The Central Island Region:
Slipping from the comfortably mild to the super-natural wild sides of Vancouver Island is one of the pleasures for visitors to the Central Island region. Shop, eat and sleep in style while exploring a historic harbour city. Stroll miles of shallow, sandy coastline ideal for beach-combing and family fun. Fly a kite in fresh ocean breezes. Dine at Canada’s only floating pub and restaurant. Hurtle down forested mountain bike trails. Meet artists in their home studios. Canoe across placid blue lakes. Giggle at the delightful sight of goats on the grass-covered roof of a country market jammed with unique imported and local goods. Or simply relax, dig toes into warm sand and surrender with a satisfied sigh.
Action-packed weekend getaways and restorative weeks can fly by without a dull moment here on the central eastern coastline. Nanaimo, the Island’s second largest city, has evolved into a lively urban centre with its smartly restored downtown and walkable harbourfront. Not far north, along the scenic Oceanside Route, is the popular beachfront town of Parksville and quiet, classy Qualicum Beach. Not far inland within easy access are lakes, rivers, parks and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that embraces five distinct climatic zones between sea-level gardens and alpine meadows.
Thanks to: http://www.vancouverisland.travel/regions/central-island/
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