Explore Vancouver Island’s Scenic Vistas and Amazing Wildlife
Nature’s splendour touches everything you see on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Locals are grateful to live among pristine forests and shorelines. Visitors stand in awe.
Thick rainforests cover much of the island’s West Coast, where annual precipitation is about 300 cm (118 in). Water pools on meter-deep moss and ferns growing so dense you can’t see the soil beneath. Twisted trees, some hundreds of years old, shoot up out of dead logs. See it all on a hike in Pacific Rim National Park or on the Wild Pacific Trail.
Pacific Rim National Park alone boasts 22 kilometers (14 miles) of sandy beaches ideal for beachcombing and exploring tide pools. The surf is consistent along this West Coast, and locals have been riding the waves for 20 or 30 years. Boards and wetsuits are available for rent, and lessons are provided by a number of operators. In winter, storm watching is an unforgettable experience.
Every spring more than 22,000 Pacific gray whales migrate along the western coastline. Some stay in the area year-round and are spotted regularly from shore and on boat charters. Other marine life includes orcas, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters. Bald eagles and deer are numerous and frequently visible in the area.