IT’S NOW EASIER THAN EVER TO VISIT ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP 10 ISLANDS!

Thanks to easy flight connections, Vancouver Island is just hours away. Whether you’re visiting family and friends, looking to explore, or making business connections, you’ll never run out of things to do on the island that’s rated as one of the best on the planet by the prestigious Conde Naste Traveler magazine.

Wildlife, scenery, family activities, West Coast aboriginal culture, rich history, festivals, abundant shopping, business opportunities — there’s something here for everyone. And thanks to one of the country’s best climates, you can enjoy Vancouver Island year-round.
It all begins when you land at Nanaimo Airport (YCD), your gateway to the Island. One of the country’s fastest growing airports, it offers you a seasonal direct flight from Toronto as well as year-round connections. And a multi-million-dollar air terminal expansion project will give you comfort and service without long lines and endless waits.

The airport sits at the hub of Vancouver Island. Within an easy drive of Nanaimo — known for its tasty Nanaimo bars and its zany world championship bathtub race — you can explore many of the Island’s famous attractions, including:

• Whale and storm watching in Tofino
• Miles of sandy beaches in Long Beach and Parksville-Qualicum Beach
• Winter skiing and summertime hiking at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, where Canadian Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe honed
her freestyle skiing skills
• Aboriginal culture in the Cowichan Valley, home to the largest First Nations community in B.C.
• Building-sized murals in Chemainus that depict the rich history of the seaside community, and which draw hundreds of thousands of
admirers each year
• The rugged West Coast Trail, a mecca for hikers who love a challenge
• Cathedral Grove, a forest of towering Douglas firs as much as 800 years old

And that’s just the beginning of the list. From goats on the roof at a unique country market to bungy jumping over a river to vibrant tech and educational sectors, Central Vancouver Island offers variety, novelty and opportunity. Combine that with incredible views and stunning beauty and it’s easy to see why people from around the world keep coming back here.

There’s also our lifestyle, of course. You’ll feel like you’ve “gotten away from it all” even though you’re only a 15-minute trip from Vancouver via Nanaimo Airport. You’ll be able to work hard — the West Coast is an ideal spot for doing business around the Pacific Rim and anywhere else in the world — and play harder. Imagine breathing ocean air as you golf in any month of the year, before dining on some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste.

THAT’S VANCOUVER ISLAND. AND IT’S ALL JUST A FLIGHT AWAY.