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Central Vancouver Island
Edged by the thin strip of coastal towns along Highway 19, much of central Vancouver Island remains an untamed, rugged mountain wilderness, with Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia's first and largest provincial park, at its center. Port Alberni is the gateway to the isolated coastal communities on the western side of the island, while the Comox Valley, nestled between the Strait of Georgia and the Beaufort Mountains and encompassing the towns of Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland, offers beaches, quaint rural attractions, more than 40 parks to explore, and endless outdoor activities.
Campbell River [A5] In a spectacular setting of mountains, rivers, lakes, and ocean, Campbell River is an important lumber and commercial fishing center famous for its fighting chinook salmon. Campbell River is also home to the Tyee Club, where membership is earned by landing a salmon of 14 kg while fishing from a rowboat in raging waters. 81 Rare and important Native petroglyphs and totem poles can be found on 24-km-long Quadra Island, as well as fine opportunities for clam and oyster digging.
Courtenay [B6] The rich cultural history of the Comox Valley is shown at The Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre. On display are the fossilized remains of an 80-million-year-old elasmosaur (a swimming reptile 14 m long), Native fish traps, artifacts from Cumberland's Chinatown, and a pioneer dairy.
Denman and Hornby Islands [C6-C7] This pair of islands, connected by ferry from Buckley Bay, is packed with trails to beautiful viewpoints. Boyle Point Provincial Park at Denman's south end offers trails through old Douglas fir forests; at the lighthouse on Chrome Island eagles and sea lions may be seen. Denman's beaches is a daily treasure trove for beachcombers. Hornby has Tribune Bay, one of the finest sandy beaches in the Gulf Islands. For lovers of arts and crafts, Denman and Hornby islands boast numerous artist's studios.
Gold River [B2] The last stop on surfaced roads, Gold River is a caving hot spot, and the headquarters of the B.C. Speleological Association. Adventurous visitors may want to explore the mysterious Upana Caves, or the Quatsino Cave, the deepest vertical cave in North America. Anglers will want to take advantage of the area's excellent fishing. Climb aboard the MV Uchucklll for a tour of majestic Nootka Sound. It was herein 1778 that Capt. James Cook met Chief Maquinna.
Kayaking on Campbell River Parksville [D8] and Qualicum Beach [D8]
These two popular summer resort towns offer the best of the beach: Parksville has 1.6 km of sand on the Strait of Georgia; Qualicum Beach is known for its pristine white sands. Early April brings the annual Brant Wildlife Festival, a 3-day celebration of the return of thousands of chatty brant geese.
Port Alberni [D6-E6]
A deepwater port and important fishing and forestry center, Port Alberni is home to the McLean Mill National Historic Site, which features a restored steam train that takes visitors for a 10 km ride along the waterfront. Ferries regularly travel on day-trips to the remote coastal communities of Ucluelet and Bamfield. Allow some time to walk through Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, where giant Douglas firs, many of them 800 years old, reach for the sunlight.
Tofino [E3] Tofino's lovely sandy beaches are popular with whale-and bird-watchers, beachcombers, and scuba divers. The Pacific Rim Whale Festival held each spring celebrates the whale migration.
Campbell River Museum
Discovery Pier Elk Falls Provincial Park Haig-Brown House Education Centre Quadra Island (Kwagiulth Museum, Rebecca Spit Provincial Park)
Courtenay and District Museum Comox Glacier Filberg Lodge and Park Puntledge Fish Hatchery Cumberland Museum and Archives
Upana Caves Quatsino Cave MV Uchucklll cruises Friendly Cove Heber River Trail Peppercorn Trail
PARKSVILLE/ QUALICUM BEACH
Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery Brant Festival Old School House Gallery and Art Centre
Craig Heritage Park Englishman River Falls Provincial Park Home Lake Caves
Provincial Park Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
McLean Mill National Historic Site Alberni Harbour Quay Cameron Lake Cathedral Grove J.V. Cline Bird Sanctuary Robertson Creek
Hatchery Stamp Creek Falls Provincial Park
Sproat Lake Provincial Park
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