Vancouver Island BC - Victoria & Gulf Islands - 9th Edition
Known for its beautiful scenery and abundant forests, beaches, and wildlife, Vancouver Island is just a short ferry ride away from the bustling Lower Mainland. Get away from it all on a multi-day hike along the West Coast Trail, view some of the world's largest trees in Strathcona Provincial Park, reel in the catch of a lifetime in Campbell River (the Salmon Capital of the World), or explore the charming Gulf Islands by kayak - there are endless outdoor adventure opportunities! The Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbooks 9th edition includes many map updates and cartographic style changes including enhanced private land, expanded fish species and countless multi-use trail and ATV trail additions. The Adventure listings have also been expanded and updated to ensure you get the most up-to-date and accurate information possible for your adventure of choice.
The printed version of the mapbook comes in the convenient 21.5 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 inch) mapbook format with a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. The 208 page book includes 56 maps at 1:150,000 scale and 7 maps at 1:300,000 scale, along with 10 Outdoor Adventure sections, a Service Provider Directory, Map and Adventure Index, Trip Planning tools and more. With over 89,000 kilometres of roads to view including the most complete logging and industrial road coverage available, the books are ideal for navigating on road trips and planning from home.
- Map Key & Legend
- Topographic Maps
- 56 @ 1:150,000 Scale Maps
- 7 @ 1:300,000 Scale Maps
- Detailed Adventure Section
- Backroad Attractions
- Fishing Locations
- Hunting Areas
- Paddling Routes
- Parks & Campsites
- Trail Systems
- ATV Routes
- Snowmobile Areas
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winter Recreation
- Service Directory
- Sales & Services
- Tours & Guides
- Adventure Index
- Map Index
- Trip Planning Tools
In the latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook you will find close to 100 listings for the best things to see and do while travelling along the Island's highways, backroads and city roads. From the towering old-growth trees of Cathedral Grove to Victoria's many heritage buildings, Vancouver Island has a unique adventure around every corner.
Vancouver Island is famous for its fishing, including all types of salmon (most notably sockeye salmon), steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout, dollies, kokanee and smallmouth bass. In your Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find close to 400 listings for the best river, lake and ocean fishing locations on the Island, as well as stocking charts for the many stocked fish species on the Island.
Vancouver Island offers plenty of hunting opportunities, most notably for black-tailed deer. In the latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for all 15 of the Island's (and surrounding) WMUs (Wildlife Management Units), along with information on the Island's main hunting species as well as tips and important resources.
BC Ferries are not the only way of touring the waters around Vancouver Island. Ocean kayaking here Island is second to none, with plenty of bays coves, beaches and smaller islands to explore. With a little luck, you may just catch a glimpse of the Island's most famous residents, orca (killer) whales. Along with lake and river paddling routes, the newest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook has 80 detailed listings for the best places to paddle on and around the Island.
Vancouver Island is home to some of the world's most stunning parks, including the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Strathcona Provincial Park. In the latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 250 detailed listings for Provincial, National and Regional Parks, complete with easy-to-read activity symbols, information on camping reservations, access and more.
Rec Site Adventures
Your Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook is your ultimate guide to remote and rustic day-use and campsites. With over 150 Rec Site listings, we cover the best off-the-grid sites on the Island, from Alice Lake to Victoria Lake.
From long-distance, multi-day treks along the West Coast Trail or to the Cape Scott Lighthouse, to leisurely stroll through regional parks and to easy-access scenic lookouts, we tell you everything you need to know including trail difficulty, access, distance, elevation gain, highlights and more. In your Vancouver Island Backroads Mapbook, you will find close to 300 multi-use trail listings, along with trail charts for several long-distance trails and parks.
As you explore Vancouver Island's sprawling network of logging roads and ATV trails, enjoy unparalleled views of the Georgia Strait and Coast Mountains. The latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook gives you dozens of detailed listings for the best places to ride your ATV or dirt bike on the Island.
With elevations as high as 2,000 m (6,562 ft), the Island offers many months of great snowmobiling. While there are not many formal designated areas, there are thousands of kilometres of logging roads and remote forests and mountain ranges open for riding. In the latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find dozens of detailed listings for the best places to snowmobile on the Island.
While Vancouver Island is most famous for its orca whales, there are plenty of other species of both aquatic and land animals to see on the Island, from seals and otters to black bears and various songbirds. In your Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 100 detailed listings for the best places to see the Island's wild inhabitants.
With bountiful snowpacks throughout the Island's mountains and world-class skiing and snowboarding at Mount Washington Resort, there is no shortage of places to play on the Island once winter hits and the snow falls. In the latest edition of our Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook, you will find dozens of listings for winter recreation on the Island.
For a digital version of the mapbook, select PDF Book from the Media Type drop-down menu. The PDF version can be viewed on your computer, smartphone or tablet using any pdf reader, including iBooks or Google Play Books, meaning it can be downloaded straight to a smartphone, tablet or eBook reader to bring along on adventures. Viewing the mapbook as a PDF book has the added bonus of a scrollable index to quickly find a region on the maps or jump to a specific Adventure.
- Easy to Read: zoom into the maps or text for easy route planning
- Lightweight: transport several mapbooks at once using your phone, tablet, or computer
- Easy to Navigate: use the index or search function for easy navigation between pages and maps
- Eco-Friendly: zero paper waste!
Please note that these PDF books are not printable or geo-referenced. See our Mobile Maps for geo-referenced versions of our maps.