12 Days of Christmas

There are many ways to experience Vancouver Island North. We put together a pretty terrific Twelve Days of Christmas from the North Island to inspire you, enchant you and invite you to find out more about this amazing place on earth.

On the first day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 1 -12 Days of ChristmasAn ocean as far as you can see.

Marine Tours are an excellent way to meet Vancouver Island North’s most celebrated residents, its marine mammals.   Diving, sailing, kayaking, the choice is yours.

 

 

On the second day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 2 -12 Days of ChristmasTwo cultures connecting

Vancouver Island North boasts rich and colourful culture & history. Its various museums and cultural and interpretive centres chronicle a saga of human habitation dating back at thousands of years.

 

On the third day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 3 -12 Days of Christmas-Three trophy salmon

All five varieties of Pacific salmon migrate through Queen Charlotte Strait, and fishermen get first dibs on catches headed for spawning grounds further south in BC. Halibut, snapper and cod might also be the evening’s campfire meal.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 4 -12 Days of ChristmasFour humpbacks breaching

The most celebrated residents of Vancouver Island North are its marine mammals. Members of some 260 fish-eating orcas known as the “Northern Residents” are often in the area in pursuit of salmon. The more stealthy marine mammal-eating population of killer whales know as “Transients” are also often hunting in the area. Have you been whale watching?

 

On the fifth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 5 -12 Days of ChristmasFive grizzlies grazing

Giants roam on Vancouver Island North and remote sections of neighboring mainland coast. Grizzly and black bears to be precise.  Visit the Great Bear Rainforest or keep your eyes peeled as you visit local rivers in the fall. Learn more: Bear Viewing

 

 

On the sixth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 6 -12 Days of ChristmasSix orcas rubbing

A rare and wonderful sight to experience. Bere Point is one beach with a unique make up with millions of small smooth pebbles covering a long, wide gradual slope. Perfect conditions for orca to rub themselves up against without harm.
It’s one of the if not the only orca rubbing beach readily accessible to humans, with a regional park adjacent to it, and a trail to the rubbing beach.  Learn more about Bere Point Orca Rubbing Beach

 

On the seventh day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 7 -12 Days of ChristmasSeven old growth forests

It’s easy to find yourself off the beaten track and immersed in the surrounding nature. Explore with friends and family while following your own internal compass and Visitor Centre maps and guidebooks.  Embrace the great outdoors!  Vancouver Island North Nature

 

On the eighth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 8 -12 Days of ChristmasEight paddling kayaks

Sign up for a kayaking tour and explore coastal nooks and crannies, offshore islands, and pristine saltwater inlets that cut deep into the landscape. Vancouver Island North scenery is even more magnificent when viewed from the water, and the marine wildlife will be happy to welcome you to their playground.

 

 

On the ninth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 9 -12 Days of ChristmasNine waves breaking

Vancouver Island North is lined with beaches – some easily accessible, others remote – and dotted with lovely green wilderness parkland.  There are beaches accessible to all abilities and timelines.  Find your happy place in this wonderfully natural environment.  Vancouver Island North Beaches

 

On the tenth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 10 -12 Days of ChristmasTen cultural dancers

The U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay is respected far and wide as one of Canada’s finest First Nations museums with its unparalleled collection of potlatch regalia. Modeled after a big house, it is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Kwakwaka’wakw.  Looking for an authentic cutural tour?

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 11 -12 Days of ChristmasEleven campers tenting

Nothing says summer like camping.

Vancouver Island North caters to those who enjoy sleeping under the stars as well as those seeking full service family friendly spots.  Visit one of the many parks in the region and discover some of the secrets of this pristine region. Vancouver Island North Parks

 

On the twelvth day of Christmas the North Island gave to me…

Day 12 -12 Days of ChristmasTwelve hikers trekking

Vancouver Island North is rapidly becoming a first-choice destination for wilderness hikers. Trails and abandoned logging roads penetrate deep into the landscape, offering easy access to remote forests, beaches, streams, and lakes.  If you plan on exploring some of the more remote areas of the region, make sure you are prepared.  Hiking Vancouver Island North