Visiting Vancouver Island is like visiting England, at least in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and the island’s largest city. Having a proper British tea at the Empress Hotel is a must as you rest feet weary from exploring cobblestone streets. Vancouver Island, settled by the British with Hudson’s Bay Company in the mid-19th century, is the largest island on the west coast of North America and the world’s 43rd largest island. Scenic roadways take you from Victoria in the south to the turn-of-the-century Point Hardy in the north. Vancouver Island is accessible by air and ferry from mainland British Columbia, and Anacortes and Port Angeles in Washington State in the U.S. Vancouver Island is a good place to learn about West Coast indigenous peoples, since they’ve lived there thousands of years.
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