Sure, it’s quaint and quirky, but Vancouver Island and the surrounding Coast region shouldn’t be overlooked—or underestimated. The largest populated landmass off the North American coast, Vancouver Island is a bonanza of small towns, good eating and green environs. Charming port towns ring “The Island,” while capital Victoria keeps a distinct English vibe alive with its kempt gardens and tea times. The lush Comox Valley sates food and wine lovers; fishing towns like Ucluelet and Campbell River keep the fresh salmon coming. Tofino serves as your base for exploring wet and wonderful ecopark Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park, while those wanting a little more solitude should head to the deserted beaches of North Vancouver Island. A sprinkling of small, inhabited Southern Golf Islands, as well as undeveloped Northern Golf Islands, offer more offbeat escapes, for those wishing to delve deeper into the water-world wonders of the Vancouver Island region. So hop on a ferry and get going.