Are you planning a summertime visit to Vancouver Island this year? You’ll certainly need to plan your trip correctly – you’ll need to know where to rent a car, where you should stay, where you should eat, and what you can do while in the area. We’ve got you covered when it comes to activities. Here are the top five things to do on Vancouver Island this summer.
1. The Ferry Ride
One of the most enjoyable yet often overlooked things to do is the ferry ride from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. The ride can take between an hour and a half to two hours depending on weather and sea conditions and offers a picturesque view of the Sunshine Coast, as well as the stunning Gulf Islands. There’s also the opportunity to spot wildlife like dolphins and whales during the crossing.
2. Chesterman Beach
While in Vancouver Island, make time to enjoy some of the area’s stunning beaches. While there are plenty of options, we think that Chesterman Beach is one of the better choices. You’ll find wetsuit rentals, plenty of surf, boardwalks, and more. Other beaches of note you can reach when you rent a car include Cox Bay Beach, Long Beach, and Schooner Cove. If you’re in Victoria, head to Spanish Banks.
3. Guided Food and History Tour
During a visit to Victoria, make time to enjoy a guided food and history tour. You’ll explore the city’s considerable culinary scene while being introduced to some of the most interesting historic sites in the city. It takes about two hours to complete, and you can easily fit it in during any stay. This is a professionally guided tour, as well, so you don’t need to worry about getting turned around, or missing iconic landmarks.
4. Duncan Farmer’s Market
Love fresh fruits and veggies? Go to the source! Duncan Farmer’s Market gives you direct access to the local growers who produce your favourite foods. You’ll find more than just fresh vegetables and fruits here, though. Enjoy everything from live music to freshly cooked food to local handicrafts at this unique market. Farmer’s markets, not your thing? There’s plenty of other shopping across Vancouver Island.
5. Victoria Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings
Love craft beer? There’s plenty to enjoy in Victoria, but you’ll need to know where to go to get it. The Victoria Craft Brewery Tour and Tasting tour offers a guided tour of three craft breweries within the city limits, allows you to meet the brewers, gives you transportation to and from, and even includes the cost of your beer. You’ll also get a commemorative brewery glass to take home with you.
These are just a few of the fun things to enjoy while you’re in Vancouver Island. Rent a car in Vancouver and have the freedom you need to explore all there is on offer. Whether you want to enjoy shopping, dining, the stunning natural beauty of the area, or something else completely, it’s all right here for you.