Most visitors to Vancouver Island arrive in the capital, Victoria, which can be reached by high-speed ferry from Seattle (a two-hour trip) or Vancouver (90 minutes). You can also fly to Victoria (the airport is 30 minutes outside the city) or Tofino.
WHERE TO STAY
Fairmont Empress Doubles from $136. 721 Government St., Victoria; 800/441-1414 or 250/384-8111; www.fairmont.com
Sooke Harbour House Doubles from $172. 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd., Sooke; 800/889-9688 or 250/642-3421; www.sookeharbourhouse.com
Wickaninnish Inn Doubles from $260. Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach, Tofino; 800/333-4604 or 250/725-3100; www.wickinn.com
Long Beach Lodge Resort Doubles from $116. 1441 Pacific Rim Hwy., Tofino; 877/844-7873 or 250/725-2442; www.longbeachlodgeresort.com
WHERE TO EAT
Brasserie L'École Dinner for two $42. 1715 Government St., Victoria; 250/475-6260
Zambri's Dinner for two $55. 110-911 Yates St., Victoria; 250/360-1171
Aerie Resort Dinner for two $100. 600 Ebedora Lane, Malahat; 250/743-7115.