The second most populous island of Canada and the largest Pacific Island, Vancouver island is quirky and colorful. The views of the ocean and islands are gorgeous, you might even see Killer whales (Orcas) on the way. Victoria, the Capital of British Colombia is situated on this island and is quite an interesting city itself. It is a nice, small city with gardens, restaurants, museums and parks, with a dash of England. Getting to the island on the ferry is quite a wonderful ride. Whale watching is a popular activity on Vancouver island and Victoria, Tofino, Ucluelet and Telegraph Cove make good bases. The island also has great hiking: the incredible seascapes of the unmissable Pacific Rim National Park, the mountainous vastness of Strathcona Provincial Park, and the popular West Coast Trail are all highlights.