DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: VANCOUVER
Aside from its stunning beauty, Vancouver Island boasts fantastic food scenes, world-class amenities, and a thriving cultural heritage. This area of British Columbia is yet another reason why Canada was chosen as Travel + Leisure’s 2017 Destination of the Year.Read The Article
As our 2017 Destination of the Year, Canada has a lot to offer. From the soaring mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the city streets of Montreal and Quebec city, the country’s distinct landscapes make it a must see for every traveler. And, while we could spend months exploring our northern neighbor, we took to Vancouver Island to give our readers a 360-degree experience like never before.
In partnership with LifeVR, Travel + Leisure takes an in-depth look at the island off the Pacific coast. First, we float in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, a port into Victoria, the iconic culturally rich city at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island.
Next, we head to Clayoquot Sound for a look at the beautiful Meares Island, home to some of the tallest trees in British Columbia. Then it’s on to Tofino, a sophisticated food culture and a dynamic art scene.
Finally, we’re off on a seaplane journey to the majestic Bute Inlet. Just east of Vancouver Island, the 47-mile fjord was cut by glacial erosion over 10,000 years ago. Here you can find wildlife like bald eagles, cougars, sea lions, dolphins, and, most famously, grizzly bears.