Vancouver Island North is best known for being a relaxed and spontaneous eco-adventure. The upper third of the Canadian Pacific’s largest island is unspoiled and largely undiscovered, yet just a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. It offers a breathtaking array of parks, forests, lakes, saltwater inlets and coastline. It's common to discover black bears foraging for berries, whales splashing at sea and eagles gliding overhead. The friendly towns and villages are charmingly relaxed and within easy reach of the area’s many stunning locations brimming with wildlife.
Living in the North Island area allows for endless activities. Spend your days out at sea, exploring magical coastlines, or immersed in the inland wilderness. Meet and mingle with the friendly locals at cultural, seasonal and community festivals. Shop for crafts created on the North Island. Experience First Nations traditions, art, and living culture. Dine on the day’s fresh catch at one of the local restaurants. After all the fresh air and active playtime, you’ll sleep well and awake refreshed, revitalized and ready for more each day. Explore the North Island on your own or hand the reigns to expert guides and charter operators. If you love fishing, troll for salmon in Queen Charlotte Strait or steelhead and trout in inland lakes. Go for a snow day or practice your skiing at crowd-free Mount Cain. Photograph black bears on the Island or grizzly's in the Great Bear Rainforest. Run the world’s fastest navigable tidal rapids. Try scuba diving at God’s Pocket Marine Park, surfing at Raft Cove or kayaking on the sheltered east or wild west coasts. Perhaps best of all, strap on a backpack for a trek to windswept, impossibly scenic Cape Scott Provincial Park at the island’s northern tip.
North Island has a facinating history, as well. The Kwakwaka’wakw peoples have called this region home for thousands of years. Alert Bay is internationally known for its First Nations cultural centre, public dance performances and the world’s tallest totem pole. Gain a deeper connection to the land and the people by taking a guided cultural tour. Fishing, logging and mining drew the first European settlers north in the 1860s, and their history is documented in a good selection of local museums. Telegraph Cove is a virtual museum in itself with its wooden buildings, boardwalk and whale interpretive centre.
Peaceful oceanfront communities like Sointula, Sayward and Quatsino remain havens for the same getaway-from-it-all dreams that drew their original homesteaders. Enjoy the amenities of the towns and villages. And during summer festival season experience authentic community spirit. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this remote yet accessible corner of British Columbia serves up outdoor pleasures with a satisfying dash of comfort. Coldwell Banker Oceanside Realty has REALTORS® who live and work in these areas. Call us today to find your North Island Property.