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Area (sq km): 9,220,970
Population: 32,805,041
Nationality: Canadian
Local Name: Canada
Language: English,
French
Time Zone: -3.5 to -8 GMT
Currency: 1 dollar =
100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Ottawa
Dialling Code: +1
Electricity: 110V/50Hz
Internet Code: .ca
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Protestant
Climate: Continental,
Mountain,
Subarctic
Government: Confederation
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.30-16.00
Major Airports: Calgary(YYC),
Montreal Mirabel(YMX),
Montreal Pierre(YUL),
Ottawa(YOW),
Toronto(YYZ),
Vancouver(YVR),
Winnipeg(YWG)

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, Canada is a region blessed by nature. It has so much to offer to the visitor, that a holiday here would be a perfect choice for anybody of any age group. It features mountains capped with snow, beaches, forests, rivers, great seafood and a pleasant sub-Mediterranean climate.

Cruising around Vancouver Island
Cruising around Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is situated in the south-western coast of British Columbia and is separated from the mainland by the Strait of Georgia and Queen Charlotte Strait. Vancouver Island is 460km long and 80km wide, making it the largest island in the west of North America. The beautiful city of Victoria is Vancouver Island’s capital and is located in the south tip of the island.

Activities on Vancouver Island

There are scores of fun activities on Vancouver Island. If you are a keen watersports fan, love visiting vineyards and markets, or perhaps whale-watching, this is the place for you. Let’s not forget the traditional Vancouverite hospitality, as an added bonus.

Vancouver Island is also a perfect place for golfers, as this sport can be played all year through on immaculately manicured greens, like the Westin Bear Mountains Victoria Golf Resort. Garden lovers will delight in the abundant flora of Vancouver Island. There are gardens all over the island open all year, like the magnificent Hatley Park National Historic Site. What a treat!

Wine in Vancouver Island

If you want to enjoy the best local wines on Vancouver Island, why not embark on an exciting wine tasting tour? There are some excellent wineries mainly located in the Cowichan Valley.

All along this area, delicious Pinot Noir, Merlot, Bachus, Ortega Pinot Gris and other wines are on offer. Great fun can be had on these tours, as the wine taster will not only enjoy the local nectar, but also the amazing fresh food and cheeses from the region. Very recommendable!

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