In Canada, there are many natural parks and reserves that delight locals and tourists: one of these places is Vancouver Island, located off the western coast of Canada and washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come here annually for the sake of magnificent nature, relict forests, pristine beaches, rich fishing and other features that SMAPSE experts will tell about in this article.
- The first settlers of Vancouver were Indian tribes: they divided the island into several regions, occupying separate territories
- In 1774, the first expedition of the Europeans took place and the Spaniards landed on the island
- In 1778, Captain James Cook, who arrived from Great Britain, visited Vancouver.
- In 1779, the Spaniards and the British on Vancouver were on the brink of war: the conflict finally ended in 1792
- The island received its modern name in the 19th century
- In 1849, a British colony was built with the capital in Fort Victoria.
Features and Attractions
- The capital of the island of Victoria is a real small Britain: many narrow streets, pubs, cafes, restaurants, picturesque gardens. The famous place in Victoria is the Botanical Garden with a million plants, which is divided into zones: Japanese gardens, Italian gardens and so on. Each area of the Botanical Garden has a well-thought-out layout.
- The natural features of Vancouver are striking in their diversity: dense forests, ski slopes, beaches, flower fields, crystal clear lakes. Tourists can one day go skiing or snowboarding and go surfing - for the latter, the best place on Long Beach is 22 kilometers of sand and a comfortable climate. You can also fish here, the locals are always happy to help: they will provide appliances and utensils.
- South Bay Beach is a Klondike for stone collectors: smooth green, black, and purple. Collectors believe that these stones will be protected from unhappiness and sadness: they collect them and sort them by size, color, shape, rejoicing in each new instance. For swimming, the beach of Florencia Bay is considered ideal.
- Cape Scott on the northeast coast of Vancouver is a place with a large number of outdoor activities, popular among canoe lovers. The local company will offer several routes - both day and night. The inner passage is one of the best routes: you will see the island’s dense forests on one side and the mainland’s magnificent fjords on the other.
- Strathcona Park is located in the central part of the island. Initially, it was a marshland, unsuitable for life, but then the marshes were dried and created a beautiful park. The center of the park is a fountain, left as a gift by Lord Strathcon, which gave the name to the whole park.
The relict forests with the tallest fir trees in the world, mountain rivers and lakes attract hikers who can choose routes of different lengths - you just need to take an instructor, a tent, provisions and hit the road to meet the adventures and the unique beauty of Vancouver nature. People say that such routes cleanse thoughts and soul, bringing them positive and joy.
For lovers of comfort, there is an equipped path: bridges, stairs, carriages for crossing will help you enjoy the beauty and grandeur of nature and not experience discomfort. The length of the route is 75 kilometers, it can be completed in 5-7 days even without special training. For lovers of a comfortable beach holiday, hotels with cozy rooms have been built.
- Migratory whales can be seen off the coast of Cape Scott
- Sea lions often bask in the sun on Commers Beach
- Most of the island is untouched by civilization
- The eastern coast of the island is not populated: it is indented by fjords and resembles a real "land edge". But this coast is dangerous - hundreds of ships crashed on its rocks.
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