Need some vacay inspo? Travel + Leisure Magazine recently dropped its list of the most beautiful islands around the globe, and among famous destinations like Bali, Bora Bora, and Phuket is none other than our very own Vancouver Island.

Unsurprisingly, Vancouver Island was hailed for its “unspoiled” natural wilderness, from sandy beaches to ancient forests, and over 200 rivers meandering in between.

Of course, Victoria also gets a shout-out as the provincial capital for being “chock-full of charm and culture” – definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a west coast escape.

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Vancouver Island was just ranked among the “best island vacations” in the world

As for the other top islands that made the cut, here is the complete list of the 21 most beautiful islands around the world: 

  • St. Lucia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Martha’s Vineyards, U.S.
  • Maui, U.S.
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Ischia, Italy
  • Bermuda
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Santorini, Greece
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Hvar, Croatia
  • Amelia Island, U.S.
  • St. Barts
  • Palawan, The Philippines
  • Kangaroo Island, Australia
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Holbox, Mexico
  • São Miguel, Portugal
  • San Juan Island, U.S.
  • Harbour Island, The Bahamas

So there you have it, Canada. An island vacation is well within arm’s reach!