A short drive from Victoria or serene ferry sailing from Vancouver, Central Vancouver Island is home to diverse ocean, estuary, riverside, marshland, forest, and alpine habitats – a wide variety of birding hot spots, all nestled safely along the Strait of Georgia.
Never far from farm-fresh dining and locally-roasted coffee, birders can plan a route exploring the region’s diverse communities, independently-owned businesses, and world-class birding opportunities that make up the Central Vancouver Island Trail.
This three-day itinerary works its way through several unique coastal communities. Ramble through the long farm roads of Cowichan, and the harbour-side city of Nanaimo. Further North, Parksville Qualicum Beach is home to the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region – and some of the most breathtaking natural vistas on Vancouver Island.
Central Vancouver Island’s small-town charm and slow-paced lifestyle provide ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate, embracing the fresh air and natural mystic of Canada’s west coast.