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*Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers ranked Vancouver Island as Top North American Island. Vancouver Island ranked first ahead of Nantucket, MA, and Kiawah, SC, in the North American Island category. This is the sixth consecutive year that Vancouver Island has received this honour. Travel + Leisure Readers' 2005 Choice Award Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have named Vancouver Island "The Best Island in the Continental US and Canada," in the magazine's 10th annual World's Best Awards readers' survey. Vancouver Island was also voted the sixth best island in the world , and was the only temperate island to make the top nine globally. Last year, Vancouver Island placed third among US and Canadian islands. Victoria, the provincial capital on the island's southern tip, was also popular, placing ninth among favourite US and Canadian cities. Nearby Vancouver, British Columbia's largest city and upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic co-host, took fifth place.Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the charming collection of beachfront communities of our region is centrally located on the east coast of the Island, 30 minutes north of Nanaimo, and 2 hours from Victoria and Tofino.