Posted July 17, 2017 - 11:55am

July 13, 2017
Nanaimo, BC

For Immediate Release: Vancouver Island continues to maintain the #1 spot as Best Island in Canada, followed closely by the Gulf Islands at #2.  ‘Rugged beauty, friendly people, and still waters that run deep’ are some of the reasons Vancouver Island – North America’s largest Pacific island – continues to be selected as one of the world’s leading island destinations.

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have named Vancouver Island “The Best Island in Canada,” in the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards published in the August 2017 issue. Reader comments praised the destination as “Remote, yet worth the effort, the scenery is spectacular. Whether you just want to look, or explore the island on foot, kayak, or boat, you will be delighted.”

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards feature top hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, airports, and more. “This is always an exciting time of year for us as we await the results of the annual survey,” said Dave Petryk, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island. “We are doubly thrilled that the Gulf Islands are also recognized by readers of this prestigious travel magazine.”

“The Gulf Islands are thrilled to make the Top 3 Islands in Canada,” said Janet Clouston, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce & Salt Spring Tourism. “Our communities have much to offer including nature, wildlife, arts, farm-to-table bounty, first-nations heritage, and welcoming, eco-conscious people.  This recognition is wonderful news!”

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria was voted #1 City Hotel in Canada up from the #7 spot last year. The  Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino was voted #4 Resort Hotel in Canada, and the City of Victoria garnered #3 Best City in Canada.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards rely on guest experiences. Hotel/resort rankings are based on readers’ ratings of five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. This year’s results are featured in the August 2016 issue of the magazine, as well as on

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About Tourism Vancouver Island

Tourism Vancouver Island is one of five regional destination management organizations in British Columbia that represent Destination British Columbia through the delivery of co-operative marketing and community development programs.  In December 2011, Tourism Vancouver Island received accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) by demonstrating a commitment to quality programs and services. 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 or

About Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website,, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

Media Contact:

Dave Petryk
President & CEO
Tourism Vancouver Island
Direct: 250-740-1211
Cell: 250-739-9088


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