It’s no secret that Vancouver Island sits as a gorgeous gem in the Pacific Northwest.
Between Victoria, Nanaimo, and Tofino, to name just a few locations, locals and tourists alike flock to the island by ferry year-round to take in the immersive greenery and British Columbian charm.
To add to Vancouver Island’s extensive list of accolades and recognition, the BC destination recently ranked on a list of the best islands in Canada, part of Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards.
The annual list is compiled by the New York-based travel magazine and research firm M&RR. Nominations were then voted on by some four million readers.
Vancouver Island is described as embodying “the best of leisure activities, whether [one] prefers browsing in one-of-a-kind boutiques, hopping a boat for whale watching, or hiking” in a gorgeous temperate rainforest.
The historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Wickaninnish Inn, and Cowichan Valley’s Deerholme Farm are also brought up as must-visit spots for a refined, sophisticated experience.
The beloved BC island finished second, falling just short of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, which took first place for the third year in a row.
The top three islands in Canada were ranked as follows:
3. Prince Edward Island
2. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
1. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia