With its appealing climate and flourishing artistic spirits, Vancouver Island can easily be called one of the gems of Canada’s Pacific Coast. Home for the Indigenous people for thousands of years, the island started being slowly inhabited by the Europeans in the 18th century, and now it is a booming tourist attraction due to many aspects, impressive nature sights being one of them. Read along and take a look at the list of must-see natural wonders in the beautiful Canadian island.
Potholes in general are an exciting sight; they are natural underground caves that go down pretty deep and were formed due to erosion usually caused by running water. This exact path was followed in the formation of Sooke Potholes as well, which sit in the Sooke River, known for its exceptionally clean and clear water. It must be emphasized that it‘s not just the activity of the river, but also glacial action that dates back around 15,000 that influenced the formation of the potholes. Nowadays, in the summer, it is a swimming sport beloved by tourists and locals alike.
Englishman River Falls
A spooky legend claims that a man’s skeleton was once discovered in the area of these falls. The legend comes from the British people, hence the “Englishman” part in the name of these falls. Both upper and lower falls are best accessed from Parksville, and the entire area of Englishman River Falls Provincial Park includes not just the falls, but also numerous spectacular hiking trails, a campground, the river and the falls as well as a large day-use area. In the summer, you are welcome to take a dip in a pool at the lower falls and admire the nature surrounding you. There is also an old bridge over the upper part of the river, just like the one we often see in movies.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
All three parts – Long Beach, the Broken Group of Islands, and the West Coast Trail – are located on the west coast of the Vancouver Island. Long Beach holds a proud status of being the biggest and longest beach on the west coast, and the Broken Islands, which are uninhabited, is a sight that will leave you in awe, especially if you choose to visit them by kayak, which adds even more to the experience. Care for an even bigger challenge? Give the West Coast Trail a shot. It’s 75 kilometers of stunning sights that include the rugged coastline and temperate forest. Now that’s a weekend you won’t forget for quite some time!
Macmillan Provincial Park
Two names: Cathedral Grove and Cameron Like. Both loved by tourists, frequented by locals and protected by the government, these two nature attractions should be on your priority list if you’re interested in the uniqueness of nature. Cathedral Gove is 800-year old Douglas fir trees’ ecosystem, and Cameron lake is not just beautiful, but also perfect for water sports and fishing. Check both of them out if you’re in the area for sure!