Vancouver Island Events Website


July 23, 2007

Nanaimo, BC
Vancouver Island named No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S. and Canada.

It's official: Vancouver Island is the best island to visit anywhere in Canada or the Continental United States. North America's largest Pacific island, with its irresistible mix of pristine wilderness and top-ranked food and lodging, has also been voted one of the world's leading island destinations.

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have named Vancouver Island "The Best Island in the Continental US and Canada," in the magazine's annual World's Best Awards readers' survey.  Vancouver Island was also voted the sixth best island in the world in the company of exceptional island destinations such as Bali, Maui, Kauai, Galapagos, and Santorini.

The Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2007 winners will be honoured at an awards ceremony at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City this evening.  Dave Petryk, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island will be attending the awards ceremony on behalf of Vancouver Island. "It is a very prestigious honour to receive this award amongst the other winners of the reader's choice awards" says Petryk. "The Vancouver Island region continues to be in the limelight with discriminating travellers thanks to the fantastic hospitality of our tourism operators throughout the region."

Tofino's Wickaninnish Inn placed among the top 100 Hotels in Continental US and Canada, as did the Sooke Harbour House.  " To be voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure as one of North America's top 100 hotels and the highest rated hotel on Vancouver Island and throughout British Columbia is a testament to our Wickaninnish Inn team and the amazing experiences they deliver to each and every guest" says Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director of the Wickaninnish Inn.  "We're proud to be located in Tofino, on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast and believe the full Vancouver Island experience including the Wickaninnish Inn and Sooke Harbour House is the perfect recipe for a magical travel getaway."  Hotels are rated on rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value.

Victoria, the provincial capital on the island's southern tip, was also popular, placing ninth among favourite US and Canadian cities. Nearby Vancouver, British Columbia's largest city and upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic co-host, took seventh place.

The survey was conducted between January and March, 2007 among Travel + Leisure magazine subscribers. Respondents were asked to rate islands on natural attractions, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people, and value. Cities were ranked by their sights, culture and arts, restaurants and food, people, shopping, and value. Complete results are available on  and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine on newsstands July 24.

For the seventh year in a row Vancouver Island has been rated as the Best Island, North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.  This prestigious travel magazine with a per issue readership of 2 million has been conducting a Readers' Choice award program for 17 years.

Established in 1962, Tourism Vancouver Island is one of six regional destination marketing organizations in British Columbia that administers co-operative marketing and advertising projects for its stakeholders throughout the region. To access information about Tourism Vancouver Island and marketing initiatives, please visit For general travel information on Vancouver Island, Victoria and the Gulf Islands, please visit

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Tourism accounts for more than 117,900 direct jobs in British Columbia, representing approximately one in every 20 jobs in the province.  BC's tourism industry generated approximately $9.8 billion in revenues in 2005 and over $5.8 billion in GDP in 2004, making tourism one of the largest resource industries in the province. (source:

Media Contacts:

Dave Petryk, President & CEO

Tourism Vancouver Island

Direct: 250-740-1211

Cell: 250-739-9088

Email: [email protected]


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