Triptoes Top 5: Family Adventures on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island makes a fantastic destination for a family holiday in Canada. It is easy to get to by ferry from mainland British Columbia or you can fly and take a float-plane right from downtown Vancouver.

Victoria, BC’s capital city, sits at the base of the island and is a great place to visit. However, the rest of the island is also a treasure trove of adventures for families.

Here are five our favourite adventures on Vancouver Island for a family holiday.

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See Vancouver from a seaplane, Vancouver to Victoria

Start your island adventure by flying from Vancouver to Victoria on board a Harbour Air seaplane. Flights leave directly from downtown Vancouver and after 35 minutes you will land right in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The journey will take you over stunning vistas including Vancouver’s coast and mountains.

Surf, kite and go beachcombing, Long Beach, Tofino

The Pacific coast of Vancouver Island is stunning and several days are needed to make the most of your holiday time and to really get a feel for this wonderful corner of British Columbia. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve includes Long Beach which is between Tofino and Ucluelet. Long Beach is wild, wonderful and truly special.

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Try a sea kayaking adventure, Johnstone Strait

For a family looking to really get adventurous, try a guided sea kayaking and camping trip. Discover kayaking perhaps for the first time and learn about the marine wildlife of the Johnstone Strait. Take part in responsible wildlife watching and paddle amongst orcas, seals, eagles and humpbacks.

Be awed by the trees at Catherdral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park

Cathedral Grove, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here visitors can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world – some more than 800 years old and the largest measuring more than 9 meters around.

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Learn about and watch grizzly bears, Knight Inlet

Take a day tour by boat from Telegraph Cove to Knight Inlet and spot grizzly bears in their natural habitat. In July the cubs are scrambling along behind their mothers as they first explore their wilderness home. August is the time that the salmon spawns and the bears are seen fishing for them in rivers. Be sure to take a camera for lots of photographs.

If you would like Triptoes to craft your family holiday to Vancouver then we would love to hear from you. Call 01225 471 893 or email

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