June is a great month to take that trip to Vancouver Island you’ve been thinking about as you’ll get the best ferry rates to the Island.  BC Ferries is offering a Coast Saver Seat Sale on all scheduled sailings to Vancouver Island on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 2nd to June 26th.  Sailings from the Vancouver area to Victoria or both terminals in Nanaimo qualify for the Seat Sale rates.  You can make every weekend in June a long weekend and explore different parts of Vancouver Island!  The rate for a car and driver will be $39.95 one way, and the rate for an adult passenger will be $9.95, which works out to an approximate 30% discount.

Another great BC Ferries deal which is available year round is the CirclePac ticket which offers a 15% savings on a circle route between Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island.  Your CirclePac ticket is good for 30 days, and you purchase the ticket at the first terminal you sail from and then show it at subsequent terminals.  You might depart from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver and sail up to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast.  Spend several days exploring the Lower Sunshine Coast and then take the ferry to the Upper Coast and Powell River.  From there you’ll sail across to Comox on Vancouver Island.

You can easily spend several weeks exploring Vancouver Island if you have the time, but you’ll at least want to take several days to get a taste of Island life.  Recreational opportunities abound whether you’re interested in golfing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, horseback riding, spelunking or swimming, Vancouver Island offers it all.  There are world class attractions, beaches and provincial parks, historical and cultural highlights, fine arts and crafts, excellent dining and an ever expanding wine region centered around  the Cowichan Valley.  As a Cowichan Valley accommodation, Cobble House Bed & Breakfast is a great central location from which to explore not only the wineries and specialty farms in the Valley, but Victoria is only an hour away, as is Nanaimo, and both are departure points for the next stage of your CirclePac route, which will take you back to your Vancouver starting point.

Hope to see you in the Cowichan next month!

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