Vancouver Island tops for travel readers

by Sooke News Mirror

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 U.S. 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 and Dave Petryk, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island will be attending 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 U.S. and Canada, as did the Sooke Harbour House.

Victoria, the provincial capital on the island’s southern tip, was also popular, placing ninth among favourite U.S. and Canadian cities.

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.

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 HYPERLINK “”

Tourism accounts for more than 117,900 direct jobs in British Columbia, representing approximately one in every 20 jobs in the province. B.C.’s tourism industry generated approximately $9.8 billion in revenues in 2005 making tourism one of the largest resource industries in the province. (source:

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