Friday, September 19, 2008

About Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is located off the Coast of British Columbia boarding the Vancouver Mainland by the Straight of Georgia and Washington State by the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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.

I'm sure to add more to this list as time goes on.


  1. Would you encourage a european to emigrate to vac. island?

  2. Definitely - July and August are the best times with the most sunshine. There is mild weather here but so much to do. It's a great place to visit for a vacation!