Lifestyle: on Vancouver Island

In Ladysmith and in every community on Vancouver Island you will find unique festivals, concerts, activities and attractions. From a relaxing visit to a tea house by the beach to off-shore whale watching to world class golfing to fabulous shopping and dining your home at The Gales is the perfect base from which to explore a world of experiences.

To the south of Ladysmith lie such locales as Duncan with its impressive Aboriginal heritage, the Cowichan Valley which offers a wide range of possibilities from vineyard tours to camping to trout fishing on tranquil rivers. BC's capital city Victoria has all you want in an urban environment without the stress normally found in a big city. West of Victoria is the areas of Sooke and Port Renfrew. These areas are full of natural wonders that extend right out to the Pacific Ocean.

North of Ladysmith are the towns of Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, Courtenay and Campbell River as well as Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet, the last two being located out on the west coast of the island where the rain forest melts into the vast Pacific ocean. This region of Vancouver Island Boasts some the the best salmon fishing in the world. There is also an abundance of festivals, shopping, unique dining choices and natural wonder around every turn of the highways and byways that meander through pristine environments with beauty around every bend. A lifetime of adventure is there for the taking up and down Vancouver Island.


In every direction you will find:

  • Vast forests, snow-capped and tree-carpeted mountains; dozens of freshwater lakes, rivers, caves, and valleys – some in immense provincial parks
  • Traces of aboriginal culture and historic fishing, logging, and ship-building industries
  • Places of pristine wilderness, from ancient redwood trees to the fresh blooms of young alpine flowers

Being surrounded by water and sitting next to the world's largest ocean Vancouver Island enjoys one of the mildest climates in Canada. With summers warm and sunny and winters that usually see little to no snow Vancouver Island is gentle inviting place for your year round living.

Vancouver Island offers to its residents and visitors:

  • Rugged shores
  • Verdant forests
  • Stalwart mountains
  • Clear streams and rivers
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Beautiful panoramas
  • Distinct urban centres
  • Relaxed lifestyle
  • History and culture
  • Fresh air

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