Best Island Life in North America

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

In honour of Keira heading to her hometown today on Vancouver Island (and Alanah who we want to import for the hockey season) I thought I would post about this little tid bit that we should all be proud of.

Travel + Leisure’s 2007 readers survey identified Vancouver Island as the best island in Canada and the continental U.S. That puts us on a par with such exceptional island destinations as Maui, Kauai, Galapagos and Bali. [Nanaimo Bulletin]


Photo credit: alannavanisle on Flickr

It gets even better, over on the official Travel + Leisure website in their ‘best of 2007‘ section you can see their selection for world’s best island destinations, and Van Isle comes in at #6, beating out Phuket, Thailand and Hawaii. Wowsa.

As Vancouver is usually the top-ranked place in these parts it’s nice to see the Island getting some recognition. Hiking, forests, history, beaches as far as the eye and see, surfing, snowboarding, fishing… the list goes on and on. I find the Island represents what Vancouver used to be all about before we got a little too wrapped up in the hype of being on the world’s stage. It’s not plastic, it’s not pretentious, and it is world class.

Over the next week there are a couple of events happening mid-Island that Keira will be covering on her blog, such as the Filberg Festival and an international bike competition at Mount Washington. Safe travels hot stuff!

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  1. Keira-AnneWednesday, August 1st, 2007 — 10:38am PDT

    Thanks so much, sweetheart…I’m sure I’ll have an amazing time. It really is good to see the Island getting some recognition.

    I’ll keep you all posted and Flickr’d pretty much on a daily basis.

  2. RichardWednesday, August 1st, 2007 — 11:47am PDT

    Vancouver Island is pretty big, so when you live there, it’s easy to forget you’re on an island to begin with. That said, places like the Comox Valley—where I’m from and which both feature Mount Washington and the Filberg Festival—has everything Vancouver has to offer like mountains and beaches and other places to have fun but without the size. The longest commutes are less than 15 minutes door-to-door. During rush hour!

  3. GZ ExpatThursday, August 2nd, 2007 — 3:27pm PDT

    Well, I am glad to see my favorite islands in the world are not even on the list…that means there are no tourists to get in the way! 😉

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  5. Tahsis FishingSaturday, February 7th, 2009 — 8:46pm PDT

    Life on vancouver Island is amazing. So few people know about the West Coast of the Island, in particular, Nootka Sound – where Captain Cook first landed in teh 1700’s. The wildlife and history make it a must visit.

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