Vancouver Island Landscapes | Central Island
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.

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A foggy morning at Cowichan Bay._Heavy clouds at Great Central LakeGreat Central Lake 2The blue water of Cameron LakeHorne LakeNahmint Lake 2Autumn coming to Horne LakeNahmint LakeFun on the beach near BowserOne of the many falls at Little Qualicum ParkMossy Banks at Little QualicumHorne Lake_Enos LakeLight on Cameron LakeOver the edge at the Little QualicumThe falls at Englishman RiverThe bridge over the Little QualicumFast moving water at the Little QualicumBeautiful light at Great Central LakeClouds over the Alberni Valley