You know about Vancouver Island, but have you ever ventured further?

Northern Vancouver Island has plenty to offer in a way that’s uniquely different from the rest of the island. From welcoming communities to acres of untamed wilderness that will make you feel like the only person in the world. 

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Whether you plan on spending your trip ‘off the grid’ or not, here are a few essential items to include in your packing list – along with some recommended activities they’ll come in handy for!

Vancouver Island North Packing List

If you’re looking for adventure…

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Vancouver Island North is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Try a day hike at Marble River’s Bear Falls or Winter Harbour’s Botel Trail. You can also explore the waters on a guided kayak tour, or if you prefer exploring independently, you can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe!

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If you feel like experiencing some wildlife, try booking an excursion with one of the many reputable and responsible whale-watching, bear-viewing or sea otter tour operators. They’ll get you nice and close – but of course not too close!

What To Pack:
  • Backpack 
  • Hiking boots
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket
  • Bug spray
  • Portable charger
  • The online VINT Trail Guide
  • Reusable water bottle

If you just want to explore…

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Of course, you can have an open heart and adventurous soul without wanting to spend your entire vacation in hiking boots. Luckily, Vancouver Island North has plenty of cultural and culinary attractions. 

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Explore the traditional territory of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people and gain a deeper understanding at the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. Grab a bite at one of the many local eateries, or indulge in a bit of sunbathing (or storm-watching) at the beach.

What To Pack:
  • Comfy sneakers
  • Swimsuit 
  • Beach towels
  • Flip-flops
  • Foldable camping chairs
  • Portable BBQ
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Inspired for your next trip? Check out the Vancouver Island North Tourism website for even more ideas and activities!