About Vancouver Island
Learn More About Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island Climate, History, Transportation, and More
Most visitors to the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region also explore the rest of Vancouver Island. Use this section of our website to learn more about why Vancouver Island is a perennial winner of Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure magazine readers’ choice awards.
Climate and Weather
Vancouver Island’s climate
is envied by the rest of Canada due to its mild winters and moderate summers. In fact, the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region has been called “Canada’s Riveria” by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Roughly the size of Holland, Vancouver Island the largest island on the western coast of North America. Vancouver Island communities
are home to roughly 750,000 people who live in the BC provincial capital of Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville / Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Courtenay / Comox, Campbell River, and others.
Vancouver Island's economy
is known for its traditional forestry and commercial fishing industries. Although these industries are still important, Vancouver Island’s economy is well-diversified with tourism, technology, agriculture, and others.
is located along British Columbia’s southwestern coast and bordered by Washington state to the south.
Most people think of Victoria when it comes to Vancouver Island history
. Famous for both its historic buildings and British heritage, Victoria does have a rich history but so does the rest of Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island transportation
is a well-developed infrastructure that allows for easy sea, air, rail, and road travel.