Naturally blessed Vancouver Island – brimming with rainforests, meadows, beaches, mountains, rivers and lakes – is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. The expansive island, on Canada's west coast, is a prime sailing destination for novice and advanced sailors and offers dramatic marine landscapes varying from sheltered inland waterways to the rugged open ocean. Your sailing holiday starts from the base at Vancouver Yacht Club, gateway to more than 2,000 islands including the Gulf Islands, the San Juan Islands (USA), the Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound.
A nature lover's paradise, watch for frolicking orca, minke, humpback or Pacific grey whales and grazing elk on the shoreline. Immerse yourself in the many outdoor activities on offer, and once you've had your fill of nature, visit quaint seaside towns or cosmopolitan Victoria on the southern tip to shop, dine, wine or amuse yourself. In Canada, creature comforts co-exist with the living traditions of the First Nations’ peoples. Secret coves and fjords, protected anchorages, waterfalls and ports of call in two countries - Canada is a land of extremes, both natural and cultural.