provides an enchanting combination of the rugged outdoors and small town living, with Victoria
, a charming 19th-century city at one end, and comfortable seaport villages at the other. Off its coast lie the Gulf Islands
, famous for secluded coves, lovely beaches and idyllic lifestyle.
The overall atmosphere is one of relaxation, mild climate and friendly people. Main attractions include killer and gray whale-watching; gorgeous forests and national parks; world-famous salmon, trout, bass and steelhead fishing; island-hopping on the ferries; and exploring the wilderness at the north end of Vancouver Island.