Dock Talk

9 Reasons to Come to Vancouver Island

BC Fishing Resorts and Pedder Bay and OBMG.com - March 10, 2014

How much is there to do on one island? More than you might think! Vancouver Island has something for everyone and is the perfect location for family vacations, romantic getaways or crazy adventures with your friends. Whatever kind of trip you’re planning, Vancouver Island has what you’re looking for. On top of that, the Oak Bay Marine Group has a number of resorts, marinas and restaurants located on the Island that are ready to accommodate you during your stay.

Still not convinced? Here are 9 reasons why your next trip should be to Vancouver Island:

Fishing

Vancouver Island has some of the best fishing in all of North America. Salmon, halibut, bottom fish and more are all plentiful along the east and west coasts of the island. The area offers year-round sport fishing opportunities, and with most communities located on or near the ocean there are a number of different fishing possibilities.

If you want to take full advantage of the great fishing on Vancouver Island there are plenty of guided fishing charters available. Resorts such as Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort, Canadian Princess Resort and Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina let you get out on the water with experienced guides who know exactly where the fish are. That way you can spend less time buying the right equipment and finding the right fishing spot and more time catching fish!

Boating and Sailing

It’s amazing how many breathtaking boating locations are found around Vancouver Island. The Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound are just some of the great cruising grounds that can be found here. Vancouver Island really is a boater’s paradise.

With plenty of Marinas located up and down the island, planning a boating trip is easy. If you want to take advantage of more than one marina, have a look at Oak Bay Marine Group’s new Reciprocal Moorage Program. Annual moorage customers at one marina now have access to all of OBMG’s marinas for no additional cost.

Wildlife Tours

Vancouver Island is home to a wide variety of wildlife including bears, eagles, seals, sea lions and more. If you want to get a good look at these animals you can take advantage of the wide variety of wildlife tours available. Many resorts, like Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort, offer their own tours to provide guests a convenient way to experience the island’s wildlife up close.

Whale Watching Tours

If it’s whales your after then Vancouver Island is the place to be. Orcas, humpbacks and grey whales can all be seen from various locations on the island. As with wildlife tours, many resorts offer their own tours. Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort and the Canadian Princess Resort all have tours leaving right from their dock. Their guides know just where to find these magnificent creatures so you can be sure to go home with plenty of memories and photographs.

Camping and RVing

Vancouver Island has an abundance of campgrounds located near the ocean and lakes. Whether it’s beachside fun or a trek through the wilderness you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here. If you’re looking for something a little more comfortable you can try one of the many RV parks that are found on the Island. Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina is a perfect example of what the area can offer. Situated right on the water with guided fishing charters and boat rentals available on-property, it’s the perfect way to experience many of the wonderful activities that are available on Vancouver Island.

Golf

Choose from more than 40 excellent golf courses on Vancouver Island. Courses can be found in urban settings by Victoria in the south, near the wilderness of Campbell River to the north, by the sparkling beaches of Parksville on the east coast, or by the seaside villages of the Pacific Rim on the west coast. Oak Bay Marine Group’s resorts are all situated near some of the island’s best courses and the staff are always happy to help you book a tee time.

Hiking

Some of the best hiking anywhere in the world is found on Vancouver Island. The landscapes vary between sandy beaches, temperate rainforests, caves, waterfalls and rugged mountains. You’ll have your choice between afternoon strolls or grinding muti-day treks. Oak Bay Marine Group’s resorts are all located near great hiking trails and are perfect launching points for your wilderness adventures.

Dining

If you’re more into fine dining than roughing it outdoors then Vancouver Island has plenty to offer you. Given the close proximity to the ocean, fresh seafood is easy to find. An abundance of local meat and produce also means there’s always lots of ingredients to choose from.

Oak Bay Marine Group’s Marina Restaurant has long been a favourite among Victoria diners, serving fresh west coast foods with a beautiful ocean view. If you find yourself further north then Legends Dining Room and April Point Dining Room are the perfect places to find a great mix of seafood and fresh local ingredients that are sure to satisfy your pallet.

Arts and Culture

Vancouver Island has a vibrant art scene, with a number of galleries and theatres located on the Island. The area also plays host to two very prestigious events each year: Photographers at Painter’s and Painters at Painter’s. Taking place at the beautiful Painter’s Lodge, these events let attendees learn from the best photographers and artists in British Columbia. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are held to allow amateur photographers and artists learn from the professionals. The events also contain some of the best galleries of photos and art found under one roof.