Discover the gems along the east coast of Vancouver Island. If you have been thinking about relocating, taking a vacation or going on an adventure holiday, there are many lodging options available. The temperate climate of this region is ideal for many outdoor activities that residents and visitors can enjoy all year round.
The many areas each have a unique and distinct character, offering its own little treasure to residents and visitors alike.
The city of Nanaimo is an ever-evolving hub that services both the commercial and recreational needs of business and tourism, not to mention, one of the prettiest waterfront towns in Canada. It is a classic west coast community with natural beauty to enjoy at every turn and is known for its diverse landscapes and parklands.
Parksville is one of the fastest growing areas on Vancouver Island with a population of 12,000. It has become home to young families and young professionals seeking a quality lifestyle and affordable homes, and also to a very active community of retirees. The location is perfect as a base for day trips to many points on central Vancouver Island, as well as being easily accessible from the mainland by ferry.
The placid atmosphere of Nanoose allows its residents and visitors to enjoy a country lifestyle with easy access to the city amenities of Parksville and Nanaimo. This bayside town is a hot spot for vacationers seeking water sports activities – canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. The harbour is also a popular dock for visiting boats from around the world.
Lighthouse Country incorporates the small communities of Horne Lake, Qualicum Bay, Bowser and Deep Bay and is seeped with rich history, folklore and native culture. It is a coveted destination with 60 miles of coastline and sandy beaches to explore. From Lighthouse Country the Pacific Rim National Park is easily accessible on the west coast of Vancouver Island, as is and Cathedral Grove, where you can see the giant cedar trees.
Well known for its long sandy white beaches and beautiful natural environment, Qualicum Beach is among the most beautiful places in British Columbia, and considered one of the most noted for vacation properties and second homes.
Bowser and Deep Bay have a welcoming, rural vibe with its main attractions being fishing, clam and shellfish digging. The provincial parks around this area are some of the most beautiful on the island and the opportunity for cave exploration in Hornes Lake offers a unique experience for the adventurous.
The agricultural region of Vancouver Island is known as Arrowsmith Coombs Country and is also home to the region’s two waterfall BC Provincial Parks – the Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum River Falls. It encompasses Coombs and Errington, little towns known for the quaint stores, heritage buildings, farmer’s market and some scenic wildlife trails.
There is a delightful world to explore on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Take some time to learn a bit about each and you may be surprised at what you might find.