Welcome to Vancouver Island,
in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
This beautiful destination on the West Coast of Canada, in the
Province of British Columbia.
At 460km in length, and at its widest point, 80km in width, Vancouver Island totals almost 32,000 square Kilometers in area.
It is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, and number 46 of the Worlds largest islands.
The population of Vancouver Island is roughly 800,000 (2011 census) with approximately half living in the greater Victoria area. Other notable centers are Nanaimo, Duncan, Port Alberni, Courtenay/Comox, and Campbell River.
Vancouver Island also has many small islands
Known as the Gulf Islands (Northern and Southern), many of which support large communities.
There is also a large Corporation (BC Ferries) that operates an extensive Ferry system connecting many of the smaller island communities to Vancouver Island.
This system includes service to the Mainland (City of Vancouver), and also much of the Coast of British Columbia.
First discovered in the late 18th century by both Spanish and British explorers, the island was eventually named for a famous British Naval Officer, Captain George Vancouver.
The islands climate is the mildest in all of a Canada, and even boasts that in some areas, sub tropical crops such as Olives and Lemons have been grown.
This amazing geographical area has in recent years become known for it's diverse demographics, as it appeals to such a wide range of people for the variety of both indoor and outdoor activities available. No matter what your age or socioeconomic background, there is something here for everyone.
My Websites focus is on Scuba Diving in the Temperate Emerald Green waters of the Pacific Ocean, but there are many
different types of recreational activities available.
Whether indoors or out, the opportunities for recreation are endless on what I and many, consider to be an island paradise for anyone with a healthy and open mind.
Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Sightseeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Kite Boarding,
Fishing (all types), Surfing, Storm Watching, Camping, RV'ing,
Environmental Tourism (Whale and Grizzly Bear watching), Boating, Spa's, natural Hot Springs, Golf....add your own!
Go to "Share Your Story" and add your own!
Go to Cold Water Scuba Diving> to learn more about what it's like, and what it takes to Dive in the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest. Diving in this area is considered to be some of the best diving in the world, and has been visited by such notable's as Jacques Cousteau.
Other reasons to dive here are the incredible number of species of Fish, Mammals and Invertebrates one can see and sometimes interact with.
Awesome face to face diving with 800 pound Sea Lions, observing the incredible colors of the strange looking Puget Sound King Crab, or maybe even hand feeding a Wolf Eel (watch your fingers!).
Scuba diving is available from both boat and shore, with a wide variety of sites available for all skill levels.
There are a number of great Dive Shop's, Charter's, and Resort Destinations available as well. A little research will be necessary, but well worth the effort.
Here is an excellent link to
tide and current charts
for Nanaimo, BC.
At the bottom of displayed
chart you will see two links,
"other tide stations" or
"other current stations"
follow these links for
information from California
and right up to Alaska.
California Sea Lions, these magnificent animals can be seen at many dive sites. Winter is best!
Puget Sound King Crabs.
Wolf Eels can be found if you know where to look.
Above:Looking up through the kelp and the bait fish at Race Rocks, Victoria, BC.
Below:Anemones in Dodd Narrows near Nanaimo, BC.
Above:Kelp Greenling at Dodd Narrows near Nanaimo, BC.
Below:Cabezon at Snake Island near Nanaimo, BC
Above:Giant Pacific Octopus near Nanoose Bay, BC
Below:A strange creature wherever they are found.