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British Columbia's Vancouver Island

 



Vancouver Island is located in the southwestern corner of the province of British Columbia . It is separated from mainland Canada by the Strait of Georgia, Johnstone Strait , and Queen Charlotte Strait, and from the U.S. state of Washington by the Strait of Juan de Fuca . To the west of the island is the Pacific Ocean

The island is roughly divided between a rugged, wet west coast and a drier, more rolling east coast by the Vancouver Island Ranges, which run down most of the length of the island. The highest point in these ranges and on the island is the Golden Hinde, at 2195 m or 7219 ft.

Vancouver Island - Victoria & the Gulf Islands boast the mildest climate in Canada. 
Summertime is reliably warm and sunny, with frequent ocean breezes. Temperatures reach average highs in the mid 20's Celsius (70 to 80 Fahrenheit) but evenings can be cool.  In winter the Vancouver Island region is the most temperate of all British Columbia, with temperatures just below 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit). The Gulf Island wineries are listed on their own page. There in now a winery on Quadra Island

Most of Vancouver Island Wineries are located on the Saanich Peninsula or the Cowichan Valley. The Saanich Peninsula on the southern east tip of the Island (see maps) flanked to the west by Saanich Inlet and Georgia Strait to the east. Looking across the Saanich Inlet you can see the Cowichan Valley. It is a larger area extending from just above Victoria up to the city of Nanaimo.

The wineries are mostly along the eastern side of the Island with the exception of two in Port Alberni. There is a meadery at the Southern western tip of the Island

Vancouver Island Wineries

~ Saanich Peninsula - South Island
~ Cowichan Valley
~ Central - Nanaimo
~ North Central

 

For additional information  see the following pages: Tourism Links, Where to Stay, Where to Golf, Where to Dine when visiting Vancouver Island and other wine regions in BC

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