Best Ways to Cool Off on Vancouver Island this Summer

Keeping cool in the summertime is easy when you include water sports and indoor activities during your Vancouver Island getaway. Start planning the coolest vacation with these fun additions to your summer agenda.

If summer is your season to visit, staying cool is a breeze thanks to lots of adventures on the water. Choose a tour company like Ocean River and hit the water with a kayak exploring in beautiful Victoria. With a strong history in the business, they also offer kayaking school if you need a little help. Choose half, full or multi-day adventures that best fit your schedule. 

Whale Watching is a great pastime in the Vancouver Island area. Several companies offer excursions to get you in the presence of these unique ocean creatures. Ocean Ecoventures Whale Watching has the highest sightings of orcas and humpbacks every year and offers small, personal tour groups with never more than 12 passengers to allow for an intimate experience. During your excursion, you’ll learn about the Salish Sea ecosystem from certified captains who are passionate about marine life.


The Royal BC Museum is a world-class facility twice voted the number one museum in Canada by TripAdvisor users. Discover people and things you never knew existed within the permanent exhibits. The Royal BC Museum is also one of Canada’s leading research centers showcasing 550 million years of natural history and 9,000 years of human history in BC. And, A/C for the win!

Create your own cool breeze with an exciting Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tour! An adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure in Vancouver Island’s rainforest allows for gorgeous views of mountains and oceans in addition to seeing wildlife and the natural beauty of the area. Join a professionally-led two-hour tour that includes an ATV ride, two suspension bridges and eight ziplines on this adventurous course. 

Super adventurous visitors will enjoy the cool temps of caves in the area where a steady 8 degrees Celsius can be depended on. Spelunking is safer with a guided tour so check out excursions from Horne Lake Caves, about a half-hour from Parksville. 

Choose accommodations that put you right in the middle of the fun and get busy planning a cool summer trip to Vancouver Island. 

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