Vancouver Island is just one of the many picturesque regions in our 2017 Destination of the Year, Canada. Travel + Leisure, in partnership with LifeVR, captured the beautiful area in 360 degrees. Here, we take a closer look at the majestic Bute Inlet.

Just east of Vancouver Island sits the Bute Inlet, a 47-mile fjord that was cut by glacial erosion over 10,000 years ago. It is accessible by boat, and is a perfect day trip from the island.

Bute inlet is fed by the Homathako and Southgate Rivers, and is inhabited by mist-shrouded landscapes that feel like another world. The paradise-like setting is home to a distinct ecosystem, including bald eagles, cougars, sea lions, dolphins, grizzly bears and black bears. If visitors want to get a good view of the bears head to one of the strategically-placed stands as the animals feed during the salmon migration.

This area is a true natural utopia, and just one more reason Vancouver Island should be on your bucket list.

By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff