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BC: Vancouver and the Gulf Islands
Welcome to the fifth edition of the Backroad Mapbook for Vancouver and the Gulf Islands. Inside this guidebook, you will find the most comprehensive outdoor recreation resource available for all of the Islands.
Vancouver Island rises from the ocean, and stretches for the heavens, reaching altitudes high enough that there are areas where the snow never melts. It is a land of contrasts and sometimes contradictions, from the proper and civilized city of Victoria at its southern tip to Cape Scott, at its north, a wet, wild frontier that settlers tried and failed to settle.
The west coast of Vancouver Island is buffeted by some of the wildest winter storms in the country, while in the summer, the east coast of the island, less than 100 kilometres away, features some of the warmest lakes in the province. And it is the place to go for tourists looking for BC’s iconic Orcas. For outdoor adventurers, the Island offers everything from remote boat access only marine parks to world class hiking destinations.
In addition to Vancouver Island, this book also includes the Gulf Islands. These island gems are strung together by BC Ferries, and while many Vancouverites have taken to commuting from the Gulf Islands to work every morning, they still retain their rustic charm and relaxed pace that has made them popular getaways for folks from the mainland and from Vancouver Island alike.
Map Scale: 51 maps @ 1:150,000, 8 maps @ 1:300,000 (online maps only)
Regional Cities/Parks: Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Port Renfrew, Tofino, Victoria
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