charm of small town living with a full range of services and amenities. Ladysmith is a growing community (population 7,538 in 2006) located just 88 km north of Victoria and 23 km south of Nanaimo

Vancouver Island Lake Cowichan BC
The town of Lake Cowichan is the gateway to some of the most spectacular camping and hiking available on Vancouver Island. Other communities such as Honeymoon Bay,

Vancouver Island Lazo BC
Just outside of Comox, Lazo is close to the Comox’ airport and harbour, also the city of Courtenay and the city of Cumberland

Vancouver Island Langford BC
Situated between Colwood and the Malahat, and incorporating the head of Finlayson Arm and Mount Finlayson, Langford offers an accessible diversity of beautiful parks and lakes and limitless recreational activities.

Vancouver Island Malahat BC
Traveling north from Victoria, Malahat Drive climbs through imposing mature forests and over rugged mountainside before dropping down into the Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island Metchosin BC
The heart of Metchosin is at the Village Centre, where Happy Valley Road and Metchosin Road intersect and a few stores, a restaurant and a school are located.

Vancouver Island Mill Bay BC
The surrounding parks and scenery are lovely - perfect for hiking, cycling and boating. This is an ideal spot to spend a few days, basking in the sun and swimming in warm waters.

Vancouver Island Nanaimo BC
Distance from Victoria: 110 km or 68 mi Approximate Time: 1 hrs, 29 min Route: 1
Nanaimo is the only all-purpose port city on Vancouver Island, with every facility required to serve both the commercial and recreational needs of business and tourism.

Vancouver Island Nanoose Bay BC
The rural community of Nanoose Bay is a hot spot for golfers, clam diggers and water sports enthusiasts.

Vancouver Island North Saanich BC
Said to be the finest rural-residential area in all of Canada, North Saanich boasts a long coastline on three sides, enveloping agricultural farmlands, cosy bays and generous protected parklands.

Vancouver Island Parksville BC
Distance: 147 km or 91 mi Approximate Time: 1 hrs, 56 min Route: 1, 19,
Parksville boasts one of the finest climates in Canada and is favoured as one of the most popular summer family vacations destinations of Vancouver Island and British Columbia

Vancouver Island Port Alberni BC
Distance: 193 km or 120 mi Approximate Time: 2 hrs, 32 min Route: 1, 19, 4A, 4
Visitors come to Port Alberni year-round to sport fish Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound for chinook, coho, and sockeye salmon. Salmon school in the inlet before ascending to the spawning grounds.

Vancouver Island Port Alice BC
The small community of Port Alice is located on beautiful Neroutsos Inlet, one of Vancouver Island's gateways to the wild and wonderful west coast.

Vancouver Island Port Hardy BC
Distance: 497 km or 309 mi Approximate Time: 5 hrs, 36 min Route: 1, 19
This turn-of-the-century Port Hardytown is now the largest community in the region and the bustling terminal for B.C. Ferries the service to Prince Rupert and the Queen Charlotte Islands

Vancouver Island Port McNeill BC
Distance: 456 km or 283 mi Approximate Time: 5 hrs, 5 min Route: 1, 19
Port Mcneill situated in a sheltered harbour is also a launching point for sports fishing enthusiasts who test their skills in the maze of waterways between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

Vancouver Island Renfrew BC
A small village at the end of Highway 14 on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, Port Renfrew calls itself The Jewel of the West Coast,

Vancouver Island Qualicum Beach BC
Steeped in quaint British heritage and famous for its local arts, crafts and beautiful English gardens, modern day Qualicum Beach offers visitors the same gentle countryside and golden, seemingly endless, sandy beaches.

Vancouver Island Royston BC
Royston is located south of Comox, in the Comox Valley. Transportation links to the Comox Valley include rail, bus, car, ferry, and air service, including floatplane access.

Vancouver Island Saanich BC
The largest municipality in Greater Victoria, Saanich offers the charm of country life mingled with the convenience of urban residential neighbourhoods and close proximity to the provincial capital of Victoria.

Vancouver Island Saanichton BC
Located on the Saanich Peninsula of Greater Victoria, Saanichton is well known for flowers and rose gardens.

Vancouver Island Salt Spring Island BC
Salt Spring Island is the largest, most populated, and most visited of the Southern Gulf Islands.

Vancouver Island Saratoga Beach BC
At the north end of the Comox Valley, at the mouth of the Oyster River, Saratoga Beach may be the ultimate stretch of shimmering sand on the sheltered east coast of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Sayward BC
The friendly residents of the small coastal settlement of Sayward on Kelsey Bay live in a spectacular natural environment in the Sayward Valley of North Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Shawnigan Lake BC
Shawnigan Lake is located approximately 48 km (30 mi) north of Victoria, and borders the communities of Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. Several new residential developments have been built, both in the Shawnigan Lake area as well as in surrounding areas. The village of Shawnigan Lake, located on the eastern shore, contains two small general stores, three restaurants, several beaches and various small businesses including a barber, gas station,pharmacy and two coffee shops. There is a museum, run by the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society. The north-west end of the village also includes many summer cabins and a large lakeside park. The south end of the lake is largely undeveloped, discounting the lake shore itself, with scattered farmland and numerous hiking trails.
The Kinsol Trestle, also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island north of Shawnigan Lake in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River
Vancouver Island Sidney BC
Sidney-by-the-Sea appeals to those who enjoy both seafaring excursions and land-based adventures. There are many inlets and nearby islands, 3 km of public accessible waterfront - including many beaches and great beachcombing

Vancouver Island Sooke BC
Sooke enjoys some of the mildest climate in western Canada, with warm and dry summer months, and wet and mild winter months. Sooke's unspoiled beaches, meandering rainforest trails and breathtaking vistas of Washington State's Olympic Mountains

Vancouver Island Tahsis BC
Tahsis is a west coast village, offering a wide range of accommodation, a full-service marina and a safe, friendly small town atmosphere that boasts a fascinating blend of history lessons and outdoor adventures.

Vancouver Island Telegraph Cove BC
Telegraph Cove is a tiny town and a major destination during the summer months, when the snug little bay bustles with boaters, anglers, campers, kayakers and whale-watchers
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Vancouver Island Tofino BC
Distance: 315 km or 196 mi Approximate Time: 4 hrs, 5 min Route: 1, 19, 4A, 4
Tofino is a pretty fishing village at the tip of Esowista Peninsula near the entrance to Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is a rapidly growing tourist centre

Vancouver Island Ucluelet BC
Ucluelet is situated in the Long Beach unit of Pacific Rim National Park, located between the villages of Tofino and Ucluelet - the most accessible and most developed component of the Pacific Rim National Park.

Vancouver Island Victoria BC
The Victoria region covers the extreme southern end of Vancouver Island, including the Saanich Peninsula, Victoria, Esquimalt, Colwood, Metchosin, and Sooke, with almost half of Vancouver Island's population of over 750,000.

Vancouver Island Zeballos BC
Nestled among towering forest-cloaked mountains, Zeballos sits at the head of Zeballos Inlet, gateway to Nootka Sound, world-famous for salmon fishing and kayaking opportunities