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An Ideal Island

An August 2003 trip to Vancouver Island by Funky Monkey

Street Performer Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: A quick guide to one of Canada's rainiest places.

An Ideal Island


Street Performer Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
If you are staying on Vancouver Island, then one of the best things to do is to go whale watching. This can be done at various places on the island, but the best ones are in Victoria, namely the Prince of Whales. If you are a keen surfer, then Long Beach is a really good place to visit. It can get a bit too windy for sunbathing, but waves coming in from the Pacific are good for beginners while still offering a challenge for the more experienced surfer. A favourite local dessert is Naniamo bars, and the best place to have them is at the buffet in the Empress, in Victoria. Another great dessert is the Five-Layer Chocolate Cake. You can eat it in Tofino (on the west coast) at the Sea Shanty, an...Read More
Coast Bastion Inn Photo, Nanaimo, British Columbia
The Coast Bastion Inn was where I stayed on Vancouver Island. It is situated on the waterfront in Nanaimo and has great views of the harbour on one side, with great views of Nanaimo on the other. The rooms are comfortable, and I think that every room has a small balcony. There isn't much privacy within the rooms; we slept five people in one room, but the interior of the room was calm and well decorated.

The hotel is within walking distance from shops and restaurants, as well as having its own restaurant on the ground floor. The hotel also has a gym and internet facilities. The service is friendly and there is a shop where you can buy Vancouver Island souvenirs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2004

Coast Bastion Inn
11 Bastion Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R6E4
(250) 753-6601

Prince of Whales

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Prince of Whales Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
Whale watching is possibly the most amazing wildlife experience, if you are interested in marine life or if you just want to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. I went with the Prince of Whales, a small company in Victoria. It costs about $70 but is well worth it. Before you go, everyone has to put on huge orange waterproof suits which make you look more like an astronaut than a tourist. It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to get out to where the whales are and the whole trip takes about 2-3 hours. The guides who sail the boats are extremely knowledgeable and can answer most (if not all) questions you ask them. They can name any of the whales you see from about 100 metres away, j...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2004

Prince of Whales
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3
(888) 383-4884