Vancouver Island, Vancouver
Great place to go in any other season besides WINTER!!!
There's nothing to really see. it's great during the other months because all flowers are in bloom.
Take a boat from Vancouver to Victoria. Ask your hotel concierge how to obtain tickets, etc.
Magnificent virgin forest still covers some of Vancouver Island, where huge Western Red Cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock and Sitka spruce reach for the heavens. Some of these trees are over 800 years old. The rainfall in this area exceeds 200 inches per year. Incidently, Sitka spruce is used for a variety of construction including aircraft, boats & violins! It grows only near tidewater and can reach enormous size. The early sailors used it for masts and spars on sailing ships because of it's strength and lightness. One tree I saw on the north end of the Island near Cape Scott was over 250 feet high and 10' in diameter! This photo was taken in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Park near Port Alberni. (click for larger view)
I should warn you that this whole island is off the beaten track. It take two ferries from Campbell river on Vancover Island to get here, and there is no really town, juch a few strategically placed stores on three sides of the island.
If you are the outdoor type, it's worth while to travel to Tofino (The west side of Vancouver Island) You get to do a lot of surfing (in freezing cold water from the Glacier), sports fishing with chartered boat(salmon trolling) hiking, mountain biking...etc. You get to see the Pacific ocean view with nothing blocking your sight. Take a long walk on the Long Beach and you will instantly feel refreshed.
I especially enjoy the bonfire on the beach part. Without the light polution, you can see million of stars (and shooting star)
You can travel there by car (via ferry), ferry and airplane. It will take approx. 2.5 hours to get there from Vancouver.
check out http://www.tofinotravel.bc.ca/ for more detail.
We've got a 38lbs salmon (see photo) Not for vegetarian tho kekeke
One recommendation. If you've caught more than enough salmon, bring them down to Granville Island (see my must do activity section) to smoke them. But keep in mind it will take 2 weeks so you can negotiate with them to ship it over!
FERRY BOAT TO VANCOUVER ISLAND the City of NANIMO. We took it on our first trip here and went down to VICTORIA for three days ( see page).
Head over to the west coast of Vancouver Island and the magnificent panorama of Long Beach with the huge breakers pounding the beach for miles....
Take an overnight trip to Victoria, it has to be the cutest city on earth and the ferry ride has some great scenery.