Vancouver Island is 460 kilometres (290 mi) in length and 80 kilometres (50 mi) at its widest point, formed when volcanic and sedimentary rock scraped off the ancient Kula Plate some 55 million years ago.
Nearly half of the 734, 860 island residents live in Greater Victoria area within 32,134 square kilometers. Other major cities on Vancouver Island include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, and Campbell River. Our population on Vancouver Island is nearly 1/10 the size of the entire country of Belgium within the same radius.
Victoria is the Capital of British Columbia and also happens to be where the Parliament resides. The climate on the Island is the mildest in Canada with warmest summer days usually range from 28-33 Celsius. But don't be fooled as Henderson Lake on the west coast of the Island is the wettest place in North America with 665 centimetres (260 in) average annual precipitation. Victoria on the other hand often gets 64 centimetres (25 in) at the driest recording station being on the Saanich Peninsula.
Here is a collection of useful links about Vancouver Island.
- Vancouver Island - Maps and information All About Vancouver Island
- BC Ferries - The transportation network to get onto the Mainland
- Victoria Transit - The Bus for Victoria Regional Transit
- Victoria - Tourist information for the area
- Victoria Parks - Parks and Recreation around Victoria
- Butchart Gardens - Check out the flower report before heading out
- Sidney BC - visit the beautiful town of Sidney
- Galloping Goose Trail - Victoria's extensive trail network
- Vancouver Island Parks - Visit the many provincial parks on the island
- Goldstream Provincial Park - Famous for spawning salmon
- Attractions - Things to do around Vancouver Island