Vibrant Vancouver has all the attractions you would expect of a
major city, especially one that was once voted 'Best City in the
Americas' by Condé Nast Traveller, including art galleries,
museums, great restaurants and shops, and even a superb aquarium
that houses beluga whales and sea lions.
Whereas Vancouver Island offers a taster of the rugged, wilder
side of Canada. The main island is the size of Wales but has a
population similar to Brighton, making quiet isolation easy to
find. The island's many protected areas are home to wildlife such
as whales, eagles and bears,
and its forests contain some of the largest trees in the world.
Original Travel visited the island recently, and can organise
activities such as forest treks, sea kayaking, mountain biking,
horse riding and whale or bear-watching. In the untamed wilderness
of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve - one of the best intact
examples of temperate rainforest left on Earth - the extensive
river system also offers outstanding fishing for silver salmon,
king salmon, steelhead trout and other species.