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4 things you need to know about Vancouver Island

4 things you need to know about Vancouver Island

Posted 18 February 2020
Strathcona Provincial Park BC

Royal Roads University is located in Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island that is known for its mild climate and thriving arts community. In this post you will learn 4 facts about the island and why it is a very special destination. Check out the blog post below to learn more about Vancouver Island and four things that make it unique.

1. Unique Geography

Vancouver Island, not be confused with Victoria Island, is located in the province of British Columbia in the southwestern part of Canada. It is the world's 43rd largest island surrounded by the waters of Pacific Ocean. The island's nature is beautiful due to its diverse geography. The Vancouver Island Ranges run most of the length of the island, so there are a lot of mountains and even glaciers on the island. It also has many fjords, bays, lakes and rivers, making Vancouver Island a paradise for nature-lovers. If you are a student at Royal Roads University, you can always make a weekend or a holiday trip to the northern part of the island and explore the great outdoors.

Beach Trail BC

2. Biggest Cities

Vancouver Island is sparsely populated, with majority of people living in two cities - Victoria and Nanaimo. The city of Victoria is located in the southern part of the island with population over 360,000 people. Royal Roads University is located only about 30 minutes away by car from Victoria's downtown, filled with cozy cafes, great restaurants, museums, parks, gardens and other major attractions of the big city. You can also get to the downtown from the university by public transportation or even a bike.

Nanaimo is the second largest city on the island with about 105,000 people. It is located about 110 kilometres northwest from Victoria and is known as The Harbor City. Nanaimo has many art galleries, theatres and music venues, and it makes for a fun weekend trip.

Nanaimo Harbor BC

3. Mild Climate

The climate on the island is the mildest in Canada. The temperature rarely falls below 0 °C (32 °F) in the winter months. Summer is very warm and pleasant with maximum temperatures of 28–33 °C (82–91 °F).The North Pacific currents that flow near Vancouver Island bring warm and mild weather to the island. Snow is rare, but there is plenty of rain especially on the west coast, which makes the island look green and lush all year round.

Green Forest Vancouver Island BC

4. Abundant Wildlife

Vancouver Island has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems which is home to many different wildlife species. The island's region is one of the world's premier locations for whale watching, birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing. Most of the island's land is protected parkland. If you love outdoor activities, Vancouver Island is for you! You can find a lot of places to go hiking, fishing, mountain climbing and do other activities. One place you should not miss is Strathcona Provincial Park. It is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia, and it is famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and mountains with glaciers.

Wildlife BC

Vancouver Island is a beautiful place to visit and live. Enrolling at Royal Roads University will give you an opportunity not only to study at one of the most picturesque campuses in Canada but also explore the island and its impressive nature.

Vancouver Island Facts

How big is Vancouver Island?

It is the largest island on the West Coast of North America and has an area of 31,285 km2.

Where is Vancouver Island?

It is in British Columbia, Canada. The island is west of the city of Vancouver, in the Pacific Ocean.

What is the population of Vancouver Island?

The population is less than 1 million, specifically 870,297 as of 2019.

What is Vancouver Island known for?

The island is known for its natural beauty, attracting many tourists to its dramatic views. The largest industries are technology and IT, tourism and food exports.

Is Vancouver Island also known as Victoria Island?

No, Victoria Island is located in the far north of Canada, in the Arctic Circle. However, one of the two main cities of Vancouver Island is called Victoria.


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