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Love Where You Live



Compiled by Judy Stephan

So the family is coming again this holiday season. What are you going to do with them?

Nestled between the vibrant city of Victoria and the rugged beauty of northern Vancouver Island, mid Vancouver Island is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This region offers a diverse range of attractions that will captivate and delight visitors of all interests. From stunning natural landscapes to cultural experiences, here is a guide to some of the best places to take your visitors in mid Vancouver Island.

Start your journey with a visit to Cathedral Grove, located within MacMillan Provincial Park. Here, ancient Douglas fir and red cedar trees tower above, creating a natural cathedral-like setting. Take a leisurely stroll through the well-maintained trails, and marvel at these giants that have stood for hundreds of years. This is a perfect place for a peaceful nature walk and a great opportunity to introduce your guests to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest’s rainforests.

For a unique and quirky experience, head to Coombs Old Country Market, often referred to as “Goats on the Roof.” This iconic market features a grass-covered roof where goats graze, and it’s a delightful place to shop for artisanal goods, handmade crafts, and delectable international foods.

A visit to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington is an absolute must for animal lovers and conservation enthusiasts. This remarkable facility is dedicated to the rehabilitation and care of injured and orphaned wildlife. Your guests can witness the incredible work being done to protect and rehabilitate Vancouver Island’s wildlife. The centre features educational displays, interactive exhibits, and a chance to see eagles, owls, and other local species up close.

For a dose of history and breathtaking natural beauty, take your guests to Cameron Lake Railway Trestles. This hidden gem features a historic railway trestle bridge that spans over the crystal-clear waters of Cameron Lake. The trestles provide a stunning backdrop for photographs and are easily accessible by a short hike. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the area while appreciating its historical significance.

Mid Vancouver Island is a hidden paradise filled with an array of attractions that cater to all interests. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, a beach bum, a culture connoisseur, or an animal lover, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful region. So, when your visitors come, they’re in for a memorable and diverse experience they won’t soon forget.


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