by Dave Koszegi
on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 12:23pm.
One of the best parts about living in the heart of Vancouver Island? We can take off anytime - in many different directions - for any adventure we choose! Certainly we’ve got it all here in the Alberni Valley… but sometimes, when that wanderlust hits, it just feels good to pack the car and GO! Whether you’re in the mood to sample some locally-sourced seafood, stroll through a pleasant vineyard, or lace up your hiking boots for a breathtaking view at the summit… Vancouver Island has everything at your fingertips.
Here are just a few of our favourite day trips from Port Alberni:
Shop ‘Till You Drop in Victoria
Pick up everything on your list in one city! There’s no doubt about it - from upscale to second-hand, Victoria has it going on when it comes to shopping. The seasoned shopaholic will find what they’re looking for here, while the less shopping-enthused members of the family can easily take up a perch at the local Irish restaurants for quick bite, or enjoy a handcrafted coffee from one of Victoria’s downtown roasteries.
Strathcona Provincial Park
Not for the faint of heart - home to Canada’s highest waterfall, Della Falls is almost 8x higher than Niagara Falls, believe it or not! THIS is Vancouver Island’s rugged, mountainous wilderness in all its glory - so be sure to come prepared, and with a group of experienced hikers.
Be sure to consult our provincial website before making the trek: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/strath/
Winery Hopping in the Cowichan Valley
Finding your way from winery to winery in the Cowichan Valley couldn’t be any easier - just follow the “Wine Route” signs! Often called the “California of the North”, Vancouver Island is home to some of today’s exceptional wines. Enjoy a tasting or a full tour, and sample some local noshes and nibbles to complement the wines. Just be sure to bring a bottle home with you!
If you’re curious to check out some of the smaller Gulf Islands, Mayne Island certainly has that special “something” about it! Take your car through the tiny, winding roads and check out the rural properties, and small businesses featuring local artisans, and enjoy its overall rustic charm. If you want to grab a bite, there are (a few) delicious options - just call them before you show up, to ensure they’re open - they operate seasonally. Lace up your sneakers and hit the (approx. 2.5KM) trail to Campbell’s Point for an outstanding lookout - on clear days, you can even see Mount Baker on the Mainland!